Facing retirement can be daunting. Mary Ellen Hoeh has helped thousands of seniors define what retirement is and will share her knowledge at a presentation at the LOACC April 29.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Mary Ellen Hoeh has helped thousands of people define what retirement means to them. She will lead a workshop at the LOACC April 29. Sign up now.

Growing up, I had two primary grandparents who spent their retired years puttering around the house and the garden. They seemed perfectly content, but I know that is not how I want to retire.

Have you thought about your retirement?

It can be overwhelming to adjust to life without the structure of your workday schedule and responsibilities. But we at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center also see it as an exciting time. We like to think of retirement as "re-fire-ment" — a plan of how to set your world on fire in the next chapter of your life.

Mary Ellen Hoeh has helped thousands of people define what retirement means to them and where they want to go in life.

She is an expert on the William Bridges Model of Change, a theory focusing on transitions and the psychological changes that lie behind significant organizational change. Bridges' theory involves a three-phase process:

  • Ending, Losing, Letting Go — helping people deal with their tangible and intangible losses and mentally prepare to move on;

  • The Neutral Zone — where critical psychological realignments and new patterning takes place. This is about helping people get through it, and capitalizing on all the confusion by encouraging them to be innovators; and

  • The New Beginning — helping people develop a new identity, experience new energy and discover the new sense of purpose that makes the change begin to work.

    Transitioning to retirement is typically a slow process, and time is needed to contemplate and create a new design for your life.

    Hoeh will lead a workshop on the transition to retirement from 12:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 at the center. Cost is $15 per person or $25 for a couple; refreshments will be served.

    The workshop is sponsored by NW Senior Resources. Reserve a seat by calling the center today.

    Scam alert: The LOACC has been made aware of scam phone calls going around regarding the issuance of the new Social Security cards.

    Scammers are calling to supposedly "verify" your Medicare or Social Security numbers before they can send you new cards.

    Medicare is sending everyone new cards over the next year; these cards will not include your Social Security number on them.

    No action or verification is needed on your part, so if you receive a phone call asking for verification, do not provide any information. Call the center if you have questions.

    On the menu: The lunch menu this week features stuffed peppers on Friday, April 20; zupa on Monday, April 23; and Ethiopian chicken stew on Wednesday, April 25.

    The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website,, under the Calendar banner. Click on "View the Adult Community Center Calendar" and then the activity for more details.

    Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

    Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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