It’s so much more than just a move when helping older adults transition to a new home. The physical and organizational tasks, coupled with the safety and ethical issues associated with implementing such a move, is daunting for families.
Hinsdale, IL (PRWEB) April 20, 2011
The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) has declared May 8-14, 2011 National Senior Move Managers Week. The theme of this 5th annual celebration is “More Than Just a Move.” During this recognition week, NASMM and NASMM members throughout the US and Canada are promoting the value of senior move management and senior move managers’ commitment to assisting older adults and their families. While senior move managers clearly help with the actual moving and resettling process, they also assist with the emotional and physical aspects of sorting through and downsizing a lifetime of memories prior to relocation.
Making a major move at any age is difficult and stressful. Recognizing and managing the unique stressors of relocating older adults is the hallmark of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. “When older adults making a transition have not moved in 30, 40 or 50 years, they need to downsize considerably,” said Mary Kay Buysse, NASMM’s Executive Director. “It’s so much more than just a move when helping older adults transition to a new home. The organizational and physical tasks, coupled with the safety and ethical issues associated with implementing such a move, is daunting for families.” NASMM members work with their older adult clients and families to reduce the stress and upset that can accompany a later life move.
The need for senior move management services continues to expand for numerous reasons. According to Buysse, “Adults aged 85 and above are the fastest growing segment of the US 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 required for these transitions. Additionally, many families are geographically dispersed and adult children often are not able to help with the moving process due to distance, career and family obligations. Many seniors have no surviving children or, increasingly, their children are older adults themselves. If illness or death precipitates the move, the family likely is already drained - both emotionally and physically. They need help. Senior move management has emerged to fill these gaps and to facilitate the transition for everyone involved.”
Founded in 2002, The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is a not-for-profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes. As the only professional association in North America devoted to helping the rapidly increasing 55+ population with middle and later lifestyle issues, NASMM’s 600-plus members are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of all older adults.
NASMM is nationally recognized for its innovative programs, leadership and expertise on issues related to senior move management, transition and relocation issues affecting older adults. Before achieving full general membership, NASMM members must sign a Code of Ethics, are screened for experience and insurance and must pass certificate classes in Senior Move Management Ethics and Accountability and Senior Move Management Safety.
For more information on senior move managers or NASMM, visit http://www.nasmm.org or contact NASMM directly at 877.606.2766 or info(at)nasmm(dot)org.