Articles on "Moving and Downsizing"

Top Tips for the Transition: Making the Most of the Move to a Retirement Community
December 15, 2011 8:42 pm

Top Tips for the Transition: Making the Most of the Move to a Retirement Community

By: Cathy Ritter A whirlwind schedule packed with activities, such as traveling to nearby historical attractions or a professional sporting event. Working out in a fully-equipped health center or participating in a video game tournament. Some days, not getting to bed until well after midnight. This isn’t college – it’s today’s retirement community. Despite this new paradigm in retirement living, the decision to move into a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is still one of the biggest challenges older Americans […]

July 14, 2011 6:04 pm

Selling Your House During an Economic Downturn

This article was contributed by Diane Krause. For the last few years, many homeowners have been keeping an eye on the real estate market and waiting for signs of improvement before considering a move. Newspaper headlines and TV reports scream doom and gloom but that data is generally compiled from broad regional and national markets and doesn’t always consider your local real estate market. There are many areas in which homes that are priced right and show well are selling […]

The Future of Aging . . . Shared Resources!
June 21, 2011 2:38 am

The Future of Aging . . . Shared Resources!

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that my solution to alot of  “aging issues” is to promote a better sense of community, helping each other, and sharing resources. I was pleased to read that Barbara Hannah Grufferman shares this approach as a solution in her recent article on the Huffington Post.  Barbara recently received a fair amount of acclaim on her writings about poverty stricken plight of women. Barbara details the many benefits […]

A Difficult Move to a Retirement Community Made Simple
June 20, 2011 7:26 pm

A Difficult Move to a Retirement Community Made Simple

When Kathleen and Richard McCarty retired, they took the path less travelled by choosing to upsize.  Therefore, when the time came to move to a retirement community years later, the process seemed especially daunting.  With the help of Charna Kinneberg and her team at Senior Transitions Inc., however, the couple was able to experience a seamless move from the large family home to their new apartment. Kathleen and Richard met in Baltimore while he was a student at Johns Hopkins […]

A Professional in Real Estate Finds Assistance When Making the Move
April 26, 2011 2:21 pm

A Professional in Real Estate Finds Assistance When Making the Move

The process of downsizing and selling the family home is often overwhelming, even for those with a background in the moving industry. A real estate broker for 25 years, Carol Fine, and her husband, Richard, wanted to make a quick move from their five-bedroom house three years ago, and with the help of Downsize, Etc., they were able to do just that.   Married for 53 years, the Fines have two children. While Richard enjoys playing golf and swimming, Carol […]

Making the Move to a Retirement Community
June 22, 2010 11:58 am

Making the Move to a Retirement Community

It was while attending Johns Hopkins University for graduate school that Anne and Bertram Wyatt-Brown first met. Not only were they both focused on careers in teaching, but they soon learned they shared many other interests, such as writing and music. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that they were on the same page when recently making decisions for their future in a retirement community. Over the years, the Wyatt-Browns traveled a great deal teaching at different institutions. After beginning […]

Maximizing Storage Space in Retirement Communities
May 28, 2010 11:15 am

Maximizing Storage Space in Retirement Communities

Beatrice “Bea” Daniel absolutely adored her Arlington home where she and her husband raised two children and lived for 43 years. The home, built in the 1930s with unique plaster details, definitely had Bea’s personal touch throughout it. She states, “I was somewhat of a collector of memories. If there was wall space, I filled it up.” When the four-story home started to become difficult to manage, the couple began to investigate retirement living options. Bea and her husband, David, […]

Living Senior: A Couple Downsizing Turns to a Real Estate Specialist
April 2, 2010 2:31 pm

Living Senior: A Couple Downsizing Turns to a Real Estate Specialist

In 1945 Frank and Sally Capozzoli met at a party to celebrate the end of World War II. Frank was in the Navy and Sally was working in Hatboro in an airplane factory. They were married in 1946 and their first baby arrived in 1947. When their third daughter was on the way, the couple built a brand new house in Broomall. The Capozzis had a busy and fun-loving life. Frank worked for 26 years as a postal carrier and […]

“Staycation” at a retirement community
December 2, 2009 10:11 am

“Staycation” at a retirement community

One of the pioneers in Senior Move Management, Margit Novak, President of Moving Solutions, (pictured below far left) shared the following personal story that integrates the importance of “purpose” and the concept of “staycations” in retirement communities which presents another great way to explore the hotel/retirement community concept. Several months ago, I participated in a program on the emotions of downsizing.  Held at a nearby retirement community, the program included a panel of three community residents:  a resident of many years who had become […]

June 24, 2009 10:32 am

Just Like the Help of a Family: Elder Care Company Assists with Errands

Marge is a long-time resident of Northern Virginia. Her career began as a journalist writing for Virginia Teacher’s monthly magazine over 70 years ago and continued into the early years of her marriage. After her husband became a diplomat, Marge led the fascinating life of a Foreign Service Officer’s wife in Austria, Finland and Germany. For over 16 years, her family lived abroad, and she enjoyed traveling and sharing in the cultures of various countries. Her memories of those years […]