As part of an ongoing commitment to provide senior life planning education, Senior Concerns will present a free seminar, “Creative Housing Choices in the Second Half,” on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.
This informative seminar, presented by Andrea Gallagher, President of Senior Concerns, and Annette Broesma, Geriatric Counselor, will help attendees recognize how life transitions like divorce, retirement, or a change in health status, can affect our housing needs.  Attendees will learn about established and emerging housing options, and discover how universal design or programs designed to help with daily activities may play a role in housing choices. Attendees will come away with tools and checklists that help them gain an understanding of what’s important to them in making housing decisions throughout their second half of life.
“At every age the word “home” has personal meaning.  A home may convey a sense of family, security, comfort, independence and even financial freedom. As we age, transitions in our lives may directly impact our housing choices,” explains Andrea Gallagher, President of Senior Concerns.
Divorce or loss of a spouse may prompt us to look for a home that better suits our individual needs. Changes in our health status – the onset of an illness or disability – may trigger the need for a different type of living arrangement. A desire to live closer to family sometimes means a move. Entering retirement often gives individuals the freedom to make new housing choices. And, changes in financial status often influence decisions on the type of lifestyle and home we can sustain.
“Those who say they plan to age in place need to consider how life transitions may affect that choice,” Gallagher said. “Waiting to think about this until one of these transitions occurs limits our options. There are things we can do now to prepare for our future.”
To reserve a seat for this important seminar, please contact Senior Concerns at 805-497-0189.  Light refreshments will be served.  A $10 donation will be gratefully accepted.
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