Since SAGE is the global leader in resources to support and advocate for older LGTB adults it only seems natural that they would be pioneering financial well-being support. Over 400 folks are already actively engaged with SAGECents, a financial tool to help older adults manage their finances, find local financial assistance, and improve their overall financial well-being.
The app is designed in a way that makes financial questions enjoyable and fun. For each question, you answer you get points or badges as you complete parts of the application. The whole process is very engaging, with carefully worded questions to encourage users on their financial planning journey.
The initial sign up takes only about 5 minutes! In this phase, users are asked some basic questions about themselves. Users are recognized for diverse lifestyles that are often ignored by more traditional banking apps.
Questions that are inclusive of diversity are essential to confidence and experience.
As a user, Ed Miller said, “It lets me know [SAGECents] recognizes me as a human being. Just recognizing those things made me feel that whoever was creating the app was honoring and respecting LGBT people.”
Some questions ask about other life experiences and maybe a bit ambiguous — so guiding information is given on the right-hand side to further explain the meanings. Furthermore, you can always opt-out of answering questions by selecting what you prefer not to say.
Upon completing the initial step you already get your first badge and have 45+ points! Each badge helps you to level up to a more comprehensive view of your overall financial well-being.
The app also offers a number of resources that users can browse at their leisure and the ability to connect with volunteers and other SAGE users. The goal of the app is really to connect users to resources that can help them manage their financial well-being even better.
According to CPO, David Vincent, “We continue to get positive feedback from our LGBT older adults — many of them have given some great suggestions.”
One such excellent reference is Donna Sue Johnson.
Donna said, “I worked for 40 years as a social worker, living paycheck to paycheck and doing the best I can. Now that I’m retired, I’m doing better but still need some guidance and direction. The app really helped me validate how I’m feeling and gave me a road map on how to get to where I want to go.”
SAGECents is a financial planning tool that users actually want to keep using. From financial personality reports to milestones and achievements, the app helps users look at financial well-being as building blocks to success.
If you want help managing your financial health and want an application that doesn’t assume you have a house, marriage, and children the SAGECents app is for you. It has taken into account the real-lifestyles of many older adults to create an app that can help them financially plan.
Why not check it out for yourself? Join SAGECents.
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