Medicare has published the 2012 guide.
Click here to obtain the booklet.
Medicare has published the 2012 guide.
Click here to obtain the booklet.
The patient information division of the American Geriatrics Society published their Fall, 2011 newsletter.
Click here to read the newsletter as it contains many informative articles.
Partners, Janna Dutton and Kathryn C. Casey, will be presenting at this year’s Governor’s Conference on Aging.
Click here for information on the conference.
Erin Vogt, the client care coordinator with Dutton & Casey, is participating in the resource fair on November 1.
Please click here to learn more about the event.
Choosing a nursing home for a family member can be one of the most difficult decisions anyone ever has to make. The fact that the family member needs to move to a nursing home means that he or she is in a vulnerable state and will be dependent on the care provided in the facility. Here are 44 questions (we counted them so you don’t have to!) that should help a family choose the best facility in an unfortunate situation.
For questions regarding Medicare’s Open Enrollment, which began on October 15, go to http://www.medicare.gov/open-enrollment.
Driving demands quick reaction time and fast decision making — because of this, a person with Alzheimer’s will eventually become unable to drive. Making decisions about when it’s time to stop driving can be difficult, but dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition. Learn more at our online Dementia and Driving Resource Center, where you can watch how four families deal with different issues related to dementia and driving.
Click here to read the entire article, from the Alzheimers Association.
Medicare is the primary health insurance for people are 65 and older and younger people who have a disability.
However, Medicare can be very confusing. To learn more about Medicare, what is covers, deductibles, co-pays, etc., look at
In addition, go to www.medicare.gov/publications for a resource booklets on the various aspects of Medicare.
Register Now for the Free Webcast on Oct. 22, Live from
Can’t make it to Rhode Island? Watch the live webcast of the key speakers from the comfort of your home. Register now for the free, live webcast and learn about the following topics:
This event is brought to you by the National Parkinson Foundation and the American Parkinson Disease Association. Thank you to our generous sponsors: Teva Neuroscience, Ipsen and Medtronic.
For more information, please call NPF’s Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).
Medicare D Open Enrollment Starts October 15.
Click here for information from the National Council on Aging
Presented by Attorney Kathryn C. Casey, this session will answer fundamental legal questions common to all family caregivers responsible for taking care of individuals who are unable to care for themselves. Learn to navigate the legal issues involved in caring for an another adult. What are the duties and authorities under a Power of Attorney for Property, Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Trust or Living Will? How does the law allow for a person to manage another person’s finances and healthcare? How can loved ones make financial, personal and medical decisions under the law? Is it possible to avoid legal pitfalls as a caregiver? What legal options are still available in planning and paying for long term care? How can caregivers utilize Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance and personal care contracts to maximize a loved one’s quality of life.
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Lake Barrington Woods, 22320 Classic Court, Lake Barrington, IL 60010
To Register: No charge to attend. Pre Registration is required by calling Lake Barrington Woods at
847-842-8900 by November 7, 2011. Seating is limited.
Our e-newsletter contains resource information that is helpful for older adults, people who have a disability, and the people who care about them, including family members and professionals.
Please click here to read the October 2011 issue.
Attorney Kathryn C. Casey will be presenting at a support group for people who have Parkinsons Disease and their Loved Ones.
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Location: Alexian Brothers Neuroscience Institute, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, 800 Biesterfield Road, Eberle Medical Building, Suite 610, Elk Grove Village
Registration or More Information: Please contact Paula Wiener at 847-516-2768 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9 a.m. – Noon
Bernard Horwich JCC Building, Heller Auditorium
3003 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago
The 2011 Linkages Resource Fair features two guest speakers, as well as opportunities for private consultations and personalized assistance from area service providers and attorneys specializing in disability-related issues.
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Robin Jones, Project Director, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, Great Lakes ADA Center
Robin Jones will focus on the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and other disability rights laws that impact housing, employment, travel, education, telecommunications, voting and other areas of importance.
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Attorney Laura Miller, Equip for Equality
Attorney Laura Miller will discuss recent legislative challenges related to deinstitutionalization of people with developmental disabilities, mental illness and physical disabilities.
Some of the service providers represented will include:
CJE SeniorLife / Jewish Child and Family Services / Life’s Plan / Clearbrook / Jewish Vocational Service /The Center for Enriched Living / Center for Independent Futures / Arts of Life / Access Living / Family to Family / The Arc of Illinois / Illinois Life Span / Thresholds / PACT, Inc. /UIC Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities
Some of the attorneys represented will include:
Dutton & Casey Associates / Equip for Equality / Attorney Julie Fox / Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates
To register for this event or to request special accommodations, click here.
New, updated Chart of Benefits. Here’s a breakdown of the updates:
To download the Chart of Benefits, please click on the path below to access the document on AgeOption’s website:
2012 plan data is now available on the Medicare Plan Finder. You may enroll in 2012 plans from October 15, 2011 to December 07, 2011.
Click here to find a plan that best suits you.
We now offer video conferencing. At times, clients are homebound or they have family members who live outside the Chicagoland area. With this new technology, we are able to serve all of these clients and still offer the opportunity to see each other face to face.
Attorney Janna Dutton will present information on legal topics vital for professionals to know in order to serve their clients.
October 13, 2011
In our ongoing effort to be accessible to the community, we have opened a satellite office in Vernon Hills. Please contact us at 847-886-9456 or email for more information or to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our attorneys.
Office Location: 175 E. Hawthorn Parkway, Suite 345, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
On September 13, 2011, the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR) again considered the comprehensive new Medicaid regulations proposed by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHS) which in part implement the requirements of the federal Deficit Reduction Act provisions affecting Medicaid eligibility. DHS released revisions of its proposed rules to the public on Friday, September 9, 2011, giving advocates little time to consider the revisions. JCAR had the option of lifting its prohibition or continuing it. Due to the remaining concerns of the elder law bar and others, JCAR announced that it was continuing the prohibition and directed DHS to sit down and negotiate with the interested parties. On September 28, 2011 JCAR staff, Julie Hamos, Director of DHS and her staff members met with various members of the elder law bar to negotiate some of the controversial provisions. As of now, it is not certain whether DHS will adopt all or some of the proposed revisions suggested by the elder law bar. If JCAR does not lift its prohibition in its October meeting on October 11, 2011, the proposed regulations will expire and DHS will need to start over in the future. Director Hamos has suggested that if this occurs, that she will take the matter (implementation of the Deficit Reduction Act) to the Illinois General Assembly for passage in the form of a statute. Stayed tuned next month – Illinois may or may not have new Medicaid regulations in place.
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