By Karla Santos
MERIDEN — Understanding retirement benefits can be challenging and that’s why the Meriden Public Library will be hosting a retirement workshop Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
Lauren Thompson, head of community services at the library, said the purpose of the event is to give local residents information about Social Security filing strategies, Medicare supplements, lifetime income planning, retirement savings, 401K rollover and 2021 tax implications. The library is located at 105 Miller St.
The information will be provided by Quality Senior Benefits LLC, which specializes in retirement planning.
“A large amount of Meriden residents are seniors and we want to make sure people understand their benefits,” Thompson said. “It’s an area that we like to provide information on because we get questions about it and this is our chance to try to bring in a professional to try to explain that stuff.”
She added that sometimes people feel overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork involved in Social Security and Medicare.
“My hope is just to give people a chance to ask the questions that they have to a professional, to give them access to someone that probably knows the common questions and where to get the answers,” Thompson said.
This program is only in English, but Thompson, who is half Puerto Rican, said she is looking to offer more Spanish language programs.
Natalie Gill, bilingual social services worker at the Meriden Senior Center said it is important for the community to attend this workshop.
She said she regularly sees clients who are not fully aware of retirement benefits.
“They are kind of left with the unknown and typically don’t have anywhere to go to or have any other additional resources,” she said.
The Senior Center, located at 22 W. Main St., also offers workshops on Medicare and estate planning.
Those interested in finding out more about benefits available to retirees can contact Gill at 203-630-4273.
For more information about the program at the library, visit https://www.meridenlibrary.org/