Speaker Series continues inn 2024!  Get the answers to your most pressing questions at monthly seminars and panels.

Are you finding yourself continually looking for facts to get answers to your most pressing questions? The Empowered Seniors Speakers Series is a free community service offered to seniors and their families.

Every month, you can attend a seminar or a panel where you’ll gain valuable and honest information regarding topics that are important to senior living and retired people. You’ll leave each event with the ability to make informed decisions, and you’ll meet experts who can provide reliable and current information.

The seminars and expert panels are a community service offered AT NO COST to seniors and their families. 

Space is limited, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Click on the registration link or call 905-330-5201 to save your seat for any of the sessions. 

Location:

***Please note new location, starting March 13, 2024****

Burlington Art Gallery (Rotary and Shoreline Rooms)

1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington ON

Dates and Times:

All sessions run from from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (doors open at 1:00 PM). With the exception of April, sessions are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. 

*** An Important Note About Parking ***

There is a $3 fee for parking at the Art Gallery on the afternoons of each of our sessions. Do not purchase parking tickets at the machine.  Instead, simply head inside where you'll be asked to pay your $3 at the reception desk. There will be no need to return to your car to place a parking pass on your windshield and your car will not be ticketed.

Upcoming Events

February 14, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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Ask The Experts - What do Estates, Finances and Taxes Have To Do With Each Other?

Looking ahead to the finish line is fine if you’re an athlete, but let’s face it, nobody really wants to think about aging and/or their own death. It’s crucial, though, to look ahead from a financial perspective. The challenge is the legal jargon around tax and estate planning can be confusing enough to make anyone want to shut down the conversation.

This session is packed with financial, legal, and tax information from some of the region’s best estate planners. Neela White, from the Blue Wing Advisory Group Raymond James, Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Stephen Jones, and lawyer Gosha Sekhon will be on hand to discuss and answer question about how to prepare and protect yourself and your estate from unexpected taxes and legal challenges.

 

During this seminar, you’ll learn:

  • What unique taxes apply to estates
  • How to plan for your beneficiaries
  • What legal responsibilities you and your executor have
  • What matters in planning financially for aging 
  • Who should be involved in financial conversations
  • Why you need to be prepared
  • The benefits of consulting a lawyer, financial advisor, and tax expert

Sorry - all seats for this event are taken. 

Burlington Central Library (Centennial Hall) - 2331 New St, Burlington ON

March 13, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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55+ Housing Options

Home is where the heart is, but sometimes home is where you can live easy without the worry of maintenance, care, and safety. Over the past decade, housing options for seniors have widened in scope, and there is no shortage of options to choose from. If you’re look for a built-in community, or a place where you can still be fully independent but have access to the best amenities, or you just want things a bit smaller and easier to manage, you can absolutely find the right later-in-life housing option for you.

This month, Empowered Seniors Speakers Series, takes you on a journey to Explore 55+ Housing Options with Esther Goldstein. As the owner of Senioropolis Inc., co-founder of Lifestyle 55 + Network Inc and SeniorCareAccess.com, and author of Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living, Esther delivers Canada's largest seniors' housing and services directory. Marion Goard, your host, also brings vast knowledge and experience of 55+ housing options that she will share.

During this seminar, you’ll learn:

  • The various types of housing options and communities geared to older adults
  • The difference between retirement homes and long-term care
  • The options for remaining in your own home
  • How to assess what is the right for move you and when
  • What matters when considered the needs of future care
  • What to look for in a retirement home
  • How to adjust going from a single family home to a condominium or townhome
  • Where to find additional resources to answer further questions

Join us on March 13, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat using the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington ON

April 3, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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Retirement Homes - Are They All the Same?

This month we'll be taking a deep dive into understanding the similarities and differences between retirement homes.  Although on the surface they may all seem the same, each home has it's own character and offers specific services. Should you be considering a move to a retirement home, now or in the future, it's important to define your specific needs, wants and budget, know what questions to ask when visiting a retirement home and how to make the most of any tours of homes that you may take.

Jeanette Bock, Fluid Senior Transitions will help uncover what makes homes unique. Representatives from some of the area homes will be on hand to help answer any specific questions you have about the retirement homes they represent.  Stay tuned to learn who will be participating on the panel discussion.

Join us on April 3, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat using the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd.  Burlington ON

*** May 8, 2024 - please note date change (originally May 15, 2024)***

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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The Truth about Death, Dying and Funerals - Navigating End of Life Decisions

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Join us on May 15, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat at the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington ON

June 12, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(doors open at 1:00 PM)

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Frauds and Scams - How to Stay Safe and Protect Yourself From Being Scammed

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Join us on June 12, 2024 for this informative and relevant seminar. Reserve your free seat at the link below.

Free event, reserve your seat

Burlington Art Gallery - 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington ON

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Testimonials

  Marion had completed a number of sales in our community -- and she had worked very hard to have a professional and supportive presence there. When we first contacted Marion, we were a long time away from wanting to/being able to take action. She worked with us throughout this period and provided very helpful market research. along with specific information about prospective properties for us once we were ready to sell. The production of sales material on our home was creative and impressive. She was able to capture its special features, and showcased beautifully the expansiveness of the property. We enjoyed working with Marion. She was patient and supportive and understood that the second half of our initiative (the purchase) was just as important as the first. Thank you, Marion.

Carol Kalbfleisch, Burlington

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