McLean Community Center Presents Two Local Best-Selling Authors who Speak on Creating a Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life
Bart Astor and Kay H. Bransford to Offer a Lively Presentation to Guide Local Residents on the Practical Issues To Cover When Planning for and Living in Retirement.
DATE: September 24, 2015
TIME: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
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According to Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, 30 percent of McLean’s 63,000 residents are 55 years of age or older. In an effort to serve the community, McLean Community Center is offering two best-selling authors who will share ideas for positive ways to approach how to spend your time when you are 50, 60, 70, and beyond.
While the typical “retirement planning” focuses on affording retirement, these two authors will focus on discussing the practical side of preparing to live, and enjoy the rest of your life. While many look to 65 or even 67 as the ideal age for retirement, a 2014 survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that 49 percent of retirees surveyed had retired earlier than they had planned. The survey found that many Americans find themselves retiring unexpectedly, with 61 percent citing health problems or disability and another 18 percent citing care for a spouse or another family member.
Most adults are unaware that, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 7 out of 10 Americans turning 65 today will need three or more years of long term care before they die. That is three years that someone will need to help with care as well as manage some portion of your personal assets and daily living.
Two local, best-selling authors will share key thoughts on how to prepare for and move through life and why it’s important to start discussing your options well before you retire.
- Bart Astor, author of “AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life” will walk you through how to make lifestyle decisions, grow your nest egg and realize your goals.
- Kay H. Bransford, author of “MemoryBanc: Your Workbook for Organizing Life,” will discuss how to organize your key documents, accounts and assets and why it’s important to do it long before it’s needed.
Books will be available for sale, and both authors will be on hand to sign copies and answer questions.
– Order a copy of AARP Roadmap to the Rest of Your Life
– Order a copy of MemoryBanc: Your Workbook for Organizing Life
This free event is being hosted by McLean Community Center.
Registration: Free, but required. To register, visit McLeanCommunityCenter.net
Bart Astor is a recognized expert in life’s transitions and eldercare. He’s the author of the Washington Post bestseller, AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life. His unexpected personal journey led him to write his best-selling book, Baby Boomer’s Guide to Caring for Aging Parents, now in its second printing and critically regarded for being today’s must-have healthcare resource. Bart has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” PBS’s “MarketPlace,” AARP Radio, Boomers Rock radio, and Ric Edelman’s “The Truth About Money.” His perspective comes from personal experience, both good and bad, and sometimes that’s what matters most.
Kay H. Bransford is a recognized expert in how to collect, manage, and organize personal information. The Dr. Oz Show, Huffington Post, and FOX are a few of the media outlets that have turned to Kay to understand, and educate families, caregivers, and retirees on, this issue.
Kay’s parents had done everything the estate lawyer, financial and insurance advisor recommended, but when Kay needed to step in and help she realized that she didn’t have a lot of information she needed to be a good advocate for them. While she held their durable power of attorney, not every institution recognized it, and in some cases, it took weeks to months to have it recognized so she could help her parents pay their bills and manage their household. As their caregiver, she also worked to create a record of their medications and personal and family medical history. When she started to getting asked for her workbook, she realized she was not alone and launched MemoryBanc.
Today, the tool is primarily used by couples as a way to share information about the tasks they have been dividing and conquering for years. Not only does it offer a simple way to track and organize a household, but it also allows couples to work together in managing shared lives. AARP Foundation named MemoryBanc an “Older-Adult Focused Innovation” and MemoryBanc topped the Total Brain Health 2014 Gift Guide.