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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

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

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.

 

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.

learn more about our firm

 

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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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

 

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.

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.

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

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.

click here to learn more

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.

PROGRAM ON LEGAL PLANNING WHEN LIVING WITH A DISABILITY – MAY 9 IN SKOKIE IL

Legal Ability Planning – How To Prepare For and Prosper In Adulthood

Adequate legal planning for living with a disability, whether your own or your loved one’s, involves more than writing a will.  It requires legal documents designed for living.  Attend this session, led by an attorney practicing disability and elder law, as she discuss important topics including health care planning and coverage, financial and health care surrogate decision-making, long term care, and other important planning tools designed to protect your physical, mental, and financial health, or that of someone you care about, during life.

Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Jewish Community and Family Services, 5150 West Golf Road, 2nd Floor, Skokie, IL 60077

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

PROGRAM ON SATURDAY, APRIL 27 FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS

Navigating Legal Issues for Family Caregivers

This session will attempt to answer legal questions common to all family caregivers in the hope of assisting you avoid legal pitfalls. Questions to be covered are:  “What are the duties and authorities under a Power of Attorney for Property, Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Trust or Living Will?”; “What options are available in planning and paying for long-term care?”; “How can family caregivers can utilize Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance and personal care contracts to maximize another’s quality of life?”

Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD, and Rebecca Lerfelt, LCSW,  Assistant Director of PLOWS Council on Aging.

Date:  Saturday, April 27, 2013

Time:  10:00 A.M. – Noon

Location: Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravina Ave.,  Orland Park, Illinois

Registration: There is no charge to attend this program. However, advanced registration is required.  Please call PLOWS Council on Aging at 708-361-0219 or click here.

YOUR Legal Update from Dutton & Casey – Attorneys at Law (Estate Planning I Probate I Elder Law)

In case you are new to reading our blog, this is the link to read all of our newsletters.

The goal of our newsletter is to provide helpful, and understandable, information on estate planning, probate, and elder law related topics.

Please feel free to share this resource.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR SPRING 2013

TRUSTS :What They Are, How They Work, and How They May Help You or Someone You Care About

Presented by: Kathryn C. Casey, JD.

A trust is a legal arrangement through which one person (or an institution, such as a bank or law firm), called a “trustee,” holds legal title to property for another person, called a “beneficiary.” There are different types of trusts (revocable, irrevocable, testamentary, and special needs), and each type of trust serves a different purpose. Katie’s presentation style and vast knowledge on this subject make her the perfect person to speak on this important topic.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Program: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: Kenneth Young Center, 1001 Rohlwing Road, Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Registration: There is no charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required. click here to register

Continuing Education: This program will award 1.5 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers and Counselors.

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: Janna Dutton, JD

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Registration: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Program: 9:00 AM – 12 Noon

Location: Covenant Home, 2720 W. Foster, Chicago, IL 60625

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: Registration is closed. This session is full.

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: Friday, April 19, 2013

Registration: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Program: 9:00 AM – 12 Noon

Location: The Admiral, 929 West Foster Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

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 and seating is limited. Click here to register.

Legal Ability Planning – How To Prepare For and Prosper In Adulthood

Adequate legal planning for living with a disability, whether your own or your loved one’s, involves more than writing a will. It requires legal documents designed for living. Attend this session, led by an attorney practicing disability and elder law, as she discuss important topics including health care planning and coverage, financial and health care surrogate decision-making, long term care, and other important planning tools designed to protect your physical, mental, and financial health, or that of someone you care about, during life.

Presenter: Janna Dutton, JD

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Jewish Community and Family Services, 5150 West Golf Road, 2nd Floor, Skokie, IL 60077

Continuing Education: This program will award 2 clock hours to Illinios Social Worker and Counselors.

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

Are You Prepared to Serve All Seniors? Think Again.

As professionals, we are very aware of the challenges faced by our aging population, especially those who are frail or ill. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals facing a health crisis, the challenges are often magnified. Out of fear, both real and perceived, many LGBT seniors delay or avoid getting the care they need.

This training, offered through the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and sponsored by Dutton & Casey, the Senior and Community Resource Center at St. Alexius Medical Center, Center on Halsted, and Elderwerks, will provide you with information and resources to best serve LGBT older adults and address the unique challenges faced by this community. The training will include group discussion, interactive small group activities and break-out sessions.

Presenter: Britta Larson, M. NH, Senior Services Director at the Center on Halsted

Dates: Monday, April 22, 2013 or Monday, September 23, 2013

Registration: 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Presentation: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: St. Alexius Medical Center, 1555 Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Continuing Education: This program will award 4.0 clock hours to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Nurses.

Registration: There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required and seating is very limited. Click here to register. for the April session. Click here to register for the September session.

Legal Planning for Family Caregivers: What Social Service Professionals Need to Know

As social services professionals, you are often the first people who families turn to for answers to their questions. Attend this session, presented by Kathryn Casey, an attorney who concentrates in elder law and disability and special needs planning, to assist in having these answers. Questions to be covered include: “What are the duties and authorities under a Power of Attorney for Property, Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Trust or Living Will?” “What options are available in planning and paying for long-term care?” “How can family caregivers utilize Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance and personal care contracts to maximize another’s quality of life?” And… bring your questions!

Presenter: Kathryn C. Casey

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Registration: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM

Session Time: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Location: St. Alexius Medical Center, 1555 Barrington Road, 4th Floor Conference Room B, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

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

February 2013 Issue of YOUR Legal Update

The February issue our of newsletter has been published.

This issue contains helpful articles and information on our educational offerings, for community members and professionals, for Spring.

click here to read the latest issue.

Are You Really “In” The Hospital

If you have Medicare, did you know that even, if you stay in the hospital overnight, HOSPITAL you might still be considered an “outpatient”?

Your hospital status (whether the hospital considers you an “inpatient” or “outpatient”) affects how much you pay, qualification for rehabilitation, and more.

Resource Information –

Next Step in Care, a campaign of United Hospital Fund, provides hospital admission and Emergency Room guides to provide basic information about “observation status” and what to ask. This information is important as it is a rising trend to be in an “observation” rather than “in-patient” in the hospital.

Click here to open the hospital admission guide.

Click here to open the Emergency Room guide.

Click here to read it as a standalone piece.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

For their publication on hospital status (observation or in-patient), click here.

Scam Alert

12-5-12          

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Commerce Commission alerted utility customers to a recent scam targeting residents in the Chicago area in which someone claiming to be a utility employee asks for immediate payment of a bill either at a customer’s door, over the telephone or by e-mail.

 The ICC has received complaints from utility customers about scam artists claiming to be utility representatives, telling customers that their service will be disconnected unless payment is made directly to the scammers. The scammer may direct the consumer to purchase a prepaid credit card, “Cash Card” and to call them back with the personal identification number (PIN).  The stories can vary, for example, with the scammer saying that the customer’s billing cycle has changed and payment must be made immediately, that the account is past due and payment can be made to them directly to avoid disconnection of the utility service, or the customer’s previous payment was rejected or never received.

 “If someone appears at your door claiming to be from your utility company and asking for immediate payment of your bill, I would slam the door in their face, call the police and contact your utility company directly. Utility companies do not go door-to-door collecting payments,” Madigan said. “Any consumer who has provided their personal information to make an on-the-spot payment to someone claiming to represent a utility company should contact my office’s Consumer Fraud Bureau with the details.”

 ICC Chairman Doug Scott urged consumers to always ask for identification from those who knock on their door offering a “service.” “Scam artists are good at what they do, so arm yourself with information before doing business with anyone who comes to your door or calls you on the telephone.  Ask for identification and if doesn’t look right to you, it probably isn’t.  You don’t have to do business with anyone who shows up at your door or calls you asking for personal information,” Scott said.  “Contact the utility and check it out for yourself.” 

The Attorney General and the ICC offer these reminders to utility customers:

 *Never provide personal information to anyone who comes to the door or calls you claiming to be a representative of the utility.

 *Contact the utility at the phone number listed on your bill to confirm the caller or the representative at your home is a verifiable employee of the utility.  Do not call a different number suggested by the potential scammer.

 *Utility field personnel in Illinois do not take payments from consumers. Be on guard with anyone who asks for your personal information, or says you must pay immediately and suggests a method to get the money quickly.

 If you suspect you have been scammed, have a suspicious incident to report or have questions, contact the Attorney General’s office at 1-800-386-5438 or the ICC at 1-800-524-0795

Resource for Older Drivers

Older Drivers Topic Now Available on NIHSeniorHealth.gov

Site offers information on age-related health changes, safety tips and driving adjustments

NIHSeniorHealth has just released a new topic for older drivers and families seeking information on an often sensitive subject: Is it still safe to drive? The new “Older Drivers” topic, available at http://nihseniorhealth.gov/olderdrivers/howagingaffectsdriving/01.html, gives older adults and their loved ones information to help them address that question and others related todriving in later life.

Key points include:

  • how health and aging may affect driving
  • tips for road safety
  • steps to take when driving skills change  
  • making sure your vehicle is safe
  • regulations affecting older drivers
  • alternative modes of transportation, and more

“Older Drivers” was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

For more health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health, go to www.nihseniorhealth.gov. NIHSeniorHealth is a senior-friendly website from the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes of Health.

 
 

Resource for People who have Parkinsons Disease

AWARE IN CARE KIT

From the National  Parkinson Foundation….  Aware In Care Kit. You can order your free kit by calling their national toll-free Helpline at 1-800-474-4636.  There is almost a total lack of understanding on the part of hospital, rehab, and nursing home staff of the disease itself, the medications used to treat it, and the importance of timing when administering medication.  This kit can make a future hospital stay a success rather than the disaster that many people with PD have endured.

 

TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS OF SOMEONE WHO HAS ALZHEIMERS DISEASE

Every day can bring a new change or challenge for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Now, practical information and advice is at hand with a new series of Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips from the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center, a service of the National Institute on Aging at NIH.

Based on the NIA publication Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease, the tip sheets offer brief, reliable, easy-to-understand information on a range of issues. They can help caregivers of people at any stage of the disease—mild, moderate, or severe.

Topics include:

Read, download, or print the tip sheets at www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/topics/caregiving 
(Available online only)

Preparedness Tips for People with Cognitive Disabilities

Preparedness Tips for People with Cognitive Disabilities

Provides tips to help people with cognitive disabilities prepare for emergencies that may happen in their community. Communicating with those around you, having a radio nearby and an emergency preparedness kit can help you during an evacuation. This information is also in Spanish, and can be downloaded as a PDF document and in MP3 audio format.

Visit Disability.gov for more resources that can help you prepare for, or recover from, an emergency or disaster.

 

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Resource for Family Caregivers in Chicago Area

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class

Thursdays, October 4 through November 8, 2012

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rush University Medical Center, Tower Resource Center

1620 W. Harrison Street, Suite 04527, Chicago

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

This six-week education program is exclusively for family and friends caring for older adults with long-term conditions. Each weekly class provides family caregivers with the skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. Many caregivers have raved about the class, including those caring for a spouse or partner as well as adult family members and friends caring for an elder. Class members will receive The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class.

Participating caregivers report they:

  • · Are better at caring for themselves
  • · Have fewer feelings of anger, guilt and depression
  • · Have increased confidence and ability to cope with the demands of caregiving
  • · Take more advantage of community services

Skills learned build upon each other from week to week , plan to attend all six sessions.

Rush Generations member: $30 (parking validated and scholarships available)

Non-member: $50 (parking not validated)

Please call 1-312-563-2703 for more information or to register.

 

National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association

Did you know that  “Spasmodic dysphonia (SD), a focal form of dystonia, is a neurological voice disorder that involves “spasms” of the vocal cords causing interruptions of speech and affecting the voice quality. SD can cause the voice to break up or to have a tight, strained, or strangled quality. ”

For more information on this disorder, information and resources, go to their webiste at http://www.dysphonia.org/