Wondering what you'll do in retirement? With LAGERS lifetime benefit, you'll have the foundation to dream big and live a stable, secure retirement. And perhaps have some fun along the way! One of our retirees, Dixie Gunnett, sent us some pictures of what retirement is like for her. She's been retired from Jefferson County Sheriff's Office since September of 2014 and has been busy living out the next chapter of her life her way. Here's her story in her own words, and pictures.
Pre-Retirement Seminar season 2019 is well underway here at LAGERS. We're traveling the state, coming to your area to educate and inform you on the process of retiring and receiving your LAGERS benefit. If you are within 5 years of retirement, we recommend you attend at least one before retirement rolls around. We asked those who attended our seminars how we did, and we came up with 3 reasons why you should attend a Pre-Retirement Seminar.
- About half of Americans age 55 and older have nothing saved for retirement. However, 20% of these do have access to a defined benefit pension plan.
- Defined benefit pensions are the preferred retirement plan for state and local government employers.
- 39 employers have chosen LAGERS defined benefit plan for their employees within the last year. Almost all switched from a 401(k)-type plan.
- Defined benefit plans, like LAGERS, help government employers attract and retain good workers to serve the community.
In honor of America Saves Week we held another Facebook Live event this past Monday. Jeff Pabst, LAGERS' Education and Outreach Coordinator, discussed the value of LAGERS benefits in our latest installment.
From the Info Box: "I'm currently retired but considering returning to work. What will happen to my LAGERS benefit if I do that?"
We love to hear from our members. Recently we received a lovely letter from Diane McKiddy, a retiree from Chiliicothe Municipal Utilities, where she worked for over 47 years!
A member recently emailed the following: "I downloaded the Application for Retirement. I will fill it out and send it in, but is there anything else I need to do at this time?"
Luckily, the process for retirement at LAGERS is simple. The member is right in that the first step is to submit the Application for Retirement 30 -90 days prior to when you want to receive your first benefit payment. You can apply online through your myLAGERS account or submit a paper application via mail, email or fax.
A recent article in Forbes, Workplace Retirement Coverage Drops And The System Continues To Fail, by Teresa Ghilarducci, provides some sobering statistics about retirement preparedness for Americans. It is no surprise Americans who have access to a retirement plan at work will be better prepared for retirement than those without a plan. However, according to Ghilarducci, only 40% of workers in the U.S. are covered by a retirement offered by their employer. This is a 4% decrease since 2014 and this number has declined in 14 of the 17 years since 2000.