“Downsizing the Silver Tsunami” by Sharon McRill is the compilation of 16 years of working with thousands of clients and helping them resolve the moving problems and logistical and vendor questions that come up for us everyday. The title, “Silver Tsunami,” refers to people in the Baby Boomer generation—and sometimes their parents—who are already well into retirement. She has put together a comprehensive reference tool that you can refer to over and over to help you navigate the difficult pathways of moving and downsizing.
The title, “Silver Tsunami,” refers to people in the Baby Boomer generation—and sometimes their parents—who are already well into retirement. At no time in history have there been so many people of multiple generations over 65 facing downsizing over the next decade or so (hence the “Silver”). More people are living longer and staying in better health than ever before, so many of our parents have delayed moving out of their homes long enough for “us kids” to be already planning or living our own retirements. This means that there is a huge wave of “Stuff” that lots of people will be looking to get rid of all at the same time (hence: “Tsunami”). Values for many collectibles and antiques have already plummeted, and donation centers are becoming overwhelmed, so starting soon is critical if you hope to avoid the pain of seeing your own or a parent’s treasures sent straight to the curb. This book outlines the process overall: where you should begin and the current resources available—in terms of people and services—to assist you. It also offers guidelines for going through the process without being overwhelmed.
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