Retirees make choices on homes March 18 at Stillwater Public Library

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / March 11, 2015) –– On Wednesday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m., Louise Schroeder will present a program on helping retirees making residential choices in “What to Consider When Deciding Where to Live.” The class is part of the OSU Emeriti Association’s monthly retirement series, “Making the Most of Retirement,” which meets each month at Stillwater Public Library.

The program will cover what retirees should look for when choosing a new home or facility, as well as what changes may need to be made if retirees choose to stay in their current homes. Schroeder will also discuss different types of living facilities including retirement communities, assisted living facilities and independent living options.

Making a permanent choice involves investigating many factors. Schroeder encourages retirees to consider a myriad of details when looking at a residence including things like the width of doorways and the accommodations available in bathrooms and kitchens.

According to Schroeder, the factor retirees most often fail to consider is how their current health issues might impact their later housing needs.

“We often think about design, layout and maybe even the needs associated with our present health problems,” said Schroeder. “But it is important to try to foresee how those health issues might worsen or change and whether the home we choose will function in a way that meets those needs.”

In searching for a geographical area in which to live, Schroeder says it is important to look at the community itself.

“You need to consider what services a community offers versus what you need and want. Will you be near health services that accept Medicare? Is there a reliable transportation system in case you must quit driving? Are there support services available for both you and the person who may be caring for you? All of these factors are important.”

Schroeder, a certified financial planner and a part of the Garrett Planning Network, has been in private practice since leaving OSU in 1998, where she served as the Assistant Director of Planned Giving for the OSU Foundation. 

Schroeder is particularly interested in serving retirees and has worked with many organizations throughout the area to make retirement more beneficial.  She served on Stillwater’s Certified Retirement Community committee, which promotes Stillwater as an attractive retirement community and assesses the needs of Stillwater retirees and works with Oklahoma Independent Living Resources, which focuses on educating the public and professionals about aging in place at home.  Schroeder also completed the Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Area Agencies on Aging and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Aging Division.

“Making the Most of Retirement” is free and open to all retirees.  It meets the third Wednesday of each month.  The next program will be held April 15 when Faye Ann and Glade Presnal will discuss “Planning the Perfect Cruise.”

For more information, visit http://retiredinstillwater.wordpress.com or contact the library at 405-372-3633 x106 or askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at http://library.stillwater.org.