*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Navigating Senior Living Options in the Charlottesville Area

This course will provide a comprehensive look at the various options available to those 55+ who are planning for, have an interest in, or a need for, senior living services. A variety of guest speakers, experienced professionals in the weekly topics, will present during the five-week program.
September 13: Course Overview. We will discuss aging statistics and trends, and define the language and terminology used in senior living. September 20: Retirement Living Options for Independent Seniors. Senior living communities, independent living communities, and continuing-care retirement communities will all be represented. September 27: What to Do When Assistance Is Needed. We will cover assisted living communities, geriatric care management, home health care agencies, adult day care, and Alzheimer’s/memory care. October 4: A Bump in the Road or Something More? Rehabilitation facilities and nursing home options will be discussed, including in-patient and out-patient rehab services and the difference between skilled care and long-term nursing care. In addition, we will look at Alzheimer’s disease by the numbers, nationally and locally in Virginia. October 18: The Costs of Growing Older. Medicare and Medicaid benefits, long-term care insurance, and veteran’s benefits will be presented.
Note: This course does not meet on Wednesday, October 11.

Instructor Bio:

Shelli has 13 years of experience working in sales and marketing for retirement communities in Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. She spent her childhood in the Midwest, where she was exposed to the hospitality industry in her parents’ motel business. She earned an AAS degree in Hospitality Management in Kansas. This led her to Vero Beach, Florida where she worked in various sales and marketing roles for Walt Disney World Resorts and the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training. Shelli’s senior living career began after she sustained severe injuries from a car accident in 2001, which put her in a skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility, where she underwent months of therapy. Her experience recovering at that facility is to what she attributes her passion for retirement communities and her genuine understanding of the peace of mind that senior communities provide residents. Shelli took a short hiatus from the senior living sales environment to obtain an ADN in nursing, and she became a Registered Nurse in 2015. She is also a Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia Real Estate Broker.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A13 Shelli Schinkus Sep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 18 We 10:00-11:30 a.m. Homewood Suites A

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