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Legal Planning for Family Caregivers; What Professionals Need to Know

One of the hardest tasks in the world is putting together a plan your clients hope will never have to be used. When the unexpected happens, however, it helps to have the documents in place to deal with life’s complications. This session will focus on the legal planning necessary to plan for today, and the future.

Presented by: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time: 9:00am-10:00am

Location: Belmont Village, 1035 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois

Continuing Education:   1.0 continuing education credit will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers.

Registration:  There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact 847-462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com to register.

Flyer Regarding Event: Click here

Tax Assistance Resources – provided by Age Options

 ·         AARP Tax Aide Site Locator:  http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action

 ·         IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs: http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/

 resource information provided by:

Elizabeth Lough, MPH, Benefits Access Specialist
AgeOptions
1048 Lake Street, Suite 300
Oak Park, Illinois 60301
phone (708)383-0258  fax (708)524-0870
elizabeth.lough@ageoptions.org
ageoptions.org

 

WEBINAR – DEALING WITH DEMENTIA WITH PARKINSON DISEASE

WEBINAR – DEALING WITH DEMENTIA

It is estimated that between one quarter and one third of people diagnosed with PD are experiencing dementia. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is offering this webinar featuring Jennifer Goldman, MD from Rush University’s PD&MD Center on Tuesday, March 1 at noon Central Time.  To register, use this link and click the Sign Up Now button just after the program description and before learning objectives:

http://www.pdf.org/en/parkinson_briefing_dementia16

CEU Program – Legal Planning for Family Caregivers: What Professionals Need to Know

Legal Planning for Family Caregivers; What Professionals Need to Know

One of the hardest tasks in the world is putting together a plan your clients hope will never have to be used. When the unexpected happens, however, it helps to have the documents in place to deal with life’s complications. This session will focus on the legal planning necessary to plan for today, and the future.

Presented by: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time: 9:00am-10:00am

Location: Belmont Village, 1035 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois

Continuing Education:   1.0 continuing education credit will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers.

Registration:  There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact 847-462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com to register.

Flyer Regarding Event: Click here

Law Firm of Dutton & Casey – opening for Law Clerk

The law firm of Dutton & Casey (estate planning, probate, elder law) has an opening for a highly motivated, detail-oriented, responsible, and computer savvy law clerk.

Assignments Include:

  • clerking at the Daley Center
  • preparing inventories and accountings in probate estates
  • assistance in discovery
  • research
  • and general support for attorneys

Details:

  • Full-time hours during the summer and school holidays
  • 15-20 hours per week during the academic year

For Consideration:

Please email a cover letter and resume to: contact@duttonelderlaw.com

Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other- Teleconference

Teleconference Series

 

SSEEO invites you to call in and join the lunch and learn series for stroke survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

 

Post Stroke Depression and Fatigue

presented by

Mary F. Schmidt, PhD, ABPP Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

  • What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
  • What is post stroke fatigue?
  • How can I increase my energy and mood?
  • What resources are available if I need help with depression or fatigue after my stroke?

 

Our next call is Tuesday, February 9th

12:00 pm-1:00 pm cst

Download call details here:  Lunch & Learn Flyer

Participation on the calls is absolutely free 

Call 1-800-920-7487 and enter passcode 66523867#

 

For more information or to review past teleconferences please visit www.sseeo.org

 

 

 

P.O. Box 855 Lombard, Il | info@sseeo.org | (888) 988-8047

 

Together WE Can Make a Difference

Post Stroke Depression and Fatigue

 

Secretary of State’s Office Suspends Mailing of Vehicle Registration Renewal Reminders

Secretary of State’s Office Suspends Mailing of Vehicle Registration Renewal Reminders

Post Date: 10/28/2015

Due to the budget stalemate Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced recently that his office will suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminder notices to the public effective immediately.

Normally notices are sent to vehicle owners several weeks before license stickers expire. The last batch of renewal reminders was sent in early September for people whose license stickers had to be renewed in October. People whose stickers expire in November and beyond will not be getting a renewal reminder.

Vehicle owners are encouraged to be mindful of their vehicle registration status to ensure they renew in a timely manner and avoid driving on expired vehicle stickers.

People can still get notices by email if they register online. They need to do that through the secretary of state’s website, www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Those people will also have the information needed to renew their license stickers online. Those who don’t have access to email or a computer will have to go to a driver’s license facility in order to renew their stickers.

To register online for renewal reminders, please visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

FTC & NCUA offer cyber security tips

by Carol Kando-Pineda
Counsel, FTC’s Division of Consumer & Business Education

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so the FTC and the National Credit Union Administration are teaming up on a live Twitter chat to talk about tips to protect your information. During the chat, the FTC will share tips and tools from Consumer.FTC.gov and OnGuardOnline.gov. NCUA will share resources from MyCreditUnion.gov on how consumers can protect their finances.

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Fake kidnappers cause genuine loss

Fake kidnappers cause genuine loss

by Bridget Small Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Phone scammers spend their days making trouble. They waste our time, tie up our phone lines and harass us with ugly language. Some do much, much worse. The FTC has heard from people who got calls from scammers saying, “I’ve kidnapped your relative,” and naming a brother, sister, child or parent. “Send ransom immediately by wire transfer or prepaid card,” they say, “or something bad will happen.”

They’re lying. They didn’t kidnap anyone, but they hope you’ll panic and rush to pay ransom before checking the story.

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When it isn’t Alzheimer’s—Learn about other dementias

Alzheimer’s disease gets a lot of attention for being the most common cause of dementia in older people. But what if it isn’t Alzheimer’s?

Visit the ADEAR website to learn about other types of dementia, including:

  • Vascular dementia
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Frontotemporal disorders
  • Mixed dementia
  • Other conditions that cause dementia

More information about Alzheimer’s and dementia

-information from the National Institutes on Aging

25th International Day of Older Persons: Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment

25th International Day of Older Persons: Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment

The 2015 celebration of the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), in anticipation of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in 2016, will focus not only on the impact of the new urban environment on older persons, but also the impact of older persons on the new urban environment. Already, the move of people worldwide to cities is happening at a record pace, with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030. Consistent with the phenomenon of urbanization, the number of older persons is increasing most rapidly in urban areas of developing countries. The combined effect of both phenomena means that the number of people over 60 living in cities may grow to over 900 million by 2050 – making up a quarter of the total urban population in developing countries .   In principle, these trends offer older persons prospects for improving their quality of life. Well planned cities are more likely to provide income generating and education opportunities, in addition to housing and urban environments that are more accessible and safe for older persons, including the incorporation of age-friendly features in public facilities. This includes access to affordable, reliable, safe and physically accessible transportation, which is one of the cornerstones of older persons’ participation, independence and social inclusion. The 2015 IDOP celebration seeks to demonstrate that an age inclusive agenda is crucial for sustainable urban environments to promote equity, welfare and shared prosperity for all.

Message from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon English | Français | Español | Русский | عربي | 汉语

Statement by Kornfeld-Matte, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons.

 

Spread the Word!

Use #UNIDOP #ForPeople and #60PLUS for all you tweets on the 25th International Day of Older Persons (1 October 2015

From Dutton & Casey – Professional Level Programs in October

Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition

Topics to be covered include: What legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care? What are Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts and Wills and why are they important? How can Medicare, Medicaid, Long-Term Care Insurance and Personal Care Contracts maximize a person’s quality of life?

 Presented by: Kathryn C. Casey, JD, CELA

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Location: Covenant Home of Chicago, 2720 W Foster Ave., Chicago, Illinois

Time: Registration and Light Meal – 5:30pm; Program: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Event Registration: This FREE program is both for family members and health care professionals. A 1.5 continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers. There is no cost to attend, however registration is required by contacting 847-462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com

Prepare to Care

One of the hardest tasks in the world is putting together a plan you hope you and your loved one will never have to use. When the unexpected happens, however, it helps to have the documents in place to deal with life’s complications, especially when they are designed to help you care for someone close to you. This session will focus on the legal planning necessary to plan for today, and the future.

Presenter: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time: 9:00am-10:30am

Location: Lexington Square, 400 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, Illinois

Registration:  This program will award 1.5 continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Nurses. There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required  by contacting 847-462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com

 

 

 

Three tips for disaster preparedness for Alzheimer’s caregivers, from the National Institutes of Aging

  • Gather supplies—Consider the needs of the person with Alzheimer’s disease when you assemble a disaster kit. Include medications, copies of medical information, and a recent photo.
  • Plan for an evacuation—Know where the nearest emergency shelters are and pack items that may provide comfort to the person with Alzheimer’s.
  • Prepare for wandering—Make sure the person wears an ID bracelet, and label clothes to help aid in identification.

Read Disaster Preparedness: Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips for more ways to be ready during a crisis.

Scam-spotting help for recent refugees

Scam-spotting help for recent refugees

by Laureen Kapin Counsel for International Consumer Protection, FTC

People who’ve recently arrived in the US have a lot of adjustments to make. For many refugees and immigrants, and some of the social services groups who help them, the basics come first: figuring out language, food, shelter, and work. Understanding how to avoid fraud isn’t high on the list – until a scam finds a recent arrival.

That’s why the FTC has created new materials to help refugees and immigrants spot, avoid and report scams. We worked closely with the International Rescue Committee to create a short handbook to help anyone identify a sure sign of a scam.

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National Institute on Aging, Admin for Community Living, & Cnts for Disease Control and Prevention Webinars

Get up to speed on the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia, and learn what you need to know to inform, educate, and empower community members, people with dementia, and family caregivers.

The National Institute on Aging at NIH (NIA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are pleased to invite you to join the 4th annual free webinar series on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for professionals in the public health, aging services, and research networks.

Free continuing education credit is available (CNE, CEU, and CECH)!

TO REGISTER for each webinar, go to nih.webex.com and enter the event number listed below for that webinar.

Webinar 1 – September 2015:

Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Resources You Can Use

Tuesday, September 22, 2:00-3:30 pm ET

To register: go to nih.webex.com, enter event # 623 719 567

 

Webinar 2 – October 2015:

What’s Happening in Alzheimer’s Research?

Wednesday, October 21, 2:00-3:30 pm ET To register: go to nih.webex.com, enter event # 623 031 136

 

Webinar 3 – November 2015:

Caregivers Supporting People with Dementia: New Research and Technology

Tuesday, November 17, 2:00-3:30 pm ET

To register: go to nih.webex.com, enter event # 623 017 900

 

Read descriptions of sessions and list of speakers.

 

Race Judicata

The Dutton & Casey attorneys and staff are sponsoring, and participating in this 5K race, which supports Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

In connection with the CVLS, our attorneys assist, pro bono, the Cook County Adult Protective Services Agencies with their abuse, neglect and financial exploitation cases.

Welcome Attorney Michaela P. Franco

Prior to joining the firm, Michaela practiced for 9 years with the Cook County Public Guardian where she represented the Public Guardian as legal guardian for disabled adults and served as the court appointed guardian ad litem for abused and neglected minors. Her experience with the Public Guardian provided her with a broad background in probate matters, litigation, and client counseling. While obtaining her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Michaela researched caregiver stress and depression as part of a study initiated by the Alzheimer’s Association. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant for a longitudinal study of brain aging through the National Institutes of Health. Michaela’s clinical background provides her with a unique perspective on elder law issues.

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Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition; What Social Service Providers Need to Know

Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition; What Social Service Providers Need to Know

When a diagnosis of a chronic medical condition is given, not only do clients need to prepare medically, they need to prepare legally. This session will address important topics such as Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts, Wills. What legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care? How can Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance and personal care contracts maximize a person’s quality of life? and more.

Presented by:  Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA

Date:   Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Program:   8:30 am – 10:00 pm

Location:   Belmont Village, 500 McHenry Road, Buffalo  Grove, Illinois

 OR

 Date:   Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Program:   5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location:   Belmont Village, 545 Belmont Ave, Carol Stream, Illinois

Continuing Education: continuing education credit will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers.

Registration:     There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required by contacting 847-462-0885 or events@elderwerks.com

 

 

Program: Marriage Equality and Elder Law: Planning for Your Future

Marriage Equality and Elder Law: Planning for Your Future

Finally, all people can be married.   The implications of marriage, especially for older adults who are planning for their future, should be understood as it can impact you  both financially and legally.  Attend this session presented by Janna Dutton, Certified Elder Law Attorney, who has devoted her entire legal career to elder law, and learn what you need to know in order to make a decision that is appropriate for you and the person you love.

 Date: Friday, August 7, 2015

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00 pm.

Location: SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Bisexual Older Adults) in Bellwood, Illinois

Registration: There is no charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact Eric Vironet at eric@wsseniors.org.

Exercise for People Who Have Dementia

Exercise and physical activity are important for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise helps with general health, weight maintenance, and good sleep habits. Check out these tips to help people with Alzheimer’s get and stay active:

  • Try several 10-minute mini-workouts if a longer workout is too much.
  • Add music to exercises or try dancing together.
  • Break exercises into simple, easy-to-follow steps.

You can also participate in the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life Month this September! In collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, Go4Life Month encourages all older adults to be active every day. Whether you are part of an organization or an individual, there are plenty of ways to participate. Visit the Go4Life Month website for more information.

 

 

Too close to call

by Preston Reisig Consumer Education Intern, FTC

Got a question about a product or an account from a big-name online retailer that makes you want to speak directly to their customer service representative? What do you do first? Go to their website, of course. Can’t find a phone number there? Then you may do what seems like the next best thing and just type the company name into a search engine.

But the FTC warns consumers that it’s a mistake to assume that all toll-free numbers that pop up in a search are legitimate customer service lines. Some are run by scammers out to hijack your credit card number or install malware on your computer.

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Advocacy Needed

The current State Budget impasse threatens the viability of community-based agencies and their capacity to provide long term services and supports and behavioral health care for older adults and persons with disabilities.  I urge you to send letters to the editor of your local newspaper(s) to inform the public about the impact of the current stalemate on your agencies, programs, and clients, and urge the Governor and Illinois General Assembly to settle their political differences and enact a State Budget now.  I have prepared a sample letter to the editor which can be found on our website at: www.ilcmha.org .  You may customize the letter and send it to your local newspaper(s).

Thank you.

Michael O’Donnell, President

Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging

 

Card cracking: Not what it’s cracked up to be

Card cracking: Not what it’s cracked up to beby Lesley Fair Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

The scam is called card cracking and it may start off innocently enough. You see a post on a social media site announcing a contest. Or maybe a webpage that claims to have a celebrity affiliation is offering a gift card giveaway.

The variations are endless, but here’s the tip-off that fraud is afoot. At some point, you’re asked for your bank account information, PIN number, or online banking credential. That’s when you can bank on the fact that those “innocent” offers aren’t what they’re cracked up to be.

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The ComEd Residential Special Hardship program

ComEd has set up temporary satellite sites to complete applications for their Residential Special Hardship Program beginning on Monday, July 27, 2015. The program will run until funds are exhausted. The ComEd Residential Special Hardship program is available for those who have “experienced a hardship due to job loss, documented illness, military deployment, senior or disability hardships, among others”, according to ComEd’s website. In addition, they must meet other eligibility guidelines to qualify for assistance. Please visit https://www.comed.com/customer-service/assistance-programs/Pages/residential-hardship.aspx or call 1-800-806-CARE for more information.

 

The 2014-2015 income guidelines are as follows:

Family Size 30-Day Income Annual Income
1 $2,431 $29,175
2 $3,277 $39,325
3 $4,123 $49,475
4 $4,969 $59,625
5 $5,815 $69,775
6 $6,600 $79,925
7 $7,506 $90,075
8 $8,352 $100,225

Elizabeth Lough, MPH, Benefits Access Specialist AgeOptions 1048 Lake Street, Suite 300 Oak Park, Illinois 60301 phone (708)383-0258  fax (708)524-0870

elizabeth.lough@ageoptions.org

ageoptions.org

Fraud Alert

Happy Birthday Medicare & Medicaid! Here’s to Another 50 Years
Medicare and Medicaid celebrate an important milestone next week. July 30th is the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs. It may be hard to imagine today, but in 1965, about half of all older adults in the U.S. had no health insurance. Today, Medicare and Medicaid cover almost 1 in 3 Americans, providing needed services for over 100 million people.

 

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Age in Place

If you decide to “age in place” — live independently in a home of your choice for as long as possible — you’ll need to plan ahead to make sure you have the necessary supports and resources.

See how to plan if you want to “age in place.”

For more information, see “There’s No Place Like Home – For Growing Old,” a Tip Sheet from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH.

The information on Long Term Care was developed for NIHSeniorHealth by the Administration on Aging (AoA), a part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

 

 

Travel Tips for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s time for summer vacation! Taking a person with Alzheimer’s disease on an overnight trip can be challenging, but here are some tips to make it easier:

  • Keep your schedule realistic—allow lots of time for each thing you want to do.
  • Plan rest periods.
  • Follow a routine like the one you use at home. Try to have the person eat, rest, and go to bed at the same time they do at home.
  • If the person is prone to wandering, carry a recent photo of them on the trip.

Get more useful travel information in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips: Traveling Overnight.

Adiós fake debt collectors

No hay mal, que por bien no venga,” as we say in Spanish. There’s nothing bad through which good doesn’t come.

 

It’s an appropriate phrase to describe the FTC’s settlement with Centro Natural – a telemarketing company that the FTC says deceived and harassed Spanish-speaking people into paying debts they didn’t owe. Thanks to the settlement, announced recently, the company is now banned from telemarketing and debt collecting. It’s an important case, because fraud really does affect every community. The case also aligns with the FTC’s work on how debt collection and credit reporting issues affect Latino consumers.

 

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Marriage Equality and Elder Law: Planning for Your Future

Marriage Equality and Elder Law: Planning for Your Future

Finally, all people can be married.   The implications of marriage, especially for older adults who are planning for their future, should be understood as it can impact you  both financially and legally.  Attend this session presented by Janna Dutton, Certified Elder Law Attorney, who has devoted her entire legal career to elder law, and learn what you need to know in order to make a decision that is appropriate for you and the person you love.

 Date: Friday, August 7, 2015

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00 pm.

Location: SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Bisexual Older Adults) in Bellwood, Illinois

Registration: There is no charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact Eric Vironet at eric@wsseniors.org.

Understanding Estate Administration

Understanding Estate Administration

Whenever a person dies, their estate needs to be collected and managed. Estate administration involves gathering the assets of the estate, paying the decedent’s debts, and distributing the remaining assets. Not only are you dealing with the death of a loved one, the estate administration process can be overwhelming. Attend this program, presented by Attorney Hanny Pei-Rodriguez and learn more about preparing for, and managing, this difficult task.

Presented by: Hanny Pei-Rodriguez, JD

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm -7:30 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Chicago, 537 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Registration: There is no charge to attend. However advanced registration is required. Please contact 312 464-9900 to register.

 

 

Upcoming Program on Estate Adminstration

Whenever a person dies, their estate needs to be collected and managed. Estate administration involves gathering the assets of the estate, paying the decedent’s debts, and distributing the remaining assets. Not only are you dealing with the death of a loved one, the estate administration process can be overwhelming. Attend this program, presented by Attorney Hanny Pei-Rodriguez and learn more about preparing for, and managing, this difficult task.

Presented by: Hanny Pei-Rodriguez, JD

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm -7:30 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Chicago, 537 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Registration: There is no charge to attend. However advanced registration is required. Please contact JamieMazer@gildasclubchicago.org or 312 464-9900, ext. 30 to register.

Attention Grandparents: Watch out for phony debt collectors

My grandma kept an eye out for cheaters. (No, not that kind.) Back in the day, if a salesman knocked on her front door, she waved them off. Before caller ID, she hung up on telemarketers. But a call from a phony debt collector? She might have fallen for that one. Especially if the debt collector said she was responsible for her grandchild’s debt.

 

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Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather

Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. It is critically important that adults particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses know how to safeguard against problems. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some tips to help avoid the hazards of hot weather.

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Unique interactive map helps meet needs of people with electricity-dependent medical equipment

This unique interactive map helps meet needs of people with electricity-dependent medical equipment

The HHS emPOWER Map, an interactive online tool, launched today to aid community health agencies and emergency management officials in disaster preparedness as they plan ahead to meet the emergency needs of community residents who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment to live independently at home.

learn more.

 

Information on Wi-Fi Hotspots

Whether in a hotel or airport across the world, or in the coffee shop just down the street, chances are you’ve used free Wi-Fi hotspots. While convenient, they’re often unsecure. So how can you reduce your risk? Encryption — having your information scrambled into code — is key to staying secure online.

Watch this video from OnGuardOnline.gov to learn the signs that a site and hotspot are encrypted so you can protect your personal information when using public Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Before paying with bitcoins…

If you shop online — and who doesn’t? — you might notice that some websites let you pay with bitcoins. Virtual or crypto currencies like Bitcoin can be a fast way to pay online, or in person with a mobile app.

But using virtual currencies comes with risk. Their value goes up and down — sometimes sharply — depending on demand. In addition, payments made with virtual currencies aren’t reversible and don’t have the same legal protections as some traditional payment methods. Once you hit send, you can’t get your money back unless the seller agrees. That’s why it’s important to know who you’re buying from and what policies they have regarding refunds, returns, and disputes.  

learn more from the Federal Trade Commission

Reverse Mortgage- Caution Needed

You see the ads on TV, in the newspaper, and online. They push the benefits of a reverse mortgage for homeowners over 62: pay off your existing mortgage, supplement your income, pay for healthcare expenses, and more. But is a reverse mortgage right for you? That depends. While a reverse mortgage may increase your monthly income, it can put your retirement security at risk if you’re not careful.

learn more from the Federal Trade Commission

 

Spread the Word About Summer Meals

Don’t let kids go hungry this summer. Just because school is out doesn’t mean they can’t get the same free or reduced-cost meals they rely on during the school year. In fact, any kid or teen 18 and under can eat for free at designated summer meals sites across the country. But too many families don’t know, or don’t take advantage of the program.

Find summer meals in your community. And use these tools to let people know they’re available.

 

Race Judicata

Race Judicata

The attorneys and staff are sponsoring, and participating in this 5K race, which supports Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Registration: please go to http://www.cvls.org

In connection with the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services’ Adult Protection Services Project, our attorneys assist, pro bono, the Cook County Adult Protective Services Agencies with their abuse, neglect and financial exploitation cases.

Kathryn Casey

Partner Kathryn Casey earned her Certification in Elder Law (CELA). The CELA certification has frequently been referred to as “the gold standard” for elder law and special needs practitioners.

 Kathryn,  who joins Janna Dutton and only a few other attorneys in Illinois with this certification,  has practiced exclusively in elder law since 2004 when she began representing clients in adult guardianships and elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation litigation. Since then, her practice has expanded to include probate and trust administration, estate planning, retirement benefits, special needs planning, long term care planning, Medicaid applications, and senior housing issues.

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Dementia, Ethics and Elder Law

Dementia, Ethics and Elder Law

Please join us for an interactive presentation and case studies of elder law & ethics topics such as: a framework for addressing common ethical dilemmas involving people with dementia, determination of decisional capacity, risk factors for neglect, abuse, exploitation, and undue influence, solutions for helping those at risk and more.

Presented by: Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA  and Dan Kuhn, LCSW

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00pm

Location: Friendship Village, 350 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Illinois

Registration: This program will provide 3 continuing education credit hours in ethics for Illinois Social Workers and Counselors. There is no charge to attend. However, registration is required. Please contact lecia.szuberla@elderwerks.com to register

Exciting News from Dutton & Casey

Partner Kathryn Casey has completed the long and difficult process to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA). This certification has frequently been referred to as “the gold standard” for elder law and special needs attorneys.

In our ongoing commitment to provide the highest level of services to our clients and their families both of our Partners, Janna Dutton and Kathryn Casey, are certified.

Please click on the link below to learn more about the process to become a CELA and how this level of knowledge and dedication can better assist you and / or someone you care about.

https://www.duttonelderlaw.com/certified-elder-law-attorney…/

Legal Planning for the Family Caregiver Program = Via Phone – Today

Legal Planning for Family Caregiver

This session will answer fundamental legal questions common to clients and families, such as: What are the duties and authorities under the various healthcare surrogate laws? What are the different types of trusts and how do they work? , How can Medicare, Medicaid, long term care insurance and personal care contracts be used to maximize a person’s quality of life.

Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD, CELA

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Time: Noon – 1:00pm

Location: This program is offered via the phone.

Registration: This program is being offered by Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other. There is no charge to attend, but advanced registration is required.  Click here for more information.

Elder Financial Abuse: Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Financial Exploitation

Mistreatment of older adults is not just a matter of neglect or violence. Financial abuse is also all too common—and often, family members and caregivers are the culprits. Elder financial exploitation is defined as “the illegal use of an older adult’s funds or property for the benefits of someone besides the older adult. This includes theft, fraud, and use of influence over the senior to gain control over an older person’s money or property.” Join BMO Harris Bank, Aging Care Connections, and Dutton & Casey to learn to identify key warning signs and how to protect your loved ones from Elder Financial Abuse.

Presenters: Janna Dutton, JD, CELA; Ken Nimmo, Account Risk Services Specialist at BMO Harris Bank, N.A.; and Elizabeth Rivera, MSW, Adult Protective Services Supervisor at Aging Care Connections

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Plymouth Place – Dole Hall, 315 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park, Illinois

Registration: Please call 708-873-1633 to register.

Clinical Challenges in Determining Competency and Understanding the Surrogate Decision Makers

Clinical Challenges in Determining Competency and Understanding the Surrogate Decision Makers

Presented by: Kathryn C. Casey, JD, and Renato DeLossantos, MD

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Time: 10:00 am – Noon

Location: The Bridges Poplar Creek Country Club, 1400 Poplar Creek Drive, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Continuing Education: 1.5 hours will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Nurses, Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychologists.

Registration: There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please contact donna.siegler@alexian.net to register.

Hospital Stay – Observation or In-Patient – WHO KNOWS ???

Medicare beneficiary’s inpatient or outpatient status in a hospital affects the way that Medicare bills the beneficiary as well as whether the patient qualifies for Skilled Nursing Facility care following the hospital stay, so it is really important for a beneficiary to understand their rights.

The Center for Medicare Advocacy created a handout that describes the issue surrounding observation status, and provides steps that patients can take to try and resolve the issue. Please click on the link below to view the packet: http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/self-help-packet-for-medicare-observation-status/

In Illinois, hospitals are not required to tell a patient if they are being put under observation status or being admitted to the hospital, so it is important for the patient to ask. Please view the fact sheet, created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for more information about the difference between inpatient and outpatient status: http://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11435.pdf

– source Make Medicare Work Coalition http://www.ageoptions.org/services-and-programs_makemedicarework.html

Presentations for Attorneys

Elder Law Short Course, 9th Annual

Elder Law continues to be a rapidly changing field. This course is designed to provide you with current, pragmatic practice guidance that you can use to help your clients.

Presenters from Dutton & Casey: Janna Dutton, JD and Helen Mesoloras, JD

Dates: Thursday, November 21, and Friday, November 22, 2013

Location: Hilton Lisle, 3003 Corporate West Drive Lisle, Illinois

Registration: This program is for attorneys and being offered through the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. for more information.

Winter UnProgram 

Presenter: Helen Mesoloras, JD.

Topic:  Drafting Powers of Attorney and Estate Planning Documents

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Location: Hilton Lisle, 3003 Corporate West Drive Lisle, Illinois
Registration: This program is for attorneys and is offered through the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Illinois Chapter.

Elder Law and Ethics, 2013

Please join us for an interactive presentation and case studies of elder law & ethics topics such as:
Determination of decisional capacity
Risk factors for neglect, abuse, exploitation, and undue influence
Solutions for helping those at risk
Changes to Medicaid

Presented by: Kathryn C. Casey, JD

Date:  Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Registration:  8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Program: 9:00 AM – 12 Noon

Location:  Friendship Village, 350 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194

Continuing Education: This program will award 3.0 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers,  Professional Counselors, and Nurses. This program satisfies the Illinois social  worker 3 hour ethics requirement.

Registration:   There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Click here to register.

Professional Level Program – Elder Law and Ethics, 2013

Elder Law and Ethics, 2013

Please join us for an interactive presentation and case studies of elder law & ethics topics such as:
Determination of decisional capacity
Risk factors for neglect, abuse, exploitation, and undue influence
Solutions for helping those at risk
Changes to Medicaid

Presented by: Kathryn C. Casey, JD

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Registration: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Program: 9:00 AM – 12 Noon

Location: Friendship Village, 350 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194

Continuing Education: This program will award 3.0 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Nurses. This program satisfies the Illinois social worker 3 hour ethics requirement.

Registration: There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Click here to register.

Illinois Expands Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) to Physician Orders on Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Illinois Expands Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) to Physician Orders on Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

On March 14, 2013, the Illinois Department of Public Health released a revised version of its “IDPH Uniform Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Advance Directive.”  The updated form is subtitled “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” (POLST)  This form represents a widely recognized best practice that documents medical orders for life-extending treatments for seriously ill patients. POLST is now in use in 38 states with adoptions by Illinois and Indiana in 2013.  It is intended to promote more patient-centered conversations between physicians/other healthcare professionals and the patient or legal surrogate.

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Program for Community Members and Professionals

Taking Control of Your Future: Strategies for Avoiding Legal Pitfalls

Adequate legal planning for older age involved more than writing a will. This session will address important topics which can impact your physical, mental and financial health. Doing some simple advance preparation now can help you avoid legal pitfalls down the road.

Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD

Date:  Wednesday. May 29, 2013

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location:  Terrace Gardens Assisted Living, 8415 Waukegan Rd, Morton Grove, IL 60053

This session is part of a 6 week series, “Resources for Navigating Life Transitions: Your Personal GPS,” being sponsored by Elderwerks, Terrace Gardens, Right at Home, and Dutton & Casey.  Click here for a flyer on the event.

There is no charge to attend this, or any session. However, advanced registration is required. Click here  to register.

One hour of continuing education will be awarded for Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, and Registered Nurses.

PROGRAM ON LEGAL PLANNING FOR LIVING

Taking Control of Your Future: Strategies for Avoiding Legal Pitfalls

Adequate legal planning for older age involved more than writing a will. This session will address important topics which can impact your physical, mental and financial health. Doing some simple advance preparation now can help you avoid legal pitfalls down the road.

Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD

Date:  Wednesday. May 29, 2013

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location:  Terrace Gardens Assisted Living, 8415 Waukegan Rd, Morton Grove, IL 60053

This session is part of a 6 week series, “Resources for Navigating Life Transitions: Your Personal GPS,” being sponsored by Elderwerks, Terrace Gardens, Right at Home, and Dutton & Casey.  Click here for a flyer on the event.

There is no charge to attend this, or any session. However, advanced registration is required. Click here  to register.