ANNOUNCEMENT:  Live seminars are back! If weather conditions become questionable, please check your email or call 515-321-7059 for updates as to whether the seminar will be held.

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.

EDUCATE

EQUIP

EMPOWER

2022 FREE SEMINARS FOR SENIORS

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

 
  • Straight Talk about Finding Purpose After Retirement
    Jan 20, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    No matter how much you had looked forward to retirement, life continues to change as we age. What we thought retirement would feel like does not necessarily match up with reality, especially as we age.
  • Straight Talk about Senior Scams & Other Deviousness
    Feb 17, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    With all the mail, email, and unsolicited phone calls, it is becoming more and more difficult to determine what is legitimate and what might be a scam! Scammers often utilize public information as well as our online internet activities to take advantage of us.
  • Straight Talk about What Home Sellers Need to Know
    Mar 17, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    Selling your home that you have lived in for two, three, four or even five decades can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be so overwhelming.
  • Straight Talk about Flipping the Money Switch
    Thu, Apr 21
    Johnston Lions Club
    Apr 21, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    You spent your whole life saving for your retirement. You’re now at that point. You have new freedoms and you thought you were ready to enjoy them. But….it’s so hard to spend the money you’ve saved. What is that? We’ll talk about the psychology behind that process of letting go.
  • Straight Talk about The Best Gift You Can Give Your Children
    May 19, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    All our adult lives, we’ve tried to do the best for our children, even as they started families of their own and became grandparents, themselves. In many cases, we showered them with gifts and our time, but as we age, there is one gift that will be one of the most valuable and important to them.
  • Straight Talk about Technology & Modifications that Can Help You Stay in Your Home
    Jun 16, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    Computers, smart-phones, and tablets can offer many benefits to people of all ages. Alexa, Ring Door Bells and so many more in-home devices are out there to made life “easier” for us.
  • Straight Talk about Understanding the Costs of Senior Living
    Jul 21, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    As we age, we all want to do our best to ensure that we have enough money to live life to the fullest. The reality is; many people are unsure of the actual costs of senior living.
  • Straight Talk about “Is Your House Taking the Fun out of Life?”
    Aug 18, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    Are you ready to relax and stop letting your home own you? Are you questioning whether you’re ready to move on to a life that’s free of the demands of home ownership?
  • Straight Talk about Senior Living Options in the Des Moines Metro Area
    Sep 15, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    Every 55+ senior owes it to themselves and their family to visit a senior living community, not with the intent to cross it off the list as a possible living solution but to consider it as a viable choice for your retirement.
  • Straight Talk about Going from “We to Me”
    Thu, Oct 13
    Johnston Lions Club
    Oct 13, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    Losing a lifelong partner who shared in life’s many responsibilities such as finances, travel, cooking, social activities or home maintenance can leave a giant void. Let’s face it, most of us will one day face this reality of going from “We” to “Me".
  • Straight Talk about Creating Your Legacy
    Thu, Nov 17
    Johnston Lions Club
    Nov 17, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    One way to rejuvenate your life is to create your legacy that will be forever remembered by family and friends. So, if you are thinking about downsizing but have boxes of memorabilia, photos and stuff, now is the opportunity to create your legacy before you get rid of the stuff.
  • December Event Coming Soon
    Wed, Dec 14
    Johnston Lions Club
    Dec 14, 10:00 AM – Dec 15, 11:30 AM
    Johnston Lions Club, 6501 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
    Coming Soon!

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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.

EMPOWERMENT IN ACTION

 

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EQUIP

EMPOWER

 

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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Education Partners

Thank you to our 2022 Education Partners.  Click their logo for more information.

 
Senior Transitioning Services
Home Instead
Morning Star
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Aging Resources
The Arbordale - An Essex Community
Abendroth Russell Barnett Law Firm
Attivo Trail
Cedar Ridge Village
1/1
Ramsey Village
Valley View Village
Suncrest
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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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