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Series empowers, educates seniors in finding their retirement living solution

December 21, 2018 GMT

As a real estate professional, Liz McNeel often found herself answering the same questions when helping seniors find the right retirement living solution. Many clients faced similar challenges and shared fears about aging.

So she thought, why not create a community to empower seniors to live their post-retirement years on their own terms?

“These folks worked hard their entire lives, so they deserve to get what they had envisioned. To achieve that, people need to know what it takes to get them there,” said McNeel, a Certified Senior Housing Professional and Houston Realtor.

And so, the Houston Senior Living Series (HSLS) was born. Over the past two years, McNeel has organized monthly seminars throughout Houston. With each month the audience has grown. The seminars answer questions about topics such as independent living, aging in place, estate liquidation and more. The topics are worthwhile to seniors and family members alike.

Attendees come back because it does not feel like presenters are trying to sell them something. Instead they go home with actionable tips.

“Speakers were all good sources of information,” said Diane Jorgenson, a recent attendee.

“I appreciate all of the details,” added attendee Mary Waters.

The series brings experts and consumers together on an even playing field.

“I really believe that we are on to something. It’s community, it’s education, and it empowers seniors to live their retirement on their own terms,” McNeel said.

McNeel has made it her mission to educate both consumers and professionals on best practices in retirement living — a welcome partnership in the community.

“Senior living has come a long way in the last 20 years,” said Teresa Wolfe, community relations director at Park Creek Independent Senior Living. “HSLS presents safe yet active living options for seniors while introducing resources to help you attain the lifestyle you desire. In today’s world of senior living, there are choices. HSLS helps seniors know what those choices are. I highly recommend this series.”

“Ultimately, we want people to be prepared and understand their options,” McNeel said. “From knowledge comes empowerment.”

The Houston Senior Living Series kicks off the new year with “Staying Independent as You Age” on Jan. 18 at University Library at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, and Jan. 24 at Holiday Inn Westchase at 10609 Westpark Drive in Houston.

To register or for more information, visit www.houstonseniorlivingseries.com or call 713-826-2731.