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Many women lose out on retirement income, in part because of lack of planning and leaving decision-making up to their spouses. Cindy Hounsell, president of the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement was recently interviewed about this topic on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR News). Women often let their husbands handle issues of retirement "because they presume he knows more than they do," said Hounsell. Listen to the complete interview.  

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WISER's latest newsletter includes a feature on reverse mortgages and reverse mortgage scams, offers tips for choosing between a monthly payment or lump sum pension payout, and highlights recent research on caregivers. You can also learn more about new resources available including the Administration for Community Living's new campaign focused on brain health, and the Department of Health & Human Services new site,

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White House Conference on Aging Final Report Released

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The 6th White House Conference on Aging, which took place on July 13, 2015 was informed by a year of pre-conference activities and conversations that allowed a broad range of stakeholders to provide substantial input. At the conference, the Administration announced a number of new public actions and initiatives to help ensure Americans have increased opportunity and ability to retire with dignity. This final report summarizes the work of this eventful year. 

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Taking the First Step towards a Secure Financial Future

Tax season is upon us, and you may have noticed a familiar document in your mailbox: your W2s. Although preparing taxes can be an extra strain on what is an already busy schedule, it also presents an annual opportunity to evaluate your finances and think about long-term financial planning. Facing retirement planning head-on can be daunting, but taking the process step-by-step can ease the intimidation factor. The first step in long-term financial planning is figuring out the difference between your expected retirement income and need. Check out WISER's blog to learn more.

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