We want to retain our right to make our own decisions and we may desire assistance in implementing those decisions. But seniors often feel too pressured by family and that leads to stress and family quarrels.
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Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) September 25, 2008
Like many aging Americans, Diana Beam's Aunt Helen was living on her own. Then in her mid-eighties, she needed occasional help with house repairs, maintenance, and seasonal cleaning. Her home became too large for her to manage and she was feeling the pressure of living on a small, fixed income. Her family urged her to move to a smaller home but she didn't want to leave a house full of memories and her friends.
After a nasty fall that put her in the hospital for several weeks and left her feeling isolated during a lengthy recovery period, Aunt Helen sought help from her niece, Diana Beam, a licensed real estate agent in Indianapolis, Indiana. With the encouragement of Beam and her husband Ron, Aunt Helen decided to preserve her freedom and eliminate the physical and financial drain of maintaining more house than she needed. With her niece's help, Aunt Helen was able to enjoy her remaining years until she passed a few years ago at the age of 96.
"When we get older, we want to enjoy life without worry and without unnecessary encumbrances on family and friends," says Beam. "We want to retain our right to make our own decisions and we may desire assistance in implementing those decisions. But seniors often feel too pressured by family and that leads to stress and family quarrels."
It was this experience with Aunt Helen that inspired Diana Beam and her husband Ron to start Smooth Moves for Seniors®
(http://www.smoothmovesforseniors.com) and trademark the RightSizing® process, a real estate service to help seniors and their family make important decisions to transition to a more manageable lifestyle.
"The RightSizing process helps seniors and their family work through various options including finding a smaller, more manageable house, apartment or condo or transitioning into a retirement community." Beam adds, "After the assessment, we may also determine that renovations can be made to a current home to better suit their current physical needs and make sure they have the proper support systems in place."
U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics shows that people age 65 and older currently make up thirteen percent of the U.S population. That percentage will continue to increase through the year 2050. The Beams see a need to provide additional support to seniors and their families.
Soon, real estate agents nationwide will be able to apply to become a registered RightSizing Advisor. "We hope to have the application process and support systems in place by the end of 2008. Only licensed real estate agents can become registered. They will have the proper training, support and resources that will allow them to work with seniors and their families in a professional and caring manner.
For more information on RightSizing and to learn more about the services that Smooth Moves for Seniors provides to aging Americans and their families, visit http://www.smoothmovesforseniors.com or call toll-free 1-800-664-5541.
About Smooth Moves for Seniors
Smooth Moves for Seniors (http://www.smoothmovesforseniors.com) provides consulting services to aging Americans and their families to help them make important decisions regarding their housing needs and quality of living. The company was started in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2006 by Diana and Ron Beam. Diana Beam is a licensed real estate agent in Indianapolis. She serves as a long-term care coordinator and an advocate for seniors. She has served on various committees and boards including Building a Senior-Friendly Indianapolis, Partnerships for Aging, Senior Real Estate Society, as an AARP Community Coordinator. She is a member of the Senior Sentinels Speaker Bureau Service. Ron Beam served as a consultant to a builder specializing in communities for ages 55+ and has extensive knowledgeable on the topics of universal design, optimum accessibility and building assessments for seniors.
The company plans to license its trademarked RightSizing® Senior Advisor registration program which will provide training, support and resources to licensed real estate agents nationwide who desire to help aging Americans transition to a more suitable and manageable senior lifestyle.