Speakers

Central Iowa Senior Educational Network is a networking group of central Iowa professionals who work with seniors, their families, and providers. The purpose of the group is to share information between the members and with the community about the resources that are available for the elderly or for those caring for aging loved ones.

The members of Central Iowa Senior Educational Network are frequent speakers on their topics of expertise. We will work with your group to develop a focused presentation that addresses your needs. Typical presentations include three to four topics combined to create a theme.

Informative, no-obligation presentations. There is no charge for speaking engagements. Topics include the following:

Senior Scams

Protect yourself against financial abuse.  Tips and tools to help recognize fraudulent practices and prevent being a victim.

Anne Peters
Home Instead Senior Care

(515) 221-0866

Anne.Peters@homeinstead.com

Benefits of Medical Home Health Care

Learn what types of services are available and what is required to receive Medical Home Health Care.  Learn what Medical Home Health Care services are covered by Medicare or Private insurance and what you might expect for out of pocket costs.

 

Elderly Waiver

Learn what the Elderly Waiver is, how it can help those 65 and older stay in their homes, and what the qualifications are.

 

What If You Don’t Qualify for the Elderly Waiver?

Learn what other community services are available for those who don’t qualify for the Elderly Waiver.

 

In-Home Care

Learn about non-medical in-home care that can allow a senior to age in place.

Anne Peters

Home Instead Senior Care

(515) 221-0866

Anne.Peters@homeinstead.com

Surviving Spouse Financial Topics

Planning for the inevitable.   Statistically, the wife will be the surviving spouse.  Income and financial planning, as well as discussion of naming beneficiaries.

Vicki Monaco

Life & Legacy Advisors

(515) 309-2985 – Office

(515) 494-3261 – Cell

vicki@lifeandlegacyadvisors.com

Senior Living Options

Learn about the various living options available for seniors, from independent living to nursing care.

Debbie McAninch

Senior Suites of Urbandale

(515) 270-9700

Debbie.marketing@mchsi.com


Heather Weber

Central Iowa Care Liaison

ABCM Corporation

(515) 414-1214

hweber@abcmcorp.com

The ABCs of Assisted Living

Find out about all the options that assisted living has to offer.

Debbie McAninch

Senior Suites of Urbandale

(515) 270-9700

Debbie.marketing@mchsi.com

How to Communicate with Healthcare Professionals

How to make the most of visits to the physician, post care, and planning for future needs.

Anne Peters

Home Instead Senior Care

(515) 221-0866

Anne.Peters@homeinstead.com

Talking About Aging:  The 40/70 Rule

Most people plan before they take a trip- make reservations, know the route, pinpoint their stops along the way.  Yet when it comes to one of the most important journeys of a lifetime we tend to leave a lot up to chance.  Learn about a tool and process that can take the last minute stress out of decisions that need to be made as someone is aging.  Engage in a proactive approach to the aging process and minimize the stress on your family and yourself!

Anne Peters

Home Instead Senior Care

(515) 221-0866

Anne.Peters@homeinstead.com

Talking About Aging:  The 50/50 Rule

Strategies and information for siblings to help overcome or avoid conflict while caring for their aging parents.

Anne Peters

Home Instead Senior Care

(515) 221-0866

Anne.Peters@homeinstead.com

How does Level of Care affect me?

Description of what Level of Care is, and how it effects care options for seniors.

 

“Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?”

Planning to pass treasured personal items, such as a well –used tackle box or a special yellow pie plate can be challenging and can lead to family conflict.  This seminar provides families with practical information and the inheritance and transfer of “non-titled” personal property and is designed to help families communicate, make decisions and lessen conflict.

 

Mary Eikenberry

Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, Realtors

(515) 224-8576

Mary.Eikenberry@cbdsm.com

 

Vicki Monaco

Life & Legacy Advisors

(515) 309-2985 Office

(515) 494-3261 Cell

vicki@lifeandlegacyadvisors.com

LIFT (Living Information for Today©)

Dignity Memorial LIFT™ is a social support group that gives widowed individuals the opportunity to socialize with others who share similar feelings and experiences.

Cheryl TanCreti

McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel

(515) 225-7225

Cheryl.Tancreti@sci-us.com

Care Giver Stress

How to recognize the signs of stress related to caring for an aging loved one, where to find help, what to do, and the dangers of not taking care of yourself.

Anne Peters

Home Instead Senior Care

(515) 221-0866

Anne.Peters@homeinstead.com


Your Life. Your Legacy.

(Planning Ahead for All the Right Reasons)

Learn why planning your funeral services in advance is a responsible, caring act that can reduce stress for your grieving loved ones.

Sometime, somewhere, funeral arrangements will need to be completed by someone.  You can start planning today. It takes just four simple steps: 1. Reflect, 2. Record, 3. Support, 4. Share. Our Personal Planning Guide will help streamline the process of making your final arrangements. 

Cheryl TanCreti

McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel

(515) 225-7225

Cheryl.Tancreti@sci-us.com

Family Service Counseling

Assist families with making pre-arranged funeral decisions, selecting appropriate burial spaces in our cemetery and mausoleum.

Kari Lilly

McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel

(515) 225-7225

kari.lilly@dignitymemorial.com

Veteran’s Burial Benefits Seminar

 

10 Important Facts About Your VA Burial Benefits”, Receive you FREE Veteran's Planning Guide and Q & A after a short presentation.

 

Kari Lilly

McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel

(515) 225-7225

kari.lilly@dignitymemorial.com

The Toughest Decisions

Brendan McKnight has been working in hospice and healthcare for over 10 years, and is an advocate for patients and their families when facing end-of-life challenges.  Our team at Suncrest Hospice specializes in providing hospice care for terminally-ill patients and their families in the comfort of their own homes, offering clinical, psychosocial and spiritual care under the Medicare Hospice Benefit.  This seminar helps people understand the how hospice care works, and debunks many common myths about hospice care.

Brendan McKnight

Suncrest Hospice

(515) 327-6026 (Office)

(515) 326-2884 (Cell)

brendanm@suncrestcare.com

 Suncrest Hospice Our team at Suncrest Hospice specializes in providing hospice care for terminally-ill patients and their families in the comfort of their own homes, offering clinical, psychosocial and spiritual care under the Medicare Hospice Benefit.  This seminar helps people understand the how hospice care works, and debunks many common myths about hospice care.

Brendan McKnight

Suncrest Hospice

(515) 327-6026 (Office)

(515) 326-2884 (Cell)

brendanm@suncrestcare.com


ABC’s of Moving for Seniors

 

You may hope to stay in your house forever, but circumstances can force you to make other hurried and unplanned decisions.  Learn how to start the conversation with family members, as well as how to begin the downsizing process. You’ll also learn how to prepare your home for future sale to protect your hard-earned equity. 

Mary Eikenberry

Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP)

Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, Realtors

(515) 224-8576

Mary.Eikenberry@cbdsm.com

To Move or Not To Move for Seniors

You may hope to stay in your house forever, but circumstances can force you to make other hurried and unplanned decisions.  Learn how to start the conversation with family members, as well as how to begin the downsizing process.  If you decide to stay in your home, what will you need to do or change?  What are your options in staying –or moving?

Mary Eikenberry

Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP)

Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, Realtors

(515) 224-8576

Mary.Eikenberry@cbdsm.com


Downsizing Made Easy

Somewhere between touring new homes, sorting through your possessions, choosing a new place to live and deciding what to take and what to leave, it suddenly hits you:  downsizing is a lot of work!!  This seminar will walk you through the steps to a successful move.  “Simplifying your life should leave you Overjoyed , not overwhelmed.

Mary Eikenberry

Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP)

Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, Realtors

(515) 224-8576

Mary.Eikenberry@cbdsm.com

Moving Mom & Dad  (Geared towards adult children of aging parents)

 

Adult children have their parents’ best interests at heart, however sometime their plans and those of their parents are not the same.   Learn about the 5 common mistakes adult children of aging parents make and how to avoid them.

 

Mary Eikenberry

Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP)

Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, Realtors

(515) 224-8576

Mary.Eikenberry@cbdsm.com

Retirement Planning

What you need to know and do… before, during and after retirement.  Through the years, your goals and risk tolerance change.  Understand how making a plan (or revising your current plan) is important each step of the way.

Vicki Monaco

Life & Legacy Advisors

(515) 309-2985 Office

(515) 494-3261 Cell

vicki@lifeandlegacyadvisors.com

Annuities 101

Many people incorporate annuities in their retirement plan, is it right for you?  Learn about the different types of annuities and the effect of “income riders” on your retirement dollars.  There are pros and cons to annuities, it is important that you understand these products.

Vicki Monaco

Life & Legacy Advisors

(515) 309-2985 Office

(515) 494-3261 Cell

vicki@lifeandlegacyadvisors.com

Managing Risk

You’ve heard the saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”… learn about asset allocation and how it applies to your investments.

Vicki Monaco

Life & Legacy Advisors

(515) 309-2985 Office

(515) 494-3261 Cell

vicki@lifeandlegacyadvisors.com

What you need to know about Required Minimum Distributions (age 70 ½)

Retirement plans were great while we were contributing to them… it reduced our taxable earnings.   At age 70 1/2, Uncle Sam says “you’ve enjoyed this tax benefit long enough; it’s time to start taking the money out so we can tax you on it”.  Understand the rules, taxes and various options you may have with regard to your IRA.

Vicki Monaco

Life & Legacy Advisors

(515) 309-2985 Office

(515) 494-3261 Cell

vicki@lifeandlegacyadvisors.com

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