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November 2019

the truth about...
living, dying & leaving a legacy

As far as we know, no one secretly wishes they could spend their last breaths in a cold, noisy, impersonal hospital room. Most people say that given the option, they prefer to die at home amongst family and close friends. Despite this wish, however, few take time to plan or organize this major life course event.

Make the commitment to bring a loved one or friend and attend this 90-minute panel event featuring expert panelists who will share the most important things you need to know about living, dying, and leaving a legacy on your terms.

This could quite possibly be one of the most important seminars of the year.

november 13 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Onion Creek Club
november 19 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Laura Bush Community Library

This Month's Speakers

Garrick Colwell, Kitchen Table Conversations

Garrick Colwell has been a Hospice Volunteer since 1987, serving as an on-call hospital and hospice chaplain. He is a Respecting Choices® Person-Centered Care First Steps® Advance Care Planning Certified Instructor and Facilitator.

Garrick and his late wife Kinsloe, along with 20 Austin area healthcare advocates,
co-created Kitchen Table Conversations, an all-volunteer nonprofit providing educational resources that empower people to have end of life conversations through a live workshop program titled, The 3 Ds of Advance Care Planning: How to Decide, Discuss and Document Your End of Life Wishes™.

As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, he co-created with Hospice Austin Conversations On Grief, a monthly online grief support program.

Garrick has completed over 100 hours of study with David Kessler, grief specialist at grief.com. David is the author of five bestselling books on grief. His first book, The Needs of the Dying is a #1 best-selling hospice book, praised by Mother Teresa; and he co-authored with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD both On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons.

Recently, Garrick completed 180 hours of training with author, educator and grief counselor Alan Wolfelt, PhD, CT, and received a “Death and Grief Studies” certificate from the internationally recognized Center for Loss and Life Transition, a private organization foundedby Dr. Wolfelt that is dedicated to furthering our understanding of grief.

From 2014 to 2019, Garrick served his late wife Kinsloe as her patient advocate, fulltime caregiver and end of life companion.

Garrick can be reached at 512-787-3402 or garrick@KitchenTableConversations.org

Deanna Cochran

Deanna Cochran RN, #1 Amazon bestselling author, Founder of the international School of Accompanying the Dying and one of the earliest voices of the End of Life Doula movement. Pioneers from around the world come to her School for her signature course, “Accompanying the Dying: A Practical Guide and Awareness Training,” the world’s first End of Life Doula Certificate Program. Deanna also custom builds end of life doula programs within hospices and other organizations, and serves families in her community. She is honored to serve as Chair of hospice’s oldest and largest trade organization—the NHPCO’s End of Life Doula Advisory Council and is founding member and first Vice President of the National End of Life Doula Alliance, the world’s first member nonprofit organization for End of Life Doulas. She advocates for collaborative efforts within the death care positive movement, for consumers to know and access palliative care, and to empower us all to care for our own dying, as well as passing on these skills to others. Her book, “Accompanying the Dying: Practical, Heart-Centered Wisdom for End-of-Life Doulas and Healthcare Advocates," is available in all major book stores. Website:  www.QualityofLifeCare.com. 

Kristi Curry, Survivorship Now

A keen observer, blogger, business owner and a veteran of the financial industry who leveraged her technical product management and development skills to meet the growing demand for resources on how to prepare and deal with a crisis such as death and illness. 

 

For over 18 years, she has been teaching and working with clients on how to capture and manage the important information families need to maintain so that the chaos of dealing with a crisis is minimized. When families are caught unprepared, she is the guide and project manager to help the families settle estates and put the pieces in place to transition to a new life after the death of a loved one. 

 

With an MBA business background coupled with a true desire to change the conversations we have about death, she has created a platform for exploration, education and action.

October 2019

the truth about...
selling "as is"

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 the Austin metropolitan area?

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?

october 9 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Onion Creek Club
october 15 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Laura Bush Community Library
This Month's Speakers

Cyndi Cummings, REALTOR®

Cyndi Cummings of The Cummings Home Team specializes in helping older adults (those 55+), senior citizens, and their caregiver families navigate the unique challenges that face boomers and seniors when they contemplate a late-in-life move. The financial, emotional, and logistical issues faced by older adults are unique and demand a specially-trained real estate agent who understands the complexities of such a move.

 

Cyndi has undergone a rigorous course of training and continuing education to achieve the exclusive designation of Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) and Certified Senior Downsizing Coach, from The Seniors Real Estate Institute and Senior Real Estate Specialist® (SRES) from the National Association of Realtors. Her passion for serving this unique demographic has lead Cyndi to serve as a master trainer, conducting classes for other real estate agents interested in earning these designations.

 

Additionally, Cyndi is a community leader, having brought together businesses and non-profits to form the Austin Senior Resource Alliance, LT Senior Services, and Turnkey Transitions, which all serve the needs of seniors in the area.  In addition, Cyndi sits on the Board of Directors for AustinUP and Drive A Senior.

 

The Cummings Home Team brings all of this expertise together to provide specialized, compassionate service to their Real Estate clients.

September 2019
the truth about...
building, buying or remodeling your "last" home

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.

september 11 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Onion Creek Club 
september 17 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Laura Bush Community Library
This Month's Speakers

Rick Stroud, Taylor Morrison

Rick has been working in the new home sales and new home sales marketing industry since 1992. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Mid-America Nazarene University and has also obtained additional training including Certified New Home Sales Professional Course, CSP, Sales & Marketing, KBU University, 100 hours and Institute of Residential Marketing Courses I, I, IV. He began his career in Florida, and has been in Texas since 2001. Rick is currently with Taylor Morrison and is the Community Sales Manager at Heritage at Vizcaya in Round Rock, TX.  

Cyndi Cummings, REALTOR®

Cyndi Cummings of The Cummings Home Team specializes in helping older adults (those 55+), senior citizens, and their caregiver families navigate the unique challenges that face boomers and seniors when they contemplate a late-in-life move. The financial, emotional, and logistical issues faced by older adults are unique and demand a specially-trained real estate agent who understands the complexities of such a move.

 

Cyndi has undergone a rigorous course of training and continuing education to achieve the exclusive designation of Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) and Certified Senior Downsizing Coach, from The Seniors Real Estate Institute and Senior Real Estate Specialist® (SRES) from the National Association of Realtors. Her passion for serving this unique demographic has lead Cyndi to serve as a master trainer, conducting classes for other real estate agents interested in earning these designations.

 

Additionally, Cyndi is a community leader, having brought together businesses and non-profits to form the Austin Senior Resource Alliance, LT Senior Services, and Turnkey Transitions, which all serve the needs of seniors in the area.  In addition, Cyndi sits on the Board of Directors for AustinUP and Drive A Senior.

 

The Cummings Home Team brings all of this expertise together to provide specialized, compassionate service to their Real Estate clients.

Lucy Katz, Katz Builders, Inc.

In 1990, when President Bush signed the American's with Disability Act, Lucy Katz was the owner of L. Katz & Associates, an HR Consulting Firm. She was one of the first individuals to be trained by the American's with Disability Commission as a trainer that trained individuals in corporations to understand what the Act meant and to take the fear factor out of the meaning of "provide reasonable accommodations in the workplace".   In 1995, Lucy took her husband's company Katz Builders, Inc. as a client to streamline systems and procedures as well as improve their Total Quality Management systems. Lucy and her husband enjoyed working together so much that by 1998 she dissolved the HR Consulting firm to merge her talents with her husband's to grow Katz Builders, Inc. Lucy's passion for accessibility has been incorporated in every aspect of their Home Building and Remodeling Business creating homes using the ADA principals she learned.  Lucy is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, works with clients to bring Universal Design - Living in Place - Aging in Place features wherever the owners will allow her to include. Katz Builders Inc.'s homes, from Custom Build to Remodeled, range in size from small remodels and additions, casitas, to the largest home which is 24,000 sq feet. They range from modest to luxurious. Always a consideration in the design process is how best can the owners live in their home if there is an accident, an illness or just the natural transition of the changes to our bodies abilities to manage daily tasks so that they can live independently in their home as long as possible.

August 2019

      the truth about...
liquidating the extra "stuff"

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 make 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.

august 14 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Onion Creek Club
august 20 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Laura Bush Community Library
This Month's Speakers

Kay Dunning-Bostelman

Kay Dunning-Bostelman studied Communications and Family Relations at Texas Tech University.  After finishing college she moved to Austin and has lived here for 27 years. She met her husband Matthew a Golf Professional with the City of Austin and has been married for 22 years.  She is a very proud mother of a 10 month old yellow Labrador pup. She and her husband moved out to Cedar Park in 2000 and she started her business Let’s Organize Your Life in 2009. They love the area so much they bought their second home 5 years ago.

 

Her professional background includes 12 years of Management in the Retail Industry with an additional 11 years in Public Relations & Marketing.  And 5 of those years as a Behavioral Health Educator in the Health Care Industry. While working as a Community Relations Director she realized something was missing from her life.  Today she has truly found her passion by helping to organizing other people’s lives in their homes and businesses. She is hands on with each and every client.

 

She is here today celebrating 10 years as a Professional Concierge Organizer to share her true passion for helping others, organize their lives and enhancing their living environment through the process of space utilization, moving and relocating, downsizing, document management and project Management.

 

Her tag line is ‘Your one and only call because we do it all.”

Gail Miller

Gail K. Miller began her loooong career (she admits she’s old!) as an educator followed by a 30 year stint as a director of a medical clinic. Throughout the years, she has had a passion for volunteering. She has served on the boards of the Paramount Theater, We Care Austin, Austin Metropolitan Ministries ( now IACT), and the ARCH. A long time interest in literacy led to a term on the Literacy Austin board and then to a position as executive director of the Literacy Coalition of   Central Texas. 

In retirement, Gail and her friend Retta Van Auken began Gone For Good--Selling Worldly Treasures To Do A World Of Good. Everyone can be a philanthropist by donating items of value that are no longer needed to be “Gone For Good”! She will tell you how to make monetary magic for YOUR charity.

Lisa Byers & Michele Augustine, Past 2 Present Estate Sales

Past 2 Present Estate Sales was founded by Lisa Byers and Michele Augustine October 2014. Together we have 18 years of experience from working with other estate sale companies. Past 2 Present Austin Estate Sale Services knows every family situation is unique.  We tailor the estate sale to meet your needs.  Whether you are moving, downsizing or dealing with a family estate.  We offer complete estate liquidation services.

 

Simply decide which items you and your family would like to keep, we do the rest.

 

Here's how it works:

-We will meet with you at the home to assess the timing and contents you wish to liquidate.

-We prepare home by sorting, cleaning, staging, pricing and researching items for the sale.

-We run the sale with the home open to the public.

-After the sale is complete we leave the home empty and clean.

-Arrange for unsold items to be donated and or removed.

-You will receive an itemized list of items sold along with your check.

July 2019
the truth about...         
55+ senior living options

More and more retirees of all ages are relocating to active adult and senior 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.

july 10 | 10:30 am - 12:00 Pm
Onion Creek Club
july 16 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Laura Bush Community Library
This Month's Speakers

John Redford

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Business Administration - Finance, John has worked in three states (Oklahoma, California and Texas) in the Senior Living Industry including Independent Senior Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. For over 20 years, John has worked as an Executive Director or Regional Operations Director. John is currently the Executive Director at RCM Senior Living at Village on the Park Onion Creek.

John Brown

I began my career in 1979, when I went to work in the pharmacy retail drugstore business. I spent 36 years with one company, and had the opportunity to learn and grow as the Central Texas and Austin area continued to expand. My wife and I have always been committed to staying in the Austin area to raise our children; it truly is a special place to raise a family. One of the goals I have for the next chapter in my life is to help people by continuing to give back to local non-profits serving the aging population. As a community leader and local volunteer, serving people has always been a passion. As a caregiver for my mother as she progresses through the later stages of dementia with added complex medical conditions, I’ve learned first-hand the challenges facing families during these difficult transitions. I’m also reminded of the responsibilities we have to honor and provide for our seniors, as I volunteer and work with local non-profit boards focused on the aging population. I have committed myself to helping seniors through transitions and their daily living needs, offering dignity and passion to do what’s best for them.

Cyndi Cummings, Broker Associate, REALTOR®

“Caring, Creative, and Connected.” That’s the phrase – “the 3 C’s” – that jumps to mind when one thinks of Cyndi Cummings helping individuals, couples, and families buy and sell homes in the Austin, Texas metropolitan area.

Those “3 C’s” – combined with skill, expertise, and a sense of enjoyment and purpose – are exactly how Cyndi approaches each and every day, helping buyers and sellers make smart real estate decisions.

On a quest to constantly improve her real estate education, expertise, and effectiveness for clients, Cyndi’s resume is loaded with an impressive array of real estate awards, professional designations, continuing education certifications, business memberships, networking groups, and community involvement activities. All of which are designed to best help YOU – and all of her clients – find success in buying or selling a house.

While she works with people of all ages, Cyndi specializes in helping older adults (those 55+), senior citizens, and their caregiver families navigate the unique challenges that face boomers and seniors when they contemplate a late-in-life move. The financial, emotional, and logistical issues faced by older adults are unique and demand a specially-trained real estate agent who understands the complexities of such a move.

Additionally, Cummings holds the designation of Senior Real Estate Specialist® (SRES) from the National Association of Realtors and is an approved trainer for SRES courses in Texas.

Cyndi is a founding member of the Austin Senior Resource Alliance, a collection of local, senior service businesses and groups focused on providing Austin seniors with information on area resources for older adults, and is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. 

“My goal always is to customize a plan for the senior that takes into account their current living situation and overall life plan,” says Cummings. “Whether a senior is considering a move from a family home to a smaller apartment, mother-in-law cottage, or retirement community, I work to provide the family with a variety of options to reduce out-of-pocket expense or defer income streams to help the senior either remain independent or be eligible for financial assistance possibilities.”

Landria Page

Landria Page received her Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) and Graduate Certificate as a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator (LNFA) from Texas State University in 2014 and her Bachelors in Biomedical Science (BBS) from Grand Valley State University in 2011. Landria is a dedicated and enthusiastic professional with over 14 years’ experience in geriatric communities. Landria joined Belmont Village Lakeway as a Community Relations Associate in November of 2017.

June 2019
the truth about...       
communicating with adult children

Are you prepared for the next evolution in your relationship with your adult children? Relationships evolve and change just like people, but navigating those changes aren’t always easy. Complex family dynamics, blended families, and changing social norms impact both the choices we make how we communicate them.

 

Join us for a poignant and candid conversation concerning communicating with adult children as you age.

june 12 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Onion Creek Club
june 18 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 pm
Laura Bush Community Library
This Month's Speakers

Ariel Goward, LCSW-S ,C-ASWCM, TxCG Geriatric Case Manager

Ariel knew early on that she enjoyed working with seniors and helping others. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Georgia State University. While working on her degree she also received a Certificate in Gerontology. After graduating Ariel went to The University of Georgia where she earned her Masters of Social Work degree.

After beginning her Social Work career in Atlanta, Georgia, Ariel relocated to Austin. She began working for a hospice and home health company. In 2010, while still working as a hospice social worker, Ariel started Texas Family Services (TFS). TFS was founded to help families find housing options for seniors. Ariel had already toured and worked in many of the communities so it was a natural fit.

In 2013 Ariel expanded TFS to include Senior Services of Austin which specializes in Geriatric Case Management services. In 2013 Ariel’s grandfather’s illness found her helping to navigate the complexities of his care. The guidance she provided in managing long-term care insurance, private caregivers, and the medical professionals helped to alleviate family stress. Throughout this personal experience, Ariel recognized how important case management services are to seniors and their families.

Carlye Levine, LCSW-S, C-ASWCM

Carlye Levine is the Clinical Director at Austin Vitality Counseling. She received her BSW from The University of Texas at Austin and her MSSW from Columbia University in the city of New York. She is a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers), Vice President of GASW (Greater Austin Social Workers), and is VP of Parent Reps and Volunteers at Balcones Youth Sports.

 

Following graduate school, I began my career supporting families during end of life in Hospice and Palliative Care. I focused on grief and loss for seven years. I often heard from families, "if only you knew Mom/Dad when...." and decided that I wanted to work with older adults to help them with the process of aging. I began working as a Geriatric Care Manager, and earned my clinical license while focusing on providing psychotherapy to older adults. I was fascinated by the stories of simpler times and the amazing adventures that people had. I have always focused on aging in place and recognize that the transition into retirement is not always a smooth one. It is my goal to provide support during difficult transitions and to shift the focus on maintaining a vibrant and vital life, no matter what age.  

May 2019
the truth about...
avoiding homeowner scams

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 homeowner related scams at this 90 minute panel event featuring local subject matter experts.

May 8 | 10:30 am - 12:00 PM
may 21 | 10:30 am - 12:00 Pm
Onion Creek Club
Laura Bush Community Library
This Month's Speakers

Mark Webb, Consumer Protection Specialist 

I spent three years in the private insurance industry as a sales agent and adjuster before joining the Texas Department of Insurance in 2013 as a consumer protection specialist. I’ve worked with just about every line of property coverage while at TDI. Our Mission is to regulate the insurance industry fairly and diligently while providing consumer protection and insurance education to Texans.

April 2019
the truth about...
how to pay for senior living

Moving to an assisted living community 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 assisted living costs such as:

 

  • Medicaid and Medicare

  • Veteran Aid and Attendance

  • Longterm Care Insurance

 

Learn the hard truths about financing assisted living care at our upcoming free 90-minute seminar.

april 10 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Onion Creek Club
april 16 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Laura Bush Community Library
This Month's Speakers

John Brown, Oasis Senior Advisors

I began my career in 1979, when I went to work in the pharmacy retail drugstore business. I spent 36 years with one company, and had the opportunity to learn and grow as the Central Texas and Austin area continued to expand. My wife and I have always been committed to staying in the Austin area to raise our children; it truly is a special place to raise a family. One of the goals I have for the next chapter in my life is to help people by continuing to give back to local non-profits serving the aging population. As a community leader and local volunteer, serving people has always been a passion. As a caregiver for my mother as she progresses through the later stages of dementia with added complex medical conditions, I’ve learned first-hand the challenges facing families during these difficult transitions. I’m also reminded of the responsibilities we have to honor and provide for our seniors, as I volunteer and work with local non-profit boards focused on the aging population. I have committed myself to helping seniors through transitions and their daily living needs, offering dignity and passion to do what’s best for them.

Kristen LeClair, 994 Group

Kristen LeClair co-founded 994 Group, a wealth management firm in Austin, TX, with her husband, Rear Admiral Ted LeClair, after a 20-year career in the financial services industry.  She is passionate about educating clients on the tenets of wealth management, but more importantly, empowering them to have richer relationships and live fuller lives.  For her, living a rich life includes giving back to others, which led her to volunteer and serve on the boards of non-profits Drive a Senior SW, Well Aware, and St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School.

 

Kristen earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UNC Charlotte and a Master of Business Administration from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She currently serves clients as a Registered Investment Adviser and is licensed by the Texas Department of Insurance. She is also a Kolbe Certified Consultant.

 

Kristen is most proud of her wonderfully blended family who are joyful parishioners at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.  She relishes time with her amazing husband and partner, Ted; three sons – Nolan, Davis, and Teddy; pups Hopper and Nimitz; and Hetfield the hamster.  In those rare moments of alone time, she enjoys running, reading, and heavy metal music. 

Virginia Sampson, Attorney

Virginia has been an attorney for 35 years. She was a litigation attorney for most of her career. She spent a few years as a judge. She changed the focus of her practice to helping seniors, veterans, caregivers and their families as a result of her experience helping her own parents and husband with illness challenges and the aging process.

 

Virginia focuses her practice on planning for and managing the aging and/ or illness process. Her services consist of preparing estate planning documents such as Powers of attorney, trusts and Wills, assisting with accessing government benefits to pay for long term care such as Medicaid and Veteran’s benefits, asset protection  and more.

 

Virginia visits her clients where they live. In other words she makes house calls.

 

Virginia was a full-time caregiver to her terminally ill husband for 3 years.  She is currently a caregiver to her 92-year-old mother.

March 2019
the truth about...
decluttering your home

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.

 

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

march 13 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Onion Creek Club
march 19 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Laura Bush Community Library
This Month's Speakers

Randi Lyman, CPO-CD® - A Helping Hand

(Certified Professional Organizer Specializing in Chronic Disorganization) founded A Helping Hand in 2001. She offers residential hands-on and virtual organizing services for people with diverse organizing challenging, whether those challenges are mild, moderate or severe.

 

Randi has been recognized as a leader in her industry, and was named one of the 2018’s Top Organizers of Austin by Expertise.com. She works closely with mental health professional, as well as local and state agencies. She offers her clients a collaborative approach to creating lasting clutter management.

Carol Jones, Professional Organizer, A Jones for Organizing

Carol Jones of A Jones For Organizing began her business in 2009. She specializes in closet design, kitchen efficiency, garage organization, and paper management. Carol helps people with decluttering, managing their belongings, and setting up personalized organizing systems in their home. A Jones For Organizing is one of Expertise.com's Top Home Organizers in Austin. Carol is an active member of NAPO, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals.

Christina Potter

Christina Potter is a pioneer of the professional organizing industry in Austin, TX.  As a founding member of the Central Texas Organizers (now NAPO Austin) Christina promoted the professional organizing business and encouraged other organizers to join. Christina has been empowering Austinites with sound organization techniques since 1994. Through her experience and knowledge she was able to guide clients in completing the projects that were causing them stress and frustration. Christina always believed that no one was born disorganized and that with proper skills and training they would be able to learn techniques to make their life easier.

 

Christina is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.  She taught elementary music, worked in business and finance at MCC and started her business, Organization Plus, in 1994.

 

As a retired member of NAPO Christina is now a mentor to new members of NAPO Austin. She is a Golden Circle member of NAPO and a past Board Member of NAPO Austin. Christina and her work have been featured on KXAN-TV and in the Austin American Statesman.

Pam Clyde

Pam Clyde, a native Texan, studied Business Administration at Texas State University. After college she worked in the insurance industry both as a claims supervisor and sales woman.

In 1998 she began her Professional Organizing business, BritLin Services, by helping other people organize their photos and creating keepsake scrapbooks. In 2007 Pam added organizing services of other areas of the home as well as cleaning and decorating/staging/redesign.

Pam is a member of ARCSI (Association of Residential Cleaning Services International), RESA (Real Estate Staging Association), and NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals).

She is a NAPO Instructor and has served her local NAPO Austin Chapter since 2014 as Director of Marketing, President and currently Immediate Past President. She has also been serving on the Chapter Relations Committee as the Director of Marketing Moderator since 2017.

February 2019
the truth about...
probate for property owners

The granting of probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of someone who has passed. Many people don’t realize that probates are not all the same! It’s important for property owners to know what happens to their property after death and it is even MORE important for those who stand to inherit property to know what happens when an estate is probated.

 

Get the facts from subject matter experts on what probate involves and how to best navigate this complex and emotional process.

February 13th 10:30am - 12:00pm
Onion Creek Club
February 19th 10:30am - 12:00pm
Laura Bush Community Library
This Month's Speakers:

Erin Steinberg

Erin Steinberg is the owner and founder of What Comes Next LLC. She started as a Paralegal in Estate and Probate law, during which time she recognized the need for a support system for those going through the end-of-life experience. At What Comes Next, she works with executors, family members, and administrators to navigate the estate settlement process after someone passes away. Erin believes the best way to help those after the loss of a loved one is to give them the time and energy to mourn and to be with family, instead of focusing on paperwork nightmares.

John Levy, Attorney-at-Law

I provide a way for clients to avoid probate through the use of a Revocable Trust. This simple will substitute allows for the avoidance of probate, attorneys and courts, long delays and great expense. I love working with seniors, and do all this for considerably less than market rates.

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts, and 1967 with a Juris Doctor degree. I was a member of the Michigan Bar from 1968-1976, and am a member of the Florida Bar and the Texas Bar.

I have been happily married to my wife and life companion since 1966, and have 2 married daughters and four grandchildren. We live here in Central Texas to be closer to all of them.

My passion since moving to Texas is to provide for fellow seniors with a low cost avenue to avoid the expensive and lengthy probate experience. Their heirs appreciate the simple distribution of assets without having to pay hourly attorney fees and court costs, and I can provide this service without great expense because I have no overhead. What’s more, if one does not want or need a trust, I provide a will and health care documents without charge because everyone should have both, regardless of financial circumstance.

I enjoy spending time with my family. My civic activities include acting as a member of the Lakeway Board of Ethics, and I am ex-President of the Lakeway Newcomers Club and currently Treasurer of the Lakeway Newcomers Club Alumni. My hobbies include watching sports on television, especially the University of Michigan.

Kristi Curry, Survivorship Now

A keen observer, blogger, business owner and a veteran of the financial industry who leveraged her technical product management and development skills to meet the growing demand for resources on how to prepare and deal with a crisis such as death and illness.

 

For over 18 years, she has been teaching and working with clients on how to capture and manage the important information families need to maintain so that the chaos of dealing with a crisis is minimized. When families are caught unprepared, she is the guide and project manager to help the families settle estates and put the pieces in place to transition to a new life after the death of a loved one.

 

With an MBA business background coupled with a true desire to change the conversations we have about death, she has created a platform for exploration, education and action.

January 2019
the truth about...
Aging in Place & Staying Put

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

  • 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.

January 9 | 10:30am-12:00pm
January 15th | 10:30am-12:00pm
This Month's Speakers

Margaret DeVinney, MA

Education Director 

Halycon Home, LLC

Patricia Calhoun, RID, IIDA, ASID

The Perfect Addition

Ivar Alexander

Owner, Mr. Handyman

Ivar Alexander is the owner of Mr Handyman of South Austin and Lakeway. They are a Certified Aging in Place handyman and home repair service that can provide remodeling services to allow people to remain home for longer. They have a team of service technicians that can help transform your existing home into a place that is safe and convenient for your loved ones, giving you peace of mind that they are being taken care of. 

 

Ivar and his wife Shannon run Mr Handyman.  They have been serving the south Austin and Lakeway area for over 12 years. They are fully insured and their technicians are background checked – meaning that you are protected, and can be confident that your home will be treated with the utmost respect and care that it deserves. 

 

Ivar has seen the challenges and uncertainty faced by his father as he grew older, and the stress that he faced when he eventually had to leave the family home, and move into an assisted living apartment. With that in mind, they made sure that Mr Handyman was trained, certified, and able to provide the services that elderly people need to be able to comfortably age in place. Ivar and Shannon live in Austin, and have 3 kids. Ivar has a desire to retire on a beach somewhere, so his personal aging in place remodels will probably be done there. 

Amy Temperley
Aging is Cool

For over 25 years, Amy Temperley has been working with older adults in some form or fashion. From her time as a social worker in nursing homes and home health care, to her Executive roles in senior focused nonprofit agencies, Amy has committed her career to serving older adults.

 

Amy has been called upon time and again to develop relationships and create change in communities and organizations. She is an innovative thinker with a commitment to authentic leadership, problem solving and working within systems to implement change. Amy has a Master’s Degree in Human Services from St. Edward’s University.

 

Amy and her husband, Damien founded Aging is Cool in 2016 with the dream to create smart, engaging, fun activities for older adults and to address ageism in the world around them. They live just south of Austin, Texas and look forward to replicating Aging is Cool and their signature summer camp, Camp Meraki, on a national level.

April

the truth about...

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

Learn how to DECIDE, DISCUSS and DOCUMENT what matters most to you at the end of life. Garrick Colwell, founder of Kitchen Table Conversations, will share his personal stories of empowering Central Texans by answering questions like:

How do I decide what I want for an end of life plan?  Who will speak for me if I'm unable? How do I discuss my wishes with my family and healthcare providers? How do I document my wishes so everyone is on the same page?

APRIL 24th | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

May

the truth about...

Avoiding homeowner scams

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 homeowner related scams at this 90 minute panel event featuring local subject matter experts.

May 22nd | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

June

the truth about...

communicating with adult children

Are you prepared for the next evolution in your relationship with your adult children? Relationships evolve and change just like people, but navigating those changes aren’t always easy. Complex family dynamics, blended families, and changing social norms impact both the choices we make how we communicate them.

Join us for a poignant and candid conversation concerning communicating with adult children as you age presented by our special guest speakers: Ariel Rosenbaum, Geriatric Case Manager of Senior Services in Austin and Carlye Levine, Senior Adult Services Director of Jewish Family Service.

june 26th | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

July

the truth about...

55+ Senior living options

More and more retirees of all ages are relocating to active adult and senior 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'll learn the facts about local 55+ living options from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in the industry. We'll cover locations, amenities, and costs for both purchase and lease options for those 55 and older.

Featuring: Michael Gill, owner of Texas Senior Living Locaters  |  Erin Maroney Toepel, Marketing Director of Brookdale Westlake  |  Rick Stroud, Community Sales Manager of Heritage at Vizcaya of Austin

Rick Stroud

MICHAEL GILL

Erin Maroney Toepel

July 24th | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

August

the truth about...

liquidating the extra "stuff"

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 make 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.

 

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

Featuring: Lois Banning with Gone for Good, Rosemarie Berry with Home Consignment Center and Lisalette Hillje from Estate Sale and Liquidation Services.

AUG 28th | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

My name is Lois Banning and I am a real life example of “Jack of All Trades and Master of None”.

I have done a variety of different jobs including teaching adult education classes on tole painting and wheat weaving to selling real estate and working for a gravity meter company.  That only covers a few of the hats that I have worn.

I volunteered for LiveStrong (a foundation that advocates for cancer survivors and those currently fighting cancer) for 10 years. I have volunteered for the Dell Match Play Golf Tournament for the past 3 years and was given the first Volunteer of the Year Award in 2017.  My love for golf almost matches my love for volunteering.

My current volunteering gig is with Gone for Good a fund of Austin Community Foundation.  

My name is Rosemarie Berry . I have been in the Jewelry business 30 years . I have been with Home Consignment Center for 13 years . My job here is to evaluate jewelry and price it when in comes in. We take in jewelry from individuals in the area as well as estate dealers . Most of the things we carry here are one of a kind . Before I came to HCC I was  in the retail jewelry business , I feel that experience also helps me in pricing our jewelry . HCC has been in business 23 years and we have 20 stores throughout Texas and California .

September

the truth about...

Building, buying or remodeling your "last" home

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. On the panel is Kellye Jennings, owner and president of 101 Mobility and Kathy Keller of Foot Path Properties. 

Kellye Jennings is the owner of 101 Mobility of Central Texas, based in Cedar Park and servicing the entire Austin metro area.  She works hard every day to deliver the best mobility and accessibility solutions to seniors and others who are faced with limited physical mobility and the caretakes who help them. 

Prior to joining the 101 Mobility network, Kellye was an assurance partner with a top 10 accounting firm in the Washington DC metro area. 

An accident, unplanned surgery and a short stay in an assisted living facility resulted in Kellye’s firsthand experience dealing with mobility challenges and the lack of resources available to individuals dealing with similar challenges. 

Kathy Keller is an entrepreneur and a real estate investor with experience in residential rentals, owner financing, buying, selling and renovating properties, and land development. She has owned and operated three small businesses – Photoworks, I’m Just the Maid and Simply Elegant Catering.

Kathy has 18 years as an accessibility specialist for Texas state agencies, including two years as Accessibility and Disability Rights Coordinator for the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Kathy served on the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities and chaired the Accessibility Council of Texas.

In May she trained under Gene Guarino at RALAcademy in Phoenix, AZ to learn about residential assisted living and is currently looking for property in Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock and Georgetown.

sept 25th | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

October

the truth about...

selling your home "as is"

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.”

oct 23rd | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

November

the truth about...

living, dying & leaving a legacy

As far as we know, no one secretly wishes they could spend their last breaths in a cold, noisy, impersonal hospital room. Most people say that given the option, they prefer to die at home amongst family and close friends. Despite this wish, however, few take time to plan or organize this major life course event.

Make the commitment to bring a loved one or friend and attend this 90-minute panel event featuring expert panelists who will share the most important things you need to know about living,  dying, and leaving a legacy on your terms. This could quite possibly be one of the most important seminars of the year.

This month's featured speakers include Erin Steinberg, Owner of What Comes Next, Deanna Cochran, founder of Quality of Life Care, LLC, and John Levy, Attorney. 

Erin Steinberg is the owner and founder of What Comes Next LLC. She started as a Paralegal in Estate and Probate law, during which time she recognized the need for a support system for those going through the end-of-life experience. At What Comes Next, she works with executors, family members, and administrators to navigate the estate settlement process after someone passes away. Erin believes the best way to help those after the loss of a loved one is to give them the time and energy to mourn and to be with family, instead of focusing on paperwork nightmares.

About John Levy: I provide a way for clients to avoid probate through the use of a Revocable Trust. This simple will substitute allows for the avoidance of probate, attorneys and courts, long delays and great expense. I love working with seniors, and do all this for considerably less than market rates.

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts, and 1967 with a Juris Doctor degree. I was a member of the Michigan Bar from 1968-1976, and am a member of the Florida Bar and the Texas Bar.

I have been happily married to my wife and life companion since 1966, and have 2 married daughters and four grandchildren. We live here in Central Texas to be closer to all of them.

My passion since moving to Texas is to provide for fellow seniors with a low cost avenue to avoid the expensive and lengthy probate experience. Their heirs appreciate the simple distribution of assets without having to pay hourly attorney fees and court costs, and I can provide this service without great expense because I have no overhead. What’s more, if one does not want or need a trust, I provide a will and health care documents without charge because everyone should have both, regardless of financial circumstance.

I enjoy spending time with my family. My civic activities include acting as a member of the Lakeway Board of Ethics, and I am ex-President of the Lakeway Newcomers Club and currently Treasurer of the Lakeway Newcomers Club Alumni. My hobbies include watching sports on television, especially the University of Michigan.

Deanna Cochran, RN, is an End of Life Doula, Mentor and Trainer. She is one of the leading voices of the End of Life Doula movement. She shares her wisdom through her End of Life Doula Certificate Program, builds end of life doula programs within hospices, and serves her community. She is founding member and Chair of the NHPCO’s End of Life Doula Advisory Council, and founding member and first Vice President of the National End of Life Doula Alliance, the world’s first member nonprofit organization for End of Life Doulas. She tirelessly works for collaboration within the death care positive movement, for consumers to know and access palliative care, and to empower us all to care for our own dying, as well as passing on these skills to others. She is the author of the forthcoming book ,”Accompanying the Dying: Practical, Heart-Centered Wisdom for End-of-Life Doulas and Healthcare Advocates." website: www.QualityofLifeCare.com. 

nov 27th | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

December

We take december off!

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Cyndi Cummings is the founder of the Austin Senior Resource Alliance and president of The Cummings Home Team and Turnkey Transitions™. She is considered the leading authority on issues related to downsizing, late-life moves and (55+) senior living solutions.

 
 

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