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Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organise and Move


Author: Vickie Dellaquila


Publisher: USA: Mountain Publishing, 2007.


Call number: English 648.5 DEL – [HOM]


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With the revised HDB Silver Housing Bonus scheme that allows elderly households to downsize to supplement their retirement income, seniors and their adult children may find this book extremely useful as a resource to help deal with the physical and emotional stress of moving into a new home.


The author, Vickie Dellaquila, is a professional organiser and senior move manager. Her compassionate approach helps seniors understand their feelings of guilt and loss while emphasizing the importance of allowing themselves to make this choice rather than have the choice made for them at a later stage when they are faced with mental or physical limitations.


The true stories collected from the author’s interaction with her own elderly clients will also resonate with our seniors as they relate to the same issues of choosing a suitable new home and what to keep, pass or toss. This is especially so as many seniors find it difficult to let go of their treasured items – be it a collection of cards, their wedding dress or expensive crockery – but need help cleaning out the clutter.


In addition, the easy step-by-step checklists in the appendices are also useful as they provide timelines to manage decision-making and planning for the move itself.


Contributed by Erni Nurain Salleh, Associate Librarian