Retired Indiana Public Employees Association - Working for your retirement

General Interest

Antenna TV vs. Cable TV

Many people are considering canceling their cable TV to save money.  Before you cut your cable TV, you should decide which programming is important to you, and then check to see how many channels and stations you could receive if you switch to an antenna.  To do this, go to: and click on “Click here To Start”. 

Childhood Education

If you have grandchildren or great grandchildren and you would like to help them learn and have a better future, try some of the “Vroom Tips” from the following FREE website:

Your grandchild’s brain grows the fastest from birth through age 5.  Helping them learn now gets them ready for school, friends, and life.  The time you spend with your grandchild can help their brain grow strong. Even a few minutes count!  If you would like to learn the Five Actions that will help them grow their brain power, check out this website today! 

To develop Vroom, they worked with other leaders in neuroscience, psychology, behavioral economics, parenting and early childhood development. Their work together informs Vroom Tips—and everything else they do.  To read about the science behind the Vroom Tips and find out who the experts are who contributed to them, go to:

Estate Sales is a leading website for advertising estate sales & hosting online estate auctions in the United States, with over 750,000 registered members and estate sales from over 2,800 estate sale companies and auctioneers. Our nationwide directory of estate sale companies helps people find estate liquidators near their area.  For more information, go to:

Flag Etiquette, Care, and Notifications

This Internet site provides up-to-date notifications when it is appropriate to fly the United States flag at half-staff and for how long.  The rules are different for the passing of a U.S. President, the passing of a sitting Vice President, a current or former Chief Justice, a member of Congress, other legislators, foreign dignitaries, and tragic events like the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.  Did you know the U.S. flag is to be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day?

The Governor of any state may order the flag to be at half-staff to honor the death of a national or state figure.  This website exists specifically to help people keep track of half-staff notices at the federal level and in all 50 states.  For information, go to:

To read information about the U.S. flag (That is: United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag §7. Position and manner of display) go to:

To learn detailed rules of U.S. Flag Etiquette, go to:

 Government Deals provides services to various government agencies that allow them to sell surplus and confiscated items via the Internet. Anyone can purchase the items:

 Indiana Laws of Aging

A publication about state and federal laws related to income, healthcare, long-term care, housing, estate planning, elder abuse, grandparents' rights, and more:

 Ivy Tech - FREE Educational Assistance

The RIPEA Foundation Board of Directors made a grant of $10,000 to Indiana Vocational Technical College for the purpose of paying fees and books for RIPEA members who enroll in a senior citizen (age 60 or more) class at Ivy Tech:

 Life Insurance Beneficiaries

Naming life insurance beneficiaries—10 ways to screw up:

 Meet Up

Getting together with real people in real life makes powerful things happen. Side hustles become careers, ideas become movements, and chance encounters become lifelong connections. Meetup brings people together to create thriving communities.  This website will help you find people with similar interests so you can meet up with them and have more fun, social contact, personal growth, and fulfillment.  The variety of interest areas is endless.  Examples include: writing, artists, camping, language and culture, food and drink, fitness, hobbies, etc.  For more information and how to meet new people with interests similar to yours or to start your own meet up group, go to:

 Microsoft FREE Tutorials

Free Microsoft Office tutorials and keyboard shortcuts for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and more for versions: 2016, 2013 & 2010:

 Next Avenue – The PBS National Journalism Service for older Americans is part of the PBS system and public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming older population. Their daily content delivers vital ideas, context and perspectives on issues that matter most as we age. 

Next Avenue has served over 40 million people on their site. Every day, they invite readers to consider what is next, what lies just ahead and what will be revealed in their lives. By exploring questions big and small, they spark action — 95 percent of readers take an action after reading their stories — and open up a world of possibilities.  They are journalists and experts passionate about serving their audience.  They have built a network of impeccable sources and prestigious partnerships.  They are not here for the bottom line, but to make a difference in the lives of their audience.  To view their site, go to:

 Older Americans Engage at Every Age

Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you—those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean. No matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to start. We hope you will join in and Engage at Every Age!  To find materials, activities, and resources to assist you, go to:

 Organ Donor

The Declaration of Anatomical Gift Form allows you to express your wish to donate an organ(s) for transplant or your body for medical research. To learn more about making an anatomical gift, visit: .

 The Hartford Center

Helpful information to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road and at home:

The Indiana Business Research Center

The Indiana Business Research Center is a leader in research, data, and analysis focused on economic, demographic, industry, and education information. IU Kelly School of Business:


Toastmasters is a professional association dedicated to helping people become more confident in developing and giving presentations of any type.  To find a club near you that matches your schedule of availability, go to:

Transitioning to a Fulfilling New Career

Become part of the movement of millions of people who are using our passions, skills, and decades of experience to make a difference in our communities and the world.  If you are interested in transitioning to a second fulfilling career, the following website has proven advice for those in the second half of life:


If you are an active employee covered by the Public Employees Retirement Fund-PERF-or a retiree of PERF and not a RIPEA member, please consider joining our association of over 42,000 members. The membership dues are only $15.00 per year.

If you are a RIPEA member we appreciate your support and solicit your suggestions to make RIPEA the most effective association it can be. We are blessed with an effective Board of Directors comprised of PERF retirees and active employee members of PERF. The staff is dedicated to fulfilling the RIPEA Mission and fully implementing the policies of the Board.

We will assist you in any way possible and appreciate your interest in RIPEA.

Bill Murphy, Executive Director

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News from RIPEA!

  • Legislation Tracker

    Legislation Tracker

    2019 Legislation

    As we indicated the 13th check for 2019 and 2020 was in serious jeopardy during the late stage of the 2019 Legislature.

    The Senate Appropriations

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    Amazon supports RIPEA Foundation

    We are pleased to announce your Amazon purchases can now support the RIPEA Foundation. RIPEA has partnered with AmazonSmile, a program that donates a portion of your

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  • Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities Added to the Retired Indiana Public Employees Association Website

    Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities Added to the Retired Indiana Public Employees Association Website

    To use this assistive technology when visiting, look for the universal icon for persons with disabilities on RIPEA’s homepage. The icon has a blue background and

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Pre-Retirement Planning Guide

Ripea preretirement guide

The Pre-Retirement Planning Guide for Working Members of PERF  includes a guide to Social Security and Medicare benefits, insurance issues and what happens to benefits if a retired state employee takes a new job.

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