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Click here to watch our April 8 webinar “The Multi-Billion Dollar Elder Fraud Industry Has Its Eyes on You” presented by David Kirkman. David Kirkman is a retired Special Deputy Attorney General for the State of NC who spent three decades in the Consumer Protection Division prosecuting frauds and scams of all types.
Kirkman is the author of “Elder Fraud Wars,” which describes many of the cases he handled during his career. “Elder Fraud Wars” can be order through Amazon.com.
Join Us on May 27 for Tips & Tools for Financial Health in Retirement
Tip & Tools for Financial Health in Retirement
A YouTube Webinar Offered by NCRGEA
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Join us on May 27, 2021 at 3:00pm for our latest YouTube webinar Tips & Tools for Financial Health in
Retirement! This seminar will be brought to you by Lee Hopper of Hopper Financial Group of Raleigh. Hopper
Financial Group is a full-service financial planning firm committed to helping people pursue their financial goals.
Hopper and Associates was established in 1984 and in 1997 became Hopper Financial Group, Inc. They are a
financial planning firm helping people realize their financial goals. With financial planning, they cover such
needs as cash flow, budgetary, tax, education/college, retirement, survivor planning, disability planning, estate
and business planning. They endeavor to provide clients with an honest and simple road map to help them reach
North Carolina has more than 300,000 local and state governments retirees. And of course, retirees are constantly concerned about the longevity of their personal finances to carry them through retirement and to maintain a comfortable level of living. Lee Hopper will share essential information on post 65 retirement regarding budgeting, social security earnings, the Withdrawal for Retirement Accounts (RMD) age change to 72, Roth vs. IRA, along with information on estate planning. While there are many more topics of interest for retirement, these area areas several members have indicated they have interest.
Because retirees make up a large sector of our population, it has become a fundamental matter that requires everyone’s attention. Our economy, our personal health and financial health are all intertwined into our quality of life and happiness for years to come. In that light, Mr. Hopper will share tools and articles that you can access from his website. These are important tips to follow to carry out financial planning after retirement and ensure that you can remain comfortable and productive as you continue to enjoy being retired.
Lee E. Hopper started with his father in 1995 after completing his undergraduate degree at Western Carolina University with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He works with group clients, as well as doing individual financial planning at Hopper Financial Group. The company’s website www.hopperfinanicalgroup.com has a variety of learning tools and a knowledge base for all types of individuals.
Be An NCRGEA Super Advocate!!
As a local voice in your community, you can support NCRGEA by educating and advocating with state and local leaders in your community about matters important to retirees across North Carolina.
NCRGEA will provide training and talking points to support your efforts to raise awareness of retirees’ needs with our local and state elected officials.
Click on this link https://ncrgea.wufoo.com/forms/r1ng668s0qgh9ac/ and answer a couple questions, and we will be in touch with you to get you started.
Find Your Nearest Location to Get Your COVID Vaccine
The NC Department of Health and Human Services has posted a searchable link to assist you in finding a location and set up an appointment to get your COVID vaccine shot. For more information, take a look at these videos.
REMINDER: After your get your vaccine shot, be sure to keep your certificate of vaccination in a safe place.
Reverend Darryl Warren Aaron of Providence Baptist Church, Greensboro on the importance of taking the COVID-19 shot.
Click here to view more videos.
Bringing Humana to You (BH2U) Online Events
State Health Plan Humana plan members, please join Humana for the Bringing Humana to You (BH2U) webinar events! These online events will be held April-June and will help you learn about how you can improve your health and well-being through education events, Humana resources, and how to get involved in activities.
Humana representatives will share information about steps you can take to become the best version of yourself. The Bringing Humana to You (BH2U) online events are broken up into three categories.
Get Involved Events (Tuesdays) allow you to participate in events and activities that encourage you to develop your overall well-being through Virtual Volunteering, Cooking Demonstrations, and Virtual Craft events.
Resource Spotlight (Wednesdays) takes a deeper look into the resources available with your Humana Medicare Advantage PPO plan at no extra cost to you. Each session will highlight a specific Humana resource such as Pharmacy, Humana Neighborhood Centers, Go365, SilverSneakers, and more.
Education Workshops (Thursdays) focus on educational topics such as the health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep, simple steps to boost your immunity, how to decompress from stress, foods to boost your brainpower, and cooking for one, just to name a few.
Be on the lookout for a postcard that will be mailed to your home that will include registration instructions. Information about these events is also available on the custom Humana State Health Plan website here.
You may also register today for one of the webinars; just click here.
After registering for a webinar, you will receive a registration confirmation email with instructions on how to log into the webinar on the day of the event.
It’s Time to Play!!!!!
HOW TO PLAY: Click on this link NCRGEA Trivia! Read the Trivia question and go find the answer somewhere on our NCRGEA website.
GAME PERIOD: Trivia responses will be accepted from the 15th to the 30th of each month. Every month, we will provide a new question. Trivia answers can be found by searching our website: www.ncrgea.com
WINNERS: The first 50 members who submit the correct answer will receive a prize. Your prize will be mailed to you so be sure we have your correct address by completing all the information on the Trivia form. The Trivia game prize changes every month – so try to win them all!
BIG QUARTERLY PRIZES: At the end of each quarter, we will place the names of all Trivia participants in a drawing for a $100 gift card. Each quarterly winner will be featured in a future newsletter to showcase our membership.
Thank you for playing NCRGEA Trivia!
NCBAM Helps Older Adults Locate Vaccine Providers
Information and Referral Specialists at North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry’s (NCBAM) Call Center are available to help older adults 65+ locate COVID-19 vaccination providers, transportation assistance, and other community resources related to the pandemic. The NCBAM Call Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (877.506.2226).
Call Center Director Melanie Beeson explains, “The state does a good job of linking all its programs and resources on the Internet. But many older adults don’t own computers or they are not skilled at navigating the web. We help by accessing the regularly updated resources provided by North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services as well as other state programs that may be available in certain communities.” For example, in addition to assisting callers locate vaccination providers and transportation assistance, NCBAM Call Center staff can advise callers how to connect with the state’s COVID Support Services Program which is currently available in 29 counties to help people successfully quarantine.
NCBAM’s Call Center also reaches out to Baptist churches to help with special needs in their communities. Recently, a 79-year-old Boone resident phoned the Call Center. Beeson explains, “His driveway was covered in snow the day before his vaccination appointment. We can’t always find volunteers so quickly, but thankfully, an ASU student was able to clear the driveway and the man got his vaccination. We were all very grateful, and so was the caller. His wife made cookies for the student as thanks.”
NCBAM’s director, Dr. Sandy C. Gregory, maintains strong partnerships with North Carolina’s Aging Services Network. Says Gregory, “More than a million North Carolinians are at highest risk for complications and death from COVID-19. Now more than ever, NCBAM wants to do everything possible to assist in meeting their needs and obtaining vaccinations.”
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