Registration Required for all Classes

PPLD Partnership

Four Part Medicare Series

The PPLD and the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging have taken your suggestions and have developed a Four-Part Medicare Series to dive more deeply into Medicare and retirement.  Please join us as we begin exploring Medicare on a new level in 2021.

Let’s face it!  Medicare can be confusing!  This series is designed to provide information to guide and support you as you make important health care decisions that affect the rest of your life!

Each week will each focus on a different part of Medicare.

June 3 – Session 1:  Medicare Eligibility and Coverage (Part A/B)

Explains eligibility for enrolling in Medicare Parts A and B, how to enroll and when to enroll (enrollment periods).

Explains Medicare Parts A and B costs, what A and B cover (benefits) and options available when something is not covered by Medicare.

June 10 – Session 2:  Medicare Options: Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans

This course assumes that the attendee’s already have a basic knowledge of Medicare A and B eligibility, enrollment and of benefits and coverage or that they have already attended Session 1:  Medicare Eligibility and Coverage.

Explains the 2 types of coverage consumers can choose from for additional insurance to go with their Medicare A and B: Medigaps and Medicare Advantage Plans, what they are, how they coordinate with Medicare and what coverage they provide for those enrolled in Medicare A and B.

June 17 – Session 3:  Medicare Part D

This course explains the newest benefit of Medicare, Part D, for prescription drug coverage.  Details how Part D works, how to get it, what the costs are for Part D, eligibility and how to apply for financial assistance with Part D costs for those with low incomes.  Will also discuss other cost saving options available to consumers enrolled in Part D.

June 24 – Session 4:  Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Health Insurance Options – What you need to know

Explains the CO Medicaid programs people with Medicare may be eligible for and how those Medicaid programs coordinate with Medicare.

Also discusses how other health insurance options work with Medicare such as Employer Group Health Plans  (EGHP) for active and retired employee’s, COBRA, TriCare For Life, PERA, FEHB, etc.


The speaker comes from the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging Senior Insurance Assistance department, the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). The SHIP has been at the forefront of this emerging boom to provide up to date, current insurance information.  These SHIP counselors are trained experts who do not sell or endorse any insurance products.  The Medicare series is designed to answer questions and provide information to help older adults make the most informed choices.


For information on Medicare Senior Insurance reach out at or call (719) 635-4891 for more information or questions

Additional Medicare Series Classes


Lunch and Learn

12:00-1:00 PM

Each virtual, one-hour Lunch and Learn session will start at noon with a 15-20 minute PowerPoint presentation on the topic specified and then the rest of the hour will be open for attendee’s to ask questions.

5/13/2021 Active Employment and Medicare

Still working or plan to continue working past age 65?  This session will discuss what you should know about how active employment effects Medicare enrollment for you and/or your spouse.

7/8/2021 Don’t Get Scammed!

Learn about the latest Fraud and Scams targeting Older Adults and tips on how to Detect, Report and Protect yourself and your loved ones, from becoming a victim.

9/9/2021 Medicare Open Enrollment Fast Approaching

2022 Medicare Drug Plan and Medicare Advantage Plans – See how you can save for the upcoming year.  This is your chance to be in control of your out-of-pocket prescription drug costs.

Social Security Administration Partnership

Social Security 101

People approaching retirement age, adult children and others have many questions regarding social security. This class covers many of the common retirement topics including:

* Eligibility for retirement

* How age affects retirement benefit

* How work affects retirement benefit

* How non-covered pensions (PERA) can potentially affect your Retirement and Survivor benefits.

2021 Classes

Area Agency on Aging and Ent Partnership

Retirement Series

Planning to retire?  Plan to attend!  

Every year Ent partners with the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) Agency on Aging to present FREE retirement prep classes. Find out the latest information on Social Security and Medicare plus how to plan for the financial, medical, legal and even social impacts of retirement. Attend one class or the entire series for great information and tools to jump-start your retirement planning

4/26/21        ESTATE PLANNING

Getting your affairs in order can be a daunting task. During this presentation, you will be guided to understand how four key estate planning tips can change your life. You will learn how estate planning can be simple and inexpensive. By following a few easy steps you can save your family from formal probate, save thousands of dollars in unnecessary costs, and most important, contribute to family peace.
Presenter: Chester (Skip) H. Morgan, II, Morgan Legal Offices, P.C.



5/3/21          RETIRE BY DESIGN

How do you choose to age and ultimately retire? By default or by design? Because we live in an age-denying society, most of us are not inclined to anticipate the future challenges and opportunities encountered as we age and contemplate retirement. So, how can you increase the odds that you will experience a retirement that you love? First, understand the aging process (all facets). Second, identify traveling companions. Third, evaluate the environment. Age and Retire By Design—YOUR Design!
Jane W. Barton, MTS, MASM, CSA, Cardinal, LLC

Handout – Retire By Design 2021


5/10/21        MEDICARE 101

This presentation will provide an overview of all things ‘Medicare’, covering the basics of eligibility and enrolling in Medicare A, B and D, as well as the costs, benefits, and explanation of the differences between Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans.
Presenter: Roma Costanza, Medicare Specialist/SHIP Coordinator, PPACG Area Agency on Aging (Region 4)


SHIP Handout with Map and County

SSA How to Apply Online for Benefits

SSAWhat You Can do Online

Want to Make a DifferenceSMPflyer

2021 Help With Medicare Costs doc

2021 MAPD Plans in El Paso County as of 11 4 2020 FINAL


AAA Map and Contact Info

Create an Account – PlanFinder 508

MAPD-DORAMedicare Supplement Insurance Policies Sept 2020

Medicare Who Me 5.10.21 slides

Part D Colorado Options 2021 Final (2020 1005)



Hooray! You don’t have to go to work! So now what? Just as you can benefit from financial planning for retirement, so you can benefit from planning for a sense of meaning and purpose. This session invites you to think about how you can create the life you want in your retirement phase of life.
Presenter: Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D., ABPP, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and Professor of Psychology, Director, Gerontology Center

Handouts – Meaning and Purpose worksheets


5/24/21        SOCIAL SECURITY 101

As you begin to approach retirement, you may see a flood of information that may or may not be fully accurate. Josh Weller, a Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, will provide an educational webinar about benefit options. The session will address Social Security questions including benefits calculations, benefit eligibility factors, application process, an overview of all the different benefits Social Security administers and more.
Presenter: Josh Weller, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

Fall Retirement Series Classes

Medicare 101 – 8/30/21, Retire By Design – 9/13/21, Estate Planning – 9/20/21, Social Security 101 – 9/27/21, Meaning and Purpose in Retirement – 10/4/21

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend.  You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, assisted living residence or across the country.

Summer Series: Fridays, June 3 – July 15, 2021

Times: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: ZOOM  (The link will be sent to registered caregivers)

This class series meets once a week for six weeks.  Class size is limited to 12 caregivers and registration is required.

To register: Contact Kent Mathews MSW, Family Caregiver Support Center Lead at or (719) 471-2096 ext. 115

Registration Deadline:   Friday, March 26, 2021

Caring Conversations Support Group

Caring Conversations is a support group for caregivers to assist in coping with the challenges of family caregiving

Upcoming Session Dates:

July 7 to August 11, 2021

Oct. 6 to Nov. 17, 2021

Times: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: Meetings online or phone

To register for July-August:  Contact Jennifer Horn MSW at or cal; (719) 471-2096 ext. 108

To register for October-November: Contact Kent Mathews MSW at or (719) 886-7526

Retire By Design Handouts


Retire By Design 2021