Elder Law Clinic hosts free ‘Women and Aging’ program on Tuesday, March 22

As women age, they face economic insecurity at a higher rate than older men, with a poverty rate almost twice as high.  This disparity is linked to women’s role as caregiver and the differences in income between men and women.  Women perform the primary caregiver role, providing 80 percent of informal long-term care services for family services.  Because they are more like to leave the work force to care for family members, their retirement income is lower than men.  In addition women live longer and therefore, are more likely to have some form of dementia and/or need nursing home care. 

That’s why the Wake Forest University School of Law’s Elder Law Clinic is holding a “Women and Aging: Fundamentals for Caregivers in Planning for Retirement” program from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 201,1 in the Sticht Center auditorium in the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  The program is free and open to the public. Convenient parking can be found in Parking Deck A.  Light refreshments and validated parking will be provided.  No reservations are required. 

The Women and Aging Program will focus on fundamentals for women to plan and transition into retirement, according to program organizer Jackie Willingham (’11). 

Speakers will be from the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office and the Social Security Administration’s Retirement, Survivors and Disability Division, among others.  They will discuss investor education, financial transition, planning for the unexpected, long-term care insurance, and Social Security benefits.  Other area agencies, such as Senior Financial Care, the Area Agency on Aging, Senior Services, Inc., and AARP will be available after the presentation to answer questions.

 Exhibitors will include: 

  • Area Agency on Aging:  Holli Ward, Family Caregiver Support Specialist, Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments
  • Social Security Administration:  Hashana Moore and Larishia Riddick-Cherry, Claims Representatives in the Retirement, Survivors and Disability Section
  • AARP:   Susan Black
  • Senior Financial Care:  Debbie Hall
  • And Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem.

     For more information, visit law.wfu.edu/eclinic or call the Elder Law Clinic at (336) 713-8630.