Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 505.662.8920. Courtesy/BESC photo
The White Rock Senior Center at 133 Longview Dr. is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 505.672.2034. Courtesy/WRSC
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
There are two great events for those 50 and over taking place in the near future and we hope that you will spread the word. One is in White Rock and the other in Los Alamos, both deal with getting older and the road ahead.
I hope to highlight them, so it might bring a sense of reassurance to what can be a difficult time in life.
The White Rock Senior Center will kick-off a combination of several great events into one. A well-rounded approach to thinking about the future, estate planning and downsizing is 12:30-2 p.m., June 13 in the Event Hall. Guests are welcome to attend all three presentations or pop in when they are available throughout the period.
Robert Benjamin will host a brief play, a hilarious comedy, for afternoon fun, with a look at obituaries and estate loans. That will be followed by a presentation by Attorney at Law, Shay Burns Kendricks on the basic planning needed to create documents, that will bring peace of mind on legal issues. These documents will help, should you become incapacitated or assist family members in the event of your death.
Following Burns Kendricks, will be Kendra Henning to ease the dreaded life time event called, downsizing. We all need to do it and Henning knows that it can be a scary and overwhelming activity for many. She’s here to remind you that it doesn’t have to mean getting rid of everything. It is simply about having the right mindset, making changes and scaling back. The three portions will be followed by a question and answer period.
The next exciting activity is in Los Alamos, with a senior housing forum 9:30-11:30 a.m., June 17. Those seniors with an interest in Los Alamos County’s housing initiatives might want to make a point to be at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Any adults planning to move, renovate, downsize or sell their home can come and discuss new innovative ideas for senior housing. Those in attendance will include County Housing Program Manager Andrew Hardin, Los Alamos Housing Partnership Executive Director Steve Brugger who also is the Home Renewal Program manager, County Councilor Randall Ryti, REMAX First Realtor Kelly Myers and Los Alamos Heart Council President Phil Gursky.
The Los Alamos County Strategic Goals for Housing, according to Hardin include increasing the amount and types of housing options, including a variety of housing options for all segments of the community, from affordable, entry-level, and live-work housing to new options for those interested in downsizing or moving closer to central areas of the community.
To find out more about either program, call the Los Alamos Center at 505.662.8920 or the White Rock Center at 505.672.2034. Also learn more about many events for those 50 and over at www.losalamosseniorcenters.com.