Avenidas to Host Housing Conference

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Avenidas will host the Seventh Annual “Find Your Way Home” Housing Conference on March 22.

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This conference is a 'one-stop shop' for information seekers who are questions where they will live for the next chapter of their lives.

The Seventh Annual “Find Your Way Home” Housing Conference will be presented by Avenidas and Nancy Goldcamp, Coldwell Banker, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Saturday, March 22. The conference will include three a la carte workshop sessions that guests can choose to attend out of nine available sessions as well as a keynote address about age-friendly communities.

The conference will be held at Avenidas, located at 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, CA. Free parking is available at the Bryant Street garage across the street from Avenidas all day during the event.

Registration for the conference will be held from 8:30-9 a.m. with coffee and orange juice served. The keynote address will be held from 9-10 a.m. Titled, “Age-Friendly Communities: A Worldwide Movement,” the address will be given by Anabel Pelham, PhD, president of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists; professor & founding director, Gerontology Program, SF State. Dr. Pelham will tell the story of a two-year effort to have Los Altos and Los Altos Hills designated as age-friendly communities by the World Health Organization and will talk about the founding of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence.

“This conference is a “one-stop shop” for information seekers who are questions where they will live for the next chapter of their lives,” states Avenidas president and CEO Lisa Hendrickson. “Feedback from previous attendees showed they really got a lot out of it and how helpful it was to have access to realtors, various living communities and aging-in-place resources.”

Guests can pick their workshops based on whether they have decided to sell their home and move, or they have decided to stay in their homes or they are still exploring their options.

The first session (10:15-11:15 a.m.) allows attendees to choose one of the following workshops: “Get the Keys to Successful Home Selling,” “Programs for Successful Aging” and “Housing Options: Where to Live.”

After a 15-minute break, guests will head to their next workshop session (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Their choices are “Clear Up All Your Clutter,” “Aging 2.0” - a panel of new technology products for aging - and “Lifestyle Transitions: How to Live.”

Lunch will be held from 12:30-1:15 p.m. with a prize drawing to take place at 1 p.m. The final session (1:15-2:15 p.m.) will feature choices of “Don’t Spend It All in One Place” about how to work with the proceeds of your home sale, “Exploring Possibilities for Accessibility” and “Navigating a New Environment.”

Early registration is available for the event before March 14. The special cost is $40 for Avenidas members and $45 for non-members. After March 14, the cost is $50 for all. To register, call 650-289-5435 or visit http://www.avenidas.org.

About the company:
Avenidas is a non-profit agency that seeks to create a community that supports and celebrates older adults. It provides a wide range of support options, information, and services that enable people to stay active, maintain their independence, help their aging parents, or care for a spouse. Avenidas’ innovative programs and compassionate staff help enrich the lives of more than 6,500 mature adults and their families each year. Avenidas serves the mid-Peninsula communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and Mountain View. For more information, please visit http://www.avenidas.org.

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