Although it's been over three years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf shores of Louisiana and Mississippi, the work to rebuild these areas continues. The recent hurricanes Gustav and Ike have only hampered the recovery efforts. Badly damaged and still working to rebuild and recover are senior living communities and nursing homes that are members of the Gulf States Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (GSASHA).

To help these communities with their recovery efforts, the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) will hold The Walk to Move Forward in New Orleans during their 2009 Annual Conference, February 5-8, 2009.

"Each day NASMM members around the country work to minimize the trauma and stress that can greatly affect older adults when downsizing and relocating to senior living communities," said Mary Kay Buysse, NASMM's Executive Director. "Part of our decision to bring our 2009 Annual Conference to New Orleans was based on our members' desire to help the elderly in this region." Barbara Feldman is one such NASMM member who is eager to help that region. She is a local business owner and a member of Manhasset Chamber. Ms. Feldman also holds the designation of CRTS-Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist. According to Buysse, The Walk to Move Forward will raise money for the Gulf States Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, as over 90 percent of their member communities were damaged in some way by Hurricane Katrina.

To participate in the Walk to Move Forward, NASMM members must raise a minimum of $150. The walks, which are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 7, will take NASMM members through the historic French Quarter of New Orleans.

Barbara Feldman of A Nu START NY of Roslyn is planning on participating in the walk. "This is a fun way to raise much needed funds for the many senior living communities that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina," said Ms. Feldman.

To support A Nu START NY fundraising efforts, e-mail Barbara Feldman at or call 917-656-6685. Logo
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