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HELLO Interview Series

Join us for our new interview program! Discussing issues related to aging or lifestyle transitions/move management for all ages, NASMM will feature guests from both inside and outside of NASMM.

Episode #4 with David Ekerdt, PhD
Episode #4 with David Ekerdt, PhD

Dr. Ekerdt is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Gerontology at the University of Kansas. He conducted critical research on workers’ changing experience of retirement, and on the ways that people manage and dispose of their possessions in later life. Dr. Ekerdt is the author of Downsizing: Confronting Our Possessions in Later Life.

In addition to his own book, Dr. Ekerdt is the author or co-author of over 100 articles, chapters, reviews, editorials, and edited-books on aging-related themes. Dr. Ekerdt is also Editor-in-Chief of the highly regarded Macmillan Encyclopedia of Aging, an expansive, four-volume work that covers topics in biology, health care, social and behavioral sciences, humanities, ethics, and social policy – all related to aging. Dr. Ekerdt served in 2018 as the President of the Gerontological Society of America, the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.

Dr. Ekerdt earned his doctorate at Boston University and has also been a member of the faculties of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Ekerdt most recently authored an article in the Wall Street Journal, “I Spent 44 Years Studying Retirement. Then I Retired” (October 25, 2021).

Episode #3 with Matt Paxton
Episode #3 with Matt Paxton

In HELLO! Episode #3, we welcome Matt Paxton. Matt will discuss his new book, Keep the Memories, Toss the Stuff: Declutter, Downsize, and Move Forward with Your Life. Matt is a leading downsizing and decluttering expert. For over 20 years, Matt has helped people from all walks of life who want to live more simply, declutter, and downsize. He started out after his father, stepfather and both grandfathers died in the same year – leaving him with several estates to settle at once. Since then, Matt and his network of experts have been working with individuals and families struggling with downsizing, decluttering or relocating. He was a featured expert during ten seasons of the hit A&E TV show, Hoarders. Matt also appears regularly as a public speaker, television and radio personality helping families find the upside of downsizing. Matt just completed his third season as the host of the PBS Emmy-nominated show, Legacy List. Matt is one busy guy who stopped to chat with NASMM for an hour today. Matt's book, Keep the Memories, Toss the Stuff: Declutter, Downsize, and Move Forward with Your Life, is available on Amazon.

Episode #2 with Jill Yesko
Episode #2 with Jill Yesko

Episode #2 of HELLO! is with Jill Yesko. Jill Yesko is a Senior Move Manager®, professional organizer and founder of Discover Organizing Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA. Jill started her company in 2003, and leads a team of professionals to help people downsize and relocate, as well as organize their homes and photo collections. Jill is a proud member of NASMM and her company holds NASMM’s credential, the A+ Accreditation. Jill is the author of I'm Right Here: 10 Ways to Get Help with Hoarding Chronic Disorganization, published in early 2021. Her most recent book, Chronological Order: The Fine Print for a Large Life, co-authored with Laurean Kile, a senior placement advisor, was published in late 2021. Chronological Order: The Fine Print for a Large Life can be found on Amazon, the Chronological Order website or at the website of Jill's company, Discover Organizing.

Episode #1 with Margit Novack
Episode #1 with Margit Novack

Episode #1 features Margit Novack. Margit is an entrepreneur, thought leader in aging, and pioneer in Senior Move Management. She founded Philadelphia-based Moving Solutions in 1996. She and her Moving Solutions team served thousands of older adults and their families for 25 years. In 2002, Margit became the first Board President of the newly-formed National Association of Senior Move Managers® (NASMM). In 2020, Margit left the formal work world and began a new role as author, speaker, and champion of a re-visioned picture of aging. Her book, Squint: Re-visioning the Second Half of Life, is available on Amazon.

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