55+ Senior Living Options

Ad for 55+ Senior Living OptionsREGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE SEMINAR: The “Savvy Seniors Living Seminar Series” debuts on Wednesday, February 1, with “55+ Senior Living Options”. You will learn the facts about the many types of retirement communities available in the East Bay area and the questions you should be asking when considering your options. This is the perfect place to educate yourself so that you can make the right decisions for you and your family.  Admission is free. Location: Lafayette Library Arts & Sciences Discovery Center, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd in Lafayette. Seminar start at 10 AM. Please call 925-788-6582 to register or sign up online at http://savvyseniorsliving.com. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Boomers and Seniors on the Move-2016 Directory for Older Adults

Boomers and Seniors on the Move

Boomers and Seniors on the Move-2016 Directory for Older Adults.

Proud to once again be supporting the Born to Age Directory for Older Adults for 2016. They will be celebrating their 10th year. I am proud to be the ONLY Seniors Real Estate Specialist represented in this magazine. Let me know if you have been wondering, “Who’s going to take care of me (or Mom & Dad) when I no longer can?” It’s a good question. Not many of us want to think about it, nor have made any plans. Many clients I work with don’t address this until a crisis occurs. Everyone hopes and prays for good health, prosperity and longevity.

Most of us will outlive our ability to drive. Past 80, approx. 50% of us will have some form of dementia, or some form of a chronic disease. So, it might be a good idea to understand the options and possibilities. Talk to your children, parents, family members, friends, trusted advisers about how you INTEND to live as you get older.

So much has changed in senior care in the past decade alone and most people have no idea just how much. New products are being introduced, new advances in technology, new senior living communities are opening-the rapidity of change is imminent. Let me know how I can help get you the resources and assistance you need now or for your future.

Dayna-Diablo Area’s Downsizing Diva!

Dayna Wilson Teaches “Moving Mom and Dad”

Moving Mom and Dad: 5 Common Mistakes Adult Children of Aging Parents Make and How to Avoid Them

Join Dayna Wilson- Seniors Real Estate Specialist and friends for an informative class designed specifically for those assisting elder family members with late-life moves. As experts specializing in assisting mature home buyers and sellers, we will introduce to you the five most common mistakes made by adult children of aging parents and how to avoid them.

You will gain valuable insights and strategies helping you and your family to…

Dayna Wilson Teaches Moving Mom & Dad

Dayna Wilson Teaches Moving Mom & Dad-5 Common Mistakes

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Create a plan of action for future care needs
  • Locate suitable senior living options
  • Simplify the relocation process
  • Find and hire the right support when you need it

Reserve your seat today! Contact Mt. Diablo Adult Education by calling 925-937-1530 or online: www.mtdiabloadulted.org

Downzing Class-5 Steps to a Successful Move

Downsizing Class-5 Steps to a Successful Move
East Bay Realtor Dayna Wilson Teaches Class for Mt. Diablo Adult Ed

Downsizing Class this Thursday in Pleasant Hill, ca

Downsizing Class this Thursday in Pleasant Hill, ca

Whether you’re contemplating a move or surrounded by a sea of boxes, you understand how overwhelming a move can be. Dayna Wilson, a Seniors Real Estate Specialist®, works with boomers and seniors on the move to help them transition to a more manageable residence. She will be teaching her popular class, Downsizing Made Easy–5 Steps to a Successful Move, at the Mt. Diablo Adult Education Center on Thursday, April 30, from 10:00am-11:30am. The goal of the class is to minimize the time, effort and stress of transitioning to your new life so you can enjoy it!
Walk with courage and move forward with confidence
Dayna’s message is to “walk with courage and move forward with confidence”. She helps her clients pack up their memories and their belongings and move from the large homes where they’ve raised their families into smaller ones where they can live more comfortable, simpler lives. To do this, Dayna provides a step-by-step downsizing plan that includes:

• Getting organized for your move
• Tips for hiring organizers, movers and other professionals
• Guidance for getting rid of decades worth of extra stuff
• Dialog on senior living options in the East Bay

“I love helping my senior citizen clients and their families downsize and find new homes that are more suited to their changing needs. In many cases, they are rattling around huge houses they can no longer care for and are becoming isolated, but it’s difficult to leave so many memories behind. I have a network of trusted preferred service providers who streamline this process for our seniors.”

40 page Workbooks available for purchase at class

40 page Workbooks available for purchase at class

To register: Mt. Diablo Adult Education, 925.937.1530, www.Mt.DiabloAdultEd.org.
*Note that there is a $15 materials fee for this class
About Dayna Wilson Real Estate
Dayna Wilson has been selling homes for Keller Williams Realty since 2009. In that time, she has become one of the top 10 agents in her Walnut Creek office. Her homes typically sell within 30 days at 100%+ of the asking price. One of the advantages she brings to all of her clients is her comprehensive community knowledge–Dayna grew up in the East Bay, raised her family and still lives, works and plays here. Dayna is a certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) and understands the financial and emotional challenges senior clients face when they sell a long-held family home. Certified specialists have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages and the importance of universal design to ensuring a client’s important legal documentation is in order.

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Lamorinda Seniors…What’s “The Village?”

What the “The Village?”
We are a nonprofit, self-governing, community-based membership organization with the goal of enabling our members to remain in their own homes and communities as they age. It is not a bricks and mortar establishment. It is a “virtual” village with all the attributes of a village without actually being one.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Neighbors helping neighbors

As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), I am honored to be have been chosen as a Preferred Service Provider (PSP) for the newly formed Lamorinda Village! In conjunction with the other providers, my goal is to assist residents of Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda (Lamorinda who are interested in remaining in their own homes and communities as they age – with the services, programs, and support needed and to do so with safety, confidence and independence.

There are over 150 Villages in operation and another 100 in development throughout the country. They are based on the very successful Beacon Hill Village established in Boston over ten years ago. There are numerous active Villages in Bay Area; Lamorinda Village will be the first in Contra Costa County. According to the 2010 census, Lamorinda has a population of 10,582 over the age of 65. That represents 18.4% of its total population. According to an AARP survey, almost 90% of us would prefer to remain in our own homes as we age.

Call #Dayna Wilson-Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) for more information. SRES

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Contra Costa Seniors Attend Seminar on East Bay Housing

 Contra Costa Seniors Attend Seminar on East Bay Housing and Retirement Strategies at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church 

East Bay Boomers and Seniors Learn How to Unlock the Equity in Their Home and Plan for Aging

Lafayette, CA,  A seminar led by Contra Costa Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Dayna Wilson, on April 27th, helped local seniors facing the challenges of financing retirement understand the Bay Area real estate market and how to unlock the equity in their home.  Wilson, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty/Day Real Estate (www.day-realestate.com), a fellow real estate agent and a Home Equity Retirement Specialist, showed seniors how they can plan for retirement by leveraging the local housing market.  Attendees learned how to reduce expenses, plan for changing locations and create additional income to finance health care and assisted living. 

Seminar topics covered how to afford to stay in your home or relocate closer to family members, and how to access cash to fulfill retirement dreams.  Seniors and their families learned how to accomplish life transitions with the most ease and how to plan for senior living.  The class also covered topics like accessing equity from a home while aging in place, what to consider before renting vs. making a move, the costs and complexities of selling, risk management and ways to minimize the stress of moving. 

“As a person that has lived in the same house for more than 45 years…”Wilson” gave me a lot of information that will prove essential if and when my wife and I decide to change our residence at some point.”  Don – Lafayette, Ca.

Dayna Wilson developed the seminar hosted by Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church to help seniors understand the complexities of aging and how important a safe and supportive home environment is to successful aging.  Wilson specializes in working with Boomers, Zoomers and Savvy Seniors as they consider what they want their ‘golden years’ to look like. She has earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist and Certified Senior Housing Specialist designations and is passionate about her work in this area.

“As a Contra Costa County Realtor who specializes in helping senior citizens and their families with their real estate needs, this part of my job is a great joy. Those 65+ and their families often don’t know which way to turn when making these important decisions,” says Wilson. “I’m grateful to Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church for hosting this event for all of the seniors in our communities.”

Contact: Dayna Wilson
Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP)

Certified Senior Housing Professional

Retirement 2.0 for Walnut Creek Boomers & Seniors

Maybe it really is time to seriously rethink the meaning of retirement. A pair of studies point to a lifestyle for future retirees that feature few of the hallmarks – full-time relaxation, travel, and puttering around – associated with traditional retirement. More and more, people are remaining in the workplace, either out of financial need or to stay engaged.

We are retiring later...read why...

We are retiring later…read why…

For instance, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study, “Working Longer—Older Americans’ Attitudes on Work and Retirement,” spotted an attitude shift among American about work, aging, and retirement. In 1991, just 11 percent of workers expected to retire after age 65. Now, in 2014, 33 percent of workers report that they expect to retire after age 65, and 10 percent don’t plan to retire at all.

Why? Some of the attitude shift has to do with expectation of living longer, healthier lives. Those who have reached or are nearing the traditional retirement age, don’t consider themselves old. Six in 10 say they feel younger than their age. 47 percent now plan to retire at a later age than they expected when they were 40.

But – no surprise here – money concerns play a role, too. EBRI found a shortfall in retirement savings among respondents. In fact, some numbers are dire, with 36 percent of respondents reporting that they have less than $1,000 saved for retirement.

As a result, workers are adjusting retirement expectations, with 82 percent reporting that their expected retirement age has increased.

Reasons for the delay:
• The poor economy (25 percent).
• Inadequate finances or can’t afford to retire (18 percent).
• A change in employment situation (17 percent).
• Needing to pay for health care costs (12 percent).
• Lack of faith in Social Security or government (9 percent).
• Higher-than-expected cost of living (9 percent).
• Wanting to make sure they have enough money to retire comfortably (8 percent).

What are your plans for retirement? Can you afford to stop working? Where will you live? How do you imagine your life once you have retired? Or, are you part of the 10% that have no plans to ever retire? Walnut Creek Boomers and Seniors on the Move have much to consider regarding retirement…

Source: SRES Consumer Newsletter – April 2014
By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau. Comments by Dayna Wilson-Seniors Real Restate Specialist with Keller Williams Realty

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Baby Boomers Real Estate Expectations

First, who are the “Boomers?” A demographic group of 77 million, ages: 49-67. We are optimistic, hardworking and have big plans for the future and no desire to change pace. Bpoomers have Big Expectations for Retirement and Housing

The majority have a retirement living plan, expect to move out of their house and follow their passions. They don;t want to be restrained by a planned retirement community and most believe their last home will be the best they’ve ever lived in.After formally retiring, some will opt to continue to work or enjoy travel and entertainment opportunities.  Approximately 25% will purchase a 2nd or vacation home.

This ‘sandwich’ generation has cared for kids, grand-kids and often aging parents and they are looking for smaller homes that don’t necessarily have room for rebound children. Most don’t expect family to move back into their home. Most are willing to do some remodeling in their ‘forever’ home, but want low maintenance properties. Most plan on retiring in the same state they have lived worked and played for the majority of their lives.

Where are they moving to? In order of preference: Rural, small town, traditional 55+ retirement community and urban locale.

Boomers are felling more optimistic about the real estate market now vs. 5 years ago. This may be great news for those looking to buy! And, for the boomers selling, there will be more homes for them to choose from.

IF YOU Were to MOVE…Where would you move to and WHY?

Walnut Creek Senior Living Community – Exciting Enhancements

What have I been up to? Thanks for asking! Had a lovely visit with Edrienne Baebler, Community Sales Director at Atria Montego Heights, a Walnut Creek Senior Living Community last week. They are located blocks from John Muir Hospital, Shadelands medical offices, shopping, Heather Farms Park, Ruth Bancroft Gardens, shopping, services and close to DT Walnut Creek , BART and the highway. Senior Living Community

Did you know they will be embarking on an exciting remodel to enhance the beauty and functionality of their community? We are talking a state-of-the-art salon, outdoor viewing deck, spacious new lounge, gourmet meals in restaurant with bar, expanded movie movie theater, new learning, wellness, fitness centers, etc. And a memory care program. Too much for me to share…I highly recommend you go by for a visit asap. Why? You can enjoy the current pricing before the renovations begin and lock in lower rates.


Consult you local Seniors Real Estate Specialist before making a move. It will save your time, stress and money.

Dayna Wilson – SRES

Diablo’s Downsizing Diva – Moving by Design not Default

Downsizing Made Easy

Downsizing Made Easy

Once again I had a wonderful opportunity to speak with a room full of attendees at the recent Boomers Lifestyle Show. I led a panel discussion about “Rightsizing Made Easy,” and shared a story about a recent couple my team assisted. When the audience was asked if any of what we shared range true with them, almost everyone raised their hands! We focused this seminar on packing, creating a safe and beautiful environment in a smaller space, as well as legal issues that can arise with the sale of a home or a life change. My common message is to create a plan so your lifestyle and home is chosen by Design not Default.

There are so many components to a successful move whether you consider yourself  an Empty-Nester, Baby-Boomer, “Zoomer” or Senior. (BTW, none of us wish to be considered a senior; I prefer to reference this age group as the 65 and Better Generation.)

Somewhere between touring new homes, sorting through your treasures and other stuff, zeroing in on the right place for you to live, deciding what to take and what to leave, dealing with selling your home, your family, your hired professionals…well, it finally hits home: Downsizing is a lot of work.

Dayna-Senior Rreal Estate Specialst and her team members, Robineve Cole and Marty Appel.

Dayna-Senior Real Estate Specialist and her team members, Robineve Cole and Marty Appel.

After seeing a repeated need to have additional knowledge and resources for the 65 and Betters, I joined the exclusive ranks of Realtors with the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation. As a senior specialist I not only create customized strategies for marketing and selling a property, but also works with my Sellers to explore housing options ensuring that their next home best serves the current and future needs. SRES® designees are certified senior specialists and astute to the financial and emotional challenges senior clients face when they sell a long-held family home. Such certified specialists have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I help my Downsizing Home Sellers create a plan!

One of my Downsizing sellers wrote:

….We are grateful for your constant attention to the details of selling our Danville home, and the great result that was achieved regarding it’s selling price. It was our family’s home for more than 45 years and it was an emotional experience saying good-bye.  Dayna was as committed as we were getting it sold before the holidays. Thanks to her recommendations regarding staging, her behind-the-scenes networking with the real estate community, etc. we were able to place a SOLD sign up in 9 days! Thank you for your real estate services, and your attention to all the details… 

So, just know that if Downsizing is in your future…Dayna, Diablo’s Downsizing Diva is here to walk you and your family through the 5 Easy Steps top a Successful Move.