The Woodlands at Furman opens eyes on retirement options with event

GREENVILLE, SC – Close to 100 people attended a seminar this afternoon hosted by The Woodlands at Furman that focused on seniors selling homes in a down market.

John Spooner, a nationally recognized expert in senior living trends, spoke for more than two hours on making the “decision” to sell one’s home as a way to prepare for retirement.

“It is about taking control of your future to safeguard predictability, certainty and a self-directed life,” he said.

Within the industry, multiple focus group studies show a person’s greatest concern when investigating what they may have to do in the future is their fear of losing control of choices, and ultimately, their ability to remain independent and lead a self-directed life.

Taking control of this decision as they age is what resonates most with seniors, Spooner said. This event was right on strategy as a straightforward way for folks to investigate the plan for their future and ultimately step into saying “Yes!” to a fantastic lifestyle choice at The Woodlands at Furman.

The Woodlands at Furman is a non-profit, mission driven continuing care retirement community owned and operated by a local board of directors and managed professionally by Greystone Communities. The 22-acre campus, adjacent to Furman University, opened in March 2009 and consists of 132 apartment homes in addition to 32 assisted living apartments, 16 memory support suites and 30 skilled nursing suites.

Spooner said communities such as The Woodlands at Furman are growing in popularity because they give residents security as they age. Once living at a CCRC, they don’t have to worry about scheduling doctors’ visits, getting around, having people to support them or their future.

However, many people are scared to sell their homes in the market because they don’t want to take a financial hit. Spooner, though, said nothing on a house’s deed guarantees a house will sell more for than it is worth, that a house will take care of medical needs and there is no promise of controlled costs of living.

For more information, please visit www.thewoodlandsatfurman.org or call 864-371-3100.

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