Retired Indiana Public Employees Association - Working for your retirement

We’ve found these to be effective resources to share with our members. We are always interested in adding new ones, so if you’ve found a book or website to be invaluable,  let us know!

Books

  • Pre-Retirement and Retirement (and other perfectly timed resources) +

    We’ve come up with a few resources to help navigate the fascinating (and ever-changing) world of retirement income and some books to help you prepare for and have a happy, fulfilling retirement with friends and purpose.

    You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think – The 5 Money Secrets of the Happiest Retirees by: Wes Moss

    Many people wish they could retire at an early age. Following the advice in Moss’s book will help you make an early retirement possible. 

    Your Money Life – Your 60s by: Peter Dunn

    The world-renowned author, newspaper columnist, nationally syndicated radio program host, and finance expert Peter Dunn (aka Pete the Planner) has written six books to guide you through each decade of your financial life: Your Money Life – Your 20s…30s…40s…50s…60s… Another of his books,  The Commissioner, is for people with variable income like sales people on commission. Each book is excellent!

    The Encore Career Handbook – How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life by: Marci Alboher

    If you are interested in transitioning to a second fulfilling career, this book helps outline the necessary steps. You can also visit www.encore.org for additional advice.

    What Color is Your Parachute – A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by: Richard N. Bolles

    For most of us, a happy retirement won’t be attained by freedom from duty and responsibility, leading to a life filled with nothing but passive leisure and pleasure.  Being physically, intellectually, and creatively challenged can help individuals find satisfaction and fulfillment in their leisure activities. 

    How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free - Retirement Wisdom that You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor by: Ernie J. Zelinski

    This book offers inspirational advice on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The key to achieving an active and satisfying retirement involves a great deal more than having adequate financial resources; it also encompasses all other aspects of life—interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support.

    Revitalizing Retirement: Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose by: Nancy K. Schlossberg, Ed.D.

    Creating a happy, fulfilling retirement is about much more than money.  Nancy Schlossberg, a counseling psychologist, describes the secret to a happy retirement in this book.  She shows readers creative ways to reshape their identity, relationships, and purpose and highlights many coping skills that can help retirees continue to feel that they are vital, contributing members of their community. 

    This book (Published by the American Psychological Association) is a must-read for anyone considering retirement in the near future as well as current retirees who may be struggling to find happiness in their daily lives.

    The Art of Neighboring – Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door by: Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon

    As we age, we all lose friends.  Some get married, and often if our friends are of the opposite sex we cannot continue these friendships.  Some move away. Some start having children and don’t have the time to maintain their friendships.  We lose some friends when we change jobs or when we retire and our friends keep working.  Some die. Some become ill and can no longer participate in the activities that bond us.  Everyone needs friends, and as we lose them we all need to continually seek new friends because having a social network is critical to our physical and mental wellbeing.    

    Scientific American reported on a meta-study covering more than 300,000 participants across all ages that revealed that adults get a 50 percent boost in longevity if they have a solid social network.  To read the full article, go to:  https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/relationships-boost-survival/ 

    “We choose our friends, and our friends choose us,” says William K. Rawlins, Stocker Professor of Communication Studies at Ohio University. But modern life can become so busy that people forget to keep choosing each other. That’s when friendships fade, and there’s reason to believe it’s happening more than ever. Loneliness is on the rise, and feeling lonely has been found to increase a person’s risk of dying early by 26%–and to be even worse for the body than obesity and air pollution. Loneliness wreaks health havoc in many ways, particularly because it removes the safety net of social support.

    In their book, The Art of Neighboring the authors provide a practical guide for how to build friendships with those who live close to us.

  • Relationships with Your Parents +

    One of the responsibilities many people face in their later years of life is looking after one or more parents.  Relationships between parents and their adult children are not always easy. Two excellent books that may help you with your relationship with your parent:

    Coping with Your Difficult Older Parent by Grace Lebow and Barbara Kane
    Though there's no medical definition for “difficult” parents, you know when you have one. While it's rare for adults to change their ways late in life, you can stop the vicious merry-go-round of anger, blame, guilt and frustration. Here's a common-sense guide from professionals, with more than two decades in the field, on how to smooth communications with a challenging parent. Filled with practical tips for handling contentious behaviors and sample dialogues for some of the most troubling situations, this book addresses many hard issues.

    Making Peace with Your Parents by Harold Bloomfield, MD
    No matter how old you are and whether or not your parents are alive, you have to come to terms with them. This wise and practical book will show you how to deal with the most fundamental relationships in your life and, in the process, become the happy, creative, and fulfilled person you are meant to be.
  • Help with Financial Decisions +

    The following book’s objective is not to revamp your habits or your life but to keep you out of trouble while making the most of what you have. This excellent book is for everyone from their 20s through their 90s, and is packed full of sound advice.  

    The AARP Retirement Survival Guide – How to Make Smart Financial Decisions in Good Times and Bad by Julie Jason
    For Americans seeking safety and stability in a time of wrenching economic change, comes investment educator Julie Jason with this no-nonsense guide, which won the award for Best Personal Finance Book at the International Book Awards and was chosen as the top business book by Booklist. It offers time-tested, rock-solid retirement advice for people of every income level.
  • Help for the Elderly and Those with Disabilities +

    If your elderly parent(s) needs assistance with food, medicine, assistive technology, legal services, support groups, etc., or if you are their caregiver and you need help with finding services for them or for you (respite care, home care options, selecting a residential facility, etc.) contact the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging at: 1 (800) 986-3505 or visit iaaaa.org They can also help you find resources if your parent lives outside Indiana.

    In Indianapolis, contact CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions at (317) 254-5465.  Their Internet address is: cicoa.org  The CICOA Aging and Disability Resource Center can be contacted at (317) 254-3660.
  • End-of-Life Preparation +

    Caring for Those Who Remain – A Practical Guide for End-of-Life Preparation by Adolf Hansen, Ph.D. & Naomi Hansen, MS
    This outstanding book is a practical guide for end-of-life preparation. Written for people who want to plan for and talk with their children, brother(s), sister(s), or significant other about their wishes for their end of life. It’s also for children who want to plan for and talk with their parents about this often sensitive subject. The book guides the reader through legal documents, funeral planning, finances, conversations near the time of death, actions to take at the time of death, etc. with checklists and other helpful tips.

    Lose, Love, Live – The Spiritual Gifts of Loss and Change by Dr. Dan Moseley
    This book guides people through grieving of the loss of someone close to them. As the author states, “This book is for you if you’ve ever lost a lover, a friend, a dog, a job, a partner, a championship game, a leg, an eye, a baby, a dream, a breast, a house, a car, a business. It is for you if you have ever wondered what good people can do when bad things happen to them.”
  • Downsizing +

    Downsizing The Family Home by: Marni Jameson

    At some time during retirement most of us begin thinking about clearing out the clutter we have accumulated during our lives and many begin thinking about downsizing.  In her book “Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save – What to Keep” By: Marni Jameson, she offers first-hand advice about how to deal with every aspect of downsizing, and she combines her personal experience with advice from a series of experts – antique appraisers, garage sale gurus, professional organizers, psychologists, and others who have gone down the roads to downsizing.

  • Religion +

    How to Be a Perfect Stranger – The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook by: by Stuart M. Matlins and Arthur J. Magida

    In today’s diverse North American society we often are invited – through family, friends, or business contacts to religious ceremonies or services that are not of our own tradition or faith. This unfamiliar atmosphere can be awkward.

    This book provides answers to questions like: What will happen? What do I do? What do I wear? What do I say? What should I avoid doing, wearing, or saying? What are their basic beliefs? Should I bring a gift? When is it OK to leave?

    The answers are provided for 29 different religions. It addresses: Birth Ceremonies, Marriage Ceremonies, Funerals and Mourning, History & Beliefs, Basic Services, Dogma and Ideology, Holy Days and Festivals, and much more. It also includes a glossary of religious terms. This reference guide enables the stranger to hold fast to the integrity of their own tradition while stepping onto someone else’s holy ground.

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Internet Resources

Below are dozens of helpful Internet sites for RIPEA members.

The Internet links below are for informational purposes only and in no way constitute an endorsement, expressed or implied, by the Retired Indiana Public Employees Association (RIPEA). Links to websites or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names are for the convenience of the user and do not constitute an official endorsement or approval of any private sector website, product, service, or privacy policy.

  • CD Rates +

    Find the best high-yield CD rates: www.bankrate.com 

    Find the best rates on high-yield checking, online savings accounts and CDs: www.depositaccounts.com and www.money-rates.com
  • Calculators +

    A consumer financial services company and is a personal finance website: www.bankrate.com

    Retirement, investment, home equity, credit card, savings and dozens of other calculators: www.bankrate.com/calculators

    RMD Calculator—The IRS requires that you withdraw at least a minimum amount (known as a Required Minimum Distribution) from your retirement accounts annually; starting the year you turn 70 ½: www.bankrate.com/calculators
  • Federal Government +

    Department of Health and Human Services

    Eldercare locator: www.eldercare.gov 

    Department of Veteran’s Affairs

    Benefits: www.benefits.va.gov/benefits

    Disaster Preparation

    https://www.ready.gov/

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    Actions you can take to lessen the impact of disasters: www.fema.gov

    Indiana’s U.S. Senators and Representatives

    Indiana is a U.S. state with two senators in the United States Senate and nine representatives in the United States House of Representatives. Visit this site to find your representative: www.govtrack.us/congress

    Internal Revenue Service

    irs.gov

    Medicaid

    https://www.medicaid.gov/

    Medicare

    www.medicare.gov 

    Social Security Administration

    www.ssa.gov

    U.S. Government Services and Information

    The following Internet site is a portal into a very large list of government agencies, information, and services.  This site is very helpful when you don’t know which government agency to contact.  To access the online guide, go to: www.USA.gov

    U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

    Resources for genealogical (family tree) research: www.archives.gov/research/genealogy

  • Indiana State Government +

    Attorney General’s Office

    The Indiana Attorney General's Office is dedicated to protecting consumers from deceptive and predatory business practices. It is also committed to educating consumers to make wise choices when buying products or entering into contracts. www.in.gov/attorneygeneral

    Placing a “Credit Freeze” (also known as a security freeze) on your credit bureau reports can block an identity thief from opening a new account or obtaining credit in your name: www.in.gov/attorneygeneral

    Do Not Call list—The Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is dedicated to protecting consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls: www.in.gov/attorneygeneral

    Department of Health, State (ISDH)

    www.in.gov/isdh

    The Division of Long Term Care is responsible for state licensing and federal certification programs for long-term care facilities: www.in.gov/isdh

    Long-Term Care Facility State-wide Directory
    www.in.gov/iltcp

    Department of Insurance

    www.in.gov/idoi

    The Indiana Long Term Care (Insurance) Partnership Program:
    www.in.gov/iltcp

    Department of Natural Resources

    www.in.gov/dnr

    Department of Revenue

    www.in.gov/dor

    Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA)

    The (IDVA) aids and assists "Hoosier" veterans, and qualified family members or survivors, who are eligible for benefits or advantages provided by Indiana and the U.S. government. (See "Benefits" tab): www.in.gov/dva

    Indiana General Assembly

    To find your legislator, see the bottom of the screen: iga.in.gov

    Indiana Money Wise

    Indiana Money Wise is a financial education program designed to increase financial literacy in Hoosiers and educate them about smart money management and how to avoid being the victim of investment scams: www.in.gov/sos/indianamoneywise

    Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) – (PERF)

    The INPRS is among the largest 100 pension funds in the United States. The fund serves the needs of approximately 450,000 members and retirees: www.in.gov/inprs

    Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF)

    PERF member forms: www.in.gov/inprs/perfmbrforms

    Secretary of State

    Duties include regulation of the financial securities industry and many other areas: www.in.gov/sos

    Secretary of State Securities Division

    www.in.gov/sos/securities

    State Health Insurance Assistance (SHIP) - Department of Insurance

    The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a free, unbiased counseling program provided by the Indiana Department of Insurance for Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana. SHIP provides health insurance counseling for people with Medicare: www.in.gov/idoi

    State Information Center

    The Indiana State Information Center is your single point of contact for questions about any office of Indiana State Government.  You can reach this office by phone at: (317) 233-0800 or 1 (800) 457-8283 or at: www.in.gov/core/help

  • Travel +

    Department of Natural Resources, Indiana

    If you enjoy fishing in Indiana, you are going to love this Internet site.  http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2348.htm

    If you like hunting, this website has the information you will want to hunt in Indiana. http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2344.htm

    Indiana has some of the most beautiful State Parks in the country. http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2392.htm

    The DNR home page http://www.in.gov/dnr/

     Golf

    The visit Indiana website has a list of 183 Indiana golf courses.  https://visitindianagolf.com/courses

     Indiana Office of Tourism Development

    If you are interested in fun things to do in Indiana, the outdoors, sports, shopping, food and drink, discounts, attractions, tours, museums, zoos, antiques & flea markets, and so much more, you’ll enjoy reviewing this website. https://visitindiana.com/

    International Etiquette Guides

    Free guides www.kwintessential.co.uk

    National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands – Lifetime Senior Pass

    The National Parks Service sells a lifetime pass for seniors.  You may purchase one by going to: https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass

    The Center of Intercultural Learning

    The center contains country facts and cultural information on the countries of the world that go beyond the do's and don'ts: www.intercultures.ca

    Trails and Bikeways

    Indiana State trails, greenways, and bikeways: www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor

     Travel Alerts and Warnings

    The U.S. Department of State implemented a new travel advisory system. 
    https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/01/276945.htm

    Travel advisories 
    http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html

    To receive security and other important updates from the State Department while traveling, U.S. citizens can enroll their travel plans in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (step.state.gov

    Travel Discounts

    For travel discounts from RIPEA, please see the “Additional Membership Benefits” section of the RIPEA Internet site at: https://www.ripea.org/additional-membership-benefits

    U.S. Passports and International Travel

    http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

  • Security and Scams +

    Area Code Scam

    Tips from AT&T about how to protect yourself from inappropriate high charges on phone bills: www.att.net/smartcontrols-809AreaCode

    Better Business Bureau (BBB)

    Before hiring a contractor, or making a donation to charity, contact your local Better Business Bureau to get their advice.  For a directory of BBBs throughout the United States and Canada, go to: https://www.bbb.org/en/us/bbb-directory

    Have you found a business or offer that sounds like an illegal scheme or fraud, report them to the BBB by using their BBB Scam Tracker at: https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us

    To read about dozens of common scams and ten steps you can take to avoid most scams, go to the BBB Scam Tips at: https://www.bbb.org/scamtips

    Do-Not-Call Lists

    The Indiana Attorney General maintains a Telephone Privacy List that will eliminate most telemarketing calls, but not all telemarketing calls.  Under Indiana law, certain groups may still contact you.  They include insurance agents, realtors, newsopapers, and most charities.  To list your landline and cell phones for free, go to:
    https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2446.htm

    The Federal Trade Commission maintains a National Do Not Call Registry.  Once your phones are registered, they never expire.  You can check to see if your phone is registered or register your home or mobile phone for free at: https://www.donotcall.gov/

    Identity Theft Prevention Toolkit

    The Indiana Attorney General’s office has a free ID Theft Prevention Toolkit.  The toolkit allows you to keep an accurate inventory of the contents of your purse or wallet so you can quickly contact creditors if the information is ever lost or stolen and other tools to help protect you from becoming an identity theft victim.  For more information, go to: http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral

    Prevent ID Theft

    The Indiana Attorney General recommends putting a FREE Credit Freeze on your three credit bureau accounts to prevent Identity Theft.  https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2891.htm
  • Emergency and Non-emergency Help and Resources +

    American Red Cross – How to Prepare for Emergencies

    http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies#About

     Dial 211

    People can call 211 in every major city across the nation to find a free and confidential service that helps people find the local resources they need in any emergency or non-emergency: www.in211.org

     Disaster Preparation

    https://www.ready.gov/

     National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

    The N4A represents America’s national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging.  They are in every community across the nation, and they provide assistance to more than eight million older Americans, caregivers, and people with disabilities annually to help them find the resources they need.   They provide unbiased, reliable information and counseling to individuals with all levels of income.  To find the office in your area, go to: https://www.n4a.org/

  • General Interest +

    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:www.ibrc.indiana.edu

    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:www.inbf.org

    Alzheimer's Association—Caregiver Center: www.alz.org/care

    Alzheimer's Association—Greater Indiana Chapter: www.alz.org/indiana

    The Hartford Center—Helpful information to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road and at home: www.thehartford.com

    Free tuition and assistance with the cost of books, supplies, and fees at Ivy Tech through their Senior Scholars Program for people age 60 or more: www.ripea.org/news

    Naming life insurance beneficiaries—10 ways to screw up: www.nasdaq.com

    GovDeals provides services to various government agencies that allow them to sell surplus and confiscated items via the Internet. Anyone can purchase the items: www.govdeals.com

    Free Microsoft Office tutorials for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more for versions: 2013, 2010, & 2007: support.office.com 

    If you are interested in transitioning to a second fulfilling career, the following website has proven advice: www.encore.org 

    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: www.organdonor.gov 
  • Professional and Volunteer Organizations +

    Toastmasters is a professional association dedicated to helping people become more confident in giving presentations of any type: www.toastmasters.org

    Volunteer Match—Put more purpose and fun in your life: www.volunteermatch.org

    SCORE is a nonprofit association supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration. They offer the nation's largest, network of free, expert business mentors: www.score.org
  • Health and Wellness +

    Receive HEALTHbeat, Harvard Health Publications' free email newsletter: www.health.harvard.edu

    Tuff's University School of Nutrition Science and Policy: www.nutrition.tufts.edu

    Nutrition information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture: www.choosemyplate.gov

    National Council on Aging—To get answers to your questions about finding benefit programs that can help you pay for medications, health care, food, utilities, and more: www.benefitscheckup.org

    American Psychological Association—Over 60 topics to help improve peoples' lives: www.apa.org/topics.

    Adult Protective Services
    The Adult Protective Services (APS) Program was established to investigate reports and provide intervention and protection to vulnerable adults who are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. ALL PERSONS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO REPORT ALL CASES OF SUSPECTED ABUSE, NEGLECT, OR EXPLOITATION TO EITHER THE NEAREST APS OFFICE OR TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. The State Hotline number is: 1 (800) 992-6978. For more information, go to: http://www.in.gov/fssa/da/3479.htm

    Advance Directives
    The Indiana State Department of Health provides an Advance Directives brochure to inform you of ways that you can direct your medical care and treatment in the event that you are unable to communicate for yourself. To view and download the brochure, go to: http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/advanceddirectives.pdf

    Hospital Comparison Tool
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services offers data on more than 4,000 hospitals on their Compare tool. To access this outstanding, easy-to-use comparison tool, go to: www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare

    Hospice Care
    Hospice care is end-of-life care. Professionals and volunteers provides medical, psychological, and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort, and dignity. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family. To view the U.S. National Library of Medicine – Medline Plus Internet site that contains articles, resources, research, hospice locations, and much more go to: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hospicecare.html.

    Assisted Living – Nursing Homes
    When it comes to aging issues, he has been called a visionary, a culture-changer and a prophet. Dr. Bill Thomas has built a reputation as one the most eclectic and creative thinkers working in the field of medicine. Author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician, Dr. Thomas’ wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten Americans shaping aging, Dr. Thomas is internationally known for his health care system innovations. To learn about elderhood, his initiative to dramatically change the nursing home industry (aka: The Green House Project) and more information, go to: http://changingaging.org/about/.


    Many of the following organizations not only provide excellent information, they often offer free services and or products:

    The American Cancer Society, Central Indiana, Great Lakes Division, Inc.
    5635 West 96th Street, Suite 100
    Indianapolis, IN 46278
    (317) 344-7800
    Toll Free 1 (800) 227-2345

    The American Diabetes Association
    For diabetes-related questions or to request a diabetes information packet, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In order to better serve you, please provide your name and address along with your request. You can also call their Center for Information and Community Support at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Their hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST.
    http://www.diabetes.org/

    The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, Inc.
    911 E 86th St # 100
    Indianapolis, IN 46240-1848
    (317) 722-5640
    www.kidneyindiana.org/ 

    The National Kidney Foundation
    www.kidney.org/ 

    The American Lung Association in Indiana
    Questions about your lung health? Ask an expert. Call 1-800-548-8252.

    American Lung Association
    1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800
    Washington, DC 20004
    T: 202 785 3355
    E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    http://www.lungusa.org/associations/states/indiana/ 

    Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) – Division of Aging
    http://www.in.gov/fssa/2329.htm  

    Macular Degeneration Partnership
    If you have Macular Degeneration, there is hope and help. Whether you were just diagnosed or have had Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) a long time, you can find the information, resources and support you need right here. Family members and caregivers can learn what it’s like to have age related macular degeneration and how they can help. For more information go to the Macular Degeneration Partnership website at: http://www.amd.org/

    The American Heart Association in Indiana
    6100 W 96th St # 200
    Indianapolis, IN 46278-6020
    (317) 873-3640
    http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?division=MWA004&identifier=1200231 

    The American Heart Association
    http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
  • Retirement Planning Resources +

    Find out how much you’ll need to retire by using this calculator: finance.yahoo.com

    Choose to Save offers its own retirement calculator: www.ChoosetoSave.org

    The U.S. Dept. of Labor offers this online resource from the Employee Benefits Security Administration: www.DOL.gov/ebsa

    This printable guide from the U.S. Dept. of Labor provides a retirement timeline: Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning
  • Financial +

    529 Plan

    College Choice 529 Plan: If you would like to put money aside for your grandchildren’s college education, consider opening a 529 Plan. https://www.collegechoicedirect.com/.

    Beneficiaries

    Wouldn't it be great if you could leave a financial legacy to your kids or grandkids that could actually increase over time? Well, you can, with a little bit of planning on your part — and a little educating of your beneficiaries. For additional information go to: http://www.aarp.org/money/estate-planning/info-04-2011/how-to-stretch-an-ira.html 

    Benefits

    About 20% of baby boomers are currently contributing to their parents care. To see if there are benefits you or your parents may be eligible for, go to: www.benefitscheckup.org.

    To search for eligibility for government services and contact information for government programs, go to: www.govbenefits.gov.

    Budgeting

    How to create a budget from Duke University, go to: http://personalfinance.duke.edu/manage-your-finances/budget/discretionary-vs-non-discretionary-spending.

    Charitable Contributions

    If you would like to make more informed decisions about the charities you donate to, go to: http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/.

    Cost of Living in Cities Across the U.S.

    The U.S. Department of State Internet site has many links to Internet sites with cost-of-living information to help people who are considering relocating to another city in the United States. To view their Internet page, go to: http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/79700.htm.

    CPAs

    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA)—Help in locating one in your area: apps.aicpa.org/credentialsrefweb

    Credit Cards

    To find credit cards with the benefits you want, go to: http://www.creditcardassist.com/.

    Debt

    If you or a loved one is struggling with managing debt, consider the following information about Utah State University’s free debt management tool known as “PowerPay.” https://powerpay.org/.

    If you get into serious financial trouble, Apprisen is a non-profit organization that may be able to help you if you need credit counseling, housing counseling, bankruptcy counseling, or debt repayment assistance. To read more about their services, go to: https://www.apprisen.com/.

    FDIC

    FDIC Consumer News provides practical guidance on how to become a smarter, safer user of financial services. Issues and selected articles offer helpful hints, quick tips and common-sense strategies to protect and stretch your hard-earned dollars: www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news

    FDIC Links for consumers including financial education for you, your children, and grandchildren: www.fdic.gov/quicklinks/consumers

    Financial Advisors

    FINRA regulates the people and firms that sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other securities. Use the free online tool, BrokerCheck, before you invest your money: www.finra.org/investors/brokercheck

    Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc: www.cfp.netTo check the disciplinary history of a financial planner or advisor: www.finra.org/investors

    To check the disciplinary history of a financial planner or advisor: www.sec.gov

    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA)—Personal Financial Planning Consumer Content: www.aicpa.org

    How financial advisors get paid:http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-financial-advisors-get-paid.html

    Find Registered Investment Advisors at: http://www.adviserinfo.sec.gov/.

    Find an advisor from the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) at: http://www.napfa.org/.

    When you are looking for a financial advisor the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has some excellent advice. To read more, go to: https://www.sec.gov/investor/alerts/ib_making_sense.pdf.

    Financial Exploitation Prevention

    The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) launched a new website designed to provide senior-focused resources to investors, caregivers, industry, and policymakers. The website is a resource-rich online environment for senior investors and those best positioned to provide for their care, financial security, and protection. The website is available at: http://serveourseniors.org.

    Financial Literacy & Education

    This website is a product of the Congressionally chartered Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which is made up of more than 20 Federal entities that are coordinating and collaborating to strengthen financial capability and increase access to financial services for all Americans.  Under the “Tools” tab on this site you will find calculators, budget worksheets, and checklists to help you manage your finances:  www.mymoney.gov

    If you are or would like to be involved in your grandchildren’s financial education, you can download the “National Standards for K-12 Personal Finance Education” by going to: http://www.jumpstart.org/national-standards.html.

    Try these activities and conversation starters to help your grandchildren develop money skills, habits, and attitudes that can serve them well as adults. To view this information, go to: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/money-as-you-grow/.

    Financial Worksheets

    Department of Labor—Savings Fitness Worksheets to help you manage your financial life: askebsa.dol.gov/SavingsFitness/Worksheets

    Inflation

    Current rate of inflation: www.inflationdata.com

    Insurance Problems

    If the insurance company you bought your property and casualty insurance policy from becomes insolvent (goes bankrupt), the Indiana Insurance Guaranty Association can assist you. They can also tell you the Indiana guaranteed dollar limit of coverage. For more information, go to: http://indiana.ncigf.org/faq#n299.

    If the insurance company you bought your life, health or annuity insurance policy from becomes insolvent (goes bankrupt), the Indiana Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association can assist you. They can also tell you the Indiana guaranteed dollar limit of coverage. For more information, go to: https://www.inlifega.org/.

    Pensions

    Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (A U.S. Government Agency) —If you have a pension from a private-sector job, you are probably one of the 44 million Americans covered by PBGC insurance protection. PBGC insures nearly 26,000 pension plans.  They can help you with any problems with your pension: www.pbgc.gov 

    PERF – Public Employees Retirement Fund (INPRS)

    If you are medically incapacitated and you would like to have your spouse or another person have the authority to act on your behalf to obtain your PERF account information, sign and execute documents, and conduct all business including investment allocations as it relates to your PERF account, you will need to use the INPRS “Limited Power of Attorney for Members and Recipients” form to grant another person this authority. To find and download the form, go to: http://www.in.gov/inprs/perfmbrforms.htm.

    Reverse Mortgages

    If you are thinking about doing some research on reverse mortgages, the AARP website has some good information them. To read about it, go to: www.aarp.org/revmort

    Roth IRA

    You can save earned income into a Roth IRA even after you are 70 & ½ years of age. To see the maximum amount you are allowed to save in a Roth IRA if you are age 50 or more and to see the income exclusions, go to the following Internet site for more details: https://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Traditional-and-Roth-IRAs.

    Social Security

    If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive Social Security benefits on your ex-spouse's record (even if he or she has remarried):  www.ssa.gov

    Student Loans

    Student loan forgiveness programs from the U.S. Department of Education: www2.ed.gov/fund/grants-college

    If you, your spouse, your children, or grandchildren  have student loan debt, the information in the following Internet site could save you or them thousands of dollars.  Go to www.credible.com to download Credible’s Student Loan Refinancing Guide.  The guide explains all of the options and the pros and cons of each.  Whether you are trying to lower your monthly payment or lower your interest rate, they can help you get multiple refinancing offers from lenders.  It only takes two minutes to learn how much you could save on your student debt.  Credible’s partner lenders typically pay Credible a commission when they refer borrowers to them and they take out a loan. However, there is no cost to you, the borrower, and your rates are unaffected by any fee paid to Credible.

    If your grandchildren would like to know how they can get part of their student loan forgiven, tell them to go to the U.S. Department of Education Internet site and read about the “Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.” For more information go to: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.

    Taxes

    Tax brackets: www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/tax-brackets

    If you are thinking about moving to another state, Kiplinger offers an excellent “State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees.” To view the guide, go to: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/retirement/T055-S001-state-by-state-guide-to-taxes-on-retirees/.

    If you would like to use free tax preparation software from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), go to: www.irs.gov/freefile

    If you believe someone has filed a tax return in your name either because your return bounced back or you received a notice from the IRS about a suspicious filing, call the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at: 1 (800) 908-4490. For additional IRS information to help you prevent tax identity theft and resolve an issue, go to: https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection.

    Unclaimed Money & Property

    MissingMoney.com is officially endorsed by NAUPA and the participating states and provinces. Their Internet site will assist you in thoroughly searching all participating states to find your family's missing, lost, and unclaimed property, money and assets. Searches and claiming are always FREE. For more information, go to: http://www.missingmoney.com/.

    The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) lists links to many individual state unclaimed property listings including Indiana. To view their webpage, go to: www.unclaimed.org.

    US Savings Bonds

    To calculate the current value of your U.S. Savings Bonds, go to: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/BC/SBCPrice.

    U.S. Savings Bonds stop earning interest after a certain number of years. To see if your savings bonds are no longer earning interest, go to: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/research/securities/res_securities_stoppedearninginterest.htm.

  • Downsizing and Relocation +

    Senior Move Management is the profession that assists older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation and/or “aging in place.” Making a major move at any age is difficult and stressful. Recognizing and managing the stress of relocating older adults is the hallmark of the National Association of Senior Move Managers® (NASMM). Their ability to successfully manage transition trauma while helping older adults and their families through the downsizing and relocation process makes the move from their home to their new residence stress-free! NASMM members can also help people downsize and remain in their home through their NASMM@Home program.

    Membership in NASMM now numbers over 900 Senior Move Management companies throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. All general members of the NASMM must meet strict vetting requirements before approval. These requirements include:
    •   Obtain general business liability insurance
    •   Take and pass NASMM’s Cornerstone Courses
    •   Provide NASMM with two letters of recommendation from senior clients they have moved or senior living communities with which they work
    •   Provide a link to a live website highlighting their Senior Move Management Services
    •   Sign and abide by the NASMM Code of Ethics and submit to oversight and guidance from the NASMM Ethics Compliance Commission

    Consumers and referral sources should be confident that NASMM members represent the most qualified and capable Senior Move Managers in this growing profession.

    For more information about NASMM and to find a Senior Move Manager in your community, go to: https://www.nasmm.org/about/index.cfm.

  • Nutrition +

    EDF Seafood Selector Guide: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Seafood Selector stands apart from other seafood guides because they work with troubled fisheries to improve management and conservation, which can improve their ratings over the long run. The guide covers the kinds of fish and shellfish you are most likely to see in your local supermarket or restaurant. Low-contaminant fish are an important part of a healthy diet, and EDF encourages people to consume fish that are caught or farmed in an environmentally responsible manner. Their scientists collect the latest information on omega-3s and mercury in seafood to provide the best recommendations possible. To view their guide, go to: http://seafood.edf.org/.

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Choose My Plate” Internet site offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. This excellent site offers many helpful tools like their “SuperTracker,” BMI Calculator, quizzes, videos, recipes & menus, food safety, dietary guidelines, advice for older adults, and much more. To view their site, go to: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.
  • Insurance +

    MIB, Inc., offers information, suggestions, and a “Policy Locator Service” that helps executors, administrators, or next-of-kin identify lost or unknown life insurance policies for deceased individuals. To read more about this service, go to: http://www.mib.com/facts_about_mib.html.

    Several major life insurance companies have established online lost policy finders. If you have reason to believe a policy may have existed with one of these insurers, you can use these websites to search directly by company at no cost. To view these company names and their policy finder Internet pages, go to: http://www.mib.com/lost_policy_finders.html.

    Life Insurance – Accelerated Death Benefit: Terminal Illness Insurance (known as Accelerated Death benefit in North America) pays out a capital sum if the policyholder is diagnosed with a terminal illness from which the policyholder is expected to die within 12 months of diagnosis, by a physician who specializes in that illness or condition. Terminal Illness Insurance is a form of insurance that is often added to a life insurance policy or a mortgage life insurance policy by the insurance company issuing the policy. Terminal Illness Insurance is not available as a separate insurance policy.

    Most insurance companies offer policies with accelerated benefit options and they are usually added to universal life insurance policies or other permanent life insurance policies. Some insurers are beginning to offer them with term life insurance policies sold to individuals. Accelerated benefits may also be available through group term or group permanent life insurance policies. Accelerated benefit options are usually offered when you purchase a new life insurance policy, but many insurers will also add them to existing policies. Contact your insurance company for additional information. For helpful information about buying insurance, go to the following Indiana Department of Insurance website: http://in.gov/idoi/2576.htm.

    Do you need an umbrella insurance policy? To get helpful information about it, go to: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/insurance/what-is-umbrella-insurance.aspx.

    The Insurance Information Institute offers free online home inventory software. For more information, go to: https://www.knowyourstuff.org/iii/login.html.
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