SPECIAL EVENT MATERIALS - PASSION AND PURPOSE: TRANSFORMING RETIREMENT
May 24, 2012 * UC Berkeley * Pauley Ballroom
Passion and Purpose: Transforming Retirement, held on May 24, 2012 at UC Berkeley, was an outstanding success! We greatly appreciate the contributions of presenters and workshop leaders, as well as the thoughtful participation of attendees throughout the daylong event.
In order to allow all interested retirees to learn from the conference, we have assembled available conference materials, including video, Power Point slides, and handouts, on this web site. Click a link in the link below to jump to that section.
Keynote Speech - The Baby Boomer Bomb
Professor Robert Reich
As baby boomers age, major issues associated with a growing older population are gaining more attention, e.g., Social Security, Medicare and financing an extended retirement. Current retirees confront these issues on a daily basis. Professor Reich shared his knowledgeable perspectives on these and other issues, suggesting how they can be addressed in an informed and responsible manner. In addition, he discussed the older population's formidable political leverage - how as individuals and as a collective entity, their "clout" can be used wisely and in a manner benefiting future generations.
Plenary Session - Human Memory, Aging and the Brain or Where Did I Put Those Keys?
Professor Arthur Shimamura
Forgetfulness is one of the most frequent complaints among older individuals. We have recently learned more about human memory and how it changes with aging from studies of Alzheimer's Disease and from new brain imaging techniques. Professor Shimamura described recent work on memory and aging and offered tips on how to keep our memories fit.
American Medicine - What You Need and How to Get It
Dr. Brad Buchman of University Health Services presented on preventive medicine with a focus on screening tests and vaccinations.
Finding Your Passion: Explore Your Talents and Expand Your Network
Today's retirement offers many options for active involvement, including ongoing or new careers, entrepreneurship and volunteering. This session, presented by Kelly Howard of UCOP, Linda Lundburg of UCB HR, and Coming of Age Bay Area, offered practical planning tools and strategies for using your expertise and interests to expand your network.
How to Make Sure That Your Estate Plan Does What You Want
Local attorney Carolyn Collins offered the opportunity to learn about estate planning tools such as wills, trusts, and durable powers of attorney. She also addressed planning for incapacity, common estate planning mistakes and misconceptions.
The Journey of Aging
Two retirees shared their voyages into retirement and reflected upon surprises they encountered and insights they gained. Maureen Kelly, Elder Care Counselor with University Health Services, facilitated the session, and attendees had an opportunity to comment upon the panelists' experiences and share their own.
Nurture Your Passions: Lifelong Learning
This session consisted of a panel that discussed local opportunities for and the importance of keeping your brain active and engaged after retirement. Panelists included experts from the Retirement Center's Learning in Retirement Program, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Berkeley Adult School.
Retirement Income Concerns & Strategies
This session provided information about the step-by-step process to organize one's financial assets in retirement, considerations with managing longevity and long term care risks, and avoiding common investment mistakes.