Diane Copenhagen, who co-owns Caring Transitions with her husband, specializes in helping seniors move from their homes to retirement living communities. She recently touched on the problem of downsizing during the golden years with The Kansas City Star.
She explained to the news source that one of the most important parts of moving is to do it gradually.
"We come in little by little, maybe in three-hour spurts every other day for a few weeks.
We sit with clients and talk to them," she said. This can make the transition much less stressful for seniors who are hesitant to make the move.
She also advises seniors who are looking for a way to take something with them to a new residence but may not be able to move the actual object to make scrapbooks featuring photos of the item instead. This can be a great way to bring along a memento of a treasured room, landscape or piece of furniture.
Experts suggest that staying organized during the move can be another valuable strategy for older adults. Label possessions of importance, so that it's easy to sort through what is necessary and what can be given away.