Jul. 3rd, 2017

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It's quite possible I've seen this term before. But this is the first time I _remember_ sitting up and paying attention.


"Ellen Sullivan, director of operations for Andover- and Dedham-based Home Transition Resource, one of a growing number of firms in the booming field of “senior move management.”"

"The thriving industry is a symptom of the challenge. While the senior-move specialists assist older clients with the mundane aspects of moving — choosing a mover, say, or calling the cable company — they also play the role of family therapist, buffer, diplomat.

“We can help to soften the blow if the kids don’t want anything but are afraid to tell their parents,” said Kate Grondin, founder of Home Transition Resource. “We can shift the focus to how wonderful a donation would be.”"

"Unknown just a few decades ago, the field now has a trade group — the National Association of Senior Move Managers — that counts 950 member companies.

Prices in Boston average $75 to $100 an hour, according to the association."

I'll probably be back here editing this with more link-fu. I am enchanted by the idea of this industry and want to know more.



Here, "Senior Move Manager".

"There are 37 senior-moving companies in Massachusetts alone, according to the nonprofit National Association of Senior Move Managers.

If you are weighing whether to downsize, you may benefit from hearing how these folks did it."

This article is more about the downsizing, less about the managers / specialists.


"These managers call in estate appraisers and trash collectors, antique dealers and electricians. For their more elderly clients, they study the floor plans of assisted-living apartments and find tactful ways to explain that there simply won’t be room for that recliner bought on sale at Jordan Marsh in 1962."

"Jennifer Pickett, a spokeswoman for the National Association of Senior Move Managers, estimates the average fee is $40 to $60 per hour but says rates in the Boston area may be up to twice as expensive."

The website for the professional organization: https://www.nasmm.org/

ETAYA: A South Dakota firm that does both professional organizing and senior move management is expanding from Rapid City to Sioux Falls.


Charlotte NC, a slightly different set of services offered by "senior real estate specialists". The move manager will help you figure out which / how your furniture will fit into your assisted living apartment and help you empty the rest of your four bedroom colonial ... somehow. The real estate specialist will help you figure out _where_ you are going next and may help with some of the other stuff. I think.

A Virginian realtor explains a bit more about what this kind of realtor might be able to help with: https://pilotonline.com/life/home/you-your-home-and-prepping-for-independence-days/article_170aae96-ab89-5e5e-bba4-f8881978feff.html

OK, so, logically, we want to now see an article doing the compare/contrast, amirite?


People who know me are waiting with bated breath: when will she identify books on topic to read?

If you are thinking, wow, this is what happens when people have only a few kids but enough money to pay for a high level of service quality, well, I couldn't agree more.

Ahem. Now, down to the fun part! Quoting with intent.

"Without a senior move manager, the first instinct of some adult children is to grab a box of garbage bags to get rid of things over a weekend. That’s not serving a parent with dignity. People have a lifetime of possessions. They should be disposed of with the same sort of thoughtfulness with which they were acquired."

I don't understand the argument being presented. But I will say this: apparently, supportive language and a deliberate pace are a big chunk of what the hourly fee buys you.

"Who’s really the client of a senior move manager?

The client is the person in transition, even if the adult child makes the call or is the one paying. When possible, we want the older adult to do all the decision-making."

It's like the aging parents are finally getting revenge for the wedding planning / payment situation a couple decades earlier in the family.

"What are the misconceptions about this industry?

That it costs a lot of money to hire someone. The bulk of our member companies charge between $60 and $80 an hour. The total bill is usually no more than $2,500."

Either they are _really_ good at what they do, or the process of paying $80/hour really brings it all home to people over the course of that week.

Oh, and there are a _shocking_ number of books on this topic at Amazon.
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Once upon a time -- and honestly, it wasn't _that_ long ago -- men and women were 20-25 when they got married, and 22-30 when they were producing new people. Thus, by the time they were 50, the new people were mostly launched either in an apartment with a job or in a dormitory acquiring a college degree. We don't actually live in that world any more. And there were always people who pushed the envelope a bit, which has now become so normal I sort of wonder if people who are producing new people now even really realize how big a change this has been.

In any event, because the boomers as a cohort made another cohort in their 20s, when the kids were out and boomers started moving out of large, empty center hall colonials into sleek townhomes or their assisted living equivalents, that housing was often referred to as 55+ (a legal designation). In the ensuing years, we've been exploring a bunch of case law, in terms of, hey, I remarried and now I have a kid (step kid, whatever), what do you mean I have to move? Yeah, sure I moved here to get away from kids, but now my adult offspring and grandchild are living with me and we can't sell and get a new place, etc.

So when I run into things which use "after 50" as a euphemism for "empty nesting relo", I always have an initial W.T.F., because so, so, so many of my friends (or at least half of each couple) are over 50 (and not just barely), and while _some_ of them will be launching their kids off to Western Washington University this fall (a lot of them picked that _precise_ and truly fine institution of higher learning <-- a little joke there har de har har. Sorry.), many more are still experiencing the joys of kids in elementary school.

In the course of looking for books about senior move managers / specialists, I ran across this title:


Re-Creating Home: Downsizing and De-Cluttering After 50

You can communicate the same idea in other words, altho I'm sure someone out there is going to object to being referred to as a "senior" when they are only [insert some age here, any age, really, at all].

Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash-A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move

One assumes that one focuses on the supportive language and deliberate pace aspect of this project.

Downsizing The Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go

That at least captures the basic idea: you're in a bigger place than you need with a bunch of stuff you don't need and oh, by the way, all the bedrooms are upstairs. And upstairs seems further away every day. And even if you set the dining room up as a bedroom, there's no bathing facility on the first floor. Really, it makes you wonder who thought up the center hall colonial in the first place.

I like this title better:

Secrets to Downsizing My House: What every senior needs to know about selling a house and downsizing into an apartment or smaller

It leaves the "senior" term to the subtitle, makes it all sound like an adventure / gold mind of great ideas, and focuses on the really problematic aspect of the whole project: someone is getting rid of a lot of stuff that is theirs and that isn't often a truly fun thing.

But I think this is more on trend:

A Simpler Space: The Sane Guide to Downsizing and De-Cluttering Effectively

Captures all kinds of ideas in a small number of words, none of them "over 50" or "senior" or "empty nest". Someone machined this thing to be relentlessly positive.

It is described as a "handy, informative and motivational book for those interested in learning how to de-clutter, downsize and prepare for a life less burdened by possessions and property. It is full of motivational tips, starters, ideas and the benefits of learning to live with less."

The only thing missing is, how life can be more when you have less holding you back. But they may have (correctly) concluded that was going to be too hard a sell and someone would expect satire, possibly with cartoons.

ETA: I don't think I posted anything about the recent articles about retirees living in manufactured housing in co-op RV parks. But I'll say this for virtually all (not all, but virtually all) manufactured housing / single wides / double wides / etc: there are bedrooms, a loo and bathing facility all on the entry level.

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