This year’s Annual Convention is Monday, September 9, 2019 at Primo Conference Center in Indianapolis (same location as recent years). If you are retired or still working, there are topics of interest for you. Register for the convention using the form below.
Doors Open: 9 a.m.
Official Welcome: 10 a.m.
Lunch: 12 p.m.
Door Prizes: 2:50 p.m.
Wrap-up: 3 p.m.
Here is a brief summary of the presentations.
INPRS: What’s new and How it May Affect You
Led by Lisa Anderson from the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS), this session will give you up-to-date information on PERF. You’ll hear how your PERF plan is doing financially and what PERF is doing to provide you the best possible service. If you have issues or concerns about any aspect of PERF you will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of Lisa Anderson’s presentation. Also, the INPRS staff will be there all day to answer your individual questions.
Medicare and RIPEA’s Insurance Trust Complement Plans
Jim Benge has enjoyed a 40-year career in the insurance business and is an expert on Medicare and the RIPEA’s Insurance Trust complement plans. He will provide details on the plans that are available to RIPEA members: the F, N, and G plans, along with the Medicare Advantage plan. Two of the plans are new; all 4 plans will be available on January 1, 2020. Benge will also be available throughout the day to answer your questions.
Lessons for Maturing Adults: Mind and Spirit Health
Dr. Karen Amstutz, VicePresident of Community Health, will talk about the importance of both the mind and spirit in dealing with the issues of aging. She will address the important areas of behavioral health and mental and spiritual wellness. Dr. Amstutz will also discuss substance use and abuse, and the challenges facing families who have a family member(s) with a substance abuse problem. Dr. Amstutz will help us recognize the symptoms of addiction, understand how to support family and friends through these challenges, and pathways to appropriate care.
Your Home Working for You—Reverse Mortgages
We all see commercials urging senior citizens to consider a reverse mortgage. Tom Hedderich will discuss what reverse mortgages are and how to use them. Reverse mortgages are not for everybody, but it can be an effective method to obtain much needed funds for seniors living on a fixed income. Mr. Hedderich will not try to “sell” the idea of a reverse mortgage. Rather, his goal is to educate the audience on the possible advantages and disadvantages of a reverse mortgage.
Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) vs. 13th Check— What are the Trade Offs?
Mark Alberts, owner of Alberts Actuarial Consulting, will discuss when does a COLA provide a greater benefit and when does a 13th check provide a greater benefit. His presentation will review some of the key considerations. PERF retirees have not received a COLA since January 2009. They have received a 13th check each year. This could change in the future under Senate Enrolled Act 373 which created supplemental reserve accounts [SRAs] to fund future increases in retirement income for PERF retirees.
Vendors for the 2019 RIPEA Annual Convention
We’re pleased to announce the following vendors will be part of this year’s annual convention.
• Anthem Insurance
• Applegate Elder Law
• Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA)
• Assurance Health System – Senior Inpatient Psychiatric Care
• Caregiver Homes
• CICOA and In-Home Solutions
• Crown Hill Cemetery
• Genworth Life & Long-Term Care Insurance
• HEAR In America
• Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) – PERF
• Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
• St. Vincent Hospital – Therapeutic Services
• Transitions Financial, LLC
Indy’s Own Dick Wolfsie to Entertain Guests at This Year’s Convention
Dick Wolfsie is one of Indianapolis’ most recognizable personalities. His 30 years on TV in central Indiana have resulted in dozens of honors including a Casper Award and two Emmys. Many of his video essays have been nationally syndicated. For the past 27 years he has been a feature reporter for WISH TV, covering more than 6,000 stories.
Wolfsie has hosted talk shows in Columbus, Ohio, New York and Chicago, as well as AM Indiana from 1989-1991—live from Union Station in downtown Indianapolis. His weekly humor column is published in more than 35 newspapers and is now a weekly feature on WFYI radio.
He has written 14 books, including Mornings with Barney and Indiana Curiosities, a collection of the most off-the-wall people and places in Indiana. His newest book, The Right Stuff, is a compilation of his most popular humor columns. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Mary Ellen and his beagle, Toby.
We are thrilled to welcome Wolfsie to the 2019 RIPEA Convention. He will make you laugh!
Bus Transportation to Convention:
As we do every year we provided charter buses, free of charge, from the following Indiana cities: South Bend, Kokomo, Clarksville, Fort Wayne, Muncie and Gary. There must be a minimum of 25 riders signed up for us to charter a bus! If you would like to ride with other friendly RIPEA members on one of the buses, check the appropriate box for your city on the 2019 Annual Convention Registration Form. We will contact you when the departure locations and times are determined.
RIPEA will also provide buses from any Indiana city not listed if there is a minimum of 25 riders. If you would like to ride a charter bus, please list the departing location in the space provided. We will advise you if there are enough riders from your location to charter a bus.
If you would like to register to attend the 2019 Annual Convention, please complete the registration form below or download and complete the registration form and then U.S. Mail it to the RIPEA office address on the form.
Bill Murphy, Executive Director & RIPEA Annual Convention Committee