Senior Move Managers – Advocates for Seniors


by Colleen Smart

Moving is certainly not easy! In fact, on the Holmes-Rahe Stress Scale, moving ranks third in major stress events, behind the death of a spouse and divorce. For seniors, especially those with chronic disabilities or illnesses, the experience can be overwhelming.

Relocation Stress Syndrome was recognized as an official medical diagnosis in 1992, with common symptoms being dependency, confusion, anxiety, depression and withdrawal. According to experts, the impact moving has on an individual is directly related to the amount of preparation and the level of support through all stages of the transition.

Moving can be made easy when you hire a Senior Move Manager. These professionals guide seniors and their families through both the physical and emotional upheaval of moving and transitioning into a new residence.

If you’re contemplating a move from your home of 20 or more years, where do you start? How do you decide what treasures to keep and what to part with? How will you know what possessions will fit into your new home and new lifestyle? What do you do with all that’s left behind?

There are ample effective solutions to all of these questions. Working with a Senior Move Manager means you’ll have someone to help you recognize both what you don’t need as well as what you really want. And you are in the driver’s seat! You’ll feel empowered as you make conscious and practical decisions, selecting only the possessions you really love and actually use.

Senior Move Managers are passionate advocates for their clients. Not only do they manage all the physical details of a move, they are trusted advisors who represent seniors with honesty and integrity.

During this challenging time, you’ll get the support and advice you need, including reliable referrals for medical services, legal or financial advice, housing services, and information on religious or other social organizations in your community.

Hiring a professional can make the difference between a successful move and a stressful experience. When given a clear, detailed plan and timetable tailored to fit your needs, you’ll experience a smooth and efficient move from start to finish. You can relax with confidence knowing that you and your possessions are in safe hands.

Colleen Smart is the Founder and President of Daybreak Moving Solutions for Seniors

As Certified Relocation & Transition Specialists, we guide mature adults, going through middle and later life transitions, and their families through the physical and emotional upheaval of moving.


3 Responses

  1. Your Message Totally agree with this article. Having a move manager for my mom's move was the best decision she made for herself and our family. Now something i would have considered only for the elderly is something i will do for myself
  2. Thanks for this excellent article; I want to add that there is an association, National Association of Senior Move Managers which lists members and the certified professionals may be found at
  3. [...] -  Stressed about relocating?  EldercareABC has some excellent recommendations for hiring a Senior Move Manager. [...]
  4. Thank you for educating people on the real, medical affects of stress that can come from moving a loved one. Gentle Transitions is one of the founders of the National Association of Senior Move Managers so, thank you Ann Hutchens, for mentioning that resource!

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