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Our attorneys and staff are available to present for community or professionals groups. Our programs are designed to address the needs of the people we service, and we welcome the opportunity to tailor our information to meet any group’s specific needs, just as we do with our clients. For more information and to discuss the details of your event, please contact Erin Vogt at: evogt@duttonelderlaw.com or 312.371.0954.


Legal Planning for Dementia

Presenter: Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2019

Location: St Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

This program is for inpatient staff only


Long-Term Care: Medicare Does Not Pay for It All

When you are diagnosed with a chronic medical condition, not only do you need to prepare medically, you need to prepare legally. Besides having the proper estate planning documents, you need to know what legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care. That Medicare will pay for it all is a myth. This session will focus on the limitations of Medicare and how Medicaid, long-term care insurance, and personal care contracts can be used to maximize a person’s quality of life.

Presented by: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm Sign-in and Light Lunch, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Presentation

Location: Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines, Illinois

CEUs and Registration: One Continuing Education Credit will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators for $5.00. Checks can be mailed to Elderwerks Educational Services, Post Office Box 92, Cary, Illinois 60013. To pay by credit card, send an email to events@elderwerks.com for an invoice to be sent electronically. Payments are not refundable.


Decisional Capacity: How to Determine When a Patient Can’t Make Their Own Decisions

This program, presented by a neuropsychologist and an elder law attorney, will discuss: the role of a neuropsychologist in objectively evaluating mental capacity for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment; the primary uses of a neuropsychological assessment; the levels of mental capacity needed to execute Powers of Attorney for Healthcare and Property; the rights and responsibilities of an agent under power of attorney; the guardianship process; and the role, authority, and powers of a guardian.

Presenters: Cassandra Kandah, PhD and Attorney Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

Time: 8:30am-9:00 am registration | Program 9:00am- Noon

Location: Artis Senior Living of lakeview, 3535 North Ashland Ave., Chicago, Illinois

CEUs and Registration: 3 Continuing Education Credits will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators for $15.00. Checks can be mailed to Elderwerks Educational Services, Post Office Box 92, Cary, Illinois 60013. To pay by credit card, send an email to events@elderwerks.com or call 847-462-0885 for an invoice to be sent electronically. Payments are not refundable.


Legal Care for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition

When a diagnosis of a chronic medical condition is given, not only do you need to prepare medically, you need to prepare legally. Attend this program to learn what legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care. This session will focus on how Medicaid, long-term care insurance and personal care contracts can be used to maximize a person's quality of life.

Presented by: Melissa Kallio, JD, Elder Law Attorney

Melissa concentrates her practice in elder law, with a focus on long-term care planning, which includes Medicaid and VA planning, litigation for vulnerable adults against abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and guardianship estates. Melissa also serves as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and counsel for Respondents in guardianship estates

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: 12:30pm – 1:00pm Registration Sign-in | 1:00pm – 2:30pm Presentation

Location: Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn, Chicago, Illinois

CEUs and Registration: 1.5 Continuing Education Credits will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators for $10.00. Checks can be mailed to Elderwerks Educational Services, Post Office Box 92, Cary, Illinois 60013. To pay by credit card, send an email to events@elderwerks.com for an invoice to be sent electronically. Payments are not refundable. A $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013, is requested from all registrants prior to this event. Payments are non-refundable. To pay by credit card, an invoice will be emailed after registration.

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Surrogate Decision Making - Who Decides When a Patient Can't

Presented by: Helen Mesoloras, JD, Elder Law Attorney and Partner

This session will discuss these issues, and more, including questions commonly asked of elder law attorneys:

~ Who is the decision-maker authorized by Illinois law

~ What is the extent of a decisionmaker’s authority

~ What ethical standards should he or she apply when making decisions

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time: 5:00pm - 5:45pm Registration Sign-in, Networking and Dinner I 5:45pm - 7:15pm Program

Location: Lakeview Memory Care, 241 E. Lake Street, Bloomingdale, Illinois

Registration and Continuing Education: 1.5 Ethics CEUs will be awarded to nurses, professional counselors, social workers and nursing home administrators. A $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013, is requested from all registrants prior to this event. To pay by credit card, send an email to events@elderwerks.com for an invoice to be sent electronically. Payments are not refundable.


Outsmarting the Granny Scammers

This presentation will: review the powers and responsibilities of an agent under Power of Attorney including what actions the agent legally can and cannot take; discuss the guardianship process and the role, authority, and powers of a guardian; and provide information on legal safeguards we can all take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation.

Presenter: Attorney Amy Gjesdahl

Date: April 11, 2019

Location: Fairmont Care Center, 5061 North Pulaski, Chicago, Illinois

Time: 5:00 p.m.-630 p.m.

CEUs and Registration: 1.5 Continuing Education Credits will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators for $10.00. Checks can be mailed to Elderwerks Educational Services, Post Office Box 92, Cary, Illinois 60013. To pay by credit card, send an email to events@elderwerks.com for an invoice to be sent electronically. Payments are not refundable.


Outsmarting the Granny Scammers

This presentation will: review the powers and responsibilities of an agent under Power of Attorney including what actions the agent legally can and cannot take; discuss the guardianship process and the role, authority, and powers of a guardian; and provide information on legal safeguards we can all take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation.

Presenter: Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA, Partner and Certified Elder Law Attorney

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Time: 8:00am-8:30am registration and breakfast/ program: 830am-930am program

Presenter: Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA, Partner and Certified Elder Law Attorney

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

Continuing Education and Registration: This program will award one continuing education credit to Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators. There is no charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please send an email to events@elderwerks.com or call 847-462-0885.


Outsmarting the Granny Scammers

This presentation will: review the powers and responsibilities of an agent under Power of Attorney including what actions the agent legally can and cannot take; discuss the guardianship process and the role, authority, and powers of a guardian; and provide information on legal safeguards we can all take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation.

Presenter: Attorney Amy Gjesdahl, JD

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2019

Time: 9:00 am-10:30 am

Date: Lexington Square, 400 West Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, Illinois

CEUs and Registration: 1.5 Continuing Education Credit will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators for $10.00. Checks can be mailed to Elderwerks Educational Services, Post Office Box 92, Cary, Illinois 60013. To pay by credit card, send an email to events@elderwerks.com for an invoice to be sent electronically. Payments are not refundable.


Medicaid 101

Presenter: Melissa Kallio, JD

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Location: McNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Illinois

This program is for inpatient staff only


Decisional Capacity: How to Determine When a Patient Can’t Make Their Own Decisions

This program, presented by a neuropsychologist and an elder law attorney, will discuss: the role of a neuropsychologist in objectively evaluating mental capacity for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment; the primary uses of a neuropsychological  assessment; the levels of mental capacity needed to execute Powers of Attorney for Healthcare and Property; the rights and responsibilities of an agent under power of attorney; the guardianship process; and the role, authority, and powers of a guardian.

Presenters: Dr. Christina Vocos, Thomson Attention & Memory and Attorney Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Time: 5:45 pm-715pm

Location: Lexington Square, 555 Foxworth Lane, Lombard, Illinois

CEUs and Registration: 1.5 Continuing Education Credit will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators for $10.00. Checks can be mailed to Elderwerks Educational Services, Post Office Box 92, Cary, Illinois 60013. To pay by credit card, send an email to events@elderwerks.com for an invoice to be sent electronically. Payments are not refundable.


A Legal Road Map for Aging Well

If the only certainties in life are death and taxes, then one of the major uncertainties is how our golden years will play out. We all hope to age well with excellent physical and mental health, but we should all prepare for the possibility that we might become ill, disabled, or lose cognitive function. Attend this program, presented by an elder law attorney, to learn how the proper advanced legal planning can help ensure a smoother and safer journey.

Presenter: Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA, Partner and Certified Elder Law Attorney

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Location: The Springs of Vernon Hills, 350 South Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, Illinois

CEUs and Registration: 1.5 Continuing Education Credit will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, and Nursing Home Administrators for $10.00. Checks can be mailed to Elderwerks Educational Services, Post Office Box 92, Cary, Illinois 60013. To pay by credit card, send an email to events@elderwerks.com for an invoice to be sent electronically. Payments are not refundable.