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Self-Care During the Pandemic

Oct 19, 2020

Now, dating back every week since late April of this year, roughly a third of Americans have shown symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders according to the National Center for Health Statistics which on the face of it sounds pretty disturbing.

Fortunately- we have Mihaela Vincze, Program Specialist for the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies and she’s joining us today to discuss self-care strategies which can aid & assist us in coping. 

So Mihaela, when we refer to this “self-care” concept, what exactly are we talking about?

Coping with Stress During the Pandemic

Oct 12, 2020

A recent survey has found that almost 6 in 10 workers say that they have experienced impacts to their employment by the pandemic such as a reduction in work hours, furloughs, and layoffs. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, the program specialist for nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies to discuss the impacts of this stress on our health.

It’s the time of year when most companies have benefits enrollment, when you can sign up for or make changes to things such as your health insurance. Amid the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to know about your options and choose wisely. One option that many people have in their benefits package is a Health Savings Account, or HSA.

Today, Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Institute is here to explain HSAs. Catherine, can you give a bit of background as to what an HSA is?

Mindfulness And Meditation Amid The Pandemic

Sep 28, 2020

A recent survey found that only one in five people indicate they practice mindfulness and meditation on a consistent basis. Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, the Program Specialist for nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies to discuss the importance of adopting these practices, especially during this pandemic.

  

Once again, we’re back with another edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth.  I’m your host, Al Waller.

Now…social interaction can provide a sense of connectivity and community, which can often combat feelings of isolation.

However, amid the coronavirus pandemic it’s nearly impossible for many people, especially older adults and retirees, to have a lot of in-person social interaction.

Catherine Collinson, president of the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies is joining us to share some virtual resources that older adults can take advantage of.

So, to begin with Catherine, can you elaborate further on the importance of older adults using technology as a means to remain engaged and connected during the pandemic?

The pandemic and recession has upended almost every aspect of our everyday lives from layoffs & furloughs……to home schooling children. However….one group that we don’t talk enough about are the older adults who are in retirement.  

Today, we have Catherine Collinson, president of the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies to share with us findings from a recent survey of retirees.

Data released by Mental Health America revealed that since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, mental health conditions are increasing in prevalence and severity.  Mihaela Vincze, the program specialist for nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies, is here to talk about the mental health impacts from our new reality.

One of the greatest threats to an individual’s financial security these days is getting scammed. During pandemic where so many people are struggling, it’s especially disheartening that there are so many scammers out there trying to steal people’s personally identifiable information and money. Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, is here today to talk about the latest scams.

We’re back with another edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth.  I’m your host, Al Waller.  

COVID-19 has complicated workers’ financial and retirement security across generations and the pandemic’s full impact is far from becoming clear.

A recent survey found that fewer than six in 10,  U.S. workers reported they are eating healthy on a consistent basis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Well….we’re back with another edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth. I’m your host, Al Waller. And…today, we’re going to discuss how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act…..(otherwise known as the CARES Act) impacts loans and early withdrawals from 401(k) retirement accounts. 

COVID-19 and the ensuing recession has been just so devastating for families across the country, as millions of Americans have lost their jobs—their health insurance—and in some cases both.

With the current pandemic and its various impacts continuing to be felt around the world. U.S. workers have seen negative impacts to their finances and savings.

As we track the continuing spread of COVID-19 across the country, we are becoming increasing aware of the number of COVID-19 cases in rural America.

As the number of COVID-19 cases in rural states like Wyoming, Montana, Oklahoma, and Idaho rise, more attention is now being focused on our rural health care system. 

Today’s women are better educated and enjoy career opportunities that were unimaginable 50 years ago. Yet the gender pay gap in the U.S. remains persistent with women earning 85 percent of what men earned in 2018, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.

Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, tells us how the gender pay gap plays into women’s retirement readiness.

Vaping

Mar 9, 2020

On today’s episode we're talking about vaping and associated health risks.

Today on the show we're discussing an important, but underutilized tax credit known as the Saver’s Credit. Many Americans miss out on it simply because they’re unaware it exists. Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, helps us understand the Saver’s Credit and its benefits for everyday Americans.

Coronavirus Outbreaks

Feb 24, 2020

Christopher Wells, the National Program Manager of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies, talks about disease outbreaks, and in particular the Wuhan 2019 novel coronavirus. 

Hector explains what you need to know about diabetes.

As the retirement landscape evolves, employers have to reflect on if their retirement plans and policies will continue to benefit their employee’s retirement preparations. Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, discusses how employers can take on a greater role in supporting the changing retirement needs of their employees.

Health Improvements And Longevity

Jan 20, 2020

Hector De La Torre, the executive director of Transamerica Center for Health Studies, discusses longevity– specifically the technological, regulatory and health improvements that have led to longer life expectancies in the United States just in the last several decades.

Have you ever wondered how well prepared your Uber driver, tutor, or piano teacher is for retirement? Often when we discuss retirement, we think about traditional employees who work for an employer. Those who are not always top of mind, but are just as important, are the self-employed. How are they preparing for retirement or are they even considering retirement? Today, we have Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, with us to discuss how the self-employed are shaping their retirement. 

2019 Consumer Survey – Wellness

Jan 6, 2020

Hector De La Torre, the executive director of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies, discusses some highlights from their 7th annual Consumer Healthcare Survey. The new survey results include some interesting insights about the current status of health and wellness in America.

We've recently discussed Medicare and other medical open enrollment periods on this podcast. Although open enrollment is typically centered around health insurance, it provides an opportunity to check/review your retirement benefit selections. Today Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, helps us understand what things to consider during this vital period.

Saving for retirement can be an arduous process even for those who have workplace retirement benefits, but what about people who are self-employed and may not have access to these benefits? Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, discusses the Center’s recent research on the self-employed and ways they can save. 

Hector tell us about the findings from a consumer healthcare report that surveyed 3,700 Americans.

Elder Fraud

Nov 26, 2019

Elder fraud is an increasing reality in today’s world.  According to the United States Special Committee on Aging, older American’s lose, on average, $3 billion per year to scams. This is an extremely alarming, yet under-reported number, as not every case of fraud and financial exploitation is reported. It is important for people to be aware and recognize warning signs to better protect themselves.

Today, Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, joins us to talk about elder fraud.

On today's Clear Path, Hector breaks down Medicare Part D--what it is, changes around presciption drugs, and the "donut hole" coverage gap. 

Elder Fraud

Nov 11, 2019

Elder fraud is an increasing reality in today’s world.  According to the United States Special Committee on Aging, older American’s lose, on average, $3 billion per year to scams. This is an extremely alarming, yet under-reported number, as not every case of fraud and financial exploitation is reported. It is important for people to be aware and recognize warning signs to better protect themselves.

Today, Catherine Collinson, president of nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, joins us to talk about elder fraud.

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