My parents are 90 years old each apiece. I have dealt with numerous “senior services” over the years. This is from the Minnesota Attorney Generals web site:
“Beware of “Senior Specialists.” Fraudsters may imply a certain level of training on issues important to people 55 and older to give you a false sense of security, however, this “training” may be nothing more than a sales tactic. “
There is some truth to this especially when it comes to senior housing.
There are housing advisors who are paid by the companies that have properties to lease.
There are also people like me who make money when we sell real estate and can earn a “Senior Real Estate Specialist” (SRES) designation.
The program is through the national association of Realtors. I am a sales person and there isn’t anything wrong with that unless I pretend to be something else.
I do have actual experience working with seniors and I like to be able to use that experience to help others but the help I can provide is limited to all the details involved in buying or selling real estate.
There is one thing that isn’t taught in the Senior specialist’s classes and that is about Senior LinkAge Line. It is free and is part of the Minnesota Board on Aging They are not salespeople and do not make money when someone moves.
Seniors who are trying to decide if they want to move to senior housing or sell their home or buy a home should start with a call to Senior Linkage line rather than consulting a real estate agent or a lawyer first.
Sometimes seniors and people of all ages ask for advice on the internet and give away a lot of personal information about themselves and their property to total strangers. It would be much better to call Senior LinkAge Line.
Regular readers may even have noticed that contact information for Senior LinkAge Line is prominently displayed in my right sidebar and has been there for years.