The 1965 hit by the Bryds, Turn, Turn, Turn - could not have said it better There is a season and a time to every purpose Although this folksy song was during a time of war - it was about inner peace and reflection. It poetically speaks to all of us at some point in our lives. Perhaps none more so then when we are approaching retirement and we decide where we should live as we age. This is not an easy decision for any of us as we do not have a crystal ball. Hence we are plagued by hesitation, and blocked by the questions of should I move, how can I move, can I afford to move and will I be happy if I move? All these unanswered question lead to analysis paralysis.
SHOULD I MOVE?
Create a 3, 5 and 10 year plan As adults, you have probably exercised the art of planning throughout your life. Why do we stop planning ahead as we reach our senior years? Everybodys plan and what they need to consider can be different. Brainstorm for an inclusive list and do your due diligence.
HOW CAN I MOVE?
When it comes to moving you must consider both the physical and emotional setbacks to moving. Physical The physical challenge of moving is easier to deal with than emotional. Start the sorting and packing yourself if able - if you are planning early enough start to sift through your items. Enlist Family Members to help - this is a good idea especially if family members are attached to the home or family items. Give them the opportunity to cherish the items and make collaborative decisions. Moving and Organizing Services - Organizing services are more than just how to organize your kitchen! In fact, a good organizer can help the senior with the physical aspects of moving as well as the emotional setbacks to moving. Emotional Emotional decisions can hold everyone back. Sometimes things happen to us that throws our plan out the window and we feel out of control. Feeling out of control can lead to hoarding behaviors, depression, seclusion or even risky behaviors. It is important to recognize when these things happen and seek the proper support. Know that there are social services, support groups, grief coaches, doctors and religious counseling services who are all trained and able to help.
CAN WE AFFORD TO MOVE?
Whether you have made your decision or you are defining your long term goals, check in with a qualified CSHP certified Realtor (Certified Senior Housing Professional). Realtors who choose to participate in this special education commit themselves to better serve, protect and address the issues of senior citizens - holding their best interest as paramount. ACSHP is prepared to do the following: Communicate effectively with their personal, professional, and public platforms about matters affecting seniors and the senior housing market. Use their unique zone of genius to grow a rewarding senior housing division. Assist older adults and families with the physical and emotional aspects of late-in-life moves. Assemble and leverage an extensive and powerful professional resource team. Modify, adjust, and create senior specific systems and procedures culminating in a highly sought after value proposition. Partner with senior living communities to better serve seniors and create lasting and mutually beneficial referral partnerships. Implement community education, seminars, and trainings as a means of expanding their reach. Differentiate themselves by committing to always working for the best interest of their client, by becoming an Advocate for them, even if it means they dont get paid. It is about doing the right thing, not a paycheck.
WILL I BE HAPPY IF I MOVE?
That is the Million Dollar question isnt it? Life is a Journey not a Destination. The sooner you consider your options and create a plan, the more choices you have.
Editors Note: Article Provided by: Helen Morgan CSHP, SRES Resource 55. Author: Tonya Regiro.