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  • Boomers continue to influence life stages. The first of the boomers turned 65 in 2011. They will influence how retirement is viewed and experienced.
  • How does this list of thoughts compare with your thinking? Maybe you haven’t given retirement much thought. Use this list to begin thinking and planning your retirement. It may be here sooner than you think.
  • As you read through this list of myths, consider the myths you have, sometimes without realizing they are part of our thought process. Have you observed some of these myths? How can you begin to affect change regarding these myths?
  • Have you seen this played out in your work place?
  • This may be the most common myth. How can you help change this myth? What steps to you take to remember things?
  • What new things have you learned?
  • What concepts perpetuate this myth? What role does volunteering have in your retirement plans?
  • Which of these ideas could help your church better understand senior adults?
  • Church commonretirement1

    1. 1. My Personal Mission Since 1977 I have sold, managed, led sales organizations and trained brokers to sell insurance and financial products to consumers. I have developed a mission, as a result of a personal experience, to now educate and train individuals concerned about retirement on how to plan for and design solutions to protect the things that matter most to them. The story I share with your congregates is based on my own personal experience with my mother and step-father and it’s impact on my family. I don’t and will not “sell” anything to anyone, I can refer anyone who wants more information to highly trained licensed professionals I trust but I now spend my time educating and training consumers how to identify the solutions that mean the most to them before they lose the option to make the choice.
    2. 2. Facts About Boomers • By 2030, 20% of the population is projected to be over 65 years of age. • Americans over 65 are the fastest –growing population segment. • In the last century, Americans over 65 increased from 3.1 million to 37.9 million. • An American turns 60 every 7 seconds.
    3. 3. Thoughts About Retirement • 70-80% want to continue to work • Boomers want to stay young • They are searching for a purpose through Relationships Education Leisure time activities Serving others
    4. 4. Top Retirement Concerns • Hospital • Doctors • Prescriptions • Recovering at home after a procedure • Not leaving a financial burden for their family • Not outliving their assets • Leaving a legacy for their family
    5. 5. Think About…  How does this information about Boomers and retirement affect ministry in my church?  How many Boomers are in my church?  How close are they to retirement?  How can my church utilize this information about Boomers to reach those who are not part of the congregation?
    6. 6. Myths About Aging Most older adults can’t adapt to change. • Debunking the myth • Adapting to change is more about temperament than other factors. • Listening and feeling empathy helps people accept change. • Find a way for them to contribute to the mission.
    7. 7. Myths About Aging Older workers aren’t as effective as younger ones. • Debunking the myth • They bring experiences, loyalty, and stability. • Physical strength changes so manual labor is more difficult. • Often older workers have good reflective and creative skills. • New research indicates brains become more creative with age
    8. 8. Myths About Aging Most older adults experience significant memory loss. • Debunking the myth • Less than 10% of people over 65 have major memory loss. • Most memory losses result from disease or negative effects of medication. • Memory impairment isn’t a characteristic of normal aging.
    9. 9. Myths About Aging Older adults can’t learn new information. • Debunking the myth • Ways to enhance older adult learning: • Determine individual’s pace • Creative a good environment for hearing and seeing • Motivate them to learn
    10. 10. Myths About Aging Older adults want to relax and live a life of leisure. • Debunking the myth • Most want to be involved in meaningful and productive activities. • Many want to volunteer but have trouble matching skills and experiences with opportunities. • Retirement is not purely about leisure, and if we fail to recognize this, we will lose an army of people whom God can use to make a tremendous difference.
    11. 11. Think About…  Do you, consciously or unconsciously, believe some of these myths? People in your church? How can you educate them?  What information can you share to help you minister more effectively to Boomers?  What strategies need to be developed to address retirement Boomers in meaningful way?
    12. 12. Create A New Mindset • Find stories about older adults making a difference. • Share these concerns and offer solutions with the congregation. • Draw from scriptures to show that retirement isn’t a biblical concept. • Educate others about the myths we hold and debunk them. • Form intergenerational groups. Find ways to the bring generations together to form new relationships.
    13. 13. STARTING TODAY What are the biggest issues seniors have to face as they age into retirement? Can we predict the behaviors that will create challenges for your church members and their family members? I present a series of seminars designed to examine and design solutions that ensure this next phase in a seniors life is the life they want left for their family. Seminars – 1. Personal Experience with Mom 2. Social Security basics 3. Medicare basics 4. Living with change – Estate, Wills and Leaving a Legacy
    14. 14. COMMON CONCERNS ABOUT RETIREMENT Lloyd Lofton LUTC 678-426-1506 – Office 865-776-7632 – Cell phone lloydlofton@yahoo.com

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