Making the move to senior living

Area seniors gathered at Otterbein Cridersville Thursday for a discussion on lifestyle choices, including the effects of staying in a house as opposed to moving into a retirement community.

Speaker Rick Hunsicker, with a background in both real estate and senior living, visited Otterbein to help seniors understand the lifestyle and financial issues of staying in their houses for too long.

“Many retirement communities talk about how great they are, and that’s fine, but they don’t educate seniors,” Hunsicker said. “What about your current situation? What is it really like living in your house, and is that really the best thing for you?”

Hunsicker said the members of his audience are normally in late 60s, early 70s. If someone is considering moving into a retirement community, Hunsicker suggested moving sooner rather than later.

“Because when it’s too late it’s usually because there’s a health issue or a crisis, and guess what, they’re not in control,” Hunsicker said. “The kids are in control, the doctor’s in control, somebody else is controlling where they go when they wait too late.”

For the full story, see the Friday, May 2 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.