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RETIRED LIVING TRUTH SERIES

Join us for a series of candid conversations with local experts focused on the unique and complex housing-related issues facing Northern Nevada mature homeowners & families. 

Retired Living Truth Series

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  • Many people have said that they really want to downsize and simplify their lives, but the one thing holding them back is not knowing how or where to dispose of all their “extra stuff.”

    At this month’s seminar you’ll learn from our panelists how to simplify the liquidation of personal property and household goods. Our panelists including estate sale pros, consignment store owners, auctioneers and used furniture dealers will give us the inside scoop on trends, best practices and will answer commonly asked questions about what to do with all that stuff!!

    Get all your estate liquidation questions answered at our upcoming free 90-minute seminar featuring industry experts who know the secrets to liquidating your excess “stuff!

     

    When: December 13th at 2pm

    Location: Sierra View Library, Reno (Old) Town Mall, 4001 S Virginia St, Reno, NV, 89502

    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests

    Seating is Limited

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    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • Owning a home was promoted as the American Dream for many years — and for good reason. But what happens when home ownership no longer brings you joy or becomes too much to handle?

    Learn the facts about taxes, insurance, property values, pest control, yard maintenance, home warranties, home owner associations, and many other home ownership related issues at this month’s 90-minute panel event.

    When: January 12th at 10am

    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502

    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests

    Seating is Limited

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    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • More and more retirees of all ages are relocating to active adult and retired living communities all around the country. You may be considering such a move yourself, but just aren’t sure what the fuss is all about!

    During this 90-minute panel discussion, you will learn the facts about local 55+ living options from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the industry. We will cover locations, amenities, and costs for both purchase and lease options for those 55 and older.

    When: February 1st at 10 am

    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502

    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests

    Seating is Limited

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    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • More and more retirees of all ages are relocating to active adult and retired living communities all around the country. You may be considering such a move yourself, but just aren’t sure what the fuss is all about!

    During this 90-minute panel discussion, you will learn the facts about local 55+ living options from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the industry. We will cover locations, amenities, and costs for both purchase and lease options for those 55 and older.

    When: February 15 at 10 am

    Location: OLLI/UNR, 604 W. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89509

    Cost: Free for OLLI members and their guests

    Seating is Limited

    Reserve Your Seat (click here)

    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • Did you know that physical clutter can also cause psychological clutter? Psychological clutter is known to create depression, anxiety, and even physical illness and disease.

    Whether your current environment is cluttered, or you just desire to create a more organized and personally satisfying space, this is the seminar for you! Our panel of experts will discuss both the emotional and physical aspects of decluttering and will provide practical strategies for organizing your home.

    When: March 1st at 10 am

    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502

    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests

    Seating is Limited

    Reserve Your Seat (click here)

    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • Did you know that physical clutter can also cause psychological clutter? Psychological clutter is known to create depression, anxiety, and even physical illness and disease.

    Whether your current environment is cluttered, or you just desire to create a more organized and personally satisfying space, this is the seminar for you! Our panel of experts will discuss both the emotional and physical aspects of decluttering and will provide practical strategies for organizing your home.

    When: March 15t at 10 am

    Location: OLLI/UNR, 604 W. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89509

    Cost: Free for OLLI members and their guests

    Seating is Limited

    Reserve Your Seat (click here)

    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • The most commonly used word to describe the downsizing process is “overwhelm.” In fact, many people find themselves paralyzed by even the idea of moving to a smaller or more manageable space.

    The good news is that there are people, strategies, and services that can make the downsizing process much simpler and far more manageable!

    Discover simple strategies for getting started, how to hire the right help, and what to do with all that “stuff.”

    If you are considering a move today, a year from now, or anytime in your future, this seminar is designed to help remove the overwhelm and inspire you to take action — even if it’s just a small action!

    Join us and we will share with you the secret to ‘eating the elephant’ one bite at a time!

    When: April 5th at 10 am

    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502

    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests

    Seating is Limited

    Reserve Your Seat (click here)

    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • The most commonly used word to describe the downsizing process is “overwhelm.” In fact, many people find themselves paralyzed by even the idea of moving to a smaller or more manageable space.

    The good news is that there are people, strategies, and services that can make the downsizing process much simpler and far more manageable!

    Discover simple strategies for getting started, how to hire the right help, and what to do with all that “stuff.”

    If you are considering a move today, a year from now, or anytime in your future, this seminar is designed to help remove the overwhelm and inspire you to take action — even if it’s just a small action!

    Join us and we will share with you the secret to ‘eating the elephant’ one bite at a time!

    When: April 19 at 10 am

    Location: OLLI/UNR, 604 W. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89509

    Cost: Free for OLLI members and their guests

    Seating is Limited

    Reserve Your Seat (click here)

    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • Whether staying put and needing help, or moving to an independent living or assisted living community which is often a desirable option for many older adults seeking a simpler or more manageable lifestyle, there are costs. Sometimes a move may even be necessary to remain as autonomous and independent as possible. The two questions we are often asked are, “How much do these communities cost and can I afford to live there?” and “How can I afford to stay in my own home?”

    Join us for an in-depth discussion about the costs associated with independent and assisted living, as well as memory and long-term care. Our expert panelists will also share frequently misunderstood benefits such as the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance and long-term care insurance.

    When: May 17 at 10 am

    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502
     
    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests
     
    Seating is Limited
     
     
    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • Whether staying put and needing help, or moving to an independent living or assisted living community which is often a desirable option for many older adults seeking a simpler or more manageable lifestyle, there are costs. Sometimes a move may even be necessary to remain as autonomous and independent as possible. The two questions we are often asked are, “How much do these communities cost and can I afford to live there?” and “How can I afford to stay in my own home?”

    Join us for an in-depth discussion about the costs associated with independent and assisted living, as well as memory and long-term care. Our expert panelists will also share frequently misunderstood benefits such as the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance and long-term care insurance.

    When: May 17 at 10 am

    Location: OLLI/UNR, 604 W. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89509
     
    Cost: Free for OLLI members and their guests
     
    Seating is Limited
     
     
    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • What does aging in place really mean? And perhaps more importantly, what is the “right” place 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years from now.

    If you choose to ‘stay put’ in your current home instead of moving to a retirement community, you have options – lots of them! The challenge is knowing which options are right for you!

    Our experts will explain the options you may need to successfully age in your home as well as
    discuss the truth about staying put or moving on so you are the one who is in control of the decision. When you make the decision for yourself, either in advance or in the moment, you control your own destiny. If left for others to decide on your behalf, you may not like the outcome.

    Take the time to learn what it takes to age in place long after retirement.

    When: June 8th at 10 am
     
    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502
     
    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests
     
    Seating is Limited
     
     
    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • 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 get older.

    Expert panelists will answer questions like these and more:

    • What happens if I can no longer manage on my own?
    • Who is available to help me with my financial and household affairs?
    • Are my kids or other family members the best choice as trustees or executors?
    • What are the most important documents to have in place as I reach my later years?
    When: July 10th at 10 am
     
    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502
     
    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests
     
    Seating is Limited
     
     
    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • No one has a crystal ball which can make planning for a long life very challenging. Questions of health, longevity, lifestyle, and legacy all require consideration in planning for the amount of money necessary to sustain a long life.

    Join us for an in-depth and candid conversation with financial, health, and retired living experts who will help uncover the mysteries about deciding how much is enough when it comes to budgeting for retirement living into your 80s and beyond.

    When: August 2nd at 10 am
     
    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502
     
    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests
     
    Seating is Limited
     
     
    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • Liquidating personal household items and collectibles is not as easy as it looks on TV. The surplus of certain items makes selling them difficult, while the popularity of others makes them very valuable. If you are wondering what to let go of and when — or if you plan to downsize and simplify, this seminar is for you.

    We will answer these questions and more:

    • How do I know the value of china, crystal, and other glassware?
    • How much is “enough” to warrant a professional estate sale?
    • When and how are estate sales conducted?
    • What fees are associated with estate liquidation services?
    • What other options are there for handling remaining “stuff?”

    Get all your estate liquidation and downsizing questions answered during this 90-minute seminar featuring industry experts dedicated to helping you find new homes for your extra items.

    When: September 4th at 10 am
     
    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502
     
    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests
     
    Seating is Limited
     
     
    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • Retirees often elect to build, buy, or remodel shortly after retirement expecting this house to be “the last home” they will ever own. Fast forward 5, 10, or even 15 years and what was meant to be the “last house” is no longer equipped for current needs.

    In this month’s seminar, we will share key considerations when building, buying, or remodeling to stay put into old age. Learn more about affordable accessibility and universal design features, remodel ideas, resale considerations, and cost saving strategies.

    When: October 4th at 10 am
     
    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502
     
    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests
     
    Seating is Limited
     
     
    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • There are a lot of myths out there about what you must or “should” do in order to sell your home. The myths are perpetuated by shows on television featuring real estate agents with pearly white teeth and selling tiny homes for 2 million dollars. Real estate agents further confuse the issue because they advertise homes as “totally remodeled” and make it seem as though these homes are the only ones available.

    During this 90-minute panel presentation, we will discuss the pro’s and con’s of fixing up a home to sell, as well as the pitfalls and benefits to selling ‘as-is.”

    • Here are just a few of the questions that will be answered:
    • What is necessary to sell a home in Northern Nevada?
    • What does ’as-is’ really mean and does it make financial sense to sell that way?
    • How do I know if an as-is cash offer is a fair offer?
    When: November 6th at 10 am
     
    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502
     
    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests
     
    Seating is Limited
     
     
    or call 775-432-6398 to register.
  • Retired Living Truth Series hosts, sponsors, and panelists are asked some amazing questions by attendees following monthly events. Naturally we gladly respond to those questions in the moment, but we often recognize the value of those exchanges and wish the entire audience could have been within earshot.

    As such, the December seminar is dedicated to audience Q & A. As an attendee, you can ask any question you may have regarding retired living issues and our knowledgeable sponsors will answer them. Naturally, if there is a question asked that we can’t answer, we will direct you to a trusted resource.

    We will also be sharing some answers to the most common questions we receive throughout the year, so bring your questions and your thinking cap and get ready to try and stump the panelists!

    When: December 14th at 10 am
     
    Location: 5650 Riggins Court, Reno NV 89502
     
    Cost: Free for seniors and their guests
     
    Seating is Limited
     
     
    or call 775-432-6398 to register.

Sierra View Library

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

Sierra View Library
Reno (Old) Town Mall
4001 S Virgina St, Reno NV 89502

Retired Living Truth Series

Meet the Hosts

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Annette Junell

Co-Host / Moderator

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Brett Junell

Co-Host / Moderator 

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Kristen Bunch

Event Manager

Check out our recent seminars – Click the headings to learn more

  • People say the thought of moving out of a home they have lived in for decades is often overwhelming. They allow fear and anxiety about the downsizing process to cause them to stay in a place or in a situation that no longer serves their needs.

    Learn how other men, women, and couples just like you have overcome their fears and made the decision to downsize. Our panel of actual down-sizers will answer these questions and more at this month’s 90-minute panel event.

  • 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 pertaining to home ownership to take advantage of responsible property owners.

    Learn how to detect and avoid home-owner related scams at this 90 minute panel event featuring local subject matter experts.

  • Whether staying put and needing help, or moving to an independent, assisted living, long term care, or memory care community which is sometimes desirable and sometimes necessary, the question most people have is how they will pay for it.

    Join us for a discussion related to financing options associated with senior living costs such as:

    • Medicaid and Medicare
    • Veteran Aid and Attendance
    • Long-term Care Insurance and other options

    Learn the TRUTH about financing options at our upcoming free 90-minute seminar featuring a panel of local experts.

  • Whether you choose to ‘stay put’ in your current home or move to one more manageable, if you are 62 or older, you have options – lots of them! The challenge: Knowing which options are right for you! Take the time to learn what it takes to age in place long after retirement!

    • Making your home more accessible
    • Easy home renovations
    • Finding reliable in-home care providers
    • Transportation options for when you don’t drive
    • Services available specific to seniors
    • Questions to ask when hiring service providers

    During this 90-minute panel discussion, you will learn the keys to safely ‘staying put’ from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the senior service industry.

     
  • Independent living options are springing up all around the Reno/Sparks area and in every other city in the country. But what are they exactly?

    • Where do I begin looking for independent living options?
    • What do independent living communities offer me as a senior?
    • What will it cost to live in an independent living community? Are there independent options for purchase? For lease? What are they?

    During this 90-minute panel discussion, you will learn the TRUTH about local independent senior living options from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the senior living industry. Featured Expert Panelists:

    • Avery Huckaby, Sky Peaks Retirement Community
    • Mike Aguila, Toll Brothers
    • Lillie Samuels, Brookdale – Sparks
  • New assisted living options are available around every corner in the Reno/Sparks/Carson City area and in every other city across the country. Whether you are looking at options for yourself or for a loved one, it can be confusing and more than a little challenging to figure out, so let us help!

    You may be asking:

    • What does assisted living offer?
    • What are the differences?
    • Who qualifies for assisted living?
    • Can I get assistance in my home?
    • How do we pay for it?

    During this 90 minute panel discussion, learn the TRUTH about assisted living options from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the senior living industry.

  • 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! We will answer the following questions and more in the upcoming 90-minute seminar.

    • Where do I begin?
    • How do I prepare my house for sale?
    • Can I sell as-is?
    • What should I expect when my home goes on the market?
    • What are the costs involved in selling?
    • What documents do I need?
  • We all know there can sometimes be complexities related to the transfer of property. More times than not families try to solve these problems during a crisis, but creating a contingency plan in advance is a far better way of dealing with potential pitfalls. You may be asking:

    • What legal documents are needed when selling my home?
    • What are the tax implications of owning, selling, or transferring property?
    • How should property be deeded to avoid potential future challenges?

    Join us for this 90-minute panel discussion to hear first hand from legal, financial and tax experts about how to avoid common challenges faced by families just like yours. Featured Expert Panelists:

    • Tyson Cross, Cross Law Group
    • Susan Rand, Affordable Trusts & Wills
    • Luke Welmerink, Anderson, Dorn & Rader
  • Whether you choose to stay in your current home or move to one more manageable, if you are 62 or older, you have options – lots of them. The challenge: Knowing which options are right for you! During this 90 minute program, we will discuss the facts about reverse mortgages. We will cover how these loans work, the myths and rumors associated with them and ways they can be used to buy or refinance. Commonly asked questions:

    1. For what can the funds from my reverse mortgage be used?
    2. What happens if I owe a balance on my reverse mortgage and want to sell or move?
    3. How does having a reverse mortgage on my home effect my heirs?
    4. What is the most I can borrow on my home?
    5. Can I use a reverse mortgage to purchase a home if I already own one?
    6. Can I make payments on the principal balance even if not required?
    7. Do I get all the money at one time or is it paid to me over time?
    8. Why should I use a reverse mortgage to buy a home if I can pay cash?
    9. What is the best way to use a reverse mortgage to make home modifications for living at home safely?
    10. Does getting a reverse mortgage impact any benefits I may be receiving?

    Featured Expert Panelists:

    • Debbie Wood, Eagle Home Mortgage
    • Maggie O’Connell, The Federal Savings Bank
  • If you are considering making a move – now or in your future – you owe it to yourself to be prepared. Join us for this free seminar and learn how others just like you have simplified their lives by following the 5 easy steps to downsizing. Because downsizing should leave you Overjoyed not overwhelmed! In their client guide, “Downsizing Made Easy,” Annette Junell shares 5 Easy Steps to help simplify the downsizing process. The steps include: Creating a plan, communicating your plan with trusted advisors, surrounding yourself with helpful professionals, dealing with your house full of personal possessions and adjusting to a new and different lifestyle. “Our goal for this month’s seminar is to help people better prepare for late life moves and especially those that require dealing with a house full of possessions,” says moderator and host, Annette Junell. Expert panelists include estate liquidators, move managers, and real estate professionals who will share insights, tips, and secrets to effectively downsizing after retirement.

  • Retirement communities and 55+ active adult living options are popping up all around the Reno/Sparks & Carson City area and in every other city across the country. But what are they exactly? What do they offer me as a senior? Where do I even begin? During this 90 minute panel discussion, learn the TRUTH about local senior living options from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the senior living. Featured Expert Panelists

    • Ceci Martin, Director of Sales at Five Star Premier Residences of Reno
    • Junene Bratzler, Sales and Marketing Manager at Brookdale Vista Assisted Living in Sparks
    • Shelley Savoie, Director of Sales and Marketing at Summit Estates
    • Brandon Johnstone, Community Relations Director at Cascades of the Sierra

  • Whether you choose to ‘stay put’ in your current home or move to one more manageable, if you are 62 or older, you have options – lots of them. The challenge: Knowing which options are right for you! During this 90 minute program, we will discussed the truth about “staying put.”

    • Making your home more accessible
    • Easy home renovations
    • Finding reliable in-home care providers
    • Transportation options for when you don’t drive
    • Local Services available to mature adults
    • Pros and cons of staying in the same home or neighborhood
    • Questions to ask when interviewing service providers
  • Retirement communities and 55+ active adult living options are popping up all around the Reno/Sparks & Carson City area and in every other city across the country. But what are they exactly? What do they offer me as a senior? What do they cost? Where do I even begin? During this 90 minute panel discussion, learn the TRUTH about local senior living options from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the senior living. Featured Expert Panelists:

    • Brandon Johnstone – Cascades of the Sierra
    • Dottie Tette – MorningStar
    • Ceci Martin – Premier Five Star
    • Junene Bratzler – Brookdale Vista
    • Annette Junell – other senior living options in the area

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 and the number of panelists. Any remaining time is used to address questions from attendees. We begin promptly at 2:00pm and finish no later than 3:30pm.

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 our staff is unable to answer your questions, we will direct you to one of our many subject matter experts who will be happy to assist you.

IS THERE GOING TO BE A SALES PITCH?

Nope. No sales pitch. You will have an opportunity to get to know the presenters, panelists, and hosts and 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 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 panel discussion. If you still have an 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 request a consultation with one of our team members following the event.

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. 

CAN I REQUEST A TOPIC FOR THE NEXT SERIES?

Absolutely! We want to make the Retired Living Truth 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 timeframes 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. Due to limited seating, we reserve the right to provide priority seating to non-professionals.

WHY IS THE EVENT FREE FOR SENIORS AND THEIR GUESTS?

The professionals hosting, moderating, sponsoring, and serving as panelists have strong convictions about insuring 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 contributed toward event expenses so that ALL seniors are able to attend regardless of their financial situation.