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Important Phone Numbers for Retirees to Know
Do you wonder who to call with pension questions? To join a retiree association, update your beneficiaries, or check on Social Security benefits? The Retirement Center gives hundreds of referrals to our constituents every year, but you don't have to call us! We've put our handy list of important phone numbers online, so you have easy access to it, too. Find it at http://thecenter.berkeley.edu/retiree_benefits_resources.shtml.
Resources for Faculty Considering Retirement
Faculty members considering retirement often have questions about what the financial, personal, and academic consequences might be. Check out this new fact sheet from the Office for Faculty Equity and Welfare to find general information about pension and health benefits; information about workshops, advisors, and web resources; and options to consider if you would like to continue to participate Cal’s academic life after retirement.
Protect Yourself from Password Leaks
The UC Berkeley Security team recommends that you use complex passwords, or "passphrases," with a minimum length of 9 characters, at least 12 is preferred and the longer the better. Longer passwords are much more difficult to determine from the password "hashes" that are often exposed when password for online accounts are leaked. Find out more at https://security.berkeley.edu/node/315.
Eldercare Locator Campaign Focuses on Preventing Financial Exploitation of Older Adults
As part of its 10th Annual Home for the Holidays campaign, the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) is encouraging older adults, caregivers and their families to use their time together this holiday season to discuss and get informed about strategies to prevent financial exploitation. The AoA-funded National Center on Elder Abuse partnered with the Eldercare Locator to produce a consumer guide, Protect Your Pocketbook: Tips to Avoid Financial Exploitation, to help inform this discussion with older adults during the holiday season.
Phishing Scams: An Ongoing Threat
Phishing is one of the most potentially damaging internet scams with serious consequences for users not prepared to identify and avoid such fraud.
Phishing is a scam by which an email user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly. It comes in all forms, even from forged @berkeley.edu accounts.
Find out more about phishing and how to protect yourself by reading this article written by UCB IST staff: http://inews.berkeley.edu/articles/Oct-Nov2012/phishing
Passion and Purpose: Transforming Retirement Conference – Robert Reich and Arthur Shimamura Videos, Handouts Available
"Fantastic organization, speakers, materials. [This event] could not be improved! This has sparked my whole life. Thank you!" -- anonymous
Click here to access the videos of Robert Reich’s keynote address and Prof. Shimmaura address on Memory and Aging. Also on this site you can access resources, including Power Point presentations and handouts, from some of the conference workshops.
Retiree Caregiver Support Group
Are you caring for a spouse or adult partner? Do you sometimes feel alone, isolated, frustrated, or fearful of what the future holds? Would you like to talk with other caregivers whose experiences may be similar to yours, and learn about resources that may help your situation? Please consider joining the Retiree Caregiver Support Group, offered once a month at the Retirement Center. For more information, contact the Retirement Center at (510) 642-5461 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, caring for yourself is the best gift you can give to your spouse/partner.
Investing in the Center
The Center uses its budget, dollar for dollar, efficiently and productively to best serve the needs and interests of retirees. We hope that you, too, feel that the Center will make good use of your gift and that you will make an investment in the Center’s future. Gift Giving >>
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