TUESDAY, 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. | MILL RACE CENTER, MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM 2
Presenter: Susan Getman
Sue has been the Executive Director at Wilmington Senior Center since 1996.
Many of her center’s programs focus on economic security, including countywide administration of the Senior Community Services Employment Program; $tand By Me 50+, which provides free financial coaching, benefits access and financial literacy workshops; affordable senior housing; and numerous food programs for low income seniors. Sue is the immediate past Chair of the Delaware Aging Network, a state association of senior centers; she is also past Chair of the United Way of Delaware Council of Agency Executives.
She chaired the Economic Security team for the National Institute of Senior Centers and is currently the Chair for this group. Sue received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and Master of Arts in Counseling from Rider University.
Co-Presenter: Maggie Flowers
Maggie Flowers plays a central role in the development of programmatic activities across NCOA’s economic security division. She manages the Economic Security Initiative, which offers innovative programs to help older adults create a plan to build their own economic security, and the Center for Benefits Access’ Benefits Enrollment Centers, which use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to help low-income seniors access benefits.
Prior to joining the staff at NCOA, Maggie was the Interim Director of the Elder Economic Security Initiative at Wider Opportunities for Women, where she led a multi-year national campaign to build economic security for elders and their families through advocacy, research, organizing, and outreach. She received her Master of Public Service and Administration, with a focus in nonprofit management, from Texas A&M University.
Millions of older adults have seen their hard-earned retirement savings diminish. With limited income, many low income seniors struggle to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses, utility bills, food, housing, and transportation, including increasingly expensive gasoline.
For many, the unpaid bills mount to a crisis point. In theory, financial services are available to seniors with economic needs. In reality, it’s often difficult for disadvantaged seniors to take advantage of those services because they have to go to many different offices, fill out multiple application forms, and subject themselves to various intake and assessment processes.
In this workshop, participants will learn about addressing the needs of seniors holistically, what senior centers across the country are doing to help seniors access benefits, and how one Delaware senior center is helping to build the economic security of seniors statewide.