Moving is stressful. And the older youget, the more stressful it becomes.
There’s the sheer chaos that goes withdownsizing, packing up and relocating,but there are mental challenges, too.Moving is one of life’s major transitions;it’s not always easy to let go of thingsand leave a place behind that was homefor many years.
KEEP IN MIND
“Free” is a magic word when you’re looking to get rid of things you no longer need or want.
“People often feel overwhelmed
by a move,” says Leslie Beliveau, a
member of the National Association of
Senior Move Managers and the owner
of an organizing business. “There
are time restraints involved and it’s a
very physical job. There can be a lot of
difficult emotions, too. For some seniors,
Beliveau says her business is
increasingly focusing on downsizing as
many baby boomers make the leap from
thousands of square feet of living space
That usually means going throughdecades of accumulated things andmaking decisions about what to do witheach one.
Making your move
Closing the door on your home—and the life you lived there—
isn’t easy, but there are ways to make the change less stressful
WRITTEN BY GREG HARRISILLUSTRATED BY MICHAEL BYERS