‘Rightsizing’ your home, hospice care information and pre-planning your memorial

By on November 19, 2010

BATAVIA—Have you made your “Bucket List?” Not likely. Most of us aren’t comfortable addressing the aging process and how our later years should be spent. Maybe it’s time for an attitude adjustment.

On The Holmstad, a covenant retirement community, will offer a half-day seminar “Finishing Well: Is Your Life Making a Difference?” on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Town Center, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia.

The seminar is offered to the community at no charge and will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Reservations are appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. For reservations or information, call (630) 879-4000 or e-mail rjsanchez@covenantretirement.org or kjviney@covenantretirement.org.

This seminar is the first in a proposed series addressing various issues of aging.The event will begin with a keynote address, “Celebrating the Difference You Make,” by Don Swanson, Director of Pastoral Services at FHN, a regional healthcare organization. A member of the American Association of Therapeutic Humor, Swanson will offer a light-hearted look at what it means to finish well.

“An event such as this offers an opportunity to gather information and share your concerns and fears about aging with others in a positive and uplifting way,” Swanson said. “Participants will find that although we don’t all share the same definition of making a difference, we all find that it’s the little things that can count the most.”

Besides the keynote speech, participants can choose two of the three sessions that will run simultaneously and be repeated twice. The topics are:
• “Moving a Lifetime” with Mary Jo Zeller of Gero Solutions. She will discuss having a “transition plan” for moving or de-cluttering a home; making your current or new home “right” for this time of your life;
• “CovenantCare Hospice: Comfort Care, Support and So Much More” with three representatives of CovenantCare at Home. You will learn what hospice does and what benefits there are for you and your family;
• “Having the Last Word” with Don Swanson. Swanson will explain the value of pre-planning and how to ensure our values live on after our last breath.

In addition to the seminars, all participants will gather together for an open forum with the speakers during lunch, which features a gourmet boxed meal. Booths showcasing many resources offered by various businesses will be available during the day.

If your group or business would like to be represented with a booth, please contact Renee Sanchez at (630) 879-4000 as soon as possible.