Coffee & Conversation: Seniors Asked To Get Finances In Order

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Roberto Torok (left). Photo by John McDonald.

Roberto Torok encouraged attendees of Tuesday morning’s Coffee & Conversation program to consider leaving an after-life gift.

“We leave people we love unprotected,” Torok said.

A financial advisor for Prudential, Torok used his five minutes of microphone time to ask the mostly senior-aged group to have a simple conversation about their giving. Torok told a story about a lesbian from Cuba whose brother rejected her because of her sexual orientation and thus she directed her savings to the Humane Society and a church in South Miami.

“Many of us try to forget about it,” Torok said about late life financial arrangements. “The time to act is now.”

Prudential, Torok said, “is very, very supportive of diversity.”

Elsewhere, Peter Kaldes, CEO of Impact Broward, offered tickets to attend a caregiver conference hosted by the Urban League of Broward County on Aug. 30. Impact Broward is an organization dedicated to solving community problems with senior volunteers.

A parade of speakers addressed the group this week. Ed Sparan, an actor in “Muscle Bears The Musical” said this weekend’s shows at Empire Stage are sold out. Isaac Martinez announced he will be teaching salsa dancing on Thursday nights and Pride Center CEO Robert Boo said a founders reception is scheduled for Thursday night at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach.

"They want us to gay it up," Boo said.

Around 170 people signed in for this week’s program.

Brian Kellow, editor of Opera News, is scheduled to speak next week. For more information, contact Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.


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