Offered in partnership with Ent Credit Union

For the past nine years, Ent Credit Union has partnered with the Pikes Peaks Area Agency on Aging to present retirement preparation classes. All classes will be held virtually and at no cost to the participants. This year, the series has been expanded and offers an even more in-depth view of what stepping into retirement can look like.

This is an opportunity to learn how the financial, legal, health and even social determinants of retirement can and will impact your future. Included in this series will also be the latest information on Social Security and Medicare. Attend one class or the entire series for important information and tools to jump-start your retirement planning NOW!

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August 7, 4-5:30 p.m. - Ending Ageism Together

Presented by Kris Geerken, Co-Director, Changing the Narrative

Ageism is an often overlooked form of discrimination affecting people of all ages, especially older adults. It’s insidious and negatively impacts our communities, health, and the economy. This presentation will explore ageism’s impact on individuals and society, its causes, and recommendations for reducing it.

August 14, 4-5:30 p.m. - Estate Planning: Do's and Don'ts

Presented by Luke A. Johnson, PLLC, Attorney at Law

Learn what to do and what not to do when it comes to planning for death and gain practical insight into preventing disarray for your loved ones during difficult times. Luke Johnson will share his expertise about estate planning to include wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and other advance directives, with real stories of how best practices and common mistakes play out in probate court.

August 21, 4-5:30 p.m. - Social Security and Retirement

Presented by Richard Rigdon, Denver and Seattle Regional Public Affairs, Social Security Administration

As you begin to approach retirement, you may see a flood of information that may or may not be fully accurate. The session will attempt to clarify and address specific Social Security topics including benefits calculations, benefit eligibility factors, application process, an overview of all the different benefits Social Security administers and more.

August 28, 4-5:30 p.m. - Retire by Design

Presented by Jane Barton, MTS, MASM, CSA, Cardinal, LLC

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!

September 11, 4-5:30 p.m. - Meaning and Purpose in Retirement

Presented by Sara Qualls, Ph.D., ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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.

September 18, 4-5:30 p.m. - Brain Wise, Body Foolish

Presented by Dr. Tad Schexnailder, D.C., Organic Living Chiropractic

Health and happiness are the keys to a fulfilling life. As we age, it’s “normal” to worry about our health declining. But what if there was a way to enhance your well-being and happiness at any stage of life? Dr Tad will share with you the latest research on how to make simple changes to your body and lifestyle that can have a profound impact on your health, happiness, and quality of life.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Get more energy so you can enjoy your retirement years to the fullest.
  • Feel better both physically and mentally.
  • Reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
  • Live longer and healthier.

Don’t miss out on this life-changing health session that will empower you to live your best life, today and every day.

September 25, 4-5:30 p.m. - Making Retirement a Reality

Presented by Ent Credit Union Community Education Team

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!

October 2, 4-5:30 p.m. - Medicare Basics

Presented by Roma Costanza, Medicare Specialist and State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Coordinator, Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging

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.

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program is a nation-wide, federally funded program that provides unbiased education and counseling on Medicare and all related coverages, Long Term Care insurance and Adult Medicaid programs and the SMP program educates and empowers consumers to recognize and report suspected Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse.