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Senior Move Managers Announce Online Resource to Simplify Search for Senior Housing
Date:2/6/2008

National Association of Senior Move Managers and SNAPforSeniors(R)

introduce NASMM Senior Housing Locator

CLARENDON HILLS, Ill., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Senior Move Managers today announced the launch of the NASMM Senior Housing Locator, an online navigational tool developed by SNAPforSeniors to help users find appropriate senior housing more quickly and easily.

Numbering more than 400 nationwide, NASMM members assist tens of thousands of seniors and their families with the physical and emotional aspects of moving each year. With the number of Americans 65 and older projected by the U.S. Census Bureau to top 40 million by 2010, the need for both senior move managers and a way to find senior housing is increasing.

The NASMM Senior Housing Locator is similar to the real estate industry's Multiple Listing Service, and functions much like a traditional search engine. It allows move managers and their clients to search a current national database of 60,000-plus senior housing facilities by categories such as geographic location, facility name or license type. Many listings include upgrades such as photo galleries, virtual tours and information about current availability.

"The Senior Housing Locator allows NASMM members to provide clients with the best possible guidance in yet another aspect of the moving process," said Mary Kay Buysse, executive director of NASMM. "Move managers understand that every senior has different needs and priorities, and with this tool they can help families make educated decisions as they work with their loved ones during this time of relocation and transition."

There are an estimated 5.1 to 7 million long-distance caregivers in the United States(1)(2). The Senior Housing Locator allows senior move managers to narrow the search anywhere in the nation, and then coordinate with seniors and family members to make decisions about appropriate facility placement.

The Senior Housing Locator's database includes listings for all licensed assisted living facilities, residential care homes and nursing homes, as well as select independent living facilities and continuing care retirement communities. In addition to geographic and facility name search categories, advanced search options allow users to screen by care needs, payment options and lifestyle amenities.

"The NASMM Senior Housing Locator provides the most comprehensive and objective information available," said Eve M. Stern RN, MS, president of SNAPforSeniors. "With more than 240 different facility license types nationwide, the senior housing landscape can be daunting to navigate, even for professionals. This navigational tool takes all of the diverse, disconnected information out there and makes it available through a single, easy-to-use resource. It's designed to help people make informed decisions, which ultimately lead to greater satisfaction and ease in the transition to a senior living community."

(1) National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. Caregiving in the U.S.

Bethesda: National Alliance for Caregiving, and Washington, DC: AARP,

2004.

(2) Wagner, D.L., Long-Distance Caregiving for Older Adults. Healthcare

and Aging. Washington, DC: National Council on the Aging, 1997.

About NASMM

The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is a not-for- profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes. The senior move industry is relatively new, but the challenge of transitioning an older adult is not. As the only professional association in the country devoted to helping the rapidly increasing 55+ population with middle and later life transition issues, NASMM members are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of all older adults. NASMM is nationally recognized for its innovative programs, leadership and expertise on issues related to senior move management, transition and relocation issues affecting older adults. For more information, go to http://www.nasmm.org or call 1-877-606-2766.

About SNAPforSeniors(R)

SNAPforSeniors(R), Inc. is a Seattle-based information company and developer of the most current and comprehensive web-based senior housing resource and listing service in the United States. This resource puts objective information about the nation's 60,000+ licensed senior housing facilities at the fingertips of consumers and their advocates. SNAPforSeniors combines advanced search tools with detailed information to connect seniors with the right housing options the first time. Through the Alliance Network Program, SNAPforSeniors licenses and private-labels its database and search tools to the websites of leading trusted sources, including the Alzheimer's Association and the Case Management Society of America. For more information, e-mail info@snapforseniors.com or call 1-206-575-0728.


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