Free Workshops For Older Adults

| September 19, 2009 | 0 Comments

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The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will help older adults to get their lives in order with a series of free workshops titled “The Future is Now! Are You Ready?” focusing on legal, financial, and future expectations. The series will be held Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. October through March 2010 at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold.

The first of the series will focus on legal planning.

On Oct. 7, Dr. Rebecca Elon, will speak on “The Issue of Competency from the Medical Perspective.” This workshop will cover the issue of whether the person can be held accountable for the consequences of his or her decisions and actions.

On Oct. 14, Robert Bohan, attorney, will discuss “The Estate Planning Process.” Participants will learn about durable power of attorney, wills, trusts, probate, and estate administration.

On Oct. 21, Jacqueline Byrd, attorney, will speak on “Making Sense of Living Wills and Other Advanced Directives.” Appointing a health care agent, types of advanced directives, and surrogate decision-making will be discussed.

The second part of the series will focus on financial planning.

On Jan. 13, “Financing Long Term Care Through Maryland Medical Assistance” will present a general overview of the rules and regulations of the Maryland Medical Assistance Program regarding long-term care in a nursing home. The speaker is attorney Robert Bohan.

On Jan. 20, Amy Rubino, the department’s Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program director, and a representative from the Maryland Insurance Administration will discuss “Long Term Care Insurance.”

On Jan. 27, Robert Ready, of Jacob Dean Mortgage Inc., will discuss “The New Faces of Reverse Mortgages.” Participants will receive information on the latest rules governing this program that allows seniors to cash in on the equity in their homes.

The last part of the series will address the “expected” as well as the “unexpected” aspects of life.

On March 10, Mary Fridley, registered nurse and founder of Gero-Resources LLC, has titled her workshop “Now What? Preparing for Your Older Loved One’s Hospital Discharge.” Participants will learn important questions to ask, how to access resources and services, and how to be prepared for a loved one’s arrival home.

On March 17, Marjorie Cotterman, registered nurse, will speak on “When Your Loved One Can No Longer Live Independently.” Participants can get help in determining when a family member can no longer live independently and discover how they can be helped in the decision-making and transition process.

On March 24, Lauren Parker, Register of Wills, will present “After the Loss of Your Loved One.” The workshop will help participants to identify who needs to be notified and what documentation is needed to have on hand to help simplify this process.

The series is sponsored by AAMC Lifeline, Generations, and Heartlands Assisted Living at Severna Park. To register for the series, call 410-222-4464, Ext. 3094, or register online at http://www.aacounty.org/Aging. Anyone interested in sponsoring the workshop series should contact Sandy Berkeley at 410-222-4257, Ext. 221.

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