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Meet Our Move Manager Barb!
Meet Barb Boese, one of our Gentle Transitions Move Managers. Barb describes the process of our Move Management services and why she loves what she does.
Older Americans Month 2016: “Blaze a Trail”
Older adults are a growing and increasingly vital part of our country. The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts. From 69-year-old NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. to 84-year-old actress Rita Moreno to 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of American life.
Since 1963, those of us in the senior professionals industry know May as “Older Americans Month”. In 1963, we began to acknowledge the contributions of older people by using the month of May to celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages.
While Gentle Transitions provides downsizing, moving and relocation services to older adults year-round, we will use OAM 2016 to focus on how older adults in our community are leading and inspiring others, how we can support and learn from them, and how we might follow their examples to blaze trails of our own. Throughout the month, Gentle Transitions will conduct activities and share information designed to highlight local programs, resources and success stories.
Spring Cleaning for Seniors
Checklist First. Seems simple, huh? Write down the tasks and cleaning properties you need to get done. A list gives your cleaning efforts a structure and helps keep you on track.
Time Management. Block off time in your day, week or month that you can devote to the cleaning. Do you want to knock everything out in one day, or parse the cleaning out over several weeks?
Friends & Family. The more the merrier. If you can’t convince family members to lend a hand, consider hiring help. In fact, there are services like Task Rabbit that allow you to screen, interview and hire household help for all sorts of tasks.
De-clutter, then clean. We practice what we preach. You can’t clean if there’s clutter in the way. Do you have a lifetime of belongings? Often too much stuff clutters the house and makes it difficult to clean not to mention hazardous to live in. Don’t clean around the piles. Clean through them by downsizing and de-cluttering. Did you know that Gentle Transitions can help you sort & declutter your belongings? Even if you’re not moving, we can still help sort through your belongings and determine what’s best to keep. Call our office and as how we can make your spring cleaning easier! 1-800-619-3049.
Meet GT’s New Operations Director: Gloria Cervantes
Gloria joins us from the hospitality industry and brings over 25 years of operations management experience. Gloria will be based in our Manhattan Beach headquarters and work across our departments to ensure that Gentle Transitions continues to set the standard for excellence in Move Management.
Transitioning seniors to new living situations
By Melissa Heckscher, Daily Breeze Staff Writer
Pearl Davis’ one-bedroom apartment already feels like home.
In her bedroom, a hodgepodge of knickknacks are scattered on a desk; in the bathroom, a bounty of toiletries is stashed in cabinets; and everywhere, her long-held collection of paintings and photographs hang on the walls.
To think, she’s only been here five days.
“What makes it home? It’s the things that mean something to you,” said Davis, 83, who recently moved from her longtime three-bedroom house in Redondo Beach to a senior living facility in Manhattan Beach. “That’s the mindset you have to have.”
At her age, she admitted, moving is a challenging proposition. For one, she can’t lift most things. And the stress of downsizing from a 1,500-square-foot house to a 650-square-foot apartment can be “overwhelming.” Continue Reading →