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 ‘Finding Help in a Crisis, Downsizing” and the National Association of Senior Move Managers are discussed and featured in the AARP Bulletin. NASMM is featured in AARP. Click here to read more!

From the New York Times Real Estate Section, an article entitled, The Ultimate Amenity: Grandparents! It is no secret that the New York area is a great place to retire -- one of America’s most desired cities for retirement, even more so when families, often including grandchildren, live in New York City and vicinity. 




November 12, 2012 by Mary EllenPodmolik

Emotions can swell as seniors pare down.  Specialized movers ease the stress of downsizing.

  1. ...Clients include seniors who are overwhelmed by the prospect of downsizing and don't want to burden family members and family members who don't have the time or live close enough to handle the projects themselves. Regardless of who's paying the bills, senior move managers say their customer is the senior... .  Click here for rest of story.



Ms. Yastine, the president of Ally Bank, agonized for years about the best way to bridge the interstate gap between herself and her mother, who lived alone in the family house in New Jersey. After her mother broke a hip last year, she convalesced for several months at Ms. Yastine’s condo before returning to New Jersey. That’s when Ms. Yastine got serious about formulating a plan to give her mother a stronger incentive to come into the city.  The reality,” she said, “is that she doesn’t want to leave her home, doesn’t want to go into any kind of assisted-living facility, and I want to be there for her as much as possible. But the last thing we have time for is a regular commute to New Jersey. So this is a new chapter. Click here to read more!

Angie’s List discusses “A service to help moving seniors less stressful” on this You Tube video. Click here to view!
The National Association of Senior Move Managers is featured in Realtor Magazine (the bi-monthly publication of the National Association of Realtors)! Click here to read more!

When Moving Seems Impossible

The New Old Age, The New York Times, 12/30/2012


Caring and Coping

Patricia Wendler had been trying to sell her Southport, N.C., home for four years. Just before Thanksgiving, she finally got an offer, with one major contingency: Mrs. Wendler, 80, had less than three weeks to move, or no deal.

She and her husband, who died in 2008, had retired to Southport 16 years ago from New Hartford, N.Y. In that time, the Wendlers had accumulated furniture that wouldn’t fit in her new apartment, tools she wouldn’t need and years upon years of paperwork. “I kind of stored everything,” she said.

Her daughter-in-law, June Wendler, described the task of relocation as a “tornado.” She called Jane Roberts, a senior move manager in Wilmington, N.C., for help.

Initially, Patricia Wendler was not thrilled.

“I was a little resentful,” she said. “Why would I need someone like that? I’m not used to having people do things for me.”

The Wendlers are among more than 50,000 families to hire a certified senior move manager this year, up from 30,000 just two years ago, according to the National Association of Senior Move Managers. These services don’t come cheap: Most move managers charge $25 to $60 per hour. A top-to-bottom move can require several days of planning, packing and unpacking, running $1,500 to $4,000 or more — not including the cost of the actual movers.

Despite the expense, many families are finding senior move managers indispensable, and not just because they handle the logistics. Tensions can spill over when an elderly parent must relocate. Hundreds of necessary decisions and actions can swallow time the family may not have; the inevitable negotiations and concessions can trouble even the best parent-child relationships.

Surveys show that the elderly overwhelmingly wish to remain in their long-term homes, and to many of them moving represents a loss of control. “These moves usually are precipitated by something that’s happened — a health crisis, a death of a spouse, a loss of driving ability,” said Margit Novack, a senior move manager in Philadelphia.

A good move manager helps to clear a path to the new home while ensuring that the senior is always in control, regardless of who made the first call. “These people don’t want anyone telling them what to do. You have to walk a very fine line,” said Ms. Roberts.

“We become their surrogate friend or surrogate daughter,” added Judy Rough, a senior move manager in Phoenix.

By taking the adult children out of the driver’s seat, a manager can help circumvent family hostilities. “It really lets the adult child be their companion in the journey. The adult child isn’t the bad cop,” said Mary Kay Buysse, executive director of N.A.S.M.M. “It really lets the family be the family.”

In Southport last month, Ms. Roberts helped Mrs. Wendler sort through what to keep and what to donate to charity. She packed everything, hired the movers and then unpacked in the new apartment. She even photographed the interior of Mrs. Wendler’s former home so as to reproduce the layout as closely as possible, making sure that if the toothbrush sat on the right side of the sink, that’s exactly where Mrs. Wendler would find it in the new apartment.

Ms. Roberts’s efforts won over Mrs. Wendler. “She did things I never would’ve thought of,” said Mrs. Wendler. “She was just perfect.”

If the term “senior move manager” is an unfamiliar one, you’re not alone; membership in the national association currently hovers around 600. But it’s a field you’ll likely hear a lot more about as our population ages rapidly and the average occupancy rate for senior housing inches back up. What do you get...? In theory, a far less stressful late-life transitionnot just a clipboard jockey who’s organizing the whole shebang (distributing to family, donating, selling, dumping, planning, packing, moving), but a compassionate facilitator steeped in the ethical and safety issues of dealing with this often-vulnerable population. --SmartMoney, May 12, 2011