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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.

Never a sales pitch, Just Straight Talk

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2024 FREE SEMINARS FOR SENIORS

Click “More Info,” below, to sign up online for a seminar or call 515-321-7059
Registration is highly recommended, as seating is limited.


 

2020 Free Senior Seminars
  • Straight Talk about the Challenges & Benefits of “Letting Go”
    Straight Talk about the Challenges & Benefits of “Letting Go”
    Thu, Jun 20
    West48 Conference Center
    Jun 20, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Jun 20, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    “Letting go” of stuff is difficult and can often be emotionally draining, anxiety-inducing and even painful.
  • Straight Talk—They’ve Downsized and are Here to Tell the Tale
    Straight Talk—They’ve Downsized and are Here to Tell the Tale
    Thu, Jul 18
    West48 Conference Center
    Jul 18, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Jul 18, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Learn how others just like you have overcome their fears and made the decision to downsize.
  • Straight Talk about Finding Senior Living that Fits Your Needs
    Straight Talk about Finding Senior Living that Fits Your Needs
    Thu, Aug 15
    West48 Conference Center
    Aug 15, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Aug 15, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Whether you are a recent retiree, mature elder, or a family member helping aging relatives, this seminar is designed to provide you with practical and actionable information and shorten your learning curve as you navigate the many options available.
  • Straight Talk about Paying for Retirement Living
    Straight Talk about Paying for Retirement Living
    Thu, Sep 19
    West48 Conference Center
    Sep 19, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Sep 19, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Join us for a discussion related to financing options associated with senior living, such as Medicaid and Medicare, Veteran Aid and Attendance and Long-Term Care Insurance.
  • Straight Talk about Living, Dying & Leaving a Legacy
    Straight Talk about Living, Dying & Leaving a Legacy
    Thu, Oct 17
    West48 Conference Center
    Oct 17, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Oct 17, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    During this 90-minute event featuring expert panelists, you’ll learn the most important things you need to know about living, dying, and leaving a legacy on your terms.
  • Straight Talk about Embracing Technology—Don’t be Left Behind
    Straight Talk about Embracing Technology—Don’t be Left Behind
    Thu, Nov 14
    West48 Conference Center
    Nov 14, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Nov 14, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Dive into the world of ‘Technology’ as we explore cutting-edge gadgets, discover how tech can enhance your daily life, and empower you to stay connected with loved ones.
  • Straight Talk about Living to 100
    Straight Talk about Living to 100
    Tue, Dec 17
    West48 Conference Center
    Dec 17, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Dec 17, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    West48 Conference Center, 1601 48th St #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266, USA
    Find out what every person over 65 should know about living to be 100. Join us for this seminar focusing on important truths about living to 100 and beyond!

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Meet the host

MEET THE HOST

Mary Eikenberry is a native Iowan and has lived in the Des Moines area since 1975. Her educational background is a degree in General Science and Medical Technology. Early on she 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 the 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 older adults and their families through late-life moves. . She has helped hundreds of seniors successfully downsize and relocate and has assisted family members with these late-life moves. Mary was a successful Realtor is the Des Moines area for 30 years.  She is a graduate of the Seniors Real Estate Institute, a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) and Certified Senior Downsizing Coach in Iowa (CSDC). 

Mary is truly an advocate for older adults in the Des Moines area.  She is one of the charter members of CISEN (Central Iowa Senior Education Network) which has presented the annual Senior Life Conference in October since 2014.  She is also involved in the Aging Consortium Network.  In 2023 she became a faculty member of the Senior Real Estate Institute (SREI) and now teaches Realtors who want to learn to better serve our older population as they downsize and move.  Her involvement with SREI also includes being a regular panelist at the annual SREI Legacy conference and also is on the membership committee for those Realtors completing their Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) certification.

Mary was awarded the Senior Real Estate Institute Legacy Leader Award in 2023.  

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Testimonials

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

West48 Conference Center

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

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Education Partners

Thank you to our 2024 Education Partners.  Click their logo for more information.

Sponsors

FAQ

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 FUTURE SEMINARS?

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?
Would you like to be notified of future events?

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

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