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STRAIGHT TALK SENIOR LIVING SERIES

Join us for a series of candid conversations about topics that matter. Our mission is to provide education and resources designed to help people live empowered lives and make informed decisions.

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2020 FREE SEMINARS FOR SENIORS

Click “register” to sign up for a seminar online or call 515-321-7059

 
Straight Talk about Going from “We” to “Me”
Thu, Oct 08
Johnston Lions Club
Oct 08, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Johnston Lions Club, 6401 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
Losing a lifelong partner who shared in a lifetime of joys and sorrows with you as well as finances, home maintenance, cooking or arranging social activities can leave a giant void. Inevitably, most of us must one day face the reality of going from “We” to “Me”.
Straight Talk about Thriving & Aging in the Right Place
Thu, Nov 19
Johnston Lions Club
Nov 19, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Johnston Lions Club, 6401 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
The truth is not everyone will move into a senior community. For those who choose to stay at home or live with family, this class will help you plan ahead for possible future care needs, identify resources, and explore the costs associated with aging in place.
Straight Talk about Living to be 100
Thu, Dec 17
Johnston Lions Club
Dec 17, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Johnston Lions Club, 6401 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
With the number of centenarians, people who are 100 years old or more, greatly on the rise, a whole range of questions comes up for us as individuals and as a society. Our expert panelists will help us explore: What keeps us awake at night, what we avoid thinking about and what to do about it.
Straight Talk about Retirement Accounts & Taxes
Time is TBD
Johnston Lions Club
Time is TBD
Johnston Lions Club, 6401 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
Here we are in the midst of getting our taxes ready to file for 2019. But it's always tax season! Everyday you enter into transactions that will affect your tax liability. What can still be deducted? Find out in the 90 minute seminar!
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Straight Talk about Paying for Senior Living
Thu, Sep 17
Johnston Lions Club
Sep 17, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Johnston Lions Club, 6401 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
The costs associated with living a long life often seem to be a moving target, but the more you know, the better you can plan. In this session we will compare the projected costs associated with living at home versus in a senior community.
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Straight Talk about Estate Liquidation
Thu, Aug 20
Johnston Lions Club
Aug 20, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Johnston Lions Club, 6401 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
If the thought of moving seems overwhelming, this is the class for you. Learn from professionals who deal with these issues every day. Learn about the positives and pitfalls related to moving from a long-time residence. Gain resources, tools, and tips for making downsizing a bit easier.
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Straight Talk about Staying Independent as You Age
Thu, Jul 16
ONLINE VIDEO SEMINAR
Jul 16, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
ONLINE VIDEO SEMINAR
If you pride yourself on being independent and making your own life choices, you won’t want to miss this 90-minute panel discussion about staying independent as you age.
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Straight Talk from Seniors Who Have Downsized
Thu, Jun 18
ONLINE VIDEO SEMINAR
Jun 18, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
ONLINE VIDEO SEMINAR
If you’re over 55, the thought of moving to a smaller home has probably crossed your mind at some point. But there are so many questions and so much to do. It all seems overwhelming....how can we ever manage to declutter and downsize. Where do we start? Find out in this seminar!
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Straight Talk about The Aging Brain
Thu, May 21
ONLINE VIDEO SEMINAR
May 21, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
ONLINE VIDEO SEMINAR
As we age, many of us become concerned about if and how we or a loved one may be affected by the aging brain. The goal of this month’s seminar is to help debunk many of the longstanding myths associated with age related changes, getting older, and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
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Straight Talk about Communicating with Adult Children
Thu, Apr 09
ONLINE VIDEO SEMINAR
Apr 09, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
ONLINE VIDEO SEMINAR
As we age, the relationship with our offspring evolves. Each generation grapples with their own developmental tasks, ultimately culminating in stronger bonds or gaping chasms. When planning ahead for future care needs, conversations with adult children can be challenging at best.
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Straight Talk about Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Thu, Feb 20
Johnston Lions Club
Feb 20, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Johnston Lions Club, 6401 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
Choosing a retirement community is not always easy. There are many sizes, prices and amenities to choose from. During this 90-minute panel discussion, questions about continuing care and life care options will be answered.
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Straight Talk about Moving 101 for Seniors
Thu, Jan 16
Johnston Lions Club
Jan 16, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Johnston Lions Club, 6401 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
Get the facts about what is involved in selling a home in today’s market. Selling a home, you have lived in for decades can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be so overwhelming. Whether you are planning to sell this month or not for a few years, do your homework now and be prepared!

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MEET THE HOST

Mary Eikenberry is a native Iowan and has lived in the Des Moines area since 1975.  She is an experienced real estate professional in the Des Moines area (since 1993).  Mary has a degree in General Science and Medical Technology. Mary found that teaching and sales were more satisfying than lab work and she began a 16-year sales career; 10 of those as the owner and sales trainer of a Tupperware franchise in Des Moines. As an adoptive parent of 2 daughters adopted from China, she was drawn into that field, where she spent 10 years teaching and assisting parents during the post-adoption process. Four of those years were as Director of Post-Adoption Services.  Her love of helping people led her real estate career in the direction of focusing on helping homeowners and home buyers that are 55+ years of age. She has helped hundreds of seniors successfully downsize and relocate and has assisted family members with these late-life moves. Mary is a graduate of the Seniors Real Estate Institute and is currently the only Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) in Iowa.

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TESTIMONIALS

“The Straight Talk Senior Living seminars are an invaluable resource for seniors or anybody who knows a senior.  It is a great way to share information.  As a presenter, I have appreciated the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with the participants.  As a bonus, every time I attend a seminar, I learn something!”

- Ross F. Barnett

Attorney

Abendroth Russell Barnett Law Firm

JOHNSTON LIONS CLUB

Conveniently located, comfortable, easily accessible and plenty of parking!

 

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FAQ

 

HOW LONG IS THE SEMINAR?

Most of our expert panel discussions are about 60 minutes.  Some run longer than others depending on the depth of the topic.  Any remaining time is used to address questions from attendees.  We begin promptly at 10:00AM 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 discussion. If you still have any 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 ask us when the seminar is over.

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.

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 we are unable to answer your questions, you will be directed to one of the many subject matter experts who will be happy to assist you.

WHY IS THE EVENT FREE FOR SENIORS AND THEIR GUESTS?

The professionals hosting, moderating, sponsoring, and serving as panelists have strong convictions about ensuring that people are educated, empowered, and equipped as they prepare for late-life issues, especially where and how they will live. They have donated their time and expertise to these seminars so that ALL seniors are able to attend regardless of their financial situation.

IS THERE GOING TO BE A SALES PITCH?

Nope. No sales pitch. You will have an opportunity to get to know the host and panelists and you 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 SEMINAR?

Absolutely! The goal is to make the Straight Talk Senior Living 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.

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 at the door.  At this time only cash or checks are accepted. Due to limited seating, we reserve the right to provide priority seating to non-professionals.

HOW CAN I GET IN CONTACT WITH YOU?

Call 515-321-7059 or by filling out the form here.

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