By Max Greenberg
SENIOR FOCUS: Avenidas Housing Conference Very InformativeUploaded: Mar 24, 2014
I attended the Avenidas Housing Conference on 3/22/14 and was very impressed with all the resources that were brought together to help seniors whether they were planning to continue aging in place in their homes or possibly moving to a retirement community. Avenidas is a wonderful senior-focused organization located right downtown in Palo Alto, but their virtual community (Avenidas Village) encompasses an area far greater in scope. It allows for folks living alone in their family homes to overcome the feeling of isolation they may experience as their neighbors move or pass away, as well as possibly the passing of their spouse.
The housing conference afforded seniors the opportunity to obtain related information in one place on one day. Sessions included: an overview of senior living options; how to downsize, reduce clutter and prepare for a move or home sale; an overview of the real estate market (the view is good if you are a seller); senior-focused technology; and financial planning for the golden years.
The question of remaining in your home, often alone, versus moving to a retirment community is something that each person must answer for themselves. Having a resource center like Avenidas at your fingertips can help folks make a wise, informed decision based on facts and information rather than purely making an emotional response.