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VOL14ISS1 2018

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28 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 RELOCATING SENIORS Relocating Seniors BY LAUREL HYATT Even though we're "seniors" and have lived a lifetime, it seems, many of us will still be taking an active role in a relocation in the coming months (or years). As we plan for this new chapter in life there are some things we can do that can make it easier and more enjoyable. First and foremost – there's no shame in asking for help. Moving is stressful on anyone of any age – emotionally, physically and mentally. We're no different. Whether you're relocating to be closer to your kids or downsizing to something more manageable, moving can seem especially overwhelming emotionally. After all, many times, we 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 the laughter of 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. With all the emotion of the move wrapped up in the details there are some simple things you can do to make the task seem not so insurmountable. 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, how much friends and family can help, and how much you may need to hire done. Keep in mind that instead of just hiring a moving company there are senior move management specialty companies available. Senior move management professionals assist older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation. A good place to start researching senior movement manager companies is through organizations like AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and NASMM (National Association of Senior Move Managers). Now it's time to get really organized by starting a "timeline" notebook of things that need to be done before you move, as you move, and after you move. Include in your mover's notebook any key phone numbers or addresses you'll need in the process – landlords, electric companies, gas companies, cable/ dish companies, etc. Next, start downsizing! Usually we're trying to fit a lifetime of memories, furniture, and clothing into 2 bedroom apartment or condo. 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 and desk drawers that you haven't opened since Nixon was president. starting a new life in senior years 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. Move through a little each day until that area is clear and then move on. 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. I would create an "emergency move box" with things like medications, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, first aid supplies, pen and paper, scissors, some snacks, towels, washcloth, and some bedding. That way even if the other supplies get buried in the move you can survive till they surface. It's also a good idea to pack a suitcase as if you were going away for a few days. That way you'll have a few sets of clothes and essentials to wear for the same reason. As moving day gets closer, be sure to notify "everyone of importance" of your change of address. This will include the family, friends, the post office, any regular publications or associations, and banks. You can get all your correspondence ready weeks in advance, then drop in the mail about a week prior to the move. And don't forget to enjoy your new place! []

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