How to Simplify and Customize Your Aging Options

Life is full of options. Every day we make choices, large and small. Some choices are trivial and minor, while other choices will have a huge impact on the rest of our lives. Decisions regarding our care as we get older fall into the latter category. Decisions like, “Where will we live?”, “Who will take care of us?”, and “How will we pay for it?” are questions we all should be asking and answering long before the need arises so that we will have a plan in place when the time comes.

To help you put this plan in place, the Western and Central Virginia Aging in Place Council is proud to present the 4th Annual Aging in Place Symposium, “How to Simplify and Customize your Aging Options”. The symposium will be held on October 17th from 5-7:30 pm in Fitzpatrick Hall at the Jefferson Center located at 541 Luck Ave in Roanoke. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from gifted speakers on healthcare, housing, legal considerations, and regional and state planning for the coming age wave. Bring your questions and concerns for the panel discussion. Experts in various fields relating to aging in place will be on hand to answer your questions and help allay your fears. You will leave with new tools in your toolbox and resources in hand to plan a better later life for you or a loved one.
The Symposium is being hosted as part of National Aging in Place Week. Events will be held all over the country during the week of October 15-21 to help raise awareness of and find resources to successfully age in place. Our symposium will help seniors and their caregivers make and implement a plan to successfully stay in the home of their choice throughout the course of their lives. A panel discussion will bring experts from the fields of housing, health and wellness, personal finance, transportation, and community and social interaction together in one place. Bring your questions with you to ask our panel of experts. Where else can you get free answers to all your legal, medical, and other aging in place questions all in one place?

In the past, many people have chosen to ignore their changing needs as they grew older. Oftentimes, decisions about housing and healthcare options in later life were made in crisis mode after a traumatic life event such as a fall. This in turn has led to less than optimal outcomes. The Western and Central Virginia Aging in Place Council intends to change all of that. Our goal is to give people the resources to make plans early and encourage people to do so. Attending this Symposium is a great place to start. We will have planning guides available for attendees to begin the process of planning for a better later life.
If you would like to register for the event, please call 800-422-8482 or visit www.carilionclinic.org/calendar. Don’t let this opportunity to plan for a better future pass you by and please patronize our sponsors who have made this event possible. Here’s to your future and a better later life.

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