Adult children may be sandwiched between their parents, their careers and their own family obligations, or some families may be separated by physical distance.
Somerville, MA (PRWEB) May 6, 2008
Hands of Change (http://www.handsofchange.net), the premier provider of later life moving and transition assistance for seniors, today announced it will participate in the second annual National Senior Move Managers Week from May 11-17, 2008. Established by the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), this year's theme is "Moving Memories", which promotes senior move managers' commitment to assisting older adults and their families, not only with planning and conducting a move, but with the emotional and physical aspects of sorting through and downsizing a lifetime of memories in the relocation process.
"Most older adults making a transition have not moved in many years and can have strong emotional ties to their homes," said Carol Oniskey, director of senior move management services at Hands of Change, a division of Gentle Giant Moving Company (http://www.gentlegiant.com). "In addition to managing the downsizing process for my clients, it's important to take the time to decorate a senior's new home with familiar photos and furnishings so the transition is as comfortable and safe as possible."
Adults aged 85 and above are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. At the same time, social changes such as more women working full time have made it increasingly difficult for family caregivers to provide all of the support needed for these transitions.
"Family and friends often want to help, but there may be barriers," said Mary Kay Buysse, Executive Director of NASMM. "Adult children may be sandwiched between their parents, their careers and their own family obligations, or some families may be separated by physical distance." She added, "Some seniors have no surviving children, or their children are seniors themselves. If illness or death precipitated the move, the family may already be drained both emotionally and physically. Senior Move Management has emerged to fill the gaps and to make transitions easier for everyone involved."
About Hands of Change
Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Hands of Change is the premier provider of later life moving and transition assistance for seniors. The organization was established as a division of Gentle Giant Moving Company (http://www.gentlegiant.com) to create and deliver unique services to gently transition seniors into new life phases. Hands of Change specializes in assisting clients as they downsize into smaller homes or move to one of the varied types of senior housing. Hands of Change has been a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers since 2005 and is a member of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). For more information please call (617) 806-1108 or visit http://www.handsofchange.net.
Founded in 2002, NASMM strives to facilitate the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults by increasing industry awareness, establishing a national referral network of senior move managers, enhancing the professional competence of members, and promoting the delivery of senior move management services with compassion and integrity. There are over 220 NASMM members around the country. For more information on senior move managers or NASMM, visit http://www.nasmm.org or contact NASMM directly at (877) 606-2766.