´Making the Most of Retirement' fall line-up

Retirement Fall  x(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Sept. 4, 2015) – The OSU Emeriti Association, in partnership with the Stillwater Public Library, has scheduled a new slate of informative and helpful programming for the community’s retirees. “Making the Most of Retirement,” a monthly program held at the library, welcomes all retirees and soon to be retirees to attend the free sessions which address common retirement concerns and interests.

“The series has been immensely popular over the past year,” said Zane Quible, OSU Emeriti member. “The popularity can be attributed largely to the diverse topics we cover and the amazing speakers who have donated their time and expertise.”

Over the past year, “Making the Most of Retirement” has brought in speakers to address everything from volunteering and long-term health insurance to vacationing and genealogy.

According to Quible, some of the most practical programs have been the most popular.

“The attendees really seem to appreciate the programs on finances and estate planning,” said Quible. “A number of attendees have reported that the various topics were offered ‘just in time,’ because decision-making on those aspects of their lives was imminent. This was particularly true of the sessions pertaining to estate planning and long-term care insurance.” 

The monthly programs, which take place the third Wednesday at the month at 1:30 p.m., generally cover topics such as finance, daily living and accommodations, security, volunteering, and hobbies and personal fulfillment. Upcoming fall programs include:

  • September 16 - Toni Wolfe, “The Primrose Retirement Community.”
  • October 21 - Meg Busteed, “Reverse Mortgages.”
  • November 18 - Bud Lacy and Jennifer Dault, “Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.”
  • December 16 - Scott Petty, “Stillwater Medical Center: New Patient Care Development.”

“Some participants may need the information provided in every topic, while others may be interested in only a few,” said Quible. “We try to focus on areas that will likely affect most all retirees, but every month provides an opportunity to meet new friends and acquaintances, which is something every retiree can use.”

The popularity of the series has spurred the Emeriti Association to expand its programming. Next year, the organization will add “Armchair Traveling” to its schedule.

“As individuals age, traveling becomes more challenging and difficult, if not impossible,” said Quible. “A significant number of Stillwater’s retirees have had unique travel experiences that they enjoy sharing with other retirees who may not be able to travel themselves.” 

According to Quibble, the new program will launch in February with “Sled Dog Tales. . . It’s all about the Dogs.” 

“Making the Most of Retirement” is free and open to the public. Upcoming programs are announced on the library’s website at http://library.stillwater.org and in the newspaper’s community calendar and “What’s Happening” section.

For more information, please visit the “Making the Most of Retirement” blog at https://retiredinstillwater.wordpress.com or contact the library’s Help Desk at askalibrarian@stillwater.org or 405-372-3633 x8106.

Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.