Programs to Engage – Connect – Learn

Engage – Connect – Learn

All activities are subject to cancellation

Fall 2023

Senior Fraud Prevention Seminar featuring a Department of Commerce Expert

This seminar is aimed at empowering older adults on how to avoid becoming a victim of common scams like identity theft and to provide practical tips and strategies to prevent falling victim to fraud. MN Department of Commerce’s Senior Financial Fraud Ombudsman, Martin Fleischhacker, an industry expert when it comes to fraud, will be speaking at this seminar. As a collaborative effort provided by SouthPoint Financial Credit Union, First National Bank Minnesota, HomeTown Bank, Pioneer Bank, and CCF Bank, we hope you can join us for this amazing opportunity to be able to ask questions and to become equipped with the knowledge and resources to fight off fraudsters. Treats will be provided!

Thu., Sep. 7, 2 p.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Legal Services: Wills, Health Care Directives, and Power of Attorney

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services is holding a legal services clinic to provide lower income seniors with the opportunity to obtain free wills, health care directives, and power of attorney documents. Clinic attendees work individually with volunteer representatives to draft their documents which are then reviewed and approved by an experienced estate planning attorney prior to signing. These services are free, but since it is aimed at low-income individuals, attendees must call to be screened for eligibility and to schedule an appointment for the day of the clinic. Interested seniors should call the SMRLS intake number, 1-888-575-2954, to make their appointment. 

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services 

Tue., Sep. 12, 1–5 p.m., SPCC Rm. 217, Free


Medicare 101

Are you approaching Medicare age? Confused by the different parts of Medicare? Need a Medicare refresher? Medicare can be confusing and overwhelming. This one hour presentation will help you better understand the basics of Medicare, including Parts A, B C & D, as well as coverage options beyond Medicare. Learn about the different enrollment periods. This valuable information will help you make an informed decision on your future healthcare coverage.

Natalie Kelly, UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions

Thu., Sep. 21, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Reverse Mortgages

Learn the ABC’s of reverse mortgages.  Daily living expenses have increased, but so have home values. Many homeowners are sitting on equity that could be converted to cash; that cash could make all the difference in your retirement years. Learn from a local Reverse Mortgage Specialist the basics of how a federally insured reverse mortgage works!

Russ Blaschko NMLS #472746, Reverse Mortgage Specialist

Mon., Oct 9, SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Medicare Community Meeting

Need help with your Medicare Insurance plan options for 2023? Free Community Meeting offering information on the Basics of Medicare and your coverage options beyond Medicare with UnitedHealthcare. Learn about UnitedHealthcare’s 2023 plan options for Medicare Advantage, Prescription Drug Plan, and Medicare Supplements

Natalie Kelly, UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions

Oct.12, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 101 and CADA Services

CADA's mission is to serve victim/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through education, advocacy and shelter. CADA is a non-profit organization that provides services in South Central Minnesota and the service area includes Blue Earth, Nicollet, LeSueur, Brown, Sibley, Watonwan, Waseca, Martin, and Faribault counties. Julia Hamann, CADA's Director of Community Programming will be presenting on information about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the services CADA offers to those experiencing gender-based violence. 

Julia Hamann, BSW, LSW

Mon., Oct. 23, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free

Downsizing 101 Featuring Sean and Chelsea O’Connell with Edina Realty

The thought of downsizing can be daunting and frankly, kind of scary. It is both a physical and emotional journey, and it can be challenging just knowing how to start. We would love to help. By providing you with guidance, resources, and strategies, we hope to make downsizing into more of a positive experience for all of those involved and to put a friendly face to this scary process. Treats will be provided! We hope to see you there, no matter where you or your loved ones are at in the journey.

Sean and Chelsea O’Connell, Realtors, Edina Realty

Fri., Oct. 27, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free