Over 60 Set

Target Audience Codes: 

GS - Grade Schools
HS - High Schools
AG - Adult Groups

MON/RAND - Speaker will travel to Monroe/Randolph Counties  


Baby Boomer Boogie!

Graceful aging, healthful living - are they really the Golden Years?

Linda Cowden, Counselor

Target Audiences: AG 

Bereavement: Supporting Each Other in the Journey of Grief and Loss

This interactive presentation highlights stages of grief and risk factors for depression. Those attending are encouraged to interact with the facilitator and each other regarding their grief experience. Community resources for grief support are discussed.

Jodi Gardner, Geriatric Counselor, PSOP 

Target Audiences: AG 

MON/RAND

Caregiving

Caring for elderly individuals may take its toll on the caregiver. This presentation will focus on seeking help and coping with the responsibility.

Sharon Hamilton, Director, Senior Volunteer Program

Sharon McMath, Senior Companion Field Coordinator (MON/RAND)

Carla Boswell, Assistant Director, Senior Companion Program

Target Audiences: AG, HS  

Celebrating Experience - Job Search Techniques for the Mature Worker

There are special challenges that the mature worker faces in their job search. This presentation will address some of the issues and give you information and suggestions to assist you in a successful job search.

Mickey Meddows, Southwestern Illinois workNet Center Representative

Target Audiences: AG 

Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)

CSRS is the older retirement system for federal employees. This presentation will help federal employees obtain a better understanding of their retirement benefits package and be able to plan for retirement or update their current retirement plans. Learn the best date to retire from a retirement benefits and tax planning perspective. Learn how to calculate how much retirement savings you will need to sustain a comfortable retirement and have the knowledge to make critical retirement decisions.

Roy Gray, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences: AG 

Do You Know Someone Who Can No Longer Hear On The Phone?

FREE amplified phones are available for anyone, any age who has a hearing impairment (deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, etc.). This service is offered through the college's Programs and Services for Older Persons.

Pat Etling, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator

Target Audience: AG 

Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)

FERS is the newer retirement system for federal employees. This presentation will help federal employees obtain a better understanding of their retirement benefits package and be able to plan for retirement or update their current retirement plans. Learn the best date to retire from a retirement benefits and tax planning perspective. Learn how to calculate how much retirement savings you will need to sustain a comfortable retirement and have the knowledge to make critical retirement decisions.

Roy Gray, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences: AG 

Fun After 50

Discover the exciting sights and sounds waiting to be found in the St. Louis metro area as presented by the Programs and Services for Older Persons' Activities and Recreation Coordinator. Topics will include current and ongoing senior events as well as free attractions and events (and services) that are discounted for seniors.

Melissa Bischan, PSOP Activities and Recreation

Target Audiences:  AG 

Genealogy & U.S. Census Records

This session teaches how to use census records in genealogy. Learn about the characteristics of a census record, how to use the information to further your research and where to locate census records. A PowerPoint presentation will be used and includes hand-outs on genealogy resources.

Candy Buechler, Administrative Assistant/Training & Development

Target Audiences: AG  

Memory Loss in the Older Adult

This presentation educates older adults and caregivers of older adults about lifestyle changes caused by dementia. Life enjoyment, safety issues, caregiver tips, and community resources are discussed.

Jodi Gardner, Geriatric Counselor, PSOP 

Target Audiences: AG 

MON/RAND

Overview of the Programs and Services for Older Persons

This session focuses on the myriad services available throughout various sites in the college district. Services include meals, transportation, respite care, training and volunteer opportunities and educational, recreational and social programs.

Beth Zurliene, PSOP Executive Director

Sharon Hamilton, PSOP Assistant Director

Carla Boswell, Assistant Director, Senior Companion Program

Target Audiences: AG, HS  

PSOP Foster Grandparents Program

A presentation describing the intergenerational program designed for senior volunteers to provide mentoring and tutoring services to special/exceptional needs children in schools, day care centers, HeadStart Centers, hospitals and detention centers. The benefits to seniors, children and the community will be explored.

Quintella Matthews, Assistant Director, Foster Grandparents Program

Target Audiences: AG 

MON/RAND

Retirement Planning

Thinking of retiring soon, you are about to make a major financial decision: how to take distributions from your retirement plan. This presentation will highlight various options and covers taking distributions from company plans. Tax treatment of distributions may influence decisions.

Linwood Gray, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences: AG  

MON/RAND

Rising Income for Retirees

Learn how to create rising income in retirement, how to reduce taxes on retirement income through dividends, and how to receive tax-free income in retirement. Speaker will also cover how to protect your investment income from market volatility and how to keep up with inflation.

Roy Gray, Adjunct Faculty

Target Audiences: AG 

Senior Centers, Activities, Social Services, Caregiving and Volunteerism

Life expectancies for individuals are on the rise, resulting in an increased elderly population nationwide. This session will provide an overview of services available to older people in the region.

Beth Zurliene, PSOP Executive Director

Sharon Hamilton, PSOP Assistant Director

Pat Etling, Volunteer Coordinator, RSVP (MON/RAND)

Target Audiences: AG, HS  

Senior Companion Program

The Southwestern Illinois College Senior Companion Program provides care for seniors at risk of losing their independence because of nursing home placement. The federally funded program is free to the client. Those 60 and older who meet an income guideline and enjoy working with seniors are eligible to participate. Companions are paid a non-taxable stipend, mileage, insurance and other benefits.

Carla Boswell, Assistant Director, Senior Companion Program

Target Audiences: AG 

Senior Public Housing in St. Clair County

Residents of St. Clair County will find this presentation extremely valuable. If the need for public housing arises, information will be provided on qualifications, locations, services offered and activities available. The speaker is the Service Coordinator for Public Housing for Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP)

Mary Miller, PSOP Service Coordinator for Public Housing

Target Audiences: AG, Senior Citizens 

Special Needs of the Elderly Customer

This talk will explore the aging process and how it affects us physically; designed to sensitize those who work or live with seniors to their limitations as well as the physical changes we can expect as we age.

Sharon Sea Hamilton, PSOP Assistant Director

Target Audiences: AG 

Stress and Depression Management in the Older Adult

This presentation educates older adults and caregivers of older adults about the risk of depression in those over the age of 60. Causes of stress and depression, warning signs, and mental health wellness techniques are discussed.

Jodi Gardner, Geriatric Counselor, PSOP 

Target Audiences: AG 

MON/RAND 

The Graying of America

The United States as an aging society, the effects, causes, and implications for all persons will be discussed.

Eugene Verdu, Retired

Target Audiences: AG  

Volunteerism

The importance of volunteering in the community and the history of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will be discussed.

Pat Etling, Volunteer Coordinator, RSVP

Target Audiences: AG (seniors)