As many times. Moving requires both and then some. I look forward to a move nearly as much as having an extra hole drilled into my head. Many senior have found that there is a new, and growing, group of movers that specialize in moving seniors (they are called senior moving managers).
Many seniors have found that they cannot handle the same home they had while their children were with them. Stroke, osteoporosis, and other disease process have slowed movement and made housework difficult to do. A smaller home or an assisted living unit may be the best solution, but getting all of your stuff there is really difficult.
Many people, especially seniors, have been known to suffer from a phenomenon known as relocation stress syndrome. It is a documented set of stress related illnesses that has been described in the Journal of Practical Nursing. It can make an otherwise healthy senior citizen become disoriented and combative while leading to an increased chance for heart attack, stroke, or death.
The groups of people who specialize in senior moving are trained to listen as well as do the lifting. Some people have lived in the same home for their entire life and are extremely afraid of moving to a new place. Many of them need help in deciding what things need to be let go in order to fit their belongings into a smaller place.
One of the biggest challenges facing a senior when they move is the grief for the things they will not be able to take and the independence they feel in their own home. For a senior leaving their home represents a loss that will never be replaced.
There are 22 certified relocation and moving specialists in California alone. The business is growing as the numbers of senior citizens grow. A few keystrokes can help you find the mover that is right for you. Most of them will send a moving expert to you to get a quote on the job and give you a chance to get a feeling on whether they are the company that is right for you.