SENIOR LIVING TRUTH SERIES

 

Candid conversations concerning today’s senior living issues and options.

Providing education and resources designed to help people live empowered lives and make informed decisions.

EDUCATE. EQUIP. EMPOWER.

2021 SEMINARS

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     The Truth about Living to be 100: What every senior should know

January  14, 2021

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“I never thought I would live to be this old.” Don, age 75

“I figured I would be long gone by now.” Martha, age 77

“I’m not sure why God has kept me around this long.” Richard, age 72

“I can’t imagine living to be 100.” Helen, age 97.

 

Much to their surprise, more than 72,000 people in the U.S. are currently aged 100 or older. Over 30% of these Centenarians live alone in their own residences and only a small percentage live in nursing communities. While none of us know when we will have our last birthday, we can plan to make the most of each and every one.

 

Learn the secrets of successful Centenarians including where they live, how they live, and what their lives are like. There is no better time than today to begin formulating your own plan for living a long, healthy, and fulfilled life.

Thursday January 14, 2021 at 10:00 – 11:30 am

Online Only

The Truth about Today’s 55+ Senior Living Options: Aging in “Right” Place

February  25, 2021

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More residential living options are available to retirees now than ever before. Knowing where, when, and how to approach a late-life move can be a complex puzzle, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming.

Whether you are planning for your own future or helping others navigate the senior living puzzle, join us for a high-minded and candid conversation about senior living options and the many considerations associated with the various types.

We will answer these questions and more:

  • What differentiates a 55+ active adult community from an independent senior living residence?
  • How can some independent senior apartment complexes offer on-site healthcare support?
  • What are the requirements for assisted living communities and nursing care centers?
  • Why are some senior apartments more expensive than others?
  • How do I know when it’s the right time to move to a retirement community?

Thursday February 25, 2021 10:00-11:30 am (re-scheduled due to weather)

Online and In Person

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

The Truth about Spending Your Nest Egg: Planning ahead for senior living

March  11, 2021

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You have spent years saving and have done your best to prepare for retirement. But how much is enough? During this exploration of the various expenses associated with senior living and residential healthcare options, we will answer these questions and more:

  • What are the potential costs associated with living a long life?
  • What can I expect to pay for independent, assisted, and long term care?
  • Which living expenses are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and veteran benefits?
  • Will my long term care insurance policy cover my housing needs?

Thursday March 11, 2021 10:00-11:30 am 

Online and In Person

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

    The Truth about Downsizing Part 1: The psychology behind letting go

April  8, 2021

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The house is too big. The yard has become unmanageable. Closets are filled to the brim. We haven’t been in the attic for decades. Despite all the signs that it’s time to simplify, many people struggle with letting go. Whether it’s saying “goodbye” to a home of many years or parting with the treasures inside, certain challenges are commonplace when it comes to downsizing, rightsizing, or relocating. In Part 1 of The Truth about Downsizing series we will take a deep dive into the human psyche and discuss what makes it so difficult to let go.

Thursday April 8, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 am 

In person and Online

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

  The Truth about Downsizing Part 2: The Downsizing Made Easy Method

May 13, 2021

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So, you’ve made a decision to simplify, move on, and make a residential change… Now what? Would you believe that making the decision to move is actually the most difficult step in the process? With that out of the way, it’s time to start taking steps toward your goal. In Part II of the Truth about Downsizing series we will cover the necessary tasks, resources, and timelines associated with making a successful retirement move.

Bring your questions, concerns, and challenges and we promise you will leave feeling equipped and empowered!

Thursday May 8, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 am

In person and Online

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

  The Truth about Downsizing Part 3: Best solutions for liquidating the extra stuff

June  10, 2021

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Times have certainly changed when it comes to buying and selling used household items. With a marketplace flooded by new inexpensive furniture, stores full of trendy home decor, and second hand housewares only a click away, liquidating a full house (or garage) of excess items requires a NEW and current day strategy.

Learn more about…

● Why garage sales are no longer effective or profitable
● Changes in how estate sales are conducted
● Auction services that have moved online
● How to liquidate high end items
● Resources for donating specialty pieces

Thursday June 10, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 am

In Person and Online

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

    The Truth about “As-is”: What every home seller should know

July  8, 2021

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Selling a home has become more complex in recent decades. Even as straightforward as it sounds, selling “as-is” isn’t necessarily simple. In this seminar you will learn the terminology used by real estate agents, investors, lenders, and inspectors related to the real estate sales process.

Get insight into what “as-is” really means as we answer the following questions and more:

Should I replace the carpet and paint before selling?
What am I required to disclose to potential buyers?
Why should I pay for buyer closing costs?
What do I do if I have foundation problems?
Should I entertain offers from the investors who send me letters?

Thursday July 8, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 am

In person and Online

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

    The Truth about Downsizing with Dementia: Options, timing, and transitions

August  12, 2021

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A diagnosis of dementia or increasing problems with memory loss often result in a flurry of emotions, multiple complex questions, and the making of both short and longterm plans. One of the biggest questions tends to be how long can (or should) I live at home? Couples grapple with whether to remain in place or relocate, when and who to hire for support, and how to have conversations with others about their plans. Adult children or other family members are often called upon to help navigate the many memory care and residential living options.

During this session we will discuss the pro’s and con’s of staying put or relocating when cognitive declines become apparent, what memory care options are available, and how adult day services can be of assistance

Thursday August 12, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 am

In-person and Online

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

  The Truth about Probate in Oklahoma: What most homeowners don’t know

September 9, 2021

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When it comes to planning ahead for living and dying, knowledge is power. Get the facts about the Oklahoma probate process. Learn about planning tools like trusts and wills from local attorneys, trust officers, and professional guardians. Make informed decisions about what tools are best for you and your family.

Get answers to questions like these and more:

● Is probate required if I have a last will and testament?
● How long does it take to complete a probate that includes property?
● What are the approximate costs associated with probating an estate?
● Will my children be equally responsible for liquidating my property and settling my estate?
● Do I need a trust?

Thursday September 9, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 am

In person and Online

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

  The Truth about Senior Living Options: Staying active and independent

October 14, 2021

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Choosing the best place to live after retirement isn’t a simple task. There are so many options and multiple considerations to be evaluated. Do I remain in my current home? Should we move closer to our kids? Does it make more sense to buy or lease? Would I enjoy living in an apartment or retirement community?

Exploring your independent senior living options can be fun when you gather together with others to consider the possibilities and plan ahead for a long healthy and active lifestyle. Join us for a thorough look at the 55+ options available in and around the Oklahoma City metro, as well as how senior living here compares with other regions of the country.

Thursday October 14, 2021 10:00 – 11:30am

In person and Online

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

 

    The Truth about Senior Living Options: In-home and residential healthcare

November 11, 2021

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What if? What will we do when? What are my options should I need care at some point in my life?

Not everyone will need longterm care, but many will. Statistics say at least 70% of everyone over 65. Unfortunately, these decisions are often made by others because plans were not made in advance. Take the time during this seminar to fully explore the various healthcare options both for those living in a private home and those requiring residential placement.

We will answer the following questions and more:

What is the difference between assisted living and nursing care?
What types of healthcare options are available to me in my home?
Are their assisted living residences that aren’t apartments in OKC?
What if I can’t afford to pay for assisted living?

Thursday November 11, 2021 10:00 – 11:30am

In person and Online

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

    The Truth about Building or Buying Your Forever Home: Finding the money and more

December  9, 2021

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For some, downsizing (or rightsizing) might mean designing and building a customized “forever” home. By including universal design features one might increase their ability to live independently in a space that is their own. Learn about what it means to create a home designed for longterm care needs including universal design features that can support autonomy and independence despite physical age-related changes.

Learn how some older adults are using creative financing to age in place longer when building or buying their forever home. Understand the pro’s and con’s of these financing options so you can make informed decisions about whether they are right for you.

Thursday December 9, 2021 10:00 – 11:30am

In person and Online

Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
3501 Quail Creek Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

MEET THE HOSTS

Nikki Buckelew, Ph.D.

Co-Host / Moderator

Chris Buckelew

Co-Host / Moderator

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

EMPOWERMENT IN ACTION

2022 Education Partners

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 Update

All seminars are now being offered LIVE at the Quail Creek Golf and Country Club venue. We are also live-streaming the seminars so you can still participate if you are unable to attend in person.

HOW LONG IS THE SEMINAR?

Most seminars are about 60 minutes followed by a 30 minute Q & A. Some run longer depending on the depth of the topic and the number of panelists. All seminars are live (both in person and online). We begin promptly at 10am and finish no later than 11:30am.

CAN ATTENDEES ASK QUESTIONS?

Yes! We want you to get your questions answered. Keep in mind that because we do our homework, many of your questions will likely be answered throughout the prepared panel discussion. If you still have an unanswered question at the end, you will have an opportunity to ask. We do request that if you have a specific question that is personal in nature (i.e. can’t be generalized to the group) that you request a consultation with one of our team members following the event.

CAN I ATTEND IF I’M NOT A SENIOR?

We welcome anyone who believes the information would be valuable to them. If you are not a senior, but you are seeking information to advise someone who is — or maybe you are planning ahead — please join us.

HOW CAN I SHARE THE RECORDED VERSION WITH FRIENDS?

Thank you for helping us share our messages with others who may be interested in certain topics. Please direct people to this website and let them know that recorded seminars are posted within a few days after the live event. 

I AM A REAL ESTATE PRO. HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

Seniors in every market across the country would love to have these seminars available. If you are a real estate professional specializing in the mature market and love to educate, empower, and equip others, check out the resources for offering seminars in your market at the Seniors Real Estate Institute.

HOW ARE ONLINE SEMINARS DELIVERED?

Once registered you will be provided with a link to access live online seminars. We utilize the Zoom platform (www.zoom.us) which is free for participants. You may need to download the application if you have never used it before. By using the link provided, you can see the slides and hear the presentation by using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS AND CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE SEMINAR?

Please feel free to contact us concerning questions you may have about downsizing, senior living options, 55+ neighborhoods, or other related topics. If our staff is unable to answer your questions, we will direct you to one of our many subject matter experts who will be happy to assist you.

CAN I ATTEND FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES?

We always welcome service providers and business owners seeking to learn more about serving mature homeowners. If you attend WITH a registered client, there is no fee for you to attend. The fee for business owners and aging services professionals not attending with a client is $25 payable upon registration. Due to limited seating, we reserve the right to provide priority seating to non-professionals at live seminars.

WHY IS THE EVENT FREE FOR SENIORS AND THEIR GUESTS?

As educators, we have strong convictions about ensuring that people are informed, empowered, and equipped as they research and prepare for senior living-related issues. Our education partners donate time and contribute toward event expenses so that ALL seniors are able to attend regardless of their financial situation.

CAN I LISTEN BY PHONE ONLY?

Yes! While we recommend attending a live event or joining a webinar so you can see slides and better participate in the Q&A, you are welcome to join by phone only. Upon registration, let our event team know that you want to join by phone and they will give you the number and seminar access code making it simple to listen in!

IS THERE GOING TO BE A SALES PITCH?

Nope. No sales pitch. You will have an opportunity to get to know the presenters, panelists, and hosts and can decide for yourself if it makes sense to request their services or products. Presenters and speakers may have materials available for you to take home, but it’s up to you to pick them up if you want them.

CAN I REQUEST A TOPIC FOR THE NEXT SERIES?

Absolutely! We want to make the Senior Living Truth Series as meaningful and relevant as possible, so we welcome your suggestions and ideas. Naturally, we prepare the topics for the series well in advance, so be patient concerning time frames for your suggested topic to hit the calendar.

HOW DO I BECOME AN EDUCATION PARTNER?

Annual sponsorships are from January to December each year. The deadline for application is November 1st of the preceding year. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please call 405.563.7501 to request a sponsorship packet or be placed on the waiting list for sponsorships as spaces are limited. Every sponsor must be fully vetted prior to being considered so please provide references and licensing information (if applicable) to expedite your application.

DO YOU OFFER THESE OUTSIDE OKC?

We currently offer the seminars live and in-person in the Oklahoma City metro, as well as online. There are similar programs in other parts of the country, so just email or call us and we can direct you to the ones we know about.