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A woman sits with a moving consultant, smiling while looking at a brochure

Moving is more than just changing your address; it can be an emotional decision that brings out the best and worst qualities in ourselves and the people we love. So how can you make your move as stress-free as possible for everyone involved? In this column, I’ll share some strategies to help you communicate with your family and manage any conflicts that might arise.

Tallgrass Creek
Lois and Bruce Robb enjoy a cup of  coffee in Milo’s Cafe, a popular lunch spot and market at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans.

When Tallgrass Creek’s newest residence building opened last fall, Lois and Bruce Robb were among the first residents.

“We reserved a year earlier, right after the building’s groundbreaking, which was a great decision,” says Lois. “We got the floor plan we wanted in the exact location we wanted.”

Erickson Living
A woman packs up items in her home with the help of Erickson Realty and Moving Services

To simplify her move from a condominium in northeast Philadelphia to Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., Judy Rosenberg took advantage of assistance from the community’s personal moving consultant, Colleen Rosica.

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Art supplies, like colored pencils and ribbons, sit on a table, neatly organized.

One of the best things about retirement is the ability to spend time doing what you enjoy and gaining new hobbies. For many people, that means an artistic endeavor. Whether it’s quilting, jewelry-making, knitting, scrapbooking, calligraphy, embroidery, or even basket weaving, crafters are certain to collect a fair amount of supplies.

The potential headaches of moving, like downsizing, packing, and selling your house, melt away with expert help from Erickson Realty and Moving Services.

After more than 30 years in their single-family home in Burke, Va., Keith and Beverlee McCartney chose to move to Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va.

“We have friends who were already living at Ashby Ponds, and once we made the decision to move, they strongly suggested that we reach out to Elizabeth McCumiskey for help making our move,” says Keith.

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Two women standing next to a real estate SOLD sign

While a majority of seniors stay put when they retire, a growing population are choosing destination retirements and making a long-distance move. Often they do so to be closer to family, but sometimes it’s simply the chance for a new adventure.

Highland Springs
Ellnor in her home at Highland Springs

Elinor White knew she was ready for a change, but the thought of downsizing and selling her home of 40 years seemed overwhelming.

“My husband passed away in 2003, so I’d been alone in the house for a long time,” says Elinor, who lived in Plano, Tex. “I wanted something different, but there was 40 years of accumulation in the house. I just didn’t see how a move was possible.”

Buried under paperwork? We know the feeling.

The average person accumulates mountains of paperwork over a lifetime—from bank statements to tax documents to shopping receipts. Which documents should you keep and which can you discard? What are the benefits of going paperless? And most importantly, how can you make sure you dispose of your paperwork safely and securely?

A smiling man places items in a moving box

So often, residents of Erickson Living communities compare our campuses to “a cruise on land,” with all the amenities of a voyage to the islands and none of the chores we do in our homes.