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New seminars aimed at helping seniors live a great life

The first Great Life Seminar takes place today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Leisure Time Club on Minnesota Street.
Max Hahne of Engel and Volkers has started offering Great Life Seminars for seniors. Erika Engel/CollingwoodToday

After his 60th birthday, one Collingwood Real Estate agent started thinking – and worrying – about the next ten years of his life and what changes to his home, finances and health might come.

“If I’m starting to think about it and be concerned, what are people in their 70s and 80s doing?” asked Max Hahne of Engel and Volkers in Collingwood.

He had been taking some specializations in Real Estate and achieved certificates as a Senior Real Estate Specialist and Accredited Seniors Agent.

“It’s all about servicing this large group of people that I’m learning have a lot of questions,” said Hahne. “They are going through a phase of life where they don’t have answers.”

He wanted to help. So he started planning Great Life Seminars for seniors, which feature about three presentations by experts on various aspects of Senior-specific living from housing and finances to law and health.

“With the knowledge I’m getting, I want to help people live a better life – a great life,” said Hahne.

He has reached out to other experts in the community to host his first Great Life Seminar today at the Leisure Time Club from 11 to 1:30 p.m. This seminar includes a presentation by John Ferris of Ferris Law, who has an elder law certification, on wills and estates. The next presenter will be Gerard Buckley, a mortgage agent for Mortgage Wellness, speaking on reverse mortgages and creative financing for seniors.

Finally, Hahne will be delivering a presentation on behalf of Balmoral Village that will give seniors an idea of various housing options.

From here, Hahne hopes the future seminars will reflect the questions of seniors in the community. He will be handing out surveys at today’s seminar to ask what they thought of the seminars and what they would like to see in the future.

“I will coordinate the seminars, and my job is to know where to get the answers,” said Hahne.

He will also be filming each seminar and posting them on the Great Life Seminars website.

Entry to the seminars is free and there will be one seminar every six to eight weeks, each will cover three topics of interest to seniors. There will be light refreshments served at today’s seminar.

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