American Advisors Group (AAG) is choosing select customers to check some remaining items off of seniors’ “bucket lists,” or things they wish to experience in life while they’re able. For one AAG reverse mortgage customer, this included getting a “red carpet treatment” to observe the production of the latest AAG commercial featuring spokesman Tom Selleck on its set in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Customer Frieda “Freddie” Brock retired after a career in the music industry, and found a way to facilitate more financial freedom to pursue her interest in writing by getting a reverse mortgage, she says. Brock was one of the customers chosen as the recipient of a “bucket list surprise.”
“This year, AAG introduced retirement bucket list surprises to help make seniors’ dreams come true by gifting certain customers with priceless opportunities to check things off their bucket list,” said a press release announcing the story. “For Brock, that bucket list included a day behind the scenes of AAG’s latest commercial production.”
The day began for Brock when a chauffeur pulled up to her house to drive her directly to the commercial’s set.
“On the day of the shoot, Brock received the full movie star treatment, beginning with a chauffeured drive to a beautiful ranch in the Hidden Hills of Thousand Oaks where the new AAG commercial was being filmed,” the press release describes.
Brock was then given live-feed headphones and a seat in front of the director’s monitors to observe Selleck’s performance. Afterward, it culminated with her meeting the celebrity before being taken to dinner at a restaurant of her choice by the team at AAG, and she was then driven home with a bag of AAG-branded merchandise.
“I can honestly say that this was one of the best days of my retirement,” said Brock in the press release. “I felt like royalty and it was all because of the extraordinary team that made it happen. I’ll never forget this.”
The checking off of a ‘bucket list’ is of high priority to many seniors. A survey earlier this year by Provision Living Senior Communities revealed that 95 percent of people maintain some kind of list of things they’d like to accomplish while they’re still able, with the biggest influencing factor in a person choosing to start a bucket list (according to 38 percent of respondents) was reaching a certain age.
Financial goals are prevalent on bucket lists, according to the research, and include things like paying off debt, paying off a mortgage, early retirement, saving for a child’s tuition, giving to a charity and buying a home.
Read the full AAG press release.