NGHP to host first “Senior Living Seminar” on October 16

We’re fortunate to live in a time when life expectancy is high for most Americans, approaching the 80-year mark for both males and females.

But it seems as if those golden years can creep up on us much faster than we often expect. And before we know it, we’re looking at a list of options for our retirement decades which may or may not be in line with what we had envisioned years ago.

The Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership wants to help seniors and their families adjust to those inevitable “next phases in life” by offering a series of seminars to aid them in making good choices for their retirement years.

The “Next Phase of Life” is the title of our first Senior Living Seminar, and it will feature three speakers who will walk us through various life transitions, including those that affect our emotional and physical well-being and also our financial future.

Royal Oaks Retirement Community will be the setting for the first seminar, which will take place on Friday, October 16, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. While it’s free to attend, reservations are required and can be made by calling 706-272-6662 or emailing The seminar will include brunch, but reservations for brunch must be made by October 14.

Sponsors for this event include Coldwell Banker/Kinard Realty, Home Health Care Rental, Inc., and Royal Oaks Retirement Community. We are very grateful to each of these partners who are helping to make this free seminar possible.

We have an interested and knowledgeable group of speakers for this first Senior Living Seminar, including the Reverend W. Lou Snead, who will start off the program by speaking on the topic of theNext Phase of Life, sharing his experience with life transitions.

Also on hand will be Dalton community leader Sara “Skeeter” Pierce of Lawson Winchester Wealth Management. Ms. Pierce has earned her Certified Financial Planner (CFU) certification and her Chartered Life Underwriter (CFP) credential. She will talk about the importance of “Financial Planning.”

And John T. Minor V, of Minor, Bell, and Neal, will speak on the topic of “Estates, Wills, and Trusts.” Mr. Minor specializes in Wills, Trusts, and Estates, Healthcare Law, and Elder Law.

The goals of this seminar series are to provide community education for eligible persons who are considering retirement in our community and to provide practical resources for those who may have been intending to “be ready” for retirement, but have not yet acted upon those intentions. It happens to the best of us.

Part of that “being ready” involves being proactive in our healthcare decisions, living as healthily as possible, enhancing the quality of our lives, and having advance directives in place.

That’s why being prepared today will likely lead to a better tomorrow. We hope you’ll join us for this free seminar and will spread the word among your friends. Senior adults, including spouses, care-givers, and adult children are encouraged to attend.

For more information about this event and other upcoming Senior Living Seminars, visit our facebook page at, call us at 706-272-6662, or visit

We hope to see you at Royal Oaks on October 16,

In Good Health,

Greg Dent