Posts Tagged ‘ seniors move ’

WHEN MAKING LAST MOVE, BE SURE YOU ARE READY

Feb 12th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors come to that time when making the choice for what might be expected to be your last move. It is no easy choice and it is one chock full of implications and ramifications.

Most of us deal with such an issue as unlikely and way off. Thus, such a discussion is without merit. Much like putting affairs in order at the time of one’s expected (yep, expected) death is not deserving of immediate attention. That can come later. Right now, things are going reasonably well. Presently there are enough irons in the fire, that I surely don’t need to add this one.

As time begins to nudge us, however, and the issue is somehow introduced, delay is not the best, only or most wise choice among those to consider.



ISSUES OF MOVING: CHANGING BANKS

Oct 28th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Tips for a Smooth Transition Following our recent move, we decided to switch banks. The one we had been using in Texas was a small local bank, and there was no good way to keep the accounts there and have access to banking needs beyond what we can do on the Internet. So the search [...]



SENIORS MOVE ALMOST COMPLETED

Oct 11th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We have reached the picture hanging stage. This means that there are fewer boxes to be unpacked and less things to put away. This is usually a good sign in the stages of moving. There can now be more time spent relaxing the back, which is severely traumatized by all this, and less time with the details of the house. The only difficulty with the picture hanging stage is that there must be final agreement on where the item goes, on which wall, over which table, etc.

There is less conflict by now. There really hasn’t been much and most of it has been appropriately internalized. There is really little need for conflict, nothing to be gained, and a lot to be sacrificed if the situation is reduced to a fighting match. Things are just things, after all. They need to be treated with the respect they deserve, like



THINGS TO DO AFTER THE MOVE

Oct 10th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Okay, the move is over. Now begins the deluge of things to get done in your new domicile. You have taken care of the utilities, something needed by you upon your arrival and the water, electricity and sundry other services are in place and operating satisfactorily. What’s next?

If you have a land line, get ready for a stampede of solicitation calls. Find out quickly how to put a stop to those annoying sales calls. Don’t delay. The longer you are out there, they will do all they can to get their proverbial foot in the door. If you are fortunate, you will head off all the attempts to get your attention. If not, you may be awakened at 5 a.m. with a friendly voice you really don’t want to hear.
Be sure you activate garbage pick up.



SENIOR CITIZENS AND MOVING

Oct 9th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The worst part of the move is over. Lifting heavy boxes, going through item by item, placing them in drawers, closets, on shelves and sundry other locations allows now to forget them until the next time.

What next time? If my influence and power in this household have any impact at all it will come down on the side of never moving again. Twice in fifteen years is quite enough and at any age the choice to move would require a psychiatric examination before launching into such an escapade. Moving is an exactingly exhausting experience for senior citizens. It dominates you until you are beaten down by the sheer magnitude of it all. It comes at you until you can take no more. It weighs on you. It beats you up with its demand to get it done.



WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME

Oct 5th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

At 73 and 69, my spouse and I are making some major life choices. If you have kept up with us the past few weeks you know that we have made a major cross country move. We sold our dream house of 15 years, packed up and made a trek of over a thousand miles with my 92 year old mother and 3 precious pets.

The house we have moved into is pleasant, and half again the size of the one we left. Trying to stuff ten pounds into a five pound bag becomes something of a challenge. We brought more than we have room for more and that will require other choices. It is time. We have agreed that age will always get the upper hand, but we still have the hutzpah to challenge time and try to win a few more of the games life offers.



WHEN ANTICIPATING A MOVE, START EARLY

Aug 30th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are retired, even though not yet 65, and your house is on the market, but not yet sold, start now sorting, pitching, tossing, eliminating, selling, donating, giving away and discarding.

Remember how many years it took you to accumulate everything now in your possession. Recall how you just had to have certain collectibles, how you tricked and coerced your spouse into buying that item, how you walked away from an estate sale with more stuff than you needed.

Now, with a move imminent, it is time to bite the bullet. Although closing may be weeks away, start now, right now. All of those Commemorative Pieces, Magazines, Souvenirs now must be redistributed. If, like me, you still have things kept from your childhood,