For seniors who have lived in one place for many years moving, and getting rid of decade’s worth of accumulated possessions, can be a daunting task. To oversee the stressful process, some seniors hire a senior move manager, details Kaya Laterman for The New York Times.

A senior move manager specializes in the issues that come with downsizing. In New York, these managers maneuver through the often stringent moving and trash-disposal rules adopted by co-ops and condominium buildings. They also deal with out-of-town family members who may want items sent to them. They pack and unpack; they call the cable company. Most also help with de-cluttering and organizing the homes of seniors who wish to stay put.

Since the practice of hiring a senior move manager is fairly new, there’s no estimate on many exist in the U.S. Mary Kay Buysse, the executive director of the National Association of Senior Move Managers, said: “Our membership has grown from 22 members in 2002 to nearly 1,000 members today. Though most of our current data is anecdotal, we know members managed over 100,000 senior moves last year.” She added that total revenue among the members was about $150 million last year.

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