I was at a backyard graduation party last night when an acquaintance politely asked me to remind her about what I “do.” Though I “do” lots of different things, I knew what she meant: how did I earn a living. Most people marginally understand what an association is, but I was soon surrounded by a circle of puzzled looks when I launched into the whole senior move manager thing. One guy stepped back from the circle and laughed heartily, “I won’t need one of those because I have four kids.”
The assumption, I guess, is that his kids will know how to execute the million little details that are part of the downsizing and relocation process. He also sounds pretty sure that his offspring will have the time, energy, and inclination to pull the whole thing off. I had to laugh a bit because his oldest child is only 17 years old. No one knows how the future will unfold. The conversation drifted to something else, and I made my way to the buffet table.
On the way home, I had another thought: What will that guy do in Chicago when his own parents need help in Cleveland? The funny thing is that even individuals with a large, caring family will likely seek out the services of a senior move manager in the future. Everyone is exhausted and overwhelmed, trying to manage work obligations, family activities, and the layer of stress that hovers over all of it. Others don’t live anywhere near family members. Senior move management has emerged to fill the gap. Also, hiring a senior move manager is like hiring any other professional: sure, you can do it yourself, but do you really want to? Also, to do it well requires the attention of experts.
Aging issues do not inspire the most stimulating conversations at summer parties, but they definitely serve up some food for thought.