Look ahead when downsizing

Submitted on Wednesday May 29th, 2013
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It’s a big decision to have Mom or Dad move into a smaller living situation. Often more emotionally challenging, however, are the many little decisions your relative must make about what to keep and what to let go.

  • Possessions, from furniture to garden tools, hold many dear memories.
  • Giving them up forces recognition that one day your loved one's life will come to a close.

The first step to reduce emotional strain is to allow plenty of time. Senior move experts recommend a minimum of three months lead-time. Consider these steps:

  • Talk with your family member. Approach the subject carefully: "While we have the luxury of time, Mom, let's begin to plan how things will fit in your new space. Only you know what's most important to have with you."

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