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National Education and Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning

Authorizing Legislation: Title IV, Section 215 of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended.

The Purpose of the Program and How it Works

The National Education and Resource Center On Women and Retirement Planning was established through a cooperative agreement between the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER).

The mission of the Center is to provide women with access to a one-stop gateway that integrates financial information and resources for retirement planning, future, health, and  long-term care with Older Americans Act Programs. Often, programs such as OAA Nutrition and Supportive Services Programs become critical to the retirement security of older women.

Through the Center WISER is making user friendly financial education and retirement planning tools available to traditionally hard-to-reach women. This includes average and low income women, women of color and women with limited English speaking proficiency, rural and other “under served” women.

WISER’s strategy for reaching these women and their families is to enlist the assistance of strategic public-private coalitions as volunteers and trainers. WISER’s “Aging Network Advisory Council,” which is composed of representatives of 15 organizations from across the country promotes nationwide outreach on financial education and retirement planning through the formation of these strategic partnerships at the National and community levels. Coalition memberships include national and local women’s organizations, local government agencies, representatives of the business and financial sectors and the National Network on Aging.

Through these diverse coalitions, the Center is providing women with needed access to financial expertise. Information is offered through financial and retirement planning programs such as model programs, and workshops tailored to meet their special needs, and publications in hard copy and Web based formats. Materials include booklets such as “Financial Steps for Caregivers,” and fact sheets such as “How to Start Saving” available in English, Spanish and Korean.

The Center’s one stop gateway is helping women nationwide to access the comprehensive, culturally competent financial and retirement planning information they need to prepare for their futures. Ultimately, the efforts of WISER and AoA are enabling women to attain information that can lead to secure retirements.

Data Highlight Extensive Services Provided to Seniors

The Center has provided financial and retirement planning information through the following:

  • Workshops: Over the course of its operation, the Center has conducted more than 20,000 workshops on strategies to access financial and retirement planning information for women.
  • Newsletter: During the same period, through their newsletter, WISER disseminated over 15,000 pieces of financial and retirement planning information tailored to the specific needs of hard-to-reach women.
  • website: WISER’s newly redesigned website contains information of importance to women in categories ranging from money basics, investments, pensions and social security to health, caregiving and long-term care.
  • Inter-actives features on the website include “Ask the Expert,” online access to information from leading financial experts through monthly “Q&A” sessions. Have a question? Send it to info@wiserwomen.org.
  • WISER Webinars and Blogs Webinars: Over the past year WISER has conducted eight Webinars. The WISER Blog includes information on the range of financial issues important to women.
  • Publications: Publications include a monthly newsletter, more than 150 fact sheets, booklets and special reports. Materials are available in Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Vietnamese, present concise, easy-to-understand information on important financial topics.

Funding History

FY 2005$248,376
FY 2006$248,376
FY 2007$245,520
FY 2008$241,470
FY 2009$245,520
FY 2010$245,763

Resources and Useful Links

To find out more about the Center and how it can help you and the women in your family plan for a more secure future, visit the WISER website.

Coming Attractions! Watch for WISER’s new “Ask the Expert” feature. It will be online soon. Leading financial experts will be available in monthly Q and A sessions to answer questions about finances, health care and retirement planning. Have a question? Send it in to info@wiserwomen.org.