As a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) it is not uncommon for people to ask me: what exactly is a CSA? Many people don’t have to think about the topics I advise on for much of their lives—but when these issues do present themselves, it’s really important to make sure you have the necessary information to make well-informed decisions that best suit their needs. So, whether you’re thinking about retirement, downsizing to fit your needs, or you just need someone to talk you through the possible changes in your life, knowing what a CSA can offer you can be extremely helpful in these aspects of your life. To make things a little clearer, here is some information on what a Certified Senior Advisor is and what they can do for you.
What is a CSA?
A Certified Senior Advisor provides professional senior advice about aging and the important health, social, and financial issues that affect the majority of seniors. In short, a Certified Senior Advisor’s job is to advise seniors, or the loved ones of seniors, on any of the issues that they need help with.
How are CSAs certified?
In order to become a Certified Senior Advisor individuals go through an extensive course that familiarizes them with the issues and resources for senior individuals; they are then required “to pass a rigorous exam and to uphold the highest ethical standards for the benefit and protection of the health and welfare of seniors.”
Why do people need CSAs?
When it comes to the social, health, and financial issues of the senior community, at times it can be hard to know what your options are, or where to find trustworthy resources. A CSA is meant to help you through these problems, identify and plan for future issues, and to connect you with the resources you need.
What can a CSA help with?
Certified Senior Advisors are meant to advise on any of the issues associated with the 55+ community. This includes (but isn’t limited to) the financial, legal, social, and health—both physical and mental—aspects of aging, government assistance for seniors, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and ethical communication with seniors.
When is a CSA needed?
A CSA’s job is to help with issues that seniors have, and these issues arise in many people’s lives at different times. The earlier someone begins planning for the future, the more options they will have available, but a CSA can connect you to resources and help you understand your options at any time. Whether you’ve decided to plan ahead for your own life, are helping a loved one in theirs, or are a senior yourself that wants to know more about your options, a CSA will be able to give you the information to help you best understand your options.
How do you find a CSA?
There are many CSAs throughout the country that work in different professions. If you would like the assistance of a CSA, you can find CSAs near you through a search service provided on the Certified Senior Advisor’s website here: http://www.csa.us/search/custom.asp?id=3690. If you live in Minnesota and are looking for a CSA to help assist you, or have more questions about CSAs in general, feel free to reach out and contact me with any of your concerns or questions!
-Renee Johnson, Kontor Realty Group. Realtor and Certified Senior Advisor 55+ specialist.