Are you a mature adult seeking straightforward information with no fluff or sales pitch?

Join us for the Senior Living Truth Series – an educational program created specifically with mature adults in mind. The series includes free monthly seminars and workshops, all designed to equip and empower you to make informed decisions about complex issues.

The 2024 theme – Stage, Not Age – centers around better navigating life stages, regardless of chronological age.

Take a moment to review the 2024 schedule below and pre-register for individual events.

To register by phone, call 405-563-7501.

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January 11, 2024 - 10:00am

The Truth about Longevity: Stage Versus Age

Join us for our first seminar of the ninth season, “The Truth about Longevity: Stage versus Age.”

In a world where age often defines one’s abilities and limitations, this seminar challenges these stereotypes and encourages attendees to embrace the full spectrum of our life’s journey.

We’ll explore the concept that life is often lived in 5 quarters (yes, we said 5 quarters) and unfolds through 18 (or more) different stages. Many of us will have extra time that we didn’t plan for and this “extra” can sometimes challenge conventional thinking about who we are, what we are capable of, and what opportunities and challenges we may get to face or embrace.

Don’t miss this thought-provoking discussion that will serve to set the stage for conversations, seminars, field trips, and workshops held throughout the year.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

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February 8, 2024 - 10:00am

The Truth about Staying Purposeful at Every Stage of Life

Dive into a fresh perspective on retirement in our upcoming seminar, where we are thrilled to present a dynamic panel discussion challenging traditional notions and empowering people to redefine their life’s journey regardless of age.

This seminar marks a continuation of our 2024 theme, “Stage versus Age,” spotlighting the idea that the stage of life is more critical than chronological age when it comes to staying engaged throughout our lifespan. Our esteemed panelists will candidly share the truths often wondered about but seldom spoken, providing real-life insights into their motivations, experiences, and approaches to today’s concept of retirement.

Discover how these individuals have broken free from societal norms and found new avenues of fulfillment. Whether you’re planning to retire (or already have) or considering an alternative path, this discussion promises to offer fresh perspectives and truths often not shared.

Join us as we explore the many possibilities available to us throughout every stage of life.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

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March 14, 2024 - 10:00am

The Quest for Truth: Medicine, Healthcare, and Aging

Embark on a journey to redefine your health and unlock the potential for a vibrant future at our upcoming seminar. We’ve gathered a panel of forward-thinking experts, including top physicians and local exercise science specialists, to dive deep into the evolving landscape of wellness and longevity.

Here’s what you can expect: 

The Science of Aging: Get clarity on what aging truly means, the difference between chronological and biological age, and the scientific breakthroughs that suggest we can influence our biological aging processes.

Lifestyle as Medicine: Uncover the comprehensive elements that contribute to slowing down or even reversing the aging process, from genetics to lifestyle choices, and receive actionable advice on crafting your personalized wellness blueprint.

Demystifying Supplements and Diets: Navigate the overwhelming world of supplements and diet trends with expert guidance on making informed choices that align with your health goals and the latest research.

Personalized Fitness Strategies: Discover exercise and wellness programs tailored to your unique needs, learning how to adapt and thrive at any stage of life.

Self-Advocacy in Health:  Equip yourself with strategies to become a proactive participant in your health journey, challenging the status quo and embracing practices that foster long-term well-being.

The Future of Wellness: Gain insights into what the next decade might hold for healthcare and wellness, and how we can collectively steer towards a future where longevity and vitality go hand in hand.

Let’s challenge the conventional, embrace the innovative, and step confidently into a healthier future.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

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April 11, 2024 - 10:00am

The Truth about Home: Navigating Living Spaces Based on Life Stages

Embark on a journey of discovery in our upcoming presentation, “The Truth about Home: Navigating Living Spaces Based on Life Stages.” This insightful session challenges the conventional narrative, asserting that the key to choosing where and how we live lies not in chronological age but in understanding and aligning with our unique life stages.

In this seminar, we delve into the diverse options available for shaping our living arrangements to match our evolving needs and circumstances. Whether you’re contemplating downsizing, moving to a retirement community, living with family, or crafting a custom home, the focus is on personalizing your living space based on your distinct life stage. 

Join us for a lively and candid discussion that challenges preconceptions, emphasizing that life stages, rather than chronological age, are the true indicators for choosing where we live and what we include in our personal living spaces. Discover how to navigate this dynamic journey and make informed decisions that enhance the quality and fulfillment of your living experience at every stage of life.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

(Information provided is used for courtesy reminders. Your contact information is never shared without your permission!)

May 9, 2024 - 10:00am

The Truth about the Journey from ‘We’ to ‘Me’ Part 1: Widowhood from the female perspective

Widowhood, often veiled in silence, is a profound life transition that many will encounter. In this month’s seminar, we courageously break the silence with an intimate discussion focused on widowhood from the female perspective, acknowledging the unique challenges and opportunities that come with navigating this stage of life.

Join us for a candid and heartfelt conversation featuring a panel of resilient women who have gracefully (and sometimes not so gracefully) moved through the challenging journey from ‘we’ to ‘me.’ These courageous storytellers will delve into the emotional intricacies, hurdles, and moments of triumph associated with the stage of life which is widowhood, shedding light on the unspoken aspects of this profound life transition.

Find inspiration in the strength, resilience, and reinvention that emerge from such a challenging chapter, paving the way for unexpected and positive life stages that follow.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

(Information provided is used for courtesy reminders. Your contact information is never shared without your permission!)

June 13, 2024 - 10:00am

Embracing Life's Final Stage: Navigating End-of-Life Matters with Courage and Clarity

In the intricate tapestry of life, we encounter diverse phases and stages, each contributing to the rich mosaic of our existence. However, amidst this variability, there is one universal stage none of us can evade—death.

Our expert panel is here to guide you through the profound and complex landscape of end-of-life matters, shedding light on critical aspects often overlooked or misunderstood. This seminar transcends the conventional and fearlessly delves into sensitive issues like palliative care needs, suicide and euthanasia, engaging with hospice providers, and creating a safe space for open and unvarnished discussions about the inevitable.

Join us for an open and frank conversation that empowers you to navigate the often challenging aspects of end-of-life matters. Our goal is to provide you with essential insights, knowledge, and resources, ensuring you confront this universal stage of life with courage, clarity, and a deep understanding of the choices and conversations that matter most. 

In embracing life’s final chapter, let us embark on a journey that transforms fear into empowerment, ensuring every aspect of your end-of-life experience is approached with dignity and informed decision-making.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

(Information provided is used for courtesy reminders. Your contact information is never shared without your permission!)

July 11, 2024 - 10:00am

Mastering Life's Chapters: Estate Planning Truths for Every Stage

Unlock the secrets to responsible financial and life management in our upcoming seminar, “Mastering Life’s Chapters: Estate Planning Truths for Every Stage.” This session boldly asserts that estate planning is not exclusive to older adults, retirees, or seniors—it’s an indispensable aspect of life for every adult at every life stage. 

Whether you’re a parent, have dependents with special needs, or simply wish to ensure your wishes are respected throughout your lifetime and beyond, this seminar is tailored for you.

Our panel of legal and financial experts will unravel the myths surrounding estate planning, debunking common misconceptions and misinformation circulated in social circles, mainstream media, and our own minds. The focus is not just on the present moment but on equipping you with the knowledge and tools needed to take control of your future, safeguard your legacy, and ensure your affairs are in order—no matter which chapter of life you find yourself in. 

Join us for an enlightening session that transcends age, acknowledging that estate planning is a dynamic and essential component of responsible life management throughout life’s many stages.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

(Information provided is used for courtesy reminders. Your contact information is never shared without your permission!)

August 8, 2024 - 10:00am

The Truth about Love, Sex & Shacking Up

As relationships mature over time, so do our needs and desires for love and intimacy.

Join us for an exploration of the complexities that can arise in later-life relationships. 

Whether you’re focused on spicing up your current relationship, reigniting an old high school flame, or navigating the online dating scene as a mature individual, this seminar provides valuable insights into nurturing and sustaining meaningful connections. 

Delve into the challenges and joys of mature relationships, and gain wisdom on navigating the intricacies of love, intimacy, and companionship in your own unique stage of life.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

(Information provided is used for courtesy reminders. Your contact information is never shared without your permission!)

September 12, 2024 - 10:00am

The Truth about Transition: Home, money, and mindset

In the intricate dance of life, the transition from living an independent lifestyle to seeking support (regardless of how little or how much) is a profound and multifaceted journey. It’s not merely about whether or not to change your physical space, but also about navigating the shifts in mindset—how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us. 

Transition transcends the simple act of moving. It becomes a nuanced exploration of our identity and the choices we make, especially as we mature and move through varying stages and uncharted territories.

In this month’s seminar, we go beyond the pivotal question of staying put or moving on, exploring the thoughts and decisions which influence this choice. Beyond financial considerations (which we will certainly discuss), what other factors come into play in this stage of life?

Our panelists will delve into the potential implications of remaining in our current home, relocating to a smaller space, living with family, and even finding a suitable roommate or retirement community. 

Whether you’re in transition yourself or supporting someone else through this stage of life, this empowering and candid conversation is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed and confident decisions.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

(Information provided is used for courtesy reminders. Your contact information is never shared without your permission!)

October 3, 2024 - 10:00am

The Truth about the Journey from ‘We’ to ‘Me’ Part 2: Widowhood from the male perspective

Continue your exploration of the profound life transition that is uncoupling. In our earlier panel, we gained a unique perspective on this life stage from resilient women who transitioned from being a “we” to embracing the journey as a “me.” This time, we shift our focus to the male perspective.

Each stage of life presents opportunities for growth, learning, and reinvention. However, when accustomed to approaching life with a partner, navigating the solo path can be a daunting task. Factor in the evolution from a caregiver role to being alone, fending for oneself after decades of marriage, and the complexities deepen.

Join our panel of brave men who will share their unfiltered experiences with transitioning into widowhood. Gain profound insight into the male perspective on marriage, grief and loss, widowhood, and more. Whether you are preparing for this stage of life or seeking to better support others, brace yourself for a powerful and heartwarming conversation that sheds light on the multifaceted journey of moving from ‘we’ to ‘me.’

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

(Information provided is used for courtesy reminders. Your contact information is never shared without your permission!)

November 14, 2024 - 10:00am

The Truth about Caregiving as a Vital Stage of Life

Embark on a profound exploration of caregiving as an essential stage of life in our upcoming seminar, “The Truth about Caregiving: Vital Stages of Life.” Whether you find yourself caring for aging parents, a spouse, or someone with special needs, this candid conversation is designed to illuminate the multifaceted aspects of this critical journey.

Our diverse panel of experts and caregivers will delve into the realities of caring for individuals facing challenges such as dementia, physical or behavioral health issues, as well as normative aging processes. Discover the shared experiences and challenges that weave through this universal stage of life, recognizing that caregiving often overlaps with other life stages, offering unique insights and opportunities for growth.

We’ll address the critical importance of self-care for caregivers, emphasizing that the well-being of the caregiver is fundamental to ensuring the needs of those requiring care are adequately met. 

Join us as we navigate the complexities of caregiving, offering valuable perspectives that empower and support caregivers on this vital journey. Whether you’re currently a caregiver or preparing for this stage of life, this seminar promises to be an enlightening exploration of the profound and shared experience of caregiving.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

(Information provided is used for courtesy reminders. Your contact information is never shared without your permission!)

December 12, 2024 - 10:00am

The Truth about Grandparenting a New Generation: Connecting throughout Stages of Life

Ever feel like your children or grandchildren are speaking an entirely different language? Uncertain about engaging in meaningful dialogue or preserving family stories for generations to come? The effectiveness of these efforts can be influenced by our understanding of life stages.

Join us in our upcoming seminar, “The Truth about Grandparenting a New Generation: Connecting throughout Stages of Life,” as we explore how life stages impact the roles we play with younger generations. Together, we’ll delve into the issues that hold significance for the youth, gaining valuable insights into their priorities and perspectives.

Discover effective communication strategies to pass along your wisdom, knowledge, and experience. Explore ways to foster meaningful connections that leave lasting legacies, creating enduring memories. This seminar is dedicated to empowering you to better connect with the new generation, equipping you to make a profound impact on their lives.

Join us for a captivating conversation that transcends generational gaps, allowing you to navigate the stages of life with wisdom and connection, creating enduring memories and strengthening the bonds between us.

In the ATRIUM at:

Crossings Community Church
14600 N Portland OKC, OK

Note: The Senior Living Truth Series is not a Crossings program, but Crossings offers the use of their beautiful and comfortable venue for monthly Truth Series programs. Everyone is welcome! 

FOLLOW THE PURPLE SIGNS!

(Information provided is used for courtesy reminders. Your contact information is never shared without your permission!)

2024 EDUCATION PARTNERS

WHAT OUR ATTENDEES ARE SAYING

EDUCATED. EQUIPPED. EMPOWERED.

MEET YOUR EVENTS TEAM

Nikki Buckelew, Ph.D.

Co-Host / Moderator / Founder

Chris Buckelew

Co-Host / Operations / Founder

Danielle Gormley

Attendee & Education Partner Relations

Jake Stover

Attendee Support & Operations

Shannon Stiger

Moderator & Education Partner

Kim Johns

Event Support & Education Partner

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW LONG ARE THE SEMINARS?

Most seminars are about 60 minutes followed by a 30 minute Q & A. We begin promptly at 10am and finish at 11:30am.

CAN ATTENDEES ASK QUESTIONS?

Yes! We want you to get your questions answered. We do our homework, so many of your questions will likely be answered in the prepared program, but if you still have unanswered questions at the end, you will have an opportunity to ask. Specific questions that are very personal to your situation (i.e. can’t be generalized to the group) might better be answered by talking with a panelist privately after the program.

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 about a week. They can simply click on the Video Replay tab at the top of the page.

I WOULD LIKE TO START HOSTING SEMINARS LIKE THIS IN MY AREA. HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

We are often asked if these programs are being held outside OKC.  If you are a real estate agent or business professional passionate about serving the mature market and want to give back to your community by educating, empowering, and equipping others, call us at 405.563.7501 and we can direct you to resources. 

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

Please feel free to contact us concerning any questions you may have. If our event team is unable to answer your questions, we will direct you to one of our many trusted education partners or subject matter experts who can assist you.

CAN I ATTEND FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES?

We always welcome service providers and business owners seeking to learn. Due to limited seating, we reserve the right to provide priority seating to non-professionals. We have a VERY STRICT no solicitation / marketing policy and if you pass out business cards, wear branded clothing, or attempt to network with education partners for personal gain, we will ask you to leave. All attendees must check in and provide contact information.

HOW IS THIS PROGRAM FUNDED?

Education partners donate time, money, space, and resources so that programming can be provided at no cost.

CAN I DONATE TO THE SERIES?

Some attendees are so passionate about the program that they want to help with promoting it. This can be done by donating toward expenses or volunteering as an ambassador. Call us and we are happy to help you find a way to contribute!

WHY ARE SOME TOPICS REPEATED?

Sometimes people need to hear information more than once – especially regarding complex topics. The fact is, even if it seems like a repeat, we can never really duplicate any of our programs! With different panelists, new perspectives, and updated information, there is always something new to learn. Even variations in audience questions make for a unique event.

IS THERE GOING TO BE A SALES PITCH?

Nope. No sales pitch. You have an opportunity to get to know presenters, panelists, hosts, and education partners and can decide for yourself if you want to further connect. Presenters and panelists will have materials available for you to take home, but it’s up to you to pick them up. We do promote additional educational programs and small group workshops offered by educational partners – some of which may have fees involved. These are only meant as learning opportunities – never an endorsement of services or advertisement for any specific business or organization.

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. If we are unable to incorporate a topic into this series, we may collaborate with education partners to offer it in another program or at another venue.

HOW DO I BECOME AN EDUCATION PARTNER?

Annual partnerships are from January to December.  Those interested in becoming an education partner can contact our event team at 405.563.7501 to request a sponsorship packet or to be placed on the waiting list. Every sponsor must be fully vetted prior to being considered, so please provide references and licensing information (if applicable). Those recommended by a regular attendee or current educational partner are given priority in the application process.

DO YOU OFFER SEMINARS IN OTHER AREAS?

We currently offer the Senior Living Truth Series® in the Oklahoma City metro area only. There are similar programs with different names in other parts of the country including cities in Nevada, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, California, Oregon, Maryland, District of Columbia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, and more are being added regularly, so just email or call us and we can direct you to those we know about.