Many things get better with age…moving is not one of them. Moving at a young age can be fun and exciting, the prospect of a fresh start on the horizon. At an older age moving can mean downsizing or leaving behind a lot of family memories; so it can involve a lot more emotional and physical baggage. Here are a few tips to help the beloved and important seniors in your life move with as little stress as possible.
Enlist loved ones. Gather as many relatives as you can to assist in the move. Surrounding your parents or senior relative with loved ones who are supportive and encouraging can help ease the emotional stress, reduce the pressure on one relative to organize the move, and will make the process more fun!
Do not rush it. Take time to reflect on memories, sort through boxes of old photos, tell stories about the odds and ends you find, and reminisce on the fun family memories that happened in each room. It’s tempting to just start throwing things away and trying to get it over with as quickly as possible, but sharing these memories will keep family memories alive for everyone.
Don’t get a storage unit. Having a storage unit will give you a great excuse to not throw things away that will end up sitting in the storage unit costing you money and never coming out again. Moving is the perfect time to purge unnecessary items and downsize. Let go of items that are no longer important – donate them, give them to relatives, or throw it out.
Make a plan. With any process having a plan always eases the stress of the process. Going into it blindly will cause problems to arise. Know the requirements of the new living space; can you move in at any time? Do you need to reserve the elevators? Will your current couch fit in the new living room?
It’s okay to be sad, there will be a range of emotions experienced in a move at an older age, but also remember moving as a senior does not have to be all sad. This could be a whole new chapter of life. Keep positive and be patient. Most importantly be supportive and don’t focus on the details of the move focus on the loved one you are moving!
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