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Retirement Living Decisions: UU Perspectives

Retirement Living Decisions: UU Perspectives:  Sunday, October 9, 16 & 23
A Program for Those In or Near Retirement (and Their Families, too)

The journey of aging provides all of us with special challenges, and planning is essential. Are you ready to make the important decisions about where and how you will live?  Well, here’s a way to get started, get some answers, and ask questions!

Retirement Living Decisions:  UU Perspectives is a three-session program to be held on Sunday, October 9, 16 and 23, 2016, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in First U’s Brunner Chapel. We are fortunate to have Sharon Sundial, a geriatric social worker and a member of West Chester UU Congregation, to plan and lead this special program. We also have some of our own members on a panel to answer questions during the second session: in addition to Sharon, Joan Priest, Barry Marrs, and Kathi Weiss (who works for the state of Delaware in Community Relations), will participate, as well as Roberta Balsam, a UU Outreach worker from Philadelphia.

You’re encouraged to attend all three sessions – no reservations are necessary. The sessions are planned to appeal to all seniors, whether you are aging in place, moving to a retirement community, or developing your own special solution. (Click here for more information on the sessions.)

Session 1: October 9:  The Journey of Aging
We will consider the gifts and challenges that accompany aging, as well as where we all are on this journey. This session will have individual reflection, group conversation, and exercises to help sharpen and broaden our perspectives about where and how we want to live.

Session 2: October 16: Senior Living Options
Panelists will describe resources available for seniors who wish to age in place or who cannot afford to or do not chose to move to a retirement community. First U members who have moved to retirement communities will describe why they decided to move and the positive and negative aspects of their decision.

Session 3: October 23: Take Action!
We will discuss all the information we have gained from the previous two sessions and begin to make plans and move ahead. We will also discuss informal networks available to help seniors, including those available to UUs.

Sharon Sundial, a resident of Crosslands, spent over 25 years working with elders through community-based long term care, first in Cleveland and later in Arlington, Va., where she also met Roberta and Barry Finkelstein. She and her husband, Dave Peacefull, moved to Crosslands in 2012.