The joint event was sponsored by DePauw University and the Putnam County Senior Center. It focused on changes for citizens on healthcare, social security Part D Medicare, disability changes, fraud and scam issues, nursing home facilities, hospice, insurance, financial concerns and general health issues.
Panels of experts answered questions along with a line-up of speakers including Charo Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist with Social Security; Dr. Brian Black, Putnam County physician; Nannie Alldredge, State Health Insurance Assistance Program; Richard Bramer, Chief Council of Advisory section from the Attorney General's office; Indiana State Representative Nancy Michael; Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray; Carole Barr with the Western Indiana Community Action Agency; and Putnam County Hospital administrator Dennis Weatherford.
Boyd talked about how early one could collect social security and answered some complicated questions about spouses, ex spouses and entitlements to funds.
She also explained changes to the law that happened in January 2010. These included contributions from family members no longer being counted as income and life insurance policies no longer counting against your income.
Lunch from Treasures on the Square was available for a freewill offering at the event.
For more information about the 2010 Information Expo, call the Putnam County Senior Center at 653-8606.