Seminar to help seniors plan for the next step


By Steve Guntli

You’re over 55, the kids are all out of the house and you’re facing retirement; it’s natural to wonder what comes next. On June 20, realtor Ruth Skeete will host a seminar at the Blaine Senior Center to help answer that question.

“Make Your Next Move Your Best Move” is a free, two-hour seminar dedicated to helping senior citizens plan for their future. The seminar will cover everything a senior citizen needs to know about their living situation as they age. Skeete and a panel of guest speakers will address options such as home buying and selling, moving closer to health care facilities, how to best age in place and how to make your home senior-accessible.

Skeete, a realtor with Century 21 Bay Properties, has a lot of experience helping seniors plan for their future, and is certified with the Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES) council.

“I think this is something people neglect to think about, because it makes them uncomfortable,” she said. “People think planning for their old age is moving them one step closer to death. But it’s all about quality of life, and protecting yourself and your family.”

The seminar will also touch upon another often-uncomfortable topic: estate planning. Too often, people put off wills and estate planning until it’s too late, leaving their family to sort through the deceased’s wishes, Skeete said.

“I’ve seen it happened too often,” she said. “People don’t want to talk about it, so they aren’t prepared. It’s not pretty.”

Skeete has been a realtor since 2003, and has lived in Blaine since 2013. “Make Your Next Move Your Best Move” is her first seminar, but it’s something she’s passionate about.

“I love it here, and want to be a part of this community,” she said. “What better way than to share my knowledge about something that’s very important?”

The seminar will be held at the Blaine Senior Center on Saturday, June 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The event is free to all seniors and their adult children. To preregister for the event, contact Skeete at 360/358-5075.

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