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Moldaw Residences Brings in Relocation Specialist to Share Helpful Tips

Moldaw Residences Brings in Relocation Specialist to Share Helpful Tips Moldaw Residences Brings in Relocation Specialist to Share Helpful Tips Moldaw Residences Brings in Relocation Specialist to Share Helpful Tips

With the moving season right around the corner, residents and guests at Moldaw Residencesreceived some valuable insight from an experienced professional about relocating and organizing. Greg Gunderson, owner and president of Gentle Transitions of California, shared advice on the common challenges of moving and discussed the upside of downsizing during a recent seminar at Moldaw Residences. For 20 years, Gentle Transitions, a third generation family-owned organization, has been using a caring, considerate approach to assisting seniors through each step of the relocating process. Gunderson’s team does more than pack up items and load boxes and furniture, the team also helps individuals decide what to keep and what to sell during the transition. The group also unpacks and organizes items in the individual’s new home. Resident Phyllis Tuber and her husband, Arthur, worked with Gentle Transitions when they moved into Moldaw.

“We were so pleased with Gentle Transitions’ help moving us into Moldaw,” described Tuber. “By the time we were making this move, we had relocated three times in the past 14 months, so I really don’t think we could have made this last one on our own. The entire process of going through items and packing up what you’ve accumulated through the years is overwhelming to consider handling alone, especially when you’re not young. The team was a tremendous help to us!”

Tuber encourages anyone making this kind of transition to get assistance from an organization like Gentle Transitions to make it less of a hassle. The team of professionals specializes in the downsizing process and creates a situation that’s less daunting, especially for seniors who may have a lot of belongings.

“Moving is a difficult process for anyone at any age, but it can be even more overwhelming for seniors who are thinking about sorting through items in their homes of 40 or more years,” said Gunderson. “We help ease their minds and walk through each step with them identifying what to bring, envisioning their new home and focusing on what lies ahead. By speaking to seniors in advance in a seminar, my goal is always to leave the audience feeling inspired. We want them to know this process is doable, and services like ours make it as smooth as possible for them.”

“Working with Gentle Transitions gave us such relief because they handled so many things for us,” said Tuber. “Besides getting us moved, they unpacked everything for us upon arrival at Moldaw. By the time the crew left, our home was ready for us to enjoy.”                                

Gunderson says with any moving project, begin by making “to do” lists and a moving calendar with a selected moving date. That way a schedule is set with goals. Assess the practicality of furniture as well as the sentimentality of the furniture to determine which pieces to bring into the new home. Gunderson’s number one piece of advice, however, is to handle all the easy and obvious areas first. Making all the quick decisions first allows for very visual progress and gives an encouraging feeling. 

“We are always excited to welcome residents into their new homes here with us at Moldaw, but we understand the stress that often comes with relocating. We hope to help alleviate that in any way possible,” said Michael De La Torre, director of sales and marketing for Moldaw Residences. “We look forward to hosting Greg of Gentle Transitions. We want to make sure seniors know about the services that can make their moving process a positive experience overall.”


Moldaw Residences is an innovative senior living community located at the 8.5 acre Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, adjacent to the 130,000 square foot Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. As a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), Moldaw Residences enables older adults to age in place by providing independent living, assisted living and memory support. Opened in 2009, Moldaw Residences offers 193 maintenance free, spacious apartment homes and extensive social and cultural amenities. Affiliated with the Jewish Senior Living Group, it is open to all faiths, ethnicities, and racial background. 

For more information about Moldaw Residences of Palo Alto, visit www.moldaw.orgor call (800) 873-9614.

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