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September 25, 1998

Retirement/wellness fair targets young and old

by Anne Dolan

Now in its second year, the retirement information and wellness fair at Iowa State will build on experience and offer more exhibitors, topics and workshops.

The fair, organized by the retirement information and planning arm of human resource services, is open to the public and is expected to draw visitors from Waterloo to southern Iowa. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Memorial Union. Both for-profit and not-for- profit companies and organizations will staff exhibit booths in the Great Hall, South Ballroom and Sun Room; representatives of some of these groups will lead workshops, beginning at the top of every hour, in other rooms on the first and second floors (see the insert in this Inside.)

New to the fair this year is a wellness component. Exhibitors specializing in aspects of wellness will be clustered in the Sun Room. These include retirement communities, Mary Greeley Medical Center, McFarland Clinic, Prime Time Alive and the ISU Wellness Program. Free flu shots and blood pressure screening will be given along the south wall of the Sun Room.

Ann Molison, coordinator of retirement planning at Iowa State, said the fair is relevant to everyone, whether they're retiring in three months or are just three years out of college.

"Whether it's for yourself, or even your parents or grandparents, there's lots to learn about financial planning, estate planning and living a full life after retirement," she said.

She noted that exhibitors who participated last year better under-stand what this audience wants to learn.

Keynote lecture

The fair actually opens Monday evening with a keynote lecture at 7:30 p.m. by the Twin Cities' Chris Farrell, commentator for public radio's Sound Money and a contributing editor to Business Week magazine. Farrell's lecture, "The New Math of Retirement," will be held in Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building. He will address surveys that indicate many baby boomers want to work during their "golden" years, whether in new careers, part-time in their old careers or in consulting. This new approach gives retirees more financial flexibility, but also complicates the more traditional long-term savings and planning approach to retirement.

Sound Money, which is produced by Minnesota Public Radio, airs in central Iowa on WOI-AM Radio Saturdays at 3 p.m.

Volunteers sought

Molison said she is recruiting volunteers to help with tasks such as staffing the registration desk, offering directions or introducing workshop speakers. Volunteers may set their own shifts. To volunteer, call Betty Licht, 4-3830, by 5 p.m. Oct. 1.

To alleviate parking problems on central campus, Heartland Senior Services, Ames, is sponsoring a shuttle service between the Memorial Union and parking lot D-4 at the Iowa State Center (southeast corner of the lot along Elwood Drive.) Two vans will shuttle between the lot and the Memorial Union on 15-minute intervals from 7:30 am. to 5:30 p.m.

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