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Planning for the future: Downsizing and Ageing Well in Cincinnati
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12:00 pm

Are you worried about how in the world you will ever be able to downsize after living in your home for years? Do you have questions about Medicare, retirement, or aging? The November 20th HaZak program at Northern Hills Synagogue will feature speakers who can answer your questions, provide helpful suggestions, and allay your concerns.

Betsy Goldfarb, founder and former owner of Queen City Transitions, will speak on, The Psychological Benefits to Downsizing; It's Never too Early to Start. She said, "Many of our clients are paralyzed at the thought of downsizing after living in their home for many decades. The most important thing is to get started. We provide them with a plan and a compassionate team to help them step-by-step." Ms. Goldfarb will discuss about the growth of the Senior Move Management industry and talk about why it's never too early to start downsizing whether someone plans on moving in 6 months, 3 years or never. She will give participants tips to get started as well as resources to help.

June Ridgeway and Yair Walton will speak on, "Ageing Well in Cincinnati." They will outline the services that AgeWell Cincinnati provides to members of the 60 or better community and caregivers in the region. AgeWell Cincinnati helps clients access services that relate to aging in order to assist them in taking care of their physical, emotional, financial and spiritual lives. Yair Walton said, "Medicare, retirement, and aging are all complex topics that can seem overwhelming. AgeWell Cincinnati is here to help guide and connect you to agencies that will assist you thought this complex process. AgeWell is here as your teammate thought this whole journey."

Since starting Queen City Transitions in 2008, Betsy Goldfarb has spent thousands of hours helping clients downsize, move, de-clutter and organize. She honed her packing skills as the owner of a garden and patio accessory store in Florida before moving back to Cincinnati, her hometown in 2007.She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has the first Certificated Senior Move Management company in the Greater Cincinnati area as designated by NASMM (the National Association of Senior Move Managers) which she joined when she started her company. She sits on the NECC which is the NASMM Ethics and Compliance Commission. Betsy has achieved Level I as a Certified Hoarding Specialist from the Institute of Challenging Disorganization and sits on the Hamilton County Hoarding Task Force. Betsy was runner-up in the Bad Girl Ventures in the Fall 2013 competition and was named SCORE Client of the Month in May of 2013. Queen City Transitions now has 14 employees and enjoys an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau of Cincinnati.

June Ridgway, has more than 30 years of experience, including 15 years as a medical social worker at The University Hospital and manager in the Aging and Caregiver Services Department at Jewish Family Service. She received her Master's in Social Work at the University of Michigan and is licensed in Ohio and Michigan, and she achieved the National Association of Social Workers' Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM) specialty certification.

Yair Walton is a 4th-year rabbinical student at HUC in Cincinnati And the Rabbinic Outreach Coordinator for AgeWell Cincinnati. Before coming to HUC he worked with Jewish youth in various capacities; he worked for various Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform organizations helping people connect to the greater Jewish community; and he has worked and volunteered with Jewish communities all over the world: in Ukraine, Costa Rica, Argentina and Lithuania, and of course Israel. Yair is interested in how relationships build Jewish communities and how to build communities of support.

June and her team are your first point of contact when you call AgeWell Cincinnati, and they will be the guide on your journey to aging well in Jewish Cincinnati. June believes that as we grow older, we do not have to run away from aging. We should embrace it by knowing our strengths and weaknesses, and our value, regardless of our age. She is compassionate, a great listener, and dedicated to helping older adults maintain their independence and enjoy life to the fullest.

HaZak, which stands for Hokma (wisdom), Zikna (maturity), and Kadima (forward) provides monthly programs for people 55+ at Northern Hills Synagogue, 5714 Fields Ertel Road (between I-71 and Snider Road) beginning at noon with a luncheon followed by the program. "HaZak programs are free and open to the public, but donations insure the continuation of the program." said Sonia Milrod, HaZak co-chair. "Also, reservations are required so that enough food can be prepared."

For more information or to make reservations, call the office at 938-6038 or email




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