UWNNM Hosts Retirement Wellness Seminar June 16

Ben Bouman speaks on planning for retirement June 16. Courtesy photo


Did you know that it is forecasted that approximately a quarter of the Los Alamos National Laboratory population will be eligible to retire in the next 4-5 years? 

On top of that, according to the 2000 census projections by the year 2030 New Mexico will move from 39th in the nation to 4th in the percentage of people older than 65. That is a lot of people who need to plan for the many dimensions of retirement including what to do with all that free time!

The United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) invites you as a retiree (or almost) to make a meaningful impact and stay engaged in our community.

“The United Way of Northern New Mexico really looks for opportunities to bring people together with the right resources for mutually beneficial relationships,” UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega said. “We look forward to helping you find a good match to meet your volunteer needs!”

Also being offered are some ideas from Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization (LARSO) a vibrant, private non-profit that exists to provide service, education, social opportunities and volunteer and engage in your retirement years. They are adept at matching non-profits with needs to seasoned individuals with skills with the end result being help for the organization and purposeful activity for the volunteers.

They also have excellent resources to support those who find themselves in caregiving roles – whether for a spouse or aging parents. Some in the later years of their professional life find that they must retire in order to manage the care of family members. Through support groups, on-site care, written and media resources, we can help with that.

In addition to providing meals, transportation, cultural trips, benefits counseling, adult day services, recreational activities we also offer a variety of physical and mental fitness opportunities from hiking groups to Silver Sneakers classes, Bridge games to Civic discussions. LARSO will be on hand to offer ideas and support on retirement-related topics such as:

  • Caring for aging family members;
  • Fitness options for retirees; and
  • We’re ready for you … volunteer opportunities.

And last, but certainly not least, Ben Bouman, a local investment advisor representative and an active member in the community has graciously donated his time to collaborate with the UWNNM and LARSO. During his presentationm 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, June 16 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, Bouman will speak on planning for retirement. By the end of the class you should be able to identify your income needed for retirement, identify sources of retirement income, and calculate the gap. Each participant will have the option to take advantage of a complimentary one hour consultation with Bouman. 

Light snacks will be provided at his June 16 presentation.

RSVP to kristy@unitedwaynnm.org no later than Friday, June 10. Space and seating is limited. For further information, contact Kristy Ortega at 505.663.3891 or kristy@unitedwaynnm.org.