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Senior Relocation: It’s a Movement

By Peter M. Yoss, president and founder, GoldenWest Moving


Senior relocation is on the rise. Thousands of Americans join the ranks of “seniors” every day and after years in homes where they have raised families, paid mortgages and worked until retirement, many have began to downsize their lives and residences. This trend is due to the creation of more senior communities, residences and assisted living facilities around the country. Even large, single-family homes are becoming residences for several seniors to live in. Most seniors who are opting for this new life have concluded, along with the concerns of their children, that living in an empty nest is no longer practical, feasible or medically prudent.

New businesses have been created with services that inform, support and relocate this growing population. Since many families have seen a migration of members away from the nest, it has become increasingly necessary for different sized businesses to step in and take the place of the children who, because of logistics and other obligations, can no longer guide or assist their elderly parents into their new life.

Beginning with locators, people who are familiar with the different communities and residences available for the seniors, and then with move managers, those persons who have become skilled with assisting in the entire relocating process, the finding, preparation and entire relocation is being made easy.

The idea of this new industry is to see that every aspect of moving is covered and completed, from downsizing to having the new residence completely ready as a new home when the seniors arrive on the day of the move. This extensive service can include, beyond having the furniture in place, having all the drawer and cabinet items put away, pictures and mirrors hung, electronic equipment set up, beds made and cartons and moving debris removed. Chocolate on the pillow is a nice finishing touch for the people who have been instrumental in shaping the course of their families, communities and this nation.

Many senior communities and residences are aware of move managers and everyone one that is involved in making the transition process as smooth as possible. A Senior Sensitive Service – a division of its parent company, GoldenWest Moving Inc. – is one of the truly full-service relocation companies that, along with its local and interstate divisions, have this unique senior relocating service. For information, visit or www.GoldenWest Moving .com.

Other ways to find out about this industry would be through community senior services and online through move management organizations like the National Association Of Move Managers.