As we welcome the arrival of Spring, there is a sense of rejuvenation and transformation in the air. For seniors, the benefits of moving during this time of year can be particularly advantageous.
While this is true for those of all ages, the advantages of moving during this time of year can be even more beneficial for older adults. . In this article, we will explore why it is recommended for seniors to consider moving in the springtime.
Spring’s Effect on Health and Moving
The following may be the less obvious advantage of moving to a new location during the springtime. However, that doesn’t make it less true. Moving during the springtime can offer several psychological and general health benefits!
It’s well-known that experiencing some level of stress during the moving season is normal. However, having more sun-filled days can have incredible benefits on one’s health, regardless of life’s circumstances. This includes having a positive effect on a person’s mental health. It also plays a role in a person’s ability to handle stressful situations.
According to Harvard, “[Vitamin D] has long been known to help the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus; both are critical for building bone. Also, laboratory studies show that vitamin D can reduce cancer cell growth, help control infections and reduce inflammation. Many of the body’s organs and tissues have receptors for vitamin D, which suggest important roles beyond bone health, and scientists are actively investigating other possible functions.”
It is important to factor in the fact that moving can be a massively emotional experience. Even at the best of times, it can be a rollercoaster of emotions. Add cold, icy and snowy weather to the mix and, to put it simply, it can be a recipe for disaster both physically and emotionally. By moving in the Springtime, the chances of an external factor such as weather creating a bigger issue is minimized.
Spring Weather Offers Better Conditions and Options
Being able to use the weather to your advantage throughout the moving process is sometimes overlooked. While we have already discussed how it can be safer in terms of a person’s health, mental especially, this is not the only advantage.
For example, the following are just a few of the benefits of moving during the months that offer nicer weather:
- Having the luxury of outdoor space at one’s disposal while sorting and packing can prove invaluable during a move.
- The option to hold an auction event for unwanted items can greatly reduce the number of belongings that require relocation.
- Not being encumbered by the need for outerwear to combat harsh weather conditions allows for greater flexibility and ease of movement.
- The risk of power outages and their subsequent disruptions to moving plans is significantly reduced during the Spring season.
- The probability of falls and other injuries is likewise decreased, as concerns regarding ice and freezing rain are all but eliminated.
- Of course, it remains vital to prioritize one’s safety and wellbeing during a Spring move by staying cool, hydrated, and alert.
While it is clear why moving in the springtime is recommended, it is still important to be as prepared as possible. Keep in mind that Spring can be full of surprises! One last unexpected snowfall, high temperatures, rain- you never know what can happen. It is for this reason that it is best to have a plan in place for any and all scenarios.
As recommended for any move, have a plan in place in case of an emergency. Ensure all medications and medical supplies are within arm’s reach, along with a good supply of water and snacks. In addition, it is highly recommended to have a swift and efficient means of reaching emergency services readily available. Although this may appear to be excessive preparation, it is always prudent to err on the side of caution.
If you or a loved senior has their sites on Spring 2023 for a move, consider Alivio Downsizing. As a Premier Member of the National Association of Specialty & Senior Move Managers (NASMM), we can handle the full relocation from end-to-end, clearout the home in a professional, sustainable, and cost-saving manner.