Downsizing and Capturing Memories
AGE of Central Texas will host the free caregiver support seminar “Downsizing and Capturing Memories” on Wednesday, June 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at The AGE Building, located at 3710 Cedar Street in Austin. Liz Fitzgerald from Austin Home Transitions will discuss how to help older family members plan for and make life transitions.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald was living in Austin with her husband Rob and daughter Vivian and was working as an Executive Director for a non-profit, when her eighty-nine year old grandmother fell in her home and was hospitalized for several weeks. Elizabeth left for North Carolina and, with the help of her family, decided her grandmother could no longer live at home due to accelerated dementia. Elizabeth spent two weeks in North Carolina working to get her grandmother settled in a nursing facility, as well as preparing her home for sale. She coordinated all aspects of the move, from downsizing, to the estate sale, to construction work on her grandmother’s home including new carpet, new paint, and necessary repairs. She also oversaw the hiring of a realtor and staging the home for sale, as well as shipping keepsakes to the family.
At the end of the process, when her grandmother was settled into her new home at the nursing facility Elizabeth had an unexpected revelation, which is that she had truly enjoyed the process of helping her grandmother make this necessary transition. When she returned home to Austin, Elizabeth became aware that there were many other parents and grandparents who needed her help.
The was when she decided to become a Senior Move Manager to marry her strong planning and organizational skills to the helping of families who must assist elderly loved ones in making life transitions. She is also involved in her community and has served on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes, Executive Committee for Dell Children’s Trust, and Board of Directors for Family Association for Gladney Center for Adoption. She is also a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).
Free senior adult respite will also be available during the seminar at AGE’s Austin Adult Day Health Center. You must indicate if you want to RSVP for the free elder care respite in this form (walk-ins cannot be accepted that day).
The seminar is free, but advance registration is required, so we can be prepared with enough materials for all attendees.