While Lehigh HR regularly offers financial planning workshops and TIAA is on campus monthly for one-on-one counseling, there is more to retirement. Do you know how to register for Medicare? Have you thought about what you’ll do with your newly found free time? Have you looked into the benefits Lehigh offers to its retirees?
More than 120 faculty and staff set aside a half day recently to focus on their lives after Lehigh. The Office of the Provost, Human Resources and invited guests presented a program covering all aspects of retirement. The event was aimed at employees age 50 and over.
Speakers explained technical aspects of retirement, including accessing funds from TIAA accounts, signing up for Medicare and Social Security, and Lehigh’s medical premium reimbursement program.
Later in the afternoon, the group divided and heard from two panels of retirees, one for faculty and one for staff. Panelists discussed their personal experiences with retirement. Many in attendance found listening to the insights of colleagues who had already gone through the process of retiring from Lehigh helpful.
Attendees appreciated the one-stop shop approach to the event. Said one, “Having all the information in one place and covering it all on the same day was great. It helped me to know what I need to think about and what I should be looking into as I think about when I want to retire.”
If you didn’t have the chance to attend the event this spring, you will have future opportunities. Human Resources and the Office of the Provost will continue partnering on this program. Employees age 50 and over will automatically receive an invitation next spring.