Recently, Premier Transitions’ own Jean Cherni gave a presentation to the Shoreline Eldercare Alliance of Connecticut. She engaged the audience in a discussion about the Myths and Realities of Aging. We invite you to enjoy this insightful and entertaining video of Jean at her best!
The Myths and Realities of Aging
Maureen Campbell Honored with
Distinguished Service Award from Worldwide ERC®
Maureen Campbell, Senior Vice President of Premier Transitions has earned a Distinguished Service Award from Worldwide ERC®, the workforce mobility association. The award was announced at the Worldwide ERC® Spring Conference in Houston, Texas on May 19, 2016.
Since its inception in 1989, the Worldwide ERC® Service Recognition Awards Program has been honoring members who voluntarily share their time, talent and expertise through various contributions to the association. Members earn a Distinguished Service Award upon accumulating 25 service points.
Campbell earned the award for her individual contributions to the organization, including her involvement in the 2015 Spring Conference Planning Committee, a two year commitment to the CRP Examination Committee, a seat on the U.S. Advisory Council, and participation in several Worldwide ERC Focus Groups. Additionally, she has been a contributor to Mobility Magazine (“Relocation for the Ages”), and has served as a speaker at Worldwide ERC spring and fall conferences. Campbell is one of only 443 members who have received the Distinguished Service Award since 1989.
Since 1964, Worldwide ERC® has been the forum for bringing workforce mobility professionals together, and our success is a direct result of our collaboration. Worldwide ERC® is honored to congratulate and formally recognize those dedicated members for their contributions to that success.
About Premier Transitions: Premier Transitions is a full-service relocation company assisting employers to facilitate job related moves for their employees. Additionally, Premier Transitions offers a unique relocation program for seniors moving into retirement communities. Premier works directly with independent living, assisted living, and continuing care communities to deliver a full-service program that facilitates downsizing, home preparation and sale, and household goods moves. Corporate transferees and seniors are provided with a single point of contact from the beginning of their moves until they are successfully settled into their new location.
Premier Transitions is the newest member of Armstrong Relocation’s family of companies and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Since its founding in 1922, Armstrong has been committed to providing a growing complement of relocation services that are recognizably superior by building trust, reducing stress and delivering reliability. For additional information, visit www.armstrongrelocation.com.
About Worldwide ERC®
Worldwide ERC® has served for over 50 years as the membership association and foremost center for corporate and government mobility, educating and connecting mobility professionals worldwide. The recognized industry authority on talent mobility and assignments in the U.S. and major global traffic areas, Worldwide ERC® is headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with representation in Belgium and China. Contact Worldwide ERC® at +1 703 842 3400, or visit www.WorldwideERC.org.
I try hard to keep up, to stay abreast of what is happening. I really do!
I read the New York Times on a daily basis. The Week, an excellent weekly condensation of news from a variety of sources, arrives every Friday. And I tune in nightly to several different news channels on television. In addition, my work involves many committees and meetings with people considerably younger than myself.
But lately there have been several times when I have felt I am living in a foreign country, or perhaps on a strange planet.
I came across this question on my computer recently: “Can I use the Fitbit flex without the wireless sync dangle?” Not having the foggiest idea of whether either of these was animal, vegetable or mineral, I did some research and found that Fitbit is a popular new device that looks like a watch and keeps track of pulse and heart rate, your workout summaries, sleep tracking, all-day activities, number of steps taken, floors climbed, active minutes and calories burned.
While I know exercise is good for everyone — and we all should probably get more than we do — keeping track of how many steps climbed or how many hours of deep sleep we get a night seems like a lot of unnecessary and almost obsessive trouble. For the legions of us trying to lose weight, I found that there are also many new devices and websites offering help.
There is, for instance, the gram-o-meter, the Fat Secret (couldn’t they have come up with a better name than that?) and My Fitness Pal, which features a message board where subscribers offer advice to one another on topics like overcoming binge eating. Membership to the site is free, but, of course, there is also a “Shop” area offering all kinds of exercise and weight-loss accessories.
My Fitness Pal has the most comprehensive list of the exact number of calories and chemical content of most popular brands of food. After figuring all of the ingredients of every bite of food involved in a typical meal, not only do I have a headache, forget ever enjoying food again.
There must be a less compulsive way to sensible eating. One of the newest technological advances which I haven’t tried is virtual reality; a device that through the use of goggles or a headset imprisons us in a programing experience that will have major positive and negative effects.
According to a New York Times report, “you are swaddled in goggles and headphones with the result that your power-forward senses (sight and hearing) are steamrolled by a visually and orally complete universe that seals out opportunity for doubt.” While the proposed medical and research uses for virtual reality are exciting, the possible misuse is indeed scary.
For every new invention, from the steam engine to the telephone and the automobile to the computer, we pay a price in a lost way of life.
Occasionally, looking back, we realize perhaps it wasn’t worth it.
Contact Jean Cherni, senior adviser for Premier Transitions, a full-service program for seniors contemplating a move, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 49 Rose St., Apt. 510, Branford, 06405.
Baby Boomers: Home Is Where The Heart Is
Within the next five years, Baby Boomers are projected to have the largest household growth of any other generation during that same time period, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard. Let’s take a look at why…
In Merrill Lynch’s latest study, “Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices” they surveyed nearly 6,000 adults ages 21 and older about housing.
Crossing the “Freedom Threshold”
Throughout our lives, there are often responsibilities that dictate where we live. Whether being in the best school district for our children, being close to our jobs, or some other factor is preventing a move, the study found that there is a substantial shift that takes place at age 61.
The study refers to this change as “Crossing the Freedom Threshold”. When where you live is no longer determined by responsibilities, but rather a freedom to live wherever you like. (see the chart below)
As one participant in the study stated:
“In retirement, you have the chance to live anywhere you want. Or you can just stay where you are. There hasn’t been another time in life when we’ve had that kind of freedom.”
On the Move
According to the study, “an estimated 4.2 million retirees moved into a new home last year alone.” Two-thirds of retirees say that they are likely to move at least once during retirement.
The top reason to relocate cited was “wanting to be closer to family” at 29%, a close second was “wanting to reduce home expenses”. See the chart below for the top 6 reasons broken down.
Not Every Baby Boomer Downsizes
There is a common misconception that as retirees find themselves with less children at home that they will instantly desire a smaller home to maintain. While that may be the case for half of those surveyed, the study found that three in ten decide to actually upsize to a larger home.
Some choose to buy a home in a desirable destination with extra space for large family vacations, reunions, extended visits, or to allow other family members to move in with them.
“Retirees often find their homes become places for family to come together and reconnect, particularly during holidays or summer vacations.”
If your housing needs have changed or are about to change, meet with a local real estate professional in your area who can help with deciding your next step.
About Premier Transitions
Premier offers a full-service relocation program for seniors. Every client has a personal Senior Consultant who provides professional guidance, real estate expertise, oversight of necessary resources, and management of every aspect of the move. Retirement communities benefit from the expedition of the decision-making and home sale process. Our continuous feedback loop ensures that communities are fully informed on every detail of their depositor’s move, enabling the sales team to focus on the next client.
For more information about Premier, visit www.premiertransitions.com or contact us at Info@PremierTransitions.com