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Oakland County and Walsh College Pair-up to Help Seniors

Public Date: 8/14/2013 12:05 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

Pontiac, Michigan -- Registration is now open for Oakland County’s senior residents who want to empower themselves to make sound financial decisions. The Oakland County Senior Advisory Council and Walsh College will host two free financial seminars for seniors and their families in October. Topics will include: how to avoid scams; what are the “must have” legal documents when estate planning; how to determine whether a reverse mortgage is the right choice for an individual; and how to reconcile accounts, hidden fees and automatic bill pay on savings and checking accounts.

"Knowing financial do's and don’ts helps to protect our senior residents," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. "Walsh College’s independent experts will offer great financial advice without the pressure that sometimes goes along with it."

There are no sales pitches with the seminars, just independent experts. The first seminar is 10 a.m. – noon, Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Walsh College’s Novi Campus, 41500 Gardenbrook Road. The second one is 10 a.m. – noon, Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Walsh College’s Troy Campus, 3838 Livernois.

"Walsh College's experts blend business theory and real-world experience," said Tara R. Miceli, director of the Walsh Institute. "They will deliver practical advice based on years of know-how."

The Oakland County Senior Advisory Council determined the topics from surveys it sent to seniors at senior care organizations throughout the county. The council encourages early registration since seating is limited to 150 people per seminar. For reservations or more information, call 248-858-4902 or click on www.oakgov.com/seniors.

About Oakland County Senior Advisor Council
Seniors are an important part of the Oakland County community. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson formed the Oakland County Senior Advisory Council to ensure Oakland County is a place where seniors have a high quality of life enriched by volunteering and other activities. The council consists of 25 members, one from each Commissioner district and four members-at-large with special expertise. The group meets monthly. As part of its strategic plan, yearly goals include providing resources and opportunities to Oakland County's growing senior population. Accomplishments include a workshop for senior center coordinators & staff, where community partners were available to answer questions and promote services. In partnership with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, SAC provides information for older adults and caregivers in the ACCESS quarterly newsletter.

About Walsh College
Walsh College blends business theory and real-world experience to deliver educational programs that boost career success. Its faculty are not only dedicated teachers, but also business professionals who integrate their experience into what students learn in class. Administrative staff deliver personal service in a professional learning environment. Founded in 1922 and celebrating more than 90 years of business education, Walsh offers 17 business and related technology degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels that are responsive to student, employer, and community needs. Walsh is a private, not-for-profit institution offering courses and services at locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Harper Woods, Port Huron, and online.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer, at 248-858-1048.