Articles on "Moving and Downsizing"

A Seamless Transition
June 24, 2009 9:47 am

A Seamless Transition

“The last time we moved was 41 years ago,” says Ross Ressler as he comfortably relaxes in the beautifully furnished apartment he shares with his wife Mary Ann in Charlestown Retirement Community. As the couple’s apartment is completed with their upright piano and a faux fireplace that gives it an ambiance of comfort and luxury, it is hard to believe that after 40 years their latest transition was so smooth. Long before this move, however, the Resslers’ story begins when […]

Improving Elder Care By Looking At Maternity Care
June 5, 2009 10:17 am

Improving Elder Care By Looking At Maternity Care

The role of dads in the delivery room has dramatically changed in the last few decades. When I was born in the 1960s I think that it was standard practice to be drinking at the bar across the street with your buddies instead of holding your wife’s hand in the delivery room! Now it’s common practice now to take up residence in the maternity ward with mom for the entire duration of her stay. In fact nearly every room has […]

April 28, 2009 2:59 pm

An Unbelievable Surprise: Moving to a Retirement Community

For Bonnie and William Iandolo, trying to visualize their apartment after downsizing from the family home was rather difficult. By utilizing an experienced moving company, however, their move was not only stress-free, but the couple could not believe their eyes when they first entered their new residence. Bonnie, who started working at American University for the Public Relations Department, eventually retired from the law school’s Registrar Office. When William, a lawyer, started having problems with his leg, the couple knew […]

Thank goodness they found it!
April 10, 2009 10:12 pm

Thank goodness they found it!

Right after I did my last post I was clicking around and discovered that they found the bike! Read about it here I know that Ruth is sleeping better tonight, I don’t think anyone in that town will be stealing bikes for a long time!

March 29, 2009 5:09 pm

A platform for discussion

I have made several presentations to groups on my project recently. Last week I presented the project to a group of about 170 social workers, senior-serving and health care professionals at the annual Social Work Luncheon held at Vinson Hall in Mclean, VA. My presentation was taped and edited into 3 digestable segments. Segment 1 – Introduction, Inspiration, Everyone Is Aging, The 7 P’s, Perspective, Possessions   Segment 2 – Pricing, Proximity, Purpose, People, Positive Attitude   Segment 3 – The […]

February 23, 2009 5:04 pm

Maintaining a Great Friendship: Moving to a Retirement Community

Maintaining relationships and social contact has always been extremely important to Lee Hughlett, so it is no surprise that she found a friend in the process of selling her home. Over the years, the mother of three worked a variety of jobs from retail to human resources. One she truly enjoyed, however, was later in life at a dating service when she returned to the working world after dealing with a health concern. “I wanted to go back to work […]

February 13, 2009 4:27 pm

An Overview of the 43 year old retirement community resident project

If you are new to this blog and my project, I put together a “cliff notes” version to get you up to speed. Introduction Click here for my letter to the residents, staff and families of Paul Spring Video that describes my vision for the project Preadmission paperwork and screening These two posts summarize the preadmission process Admissions Health Screening Downsizing Although I didn’t actually move my furnishings in with me, I went through the process of selecting what I […]

The emotion of moving is ageless
February 4, 2009 6:18 pm

The emotion of moving is ageless

“How can you truly experience the feelings that the elderly have when they move to a retirement home? You’re not going to feel the deep loss of giving up many possessions, losing your lifetime home, your neighbors, and many friends.” This is an excerpt from an email that I received recently. I love emails like this! Being challenged on this concept forces me to give aspects of this project alot more thought.  My thoughts on this have taken me down […]

February 3, 2009 4:58 pm

Getting Help From Senior Move Managers

As I mentioned in my previous post I asked the members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers to share with me ideas, concepts and words of wisdom to help me through the downsizing process. I have copied excerpts from their emails to me below. I can tell you that walking this road alone is an overwhelming and confusing process, knowing that there are professionals available that can objectively help is very comforting. “We all have things we love in […]

The Crockpot Chronicles!
February 3, 2009 10:58 am

The Crockpot Chronicles!

“You don’t need to take the Crock Pot.” That is just one of the many comments I received from blog readers who viewed my brief video in entry#6 where I shared the items (one of which is a crockpot!) that I thought would be appropriate to take with me on my move. Click here to view Until I went through this exercise, I never really recognized the importance or the significance of the crock pot in my life. That crock pot represents something that […]