February 28, 2018

Thanks to you, Iona was there when Suzanne needed advice and resources

Thanks to you, Iona was there when Suzanne needed advice and resources

Suzanne Kramer (left) smiles with Iona nutritionist Rose Clifford after taking a class on healthy meals.

Seventy-three years old, widowed, and with no children, Suzanne Kramer knew she needed a plan. Because of your generous support for Iona’s Take Charge/Age Well Academy, you ensured Iona would be there for her.

Read how your gift made an impact, in Suzanne’s own words.

“Last May, I had the pleasure of attending my first Iona class, “Aging Solo.” The class appealed to me for a number of reasons.

As a widow for the past three years, with no children, I have become increasingly aware of my need to understand and plan for my future. When I came across the class description on a listserv posting, I thought, ‘This class fits the bill.’

During the class, a number of Iona and community experts covered critical topics I had never considered. We discussed choosing where to live, financial planning, and building a social network, among other things.

These presentations, as well as the input from other class participants, provided me with an excellent overview of important things to think about and plan for. I learned several issues I need to take care of now, such as signing up for Long Term Care Insurance and having my will reviewed and updated. I learned about options for continuing care and facilities in the area.

Thanks to Iona, I’ve now begun information visits. And, in the future, I want to meet with an Iona care manager for individual help with planning.

Iona’s experts and my fellow classmates provided me with far more information than what I have touched on. But, the overall effect was to give me a better comfort level for my future. I received a comprehensive understanding of what I can do to get ahead of the aging process and where I can take steps to prepare.

Thank you for offering this class! Iona is an extremely valuable source of help and support, and it’s a comfort knowing I can rely on you in years to come.”

Your support of Iona ensures older adults like Suzanne have peace of mind and confidence for whatever lies ahead. Thank you for helping Iona provide resources, and teach critical strategies for successful aging.

If you’re feeling anxious or unsure about your social support as you age, you’re not alone. Iona can help.

Iona’s Take Charge/Age Well Academy is offering a five-session workshop series dedicated to helping you navigate aging solo. The series will take place on April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2018 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM. It will offer presentations and guided-discussions on the critical decisions you need to make now and in the future. Learn more and register for the class here.

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