Frequently asked questions
What is a senior move manager and why would I need to hire one?
Senior Move Management is the profession that assists older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or "aging in place." Senior Move Managers have backgrounds in gerontology, social work, health care, nursing and psychology, others come to this industry from the corporate world of project management, technology, accounting or marketing. Senior Move Managers require a profound commitment to connecting with older adults and a desire to perform meaningful work.
Who typically uses senior move managers?
Senior Move Managers are contacted by various sources, including:
- Older adults
- Family members
- Bank and trust officers
- Geriatric Care Managers
- Social service providers/social workers
- Senior living communities
- Physicians and allied health providers
- Staging professionals
What are the real benefits of using a senior move manager?
Senior Move Managers have significant expertise in accessing resources and approaching late-in-life moves in a way that saves money, reduces stress and produces quality results.
What does being a NASMM member mean?
NASMM stands for National Association of Senior Move Managers. Its members are reviewed for insurance and experience requirements prior to acceptance.
Why do we need senior move managers today and not 20 years ago?
The numbers tell the story: the U.S. population aged 65 and over will jump nearly 80 percent when the Baby Boom generation retires (from 2010 to 2030). That means by 2030, the elderly will account for one-fifth of the total U.S. population.
Today, many families are geographically dispersed and adult children are often not able to help with the moving process due to distance, career and family obligations. For family members living far away, the barriers may be geographic.
Additionally, many seniors have no surviving children, or increasingly, their children are older adults themselves. If illness or death precipitates the move, the family is likely already drained both emotionally and physically. They need help. Senior move managers emerged to fill these gaps and to facilitate the transition for everyone involved.
Older adults making a transition have usually not moved in 30, 40 or 50 years and need to downsize considerably. The organizational and physical tasks associated with planning and implementing such a complex move can be overwhelming for the entire family. Seek the help of experienced, insured professionals and call a senior move manager.