Registration Required for all Classes

Area Agency on Aging and Ent Partnership

Retirement Series

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

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

Estate Planning-getting Your Affairs In Order – Hear from noted estate planning attorney and probate expert Skip Morgan, former President of the El Paso County Probate Bar and retired JAG colonel, on estate planning tips that are simple and inexpensive.   Following a few easy steps can save your family from formal probate, thousands of dollars in unnecessary costs, and most important, contribute to family peace.

Presenter:  Chester (Skip) H. Morgan, II, Morgan Legal Offices, P.C.

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!

Presenter: Jane W. Barton, MTS, MASM, CSA, Author of Caregiving for the GENIUS, Cardinal, LLC

Handouts and other materials:

Presentation Handout

Making the Golden Years Golden – Are you eagerly awaiting retirement, or does it seem too far in the future to think about? It is never too early for planning and never too late to start. In this session, people of all ages will have the ability to explore options, identify your priorities, figure out how much you should save, and start to build a plan. Join us as we explore the future and your desired lifestyle in retirement years!

Presenter: Ent Team

Handouts and related materials:

Booth Sheets

Lifestyle Worksheet

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

Meaning and Purpose In Retirement – 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 and related materials:

Presentation Slides


Fall Retirement Series Schedule

August 15 – Medicare 101

August 22 – Estate Planning

August 29 – Retire by Design

September 12 – Making the Golden Years Golden

September 19 – Social Security 101

September 26 – Meaning and Purpose in Retirement

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.

2022 Dates and Times: September 21 to October 26, 2022, from 10am – 1130am at the Colorado Springs Senior Center

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

For Information: Contact Kent Mathews MSW, Family Caregiver Support Center Lead at kmathews@ppacg.org or (719) 471-2096 ext. 115

Caring Conversations Support Group

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

Next Session: Begins Thursday July 7, 2022, from 10am – 1130am at the Colorado Springs Senior Center. Session runs for 7 weeks and registration is required.

For information on session dates or to register: Contact Kent Mathews MSW at kmathews@ppacg.org or (719) 886-7526 or Jennifer Horn MSW at jhorn@ppacg.org or (719) 471-2096 ext. 108

Medicare Lunch and Learns

Through partnerships with the Security Public Library and the Pikes Peak Library District we are able to bring these special classes going into detail on aspects of Medicare.

July 14 at 12:00 PM

Medicare Preventive Services – Join us for a discuss about what ‘preventive’ medical services Medicare covers, how to use these benefits, what these services cost and why you should be taking advantage of these benefits.


July 28 at 12:00 PM

Getting Help with Medicare Costs – If you are struggling with the costs of having Medicare, there may be help available.  Join us to discuss the programs available for Medicare beneficiaries who have limited or low income, that can help cover the costs of Medicare, such as the monthly Part B or Part D premiums.  We will detail eligibility and how to apply for these programs.


September 8 at 12:00 PM

Medicare Part D – Whether you are new to Medicare or have been on it for years, Medicare Part D, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, can be confusing.  Join us for an overview of how the benefit works and where you can find additional information and assistance in making informed and effective decisions about your Part D coverage


September 22 at 12:00 PM

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period – It’s that time again – The annual Medicare Open Enroll Period!  Join us to learn what you should know, why it is important, why you should take advantage of this enrollment period and where you can find additional information and assistance navigating the annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period.

Partner Classes

Colorado Virtual Lunch and Learn Series 2022

Registration is required.  The registration link is Cardinalife@msn.com

Previous Class Recordings

View class recordings on the PPACG YouTube Page

2021 Classes at PILLAR

Puzzle of Caregiving Full Presentation at PILLAR – October 2021

Wednesday, October 27, 2021  10 to 11:30 AM – Dying to Live

Our values and beliefs guide and direct our actions.  They determine our WHY for doing.  They can help us move forward or even hold us back.  Dying to Live will identify some of our basic values and beliefs.  We will discuss their influence on our why for caregiving and their impact on our ability to provide care.  We will explore how our values and beliefs create the realities we experience as a caregiver for a family member.

Dying to Live – Some Realities of Family Caregiving

Presentation at PILLAR – October 2021