Coastal NC

VOL13ISS1 2017

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32 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 13—ISSUE 1 RELOCATING IN SENIOR YEARS Relocating in Senior Years BY LAUREL HYATT Did you know that the U.S. population of "seniors" will jump by nearly 80 percent when the Baby Boomers retire between now and 2030? By then "we" will account for a fifth of the total U.S. population. And even though the population continues to age, with medical breakthroughs, exercise, and more attention to healthy lifestyles, seniors are living longer and are more active than ever – including being involved in their relocation process. Whether you're downsizing to something more manageable or relocating closer to your kids, moving can be stressful at any age; but as a senior it can seem especially overwhelming. After all, many times we seniors are moving from homes where we've invested 30, 40, even 50 years of our lives; homes where ours kids were born and grew into young adults; homes enriched by dozens of holiday gatherings; and homes where our grandkids first came to know who we were as grandparents. It actually becomes more than a move; it becomes a transition to a different stage of life. However, relocation as a senior need not be as stressful – with a little planning. First of all you need to plan your work, then work your plan. Decide early on in the process how much you want (or can do) yourself and how much you will need to hire to be done. Will you hire just a moving company or a senior move management specialty company? If you already have a new residence purchased or rented will it accommodate everything you want to move or will you need additional storage? starting a new life in senior years Next, start downsizing! Rarely does a senior decide when moving, "Yep, I believe I'm going to get a bigger place this time!" Usually we're trying to fit a lifetime of memories, furniture, and clothing into 2 bedroom apartment or condo. So start early by going through the seldom visited areas of your current residence like the attic, basement, garage, spare junk room, and those pesky filing cabinets. As with any move, breaking the overall task into more manageable "bite-sized" pieces will definitely help. You didn't accumulate all of this in a week nor will you be able to properly sift through it at the last minute. If you already have your new residence secured you can start to plan out what will go where (and what will not fit). This will be helpful not only for furniture but for things like books and artwork too. Before you're in the "rush of the move" take some time to look around your home and realize what things are really important. Don't move things you don't love or need. Start to donate unwanted or unneeded items to family members, charities, or recycling centers. As moving day gets closer, be sure to notify everyone of your change of address. This will include the family, friends, the post office, any regular publications or associations, and banks. Don't forget to cancel or forward utilities. Above all, even though we're seniors and have lived a lifetime it seems, there's no shame in asking for help. Moving is stressful on anyone of any age -- emotionally, physically and mentally. We're no different. Don't miss out on what's new and exciting in your new home. Make this move your best move ever! []

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