Moving at any stage of life can be fraught with challenges and stressors, but moving as a senior citizen can get even more complicated. The reasons behind moving are more likely to be emotional, and the need for safety and security is stronger than ever. Here are some tips on the psychology of moving with senior citizens.
First, you have to address the reasons behind the move. Are your seniors just downsizing? Are they moving in with family for various reasons? Are they moving into an assisted living or nursing home facility? Each and every one of these factors in a move has different physical and psychological repercussions.
Relocation stress syndrome, also known as transfer trauma, is a formal diagnosis that includes a combination of physiological and psychological disturbances as a result of transferring a person from one environment to another. Seniors are especially susceptible to relocation stress.
Symptoms of relocation stress syndrome include:
In seniors, these symptoms are exacerbated by:
For these seniors in particular, the resulting agitation, depression, and confusion can lead to increased falls, undesirable weight loss, and self-care deficits.
Initial studies on relocation stress syndrome focused on seniors moved to nursing homes and assisted living facilities without their involvement or consent. We now know that relocation stress syndrome can affect seniors who have chosen to move, been involuntarily relocated, or been placed in a care facility for mental or physical health issues.
Studies are showing that certain actions, when undertaken by family members, can reduce the impact of relocation stress syndrome. These benchmarks of senior move management include:
With thoughtful care, careful planning, and as much input as the senior is able to give, the trauma and stress of relocation can be reduced. Move It With M & S can help ease those stresses when you take advantage of our pre-moving consult, full packing services, loading, unloading, and unpacking services. Our family moves your family, stress-free.