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Quotable Quote
Statistics Worth Knowing
Senior Relocation Industry News
Think Positively About Old Age
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Terri Stephens, CRTS, CPO
Certified Relocation & Transition SpecialistŪ
Certified Professional OrganizerŪ
(678) 513-6585
Here are Some of the Ways We Can Help
If you're responsible for moving a loved one, we can provide the support needed for a successful transition into a senior community.
If the elder's needs include memory care, we can help by creating a safe haven with familiar things to make it feel like home.
We focus on pictures, colors and decor that will give the elder a feeling of being at home right away, lessening any anxiety and making the move as smooth as possible.
We understand there may be many emotions as you deal with the role reversal of taking care of your parents.
We partner with you to provide the compassion, understanding and professional help you need at a time like this. 


My parents were downsizing from a large 2BR/2BA condo into a small assisted living 1 BR apt. Terri came in and helped them choose between what they needed and what could be let go. I had a difficult time getting them to let go of anything. But Terri used humor, compassion and practicality to help them select wisely. When my mother had multiple medical emergencies in a small period of time, Terri worked to accommodate our increased needs and timing. I have taken many of Terri's suggestions and incorporated them in my own home. I totally recommend her.
     ~ C. Cotter, Atlanta, GA 

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May 2009

 Real Order e-Newsletter
Senior Transitions - More Than Just a Move
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May 10-16, 2009, is the 3rd annual celebration of National Senior Move Managers Week, sponsored by NASMM, the National Association of Senior Move Managers. The theme of this year's event is "More Than Just a Move," which is truly what senior transitions is all about!

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Senior move managers across the country are committed to assisting older adults and their families in the relocation process. We help not only with the actual moving experience, but with the emotional and physical aspects of sorting through and downsizing a lifetime of memories. And that's no small task! Click here to learn more.
Quotable Quote 
"People who don't cherish their elderly have forgotten whence they came and whither they go."
                                                       ~ Ramsey Clark
                           BOOMING STATISTICS
By 2029, all the baby boomers will be 65 and over.
The senior population (65+) accounts for 12.4% of the total U.S. population. By 2030, the senior population will double to 70 million, or 20% of the U.S. population.
Those 85 and over are the fastest growing segment of the population. By 2020, the 85+ population is expected to increase 44% over 2000 levels.
Nine states account for 53% of the aging population: California, Florida, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey.
It is expected that the aging population will double in eight states over the next ten years: Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Washington, Alaska, Utah and California.
Source: Administration on Aging, U.S. Bureau of Census, and National Center on Health Statistics 2006 

 Senior Relocation Industry News

In case you didn't know ...
A senior relocation specialist or "senior move manager" provides the following services to older adults and their families: developing an overall move plan, space planning, organizing, sorting and downsizing, helping clients decide what to take to their new home, getting rid of unneeded items, coordinating packers and movers, realtors and estate sale specialists, and setting up the new home.
The senior relocation industry began to organize about seven years ago when the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) was formed. Simultaneously, the Senior Transition Council established industry standards and senior relocation training programs. Senior relocation training is also suported by a number of other trade assocations, including the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).
The senior relocation industry has a certification credential called Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist (CRTS). The course teaches relocation and age-in-place home transition. After completing the course work, an examination is taken. The CRTS credential is granted by a third party and requires ongoing continuing education to maintain the credential.
Professional Organizers who enjoy project management and working with older adults are an ideal fit for senior move management. There's no doubt that as the baby boomer generation begins to retire, the need for senior relocation professionals will continue to grow.
And Real Order Professional Organizing is poised to meet this growing need!
Source: NAPO News l February-March 2009

                 Think Positively About Old Age
Young people's stereotypes about their elders may contribute to health problems years later. Younger adults who think of old people as helpless, feeble or forgetful are more likely to experience strokes, heart attacks and other health problems when they grow old themselves, researchers at Yale University report.
Their study, published in this month's issue of Psychological Science, is the first to show that negative stereotypes of older people - developed early in life - have health consequences years later.
Using a standardized test for stereotypes, the researchers measured the attitudes held by 386 men and women ages 18 to 49 who were participating in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging.
Their health records were assessed by researchers 38 years later, and even after controlling for a number of factors - from family medical history to income and education - 25 percent of those who agreed with the negative stereotypes of old age had suffered a heart problem or stroke, compared with only 13 percent of those who had positive views of aging.
Age stereotypes, which tend to be adopted in childhood and young adulthood, "carry over into old age and seem to have far-reaching effects," says lead study author Becca R. Levy, associate professor of psychology at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Conn.
The big question is, why? Researchers don't know for sure, but Levy speculates that people who have negative attitudes about aging may give up on healthy behaviors, resigned to an old age plagued with mental and physical problems.
"This is a good, complex analysis that demonstrates negative stereotypes can affect our beliefs and behaviors and our health, even if we haven't fully untangled the mechanisms of how they do so," says Mary Lee Hummert, a professor of communications studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, who has done extensive research on age stereotypes but did not take part in this study.
The study, she says, "shows that negative stereotypes seem to have a significant, independent role in predicting the incidence of cardiac events. But we don't know why." Still, she says, if science shows that negative stereotypes play a role in health problems, "you might want to ask yourself if you have those views. The study might help sensitize us to the ways our unexamined beliefs might be influencing what we do or don't do to keep healthy. It may be that by focusing on the positive aspects of aging we can help maintain our health."
Source: AARP Bulletin Today | March 13, 2009

I hope this has given you some valuable information and resources about senior move management. Please let me know if you have any questions or topics you would like to see covered in upcoming newsletters.  
All the best,
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Terri Stephens, CRTS, CPO
Real Order Professional Organizing
(678) 513-6585

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