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Preparing Families for Dementia

It is estimated that half of people affected with dementia are not diagnosed. Among those diagnosed, families often complain about lack of disease education, resources, and care planning. This seminar will focus on what families need to know and expect as Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias worsen over time.

This session will focus on the legal planning necessary to live with this chronic medical condition.

Presenter: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Location: Wintrust Bank, 4369 North Harlem Ave. Chicago, Illinois

Time: 10:00am -11:00am

Charge and Registration: There is no charge to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Contact 773-883-4144 or ebartlett@wintrust.com to register ebartlett@wintrust.com


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

Registration: There is no charge for community members to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please call 847-462-0885 or send an email to events@elderwerks.com


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

Registration: There is no charge for community members to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please call 847-462-0885 or send an email to events@elderwerks.com.

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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

Registration: There is no charge for community members to attend. However, advanced registration is required. Please call 847-462-0885 or send an email to events@elderwerks.com to register.