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Senior relocation goes extra mile

More professionals seeking credential in late-life 'transition' biz

Sometimes, it takes a village to move Mom and Dad. For seniors, relocating to a new home can be incredibly complex. For one thing, if they've lived in the same place for decades, the prospect of sorting out a lifetime of possessions can be overwhelming for them and their grown children. For another, coping with changed routines and environments can generate an avalanche of emotion. Enter the "senior move manager," a profession that has sprung up in the past decade to provide soup-to-nuts services intended to get the senior from Home "A" to Home "B" with minimal disruption. Move managers say demand for their specialty is growing both because the enormous baby boom generation is aging and because we live in an era where it's not unusual for adult offspring to live far from their parents. "I'm the in-town daughter," explains Nan Hayes, who runs Right-Sized Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill., which specializes in organizing senior relocatio...

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