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Planning Tools and Services

TroveStreet provides valuable information on a large array of topics to help you plan and act now, for your best aging experience possible. Learning about options available as your needs change assures you are in control of what happens. This reduces decisions being made under heightened stress or crisis and saves you from settling for the status quo.

Check out these tips, tools, and services for organizing your thoughts and capturing the content you want to keep at your fingertips.

Planning is Important

If you don’t put a plan in place, someone else may be making decisions for you.

  • 76% of Americans age 50+ want to remain in their current home and community
  • Houses weren’t built with livability features to maximize safety and comfort as one ages
  • Many homes are located in areas requiring a car
  • Most people outlive their ability to drive safely by 8-10 years
  • Having purpose and staying engaged are key to one’s quality of aging

Whether you want to stay living in your current home or move to another, taking time to reflect on what is important to you about the type of home and its proximity to the people and places you visit improves your aging experience. But you cannot make these decisions without also reflecting on your health and financial means, along with the ways you desire to spend your time as you age.

Investing time in thinking about how all the “puzzle pieces” work together, you are planning for a healthier, more active, and purposeful aging experience.

It also provides documentation to let your family and friends know what is most important to you, which ensures your wishes are carried out should you not be able to speak for yourself.

Our planning services include:

This is a simplified version of our TroveStreet Planning Tools that you can use to get started. Print it out to answer the questions.

Download Quick-Start Planning Tool

This planning template can be accessed digitally on your TroveStreet dashboard or printed out. It is designed to help you organize notes and document the things that resonate most with you as you explore TroveStreet’s resources. This free resource helps you think through and create a Plan for the topics of:

  • Home & Place
  • Healthy Living
  • Money Matters
  • Transportation
  • Joy & Meaning

Update your completed Plan as your needs and wishes, or those of a loved one, change. Make certain to share it with your family and close friends so your wishes are clear.

How the TroveStreet Planning Tool Can Help

Crystal and her husband know they want to stay in their home as they age. To make the most out of the TroveStreet resources on home modifications, Crystal used the TroveStreet Planning Tool template on her TroveStreet Dashboard and took notes on suggested aging renovations and costs. After some joint discussion, they now plan to convert their first-floor den to a bedroom and add a walk-in shower. Download planning tool PDF

Sign in to use the Dashboard Planning Tool

Perhaps you need help getting started or connected to a resource. You may have questions about something you’ve learned on TroveStreet. Perhaps you want assistance in finding the best options for a specific situation.

You may wish to share specific concerns you have about growing older in York County, PA, or seek tips on putting what you learned into a plan. We are here to help you.

TroveStreet offers a free 30-minute session with our Executive Director, Cathy Bollinger.  

Click here to schedule a time on Cathy’s calendar. Appointments can be by phone, Zoom, or in person at TroveStreet’s office, located at 14 West Market Street, York, PA  17401.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Following a Planning My Priorities or Aging Navigation & Plan Creation session, the navigator will type a summary of what was discussed, along with any next steps, and will either email the summary to you or upload it to your TroveStreet Dashboard. You also have the option of electronically taking notes from this or any planning session directly into your TroveStreet Planning Tool on your dashboard.

Yes, of course! When booking an appointment, you will be asked to confirm who will be joining you. 

Please note, the navigator will be asking you questions about your aging wants and needs. It will be to your benefit to be able to answer these questions freely, without concern of what the family or friends joining you for the session may think.

When you click on the Book Now button under each service on TroveStreet’s website, you will see the hours the navigator is available. If you need to meet at a time not offered, you can email TroveStreet to arrange for a meeting time that fits your needs.

The Help Me Get Started service is by phone call or Zoom only. 

The Planning My Priorities and Aging Navigation & Plan Creation services are by phone, Zoom, or in-person. 

If using Zoom, you will need to be in a place that offers Internet access. Your computer will need to have a camera and microphone and speaker functions. It is recommended you are in a quiet and private space when conducting a meeting with a navigator via Zoom. 

In-person appointments are typically held at the TroveStreet office at 14 West Market Street, York, PA. In-person appointments can be held at another public location but must be pre-arranged with the navigator ahead of time.

The navigator doesn’t tell you what to do. The navigator guides you to the resources you need to make the most informed decision.

Your primary role is to be open and honest about what you need and about where and how you want to live as you age. There is no right or wrong way to age, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Being transparent in your needs and desires will help ensure your plan is most relevant to your goals.

Depending on the package you select, you may have homework assigned to you between sessions, such as visiting a website or reading an article or documenting your priorities. This is because the navigator will refer to it during your time together. Taking the time to do these things the navigator asks ensures a more engaging experience and result.

TroveStreet navigators know the York County community extremely well. They have extensive knowledge in concepts of aging-in-place and creating livable communities for all ages. Their role is to ask you questions and listen without bias so they can connect you with what you need to make informed decisions. 

The navigators have extensive knowledge of the TroveStreet website, along with York County’s many resources. They are trained in compassionate listening, dismantling ageism, problem solving, and customer service. Each navigator signs a pledge of confidentiality and is held accountable for upholding that pledge.

For the most part, TroveStreet is a self-directed resource. You explore it at your own pace, connecting with the topics that are of most interest to you. There may be times along the way when you want help in thinking through choices and options that are best for you. A TroveStreet navigator provides insights and perspectives to help you make informed decisions. The fee helps cover the navigator’s time in working with you directly.

15-minute consult to get oriented to TroveStreet: Free

Two 30-minute sessions to solve a specific problem (Planning My Priorities): $50

Three 60-minute sessions to get guidance on creating a holistic aging plan (Aging Navigation & Plan Creation): $150

More About Cathy

With over 30 years’ experience as a strategic thinker, facilitator, and innovative problem-solver in both for-profit and nonprofit settings, Cathy works with community stakeholders to improve how people experience aging in York County, PA.

Driven by her passion to eliminate ageism and provide everyone the resources they need to have the best life possible as they grow older, Cathy formed a vision for TroveStreet based on needs she saw in her home community. As a highly engaged native, Cathy has a deep knowledge of the resources available for older adults and a desire to help people learn about the top things to consider while making more informed decisions about growing older. She wants to ensure people have options to adapt, even thrive, as they grow older.

Cathy Bollinger

Executive Director at TroveStreet

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