Senior Expo

Ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of paramount importance to College of DuPage. The College has been working diligently to monitor the COVID-19 virus and has decided to cancel all classes and events until May 15.

On behalf of all our Senior Expo staff and volunteers, we thank you for your support of this event and look forward to offering it again in spring 2021. The College continues to be in contact with the DuPage County Health Department and will be providing regular updates to the community on all College activities at www.cod.edu/coronavirus

Wisdom, Wonder and Wellness Senior Expo 2020-Cancelled

Enjoy an afternoon of education and information on living well at any age! Save the date for a FREE community event presented by College DuPage Continuing Education.

Featuring seminars and classes to enrich and entertain, the Senior Expo aligns with Money Smart Week® with a special focus on financial literacy.

Keynote Presentation

"Take Control of Your Life: Decluttering Can Be Fun!"
Jennifer Prell, President of Paxem, Inc. and Elderwerks Educational Services

An expert in senior transitions, Jennifer Prell believes everyone deserves dignity and respect. Treating people well, inspiring others to do the same and supporting those who reach out for help are important aspects of being a good human. Jennifer founded the non-profit Elderwerks to help families find the resources that best suit their needs. She is also the President of Paxem, Inc. and the non-profit organization, Treasured Bits.

Organizing and streamlining your home might seem overwhelming and an insurmountable task, but it doesn't have to be. Jennifer will help you understand a few tricks to keep you on task and help you stay motivated. Your possessions should not control or limit you.

Event Agenda 

(may be subject to change)

Noon

Greeting and Opening Remarks

12:10 to 1 p.m. Keynote

"Take Control of Your Life: Decluttering Can Be Fun!"
Jennifer Prell, President of Paxem, Inc. and Elderwerks Educational Services

An expert in senior transitions, Jennifer Prell believes everyone deserves dignity and respect. Treating people well, inspiring others to do the same and supporting those who reach out for help are important aspects of being a good human. Jennifer founded the non-profit Elderwerks to help families find the resources that best suit their needs. She is also the President of Paxem, Inc. and the non-profit organization, Treasured Bits.

Organizing and streamlining your home might seem overwhelming and an insurmountable task, but it doesn't have to be. Jennifer will help you understand a few tricks to keep you on task and help you stay motivated. Your possessions should not control or limit you.

1 to 3:30 p.m.

One-on-One Financial Planning Consultations (HEC Atrium)—Financial Planning Association of Illinois
Certified Financial Planner Professionals will answer your questions about investing and financial planning in complimentary one-on-one consultations.

1:10 to 2 p.m.

Will Your Taxes Affect Your Retirement? – Jon A. Theeke, CFP, ChFC
Thrivent Financial
It's critical to have a solid understanding of the tax status of investments to make informed decisions and avoid paying more than the fair share. In this seminar, attendees learn: How future tax changes may create the potential for higher taxes, ways to create tax-free retirement income and how Social Security is taxed.

Can You Hear Me Now? Protecting Yourself from Internet Frauds and Scams – Tom Brady, Associate Dean, Public Services
College of DuPage
Learn how to avoid becoming a victim of internet frauds and scams.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? – Lisa Stover
Presto Real Estate Services
This presentation helps explore the options of moving to a more manageable living environment or aging in place. The presentation will help break down the many factors that determine whether making a move or staying put is right for any individual.

Replacing the Five Benefits of Work: Non-Financial Aspects to Make the Most of Your Retirement Years – Susan Ackley, LCPC, CRC
Compass Point LLC
Money may be an important aspect of retirement, but there are other, non-financial aspects of retirement that are just as, if not more, important to living a full and meaningful retirement life. This presentation will discuss and explore the five benefits of work and replacing these to make the most of your life in retirement.

Tai Chi – Phil Hinton
College of DuPage
Learn the ancient Chinese martial art transformed into a healing art. Tai chi enhances concentration, balance, flexibility and peace of mind to aid in aging well.

2:10 to 3 p.m.

Overview of Senior Services- Julie Larson
DuPage County Senior Services
DuPage County is a source for local, state, and national resources for older adults and their families. Join us for an overview of the many services and programs available in DuPage County. We will provide information on programs that assist those in staying independent in the community as well as resources to assist family caregivers.

Don't Worry, Retire Happy – Jon A. Theeke, CFP, ChFc
Thrivent Financial
Is Saturday the day you set aside to play golf, spend time with your grandkids or enjoy your hobby? In retirement, every day can be like Saturday. That's a lot of time to fill and it's important to have a plan. Learn from financial expert Tom Hegna's book, Don't Worry, Retire Happy: 7 Steps to a Secure Retirement.

Brain Games – Patricia Terkovich
Aspired Living of Westmont
Join this fun, upbeat and interactive session with games designed to exercise your memory and cognition.

Volunteerism – The Benefits, the Local Need and How to Make a Big Impact – Shefali Trivedi
Giving DuPage
Giving DuPage, the DuPage County Volunteer Center, will share information about volunteerism. Don't miss this presentation on how you can make a tremendous difference for positive lasting change in DuPage County. Also, learn about our newest initiative, the Giving DuPage Day.

Tax Planning Strategies During Retirement  - Adam Glassberg CFP® CIMA®
Savant Capital Management
Adam will provide a high level overview of recent changes in the tax code as they pertain to seniors, and related strategies designed to maximize after-tax wealth.

3:10 to 4 p.m.

Medicare Part D: How to choose a prescription drug plan - Amy Anderson
DuPage County Senior Services
A qualified DuPage County SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) counselor will explain Medicare Part D and demonstrate how to navigate the Medicare website to review prescription drug plans.

Tai Chi – Phil Hinton
College of DuPage
Learn the ancient Chinese martial art transformed into a healing art. Tai chi enhances concentration, balance, flexibility and peace of mind to aid in aging well.

Downsizing: The Art and Challenge of Letting Go - Cathy Feltz
College of DuPage
Downsizing and moving, whether across town or across the country, brings with it an array of challenges. Make your transition smooth and easy with expert organizing tips and tricks in this informative session.

Job Search after 50 – Lauren Milligan
ResuMAYDAY Resume Writing and Career Advancement
Local career coach discusses what is unique about job searching after 50 in DuPage County and how to be a strong candidate in the multi-generational workforce.

Vendors and Contributors

Aetna Medicare Solutions
Aspired Living of Westmont
Berkshire Hathaway
CapTel-Captioned Telephone Illinois
Citizen's Utility Board
Clarendale of Addison
College of DuPage Continuing Education
College of DuPage Massage Therapy Clinic
College of DuPage Nursing Program
Compass Point LLC
Daily Herald Media Group
DuPage Area OWL (Older Women's League)
DuPage County Community Services
Financial Planning Association of Illinois
Giving DuPage
Honor Flight Chicago
Innovation DuPage
Lexington Square Senior Residence of Lombard and Elmhurst
Maple Glen Memory Care Community
McAninch Arts Center
National Able Network
Oasis Senior Advisors
Pace Suburban Bus
Presto Real Estate Services
RE/MAX
Senior Living Experts
Senior News—50 and Better
Tabor Hills
Thrivent Financial
WDCB Public Radio
Willow Crossing Senior Living

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

If you are interested in being a vendor or sponsor at this year's expo, please visit our sponsorship page.

2020 Sponsors

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