BakerRipley recently launched Better Me. Better Aging. A 10-week program developed to empower older adults so they can make small and impactful changes that will help them to successfully navigate the next phase of their lives.
The Health and Wellness division noticed a need to assist seniors in preparing for their retirement future and designed this program with the older adult in mind.
In total, twelve participants in the pilot class learned about strategies for living on a retirement budget, understanding Medicare, preparing a home to age in place (including home modification), maximizing benefits and legal and financial preparations and community engagement. Five of the participants were our very own BakerRipley colleagues.
“As I approach retirement, I decided I should have a better understanding of what steps I need to take to truly be able to enjoy this next phase of my life,” says Donna Duria Burleigh, BakerRipley Dementia Day Center Program Manager. “In the Better Me. Better Aging. Program, I learned about resources that I may need in the future. It also gave me additional tools for my toolbox so that I can help others.”
The program creator, Shronica Randle, built the curriculum around common issues former case management clients experienced. The pilot class wrapped up in September 2019 and the next class offered will start in Spring 2020.
Furthermore, there are no requirements to enroll. The program teaches individuals who are unsure of what life after retirement may look like.