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Retirement seminar set Aug. 18

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STAPLES — Several topics facing retired people and those soon to be retired will be discussed Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Continuing Retirement Seminar offered by the Staples Community Foundation at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples.

Registration for the free event will begin at 5 p.m. with a light supper served at 5:30 p.m. The speaker panel will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer period.

The workshop is offered at no cost to the public, but pre-registration is requested so enough meals will be available. Call Mary Theurer at (218) 894-3752 for more information or to register.

The speakers include:

• Greg Bennett speaking on Social Security and Medicare benefits, now and in the future. Bennett is a financial adviser with Edward Jones. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist. Previous to Edward Jones, he worked as a manager of client services for BISYS Retirement Services.

• Dr. Julie Benson and Cindy Sauber will discuss options for palliative care to improve quality of life when faced with chronic, long-term or advanced illness. 

Dr. Benson is a family medicine physician practicing at Lakewood Health System since 1997. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and spent time in Staples as a medical student. She has a particular interest in obstetrics and in end of life care. She’s been medical director of LHS’s Hospice program for 13 years. She’s certified in hospice and palliative medicine.

Sauber’s nursing degree is from the College of St. Benedict. She’s been a nurse for 25 years, with the past 13 years at LHS, where she’s worked in the education/occupational health department, hospital nursing and palliative care. She has received training as a trainer for the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium and she’s on the Minnesota Hospice and Palliative Care committee.

• Dr. Benson and Kathy Dobson will address the issue of advanced directives such as living wills. Dobson is the director of social services at LHS. Her degree is from Minnesota State University, Moorhead and she’s licensed by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. She has been at LHS since 1996 and has focused much of that time on issues surrounding the senior population, including advanced care planning, which includes financial and medical planning.

The seminar is sponsored by the Staples Community Foundation in conjunction with other community partners. The Staples Community Foundation is a component fund of the Initiative Foundation. 

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.