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Retiree seminar series begins

Practical strategies for success in retirement will be emphasized at the first spring seminar of the Association of MIT Retirees on Thursday, March 6 at 11am in the Bartos Theater of the Wiesner Building (E15).

Dr. Margaret Ross, a psychiatrist, and Dr. Dawn Metcalf, a social worker in the MIT Mental Health Service, will present "Beating the Blues--A Survival Action Plan." They will discuss how retirees can find satisfaction and enthusiasm in this new phase of their lives.

Dr. Ross, a member of the medical staff since 1979, has been active in a number of the medical department's outreach programs and writes the popular "Ask Lucy" advice column for health@mit, the MIT Health Plans newsletter.

Dr. Metcalf, who was associated with the Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging before coming to MIT, specializes in services to seniors.

Parking for the seminar will be available in the CRA lot at Broadway and Ames Street (enter from Ames off Broadway) to those with an MIT ID. The Wiesner Building at 20 Ames St. is about one block from the Kendall/MIT subway station, through the medical building atrium.

The second seminar, "Strength Training, Exercise and Aging," will be given by Dr. Christina Economos on Thursday, March 20.


Retirement funds' returns reported

For the 1996 calendar year, the MIT Retirement Plan's Variable Fund showed a return of 23.4 percent. In comparison, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index advanced 23.0 percent during the same period. Fixed Fund member accounts have been credited with distributions of 8.9 percent for the year.

The 1996 annual Retirement Plan Statement of Benefits as of December 31, 1996, will be available by mid-March. The Benefits Office has begun looking into the possibility of distributing quarterly statements to active employees later this year.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 26, 1997.

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