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Theresa Tucciarelli helps people 55 and older transition to new living... (Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel)

LA SELVA BEACH -- At the age of 15, Theresa Tucciarelli got her first job working with senior citizens. Working as a waitress at the former Casa del Rey Retirement Hotel in Santa Cruz was the first job Tucciarelli ever had.

After decades of working in the restaurant industry, Tucciarelli, 48, has come full circle and is back working with senior citizens again.

In 2008 she started her own business, A Move Made Simple. Tucciarelli helps seniors and their families make what can be difficult decisions when it comes to downsizing, relocating and/or moving a senior into an assisted living facility, senior community or smaller home.

A member of the National Association of Senior Move Members as well as a Certified Senior Relocation Transition Specialist, Tucciarelli has become part of an industry she wasn't aware existed when she met with a Cabrillo College counselor in 2003.

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"The senior move management industry has been created in a large part because so many people are part of the sandwich generation right now," Tucciarelli said. "They're professionals trying to take care of their own families, their work and their elderly parents. A lot of time they live in different parts of the country and are unable to help their parents."

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