Two free sessions aim to help avoid retirement mistakes

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is hosting the sessions Jan. 21 and 23.

  • Friday, January 15, 2021 10:10am
  • Life

With proper preparation and a little luck, most workers will have the opportunity to enjoy their retirement years, but simple mistakes can easily derail those plans.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will attempt to help folks avoid some common financial missteps. The agency will be offering “How to Spoil Your Retirement,” a fast-paced presentation on the many ways retirees can paint themselves into a corner without much effort. Participants will learn about finances, health care, socialization and other topics to assist them in making informed financial decisions about retirement.

This workshop will be offered twice in January, both online and by telephone:

• the first session will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. It will be available online: Visitors can listen by telephone: 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099. The webinar ID is 995 9073 0015.

• the second session is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. It will be available online: Or listen by telephone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099. The webinar ID is 992 8455 4603.

Although mostly overlooked, quality of life in retirement is often dictated by things other than money, such as one’s outlook on life, social activities and hobbies. Looking at those issues should happen months if not years before actually retiring.

“Everybody makes mistakes,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “Some are obvious, some are hidden. It’s helpful to take a step back and look at the most common mistakes people make in their retirement. Many of those mistakes have little to do with financial issues. Avoiding these missteps can make retirement enjoyable, comfortable and rewarding.”

Bob Riler from Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and Crystal McMahon, financial planner and CEO of Great Life Investing, will be presenting.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Meeting details will be sent upon registration. To learn more about the event, or to receive help with registration, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or 800-562-0332.

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