What is a LAGERS Pre-Retirement Seminar and Why Should I Attend?


Are you uneasy about how your LAGERS benefit works, how much you will get from LAGERS or whether or not your spouse will receive any income after you pass away? Maybe you don’t know anything about your LAGERS benefit and want to learn as much as you can in a short amount of time. Or, you want to learn more about your options for working after drawing a benefit, the cost of living adjustments, the Value of Your benefit or the taxation of your benefit. Each of these topics and more are discussed in-depth at a LAGERS Pre-Retirement Seminar.

What's The Agenda?

At a LAGERS Pre-Retirement Seminar we spend an hour explaining the inner workings of how your benefit is calculated, when you are eligible, disability & survivor benefits and ways to increase your LAGERS benefit. Then after a short break, we spend another hour discussing the application process, payment options, the taxation of your benefit, the cost of living adjustment and options for working after retirement. Finally after another short break, a local Social Security Representative gives an overview of the Social Security System and Medicare. Hopefully by the end of the seminar, you will feel more comfortable with your LAGERS benefit.

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Who Should Attend?

We encourage anyone who is within 5 years of retirement to attend a Pre-Retirement Seminar. There is at least one seminar hosted in each region of the Missouri. In some regions, we host more than one seminar.

Why Do I Need to Attend?

Instead of me giving you all the reasons you should attend, here are some comments from attendees of 2019 Pre-Retirement Seminars:

“I’ve been in LAGERS for over 20 years and never knew most of this!” – John Weber, Fort Osage Fire

“The speaker did a good job covering everything and answering questions!” – Shawn Smith, City of Higginsville

“[The Seminar Presentation] made everything easier to understand” – Larry Lacey, City of Farmington

Changes Coming in 2020!!

This year we made some changes that were suggested in our surveys. In 2020, there will be morning, afternoon, and evening seminars. Each session will cover the same LAGERS information, but the evening seminars will not include a Social Security presentation. As well, the agendas were adjusted to only cover a half-day to better accommodate the demands on your time. We are also making some minor changes to the presentation and resources you receive at the meeting to better meet your needs and to show the information in better way.

So, before you decide to take the plunge, be sure you know all the ins and outs about your LAGERS benefit and attend a Pre-Retirement Seminar.

Registration is open for 2020 Pre-Retirement Seminars

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