On Thursday morning, September 23, at L'Affaire in Mountainside, the Union County Senior Citizens Council will hold a special program on living accommodations. The purpose of this program is to present the issues and options involved in choosing to relocate or to remain in one's own house.

"The decision to move out of the house you have lived in for most of your adult life is one of the most stressful choices we have to make in our later years. Unfortunately, many people are forced to make this decision at the worst possible moment," said Ellen Steinberg, Chair of the Union County Senior Citizens Council. "It is important that we have the resources and information in advance so that we can prepare and make decisions that will best suit our needs and desires."

"Our panel will address options to be considered in choosing whether to stay or to move and will include topics such as the financial and tax implications of selling a home," added Richard Stone, Executive Director of the Union County Senior Citizens Council.

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The program will feature speakers who will discuss how to make our homes safer, how to obtain better service access (e.g. home aids, transportation, food), and how to find the necessary financial wherewithall to remain in our homes. There will also be speakers discussing alternative living arrangements (e.g. assisted living, adult communities) and the pros and cons that go along with downsizing as well as how to sell your home in today's market and how to prepare for the move.

Doors will open at 9:00am with a continental breakfast. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse the numerous informational exhibits on display. The formal program will run from 10:15 am to 11:45am with time for questions at the end.

For more information, please contact the Union County Senior Citizens Council at (908) 964-7555. The Senior Citizens Council is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the needs of older Americans, their families and caregivers.