AARP Kansas continues to move around the state hosting financial security events to help Kansans 50 and older better prepare for a secure financial future and learn how to protect their hard-earned financial assets.
“We want people to have the tools and information they need to make good decisions about their finances and know how to protect them,” said AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner.
The last two events were held in Wichita on August 18 and 19th. AARP Regional Vice-President Nancy Stockbridge and AARP Kansas Direction Maren Turner kicked off the August 18 event which included information on managing investments, retirement decisions, estate planning, and avoiding scams and fraud. The more than 100 people who attended heard from Kansas Securities Commissioner Josh Ney and his staff, and Wichita Certified Financial Planner Jerry Juhnke. Prior to that session, which was held at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, more than 4,000 pounds of confidential documents brought to the Center by participants was shredded.
The second event held on Tuesday, August 19, at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, included information on freedom from debt, saving for the future, avoiding identity theft and scams and advance funeral planning. Participants heard from Sharon Werner, Chief Attorney for the Consumer Protection Division of the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office, Ryan Diechtler, a consumer credit counselor, and Ashley Cozine, an executive board member of the National Funeral Directors Association. This event, planned by AARP volunteers in Wichita, was led by Gerald and Dianna Schmidt.
More events like these are planned this Fall, as outlined below:
The 16th annual Western Summit, will be held on October 2, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fanchon Ballroom, 2350 E. 8th Street, in Hays. Session topics include financial freedom, area medical services, caregiving, and advance planning. RSVP to 785-625-9463. The cost is $10 which includes lunch, refreshments and door prizes.
Also in Hays on October 2, 2014, there will be an evening session devoted to financial security issues including managing investments, retirement decisions, estate planning and avoiding scams and frauds. This session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. (registration at 5:30) at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg Drive in Hays. RSVP to 877-926-8300. There is no charge for this event and refreshments will be available.
Later in the month, on October 8, 2014 there will be a session on learning how to outsmart investment fraud from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Johnson County Antioch Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, in Merriam. This event is free, but space is limited, so we ask that you let us know you will be attending by calling 1-877-9266-8300 or registering here.
The next day, on October 9, 2014, there will be a similar session on outsmarting investment fraud from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont Street in Lawrence. Again, you should call 1-877-926-8300 or register here.