Category Archive: Senior Moving

National Senior Move Managers Week

The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) has declared the week of May 13-19 National Senior Move Managers Week. With a theme of “It’s so much more than moving…”, the 6th annual celebration will promote the value of Senior Move Management and the commitment Senior Move Managers have to assisting the elderly and their families through the emotional and physical aspects of downsizing a lifetime of memories during their relocation process.Recognizing and managing the stress of moving older adults is the trademark of the NASMM. “When older adults have not moved in 30, 40, or 50 years, they need to downsize. It’s so much more than moving when you are helping older adults transition to a new home. The organizational and physical tasks, coupled with the safety and ethical issues in executing such a move, can be overwhelming,” said Mary Kay Buyssee, NASMM’s Executive Director.

Adults ages 85 and above are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. and Canadian populations. Therefore, since 2002, the NASMM has dedicated themselves to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes.

Horizon Moving Systems is extremely proud to be an active member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Here are just some of the many services we offer to our older clients and their families:

  • Developing a customized move plan unique to your specific needs.
  • Organizing, sorting, and labeling your possessions.
  • Arranging for the disposal of unwanted items through auction, estate sale, consignment, donation, etc.
  • Arranging shipments and tracking packages.
  • Unpacking and setting up your new home.

Horizon’s Senior Move Managers will also assist individuals who choose to stay in their own homes, but require expert organizational skills and knowledge of “aging in place” concepts to help them improve their quality of life.

By managing every aspect of the move, Horizon Moving Systems is capable of providing comprehensive senior moving solutions. To learn more about our Senior Move Management program, call our team of moving specialists today at 888-759-4244.

Relocation Stress Syndrome and Its Effects on Senior Moving

The word “moving” conveys a sense of change, whether you are using this word to describe a physical relocation, an action, or even an emotional response. However, for someone thinking about relocation, the term “moving” may trigger apprehension and anxiety, as relocation can be a very big adjustment in a person’s life.

The process of moving into a new home can generate intense psychological reactions in people – particularly in older adults. Prolonged or intensive stress while moving can even lead to Relocation Stress Syndrome, also referred to as Transition Trauma. Because seniors can take longer than younger people to adjust to change, they are more prone to this condition. The symptoms of Relocation Stress Syndrome include:

  • muscle tension
  • anger or apprehension
  • loneliness and depression
  • unexplained skin irritations and rashes
  • painful headaches/migraines
  • intense emotional anxiety
  • trouble sleeping or eating
  • feelings of insecurity and lack of trust
  • excessive need for reassurance

    Professionals believe that Relocation Stress Syndrome is experienced until the person regains their sense of control. When experiencing relocation stress, the re-acclimation process depends on a number of variables, such as age and stage of life, personality, amount of preparation, and the type and amount of support received before, during, and after the move.

    Due to the often sensitive and emotional nature of moving an older client, Horizon strives to deliver senior moving services with compassion and integrity. At Horizon Moving Systems, we guarantee that your move will be a smooth transition because we will manage every step of the process. You can trust the moving and relocation experts at Horizon to exceed your expectations of a senior moving company by going the extra mile to ensure that both your physical and emotional needs are taken care of during your relocation. Call 1-800-528-5302 today to receive a free moving estimate!