Senior Week at the Capitol
Advocate for yourself and the needs of other folks over 50. There’s strength in numbers so join more than 400 other people during Senior Week, Feb. 7 – 8. Sponsored by CO-AGE, part of the Georgia Council on Aging, the two-day event allows seniors to talk to legislators about aging-related issues in Georgia. A CO-AGE table will be set up in the rotunda and guides will be available to help you navigate through the building. Sign up on the web by going to Georgia Council on Aging, selecting CO-AGE, and selecting Senior Week. Look under the photo on the right side of the page for contact information.
Classic Center Wine Weekend
Cheers, Christmas is over and it’s time to think about other winter events. The ninth annual Wine Weekend is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, February 2-4, at The Classic Center in downtown Athens.
The weekend starts on Friday night with a special reception featuring samples of local chefs’ cooking paired with wine. Saturday is the Grand Tasting featuring hundreds of wines from around the world. There will also be an array of seminars for those who want to learn more about wines. Saturday night is the Gourmet Dinner. There will also be a silent auction both Friday and Saturday. The event benefits The Classic Center Cultural Foundation.
For tickets and information, call 706-357-4444 or visit ClassicCenter.com/AthensWineWeekend.
Senior and disability-friendly national parks
It is worth knowing that our national parks are senior and disability friendly. Get the Senior Pass, which is good for a lifetime — pay once and you’re done. Wheelchair bound? Not a problem. Trails in many parks have been widened and smoothed out and some parks have wheelchair rentals. The National Park Service also offers assistance for those with hearing or vision issues. So…no reason not to enjoy your national parks.
Volunteer to review scholarship applications
The Jeanette Rankin Foundation Women’s Scholarship Fund needs volunteers to be scholarship application readers. Sign up now so you can begin the training in February to be part of this worthwhile activity to help low-income women 35 and older build better lives through completing college. Share this opportunity with your friends and family. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or just sign up at www.rankinfoundation.org.
Jeanette Rankin was the first woman to be elected to Congress. She represented Wyoming but retired here many years later, and when she died, left a bequest to start a scholarship fund. It’s grown from a few thousand dollars to over $2.3 million.
Athens – a great place to retire
All of us who have retired here in Athens already know that the city is an exceptional place to live. It is a cultural hub, as well as a university town. It draws top chefs and special culinary events. The mild weather allows outdoor activities all year.
It is nice to see that people outside of Athens appreciate the city too. In the December 2017 issue of Where to Retire magazine, Athens is listed as one of eight praiseworthy, low-cost cities in which to retire. Fancy that!
We like to work, too.
Baby Boomers are working longer. Why? For the most part, there are two reasons. The first is that we are healthier and more active, therefore, working is a realistic option. The second reason is that we are living longer, which means pensions, Social Security and investments must last longer. Many retirees want more income to make it through comfortably.
Whether working full time or part time, 70 percent of people who have worked outside the home say they will continue to work, for whatever reason. Thirty-five percent of retirees between the ages of 65 and 74 say they will continue to work to bring in extra income.