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Meet Jami Shapiro and Bryan Devore of Senior Savers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jami Shapiro and Bryan Devore.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jami and Bryan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I own Silver Linings Transitions, a senior move management company. My partner Bryan Devore is a Realtor with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty and holds the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation. We work together to provide seniors with everything they need, including help with downsizing and moving into senior communities, assistance with the sale of their home, referrals to professionals and organizations, and so much more.

Last year two of the seniors we helped passed away within a month of moving. These seniors put off making important decisions that affected their well-being and had nobody around to help. By the time they moved they were in poor health, were malnourished, and their homes were in disrepair.

Through this experience, we saw the need to create a greater awareness of two things:
1) The benefits of senior community living. Most people have misconceptions about senior communities. They are not the nursing homes of old. Had the seniors who passed away realized the positive impact community living would have had on their lives, they would have moved sooner and likely lived longer, more enjoyable lives.

2) The incredible products, services, and organizations available for seniors and their families. There are many non-profit organizations, government agencies, and senior-focused products that many people simply don’t know exist.

The best way to reach seniors and their families with this information? A reality TV show called Senior Savers. Our pilot episode first aired in June 2018 on Channel 4SD as well as on Facebook and YouTube. It tells the story of two seniors who faced critical decisions in their lives and how we helped them through the process of downsizing and moving to a local senior community. It also features commercials for non-profit organizations as well as revolutionary new products that enhance the lives of seniors and their families.

With this show, we are hoping to begin the conversation about aging and help seniors enjoy their brightest tomorrows.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Our biggest challenge is funding the show. The concept is new, and most people want to ignore the issues surrounding aging. There is so much information that needs to be delivered. Many seniors don’t use the Internet so being able to provide the content on TV in addition to the Internet is critical. Also, there is such a disparity for seniors living in our area. If someone doesn’t have means or family, it’s daunting to figure out where to go and what’s available.

Please tell us about how your services help seniors
As a senior move management company, Silver Linings Transitions helps seniors with the entire downsizing and moving process. We help our clients floor plan for their new space, get rid of what they no longer want or can’t fit, pack, unpack, decorate, organize, and get settled. Simply put, we make their transition MUCH easier. Our team has a 5-star Yelp rating and has been serving the needs of seniors, senior communities, placement professionals, and more for over 3 years. Silver Linings Transitions is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers.

Bryan Devore has been serving the real estate needs of his clients since 2003. He began focusing much of his business on helping improve the lives of seniors in 2017, earning the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation through the National Association of Realtors. He has a broad knowledge of the unique housing challenges seniors face and gratefully enjoys providing them with solutions.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Jami – My grandparents. I was extremely close to them and have such incredible memories of spending time with them.

Bryan – Spending sleepovers at my grandparent’s house. The toy box in the closet, dinners at a favorite Italian restaurant, and of course breakfast in front of the TV watching cartoons.

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