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.
Please welcome Joshua Becker to NASMM’s HELLO! Interview series. Joshua was NASMM’s keynote speaker at the NASMM 2015 conference in San Diego. Joshua is the author of the recently released book, Things That Matter: Overcoming Distractions to Pursue a More Meaningful Life. Joshua is also the bestselling author of The More of Less and The Minimalist Home, as well as founder of Becoming Minimalist, a website community dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. Joshua’s website welcomes over 1.5 million readers each month and has inspired millions around the world to consider the practical benefits of owning fewer possessions. Joshua is also the creator of Simplify magazine and founder of The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization changing how the world cares for orphans. Joshua is a contributing writer to Forbes, and he has appeared in dozens of media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CBS Evening News, Los Angeles Times and “The Drew Barrymore Show.” Joshua and his family live near Phoenix, Arizona. Be sure to visit BecomingMinimalist.com and join nearly 3 million Becoming Minimalist followers.
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).
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 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 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.