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Help For Families Coping With Dementia

My inbox received an interesting posting about the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) , a non profit organization that supports programs to help families with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.

The AFA awards grants- the stated purpose of the grants is to help families “alleviate the cost or respite care for families caring for loves one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.”

According to the posting, the grants are awarded to AFA’s nonprofit member organizations. To learn more about the grants, the application process, the work of the AFA and FAQ’s about the grant program – go to the website  www.alzfdn.org/AFAServices/FamilyRespiteCareGrant.

The grant funds must be utilized for scholarships for respite services, such as adult day program, in-home aides, companion care or overnight respite.

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Aging In American Conference

For those of you reading my posts, you know I am interested in topics involved aging and the elderly. For that reason, I want to pass on information about the upcoming 2017 Aging in America Conference.

The Conference will be held his this year in Chicago, March 20-24, 2017.

According to the conference website: www.asaging.org – (well worth a visit to their website)

“Over 3,000 attendees from across the nation and abroad attend the annual ASA Aging in America Conference to learn, network and participate in the largest multidisciplinary conference covering issues of aging and quality of life for older adults.”

There are volunteer opportunities and if accepted as a volunteer you can attend the conference at a reduced rate.

Some of the event categories include: aging in the community; caregiving; clinical care; lifelong learning and technology. An example of a workshop offering is “Addressing Social Isolation Through Technology”

Many of the offerings give CEU credits.

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Catching Your Student On The Fly

With the summer holidays here, you no doubt will be busy with events planning. One family event might include the visit from your college student (back from college – complete with their laundry and a new friend).

During that visit home, you just might be able to ‘catch them on the fly’ to have them sign some important legal documents. Your child may have done this before they left for college.  If so,  you are probably one of the few families who considered preparing legal documents amidst the flurry of activity surrounding the college- bound.

Now that your college student is settled into their new life, the timing is good to have a brief discussion with them about certain legal documents.

Which legal documents are important for your child to have while attending college? Two “must-haves” are the durable Power of Attorney and a health care proxy.

This is particularly urgent if your student is residing out of state, away from your home.

If they are in a foreign country or plan to do foreign exchange credits there are other issues for you to consider.

The time taken to consult with an experienced attorney could prevent difficulties in the future and offer you and your child certain legal protections should the need arise.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

From the WISER website (Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement)  – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: June 15, 2016 was announced.

According to their website: “Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Financial exploitation is a fast-growing form of abuse of seniors”.

For more information go to www.wiserwomen.org  The site has an excellent page of Financial Elder Abuse Resources and eight briefs dealing with elder financial abuse prevention/exploitation.  Each brief covers a different topic.

In previous articles I have written about financial exploitation of the elderly and other issues facing our elder population.

I invite you to go to my website (www.attorneybarbaradalvano.weebly.com) to read a few of these previous articles:

  • Fraud and Aging
  • Another Person’s Money
  • The Scoop on Home Health Agencies
  • Takeaways from the White House Conference on Aging
  • Denver-A Dementia Friendly City
  • Living Past 100

 

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Take-Aways from the White House Conference on Aging (posted September, 2015)

‘No, we are not talking about the ‘doggie bag take-aways’ from restaurants. This article is about some specific initiatives formulated at the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA). According to the Conference press release the conference was to deal with “issues facing every American as they plan for retirement, care for older loved ones and improving the quality of life for older Americans.”

I have written often about aging with dignity and the issues surrounding the older population in America, as well as the financial impact upon the family caregivers of the elderly. These issues are very real to many Americans and an important segment of the estate planning process spanning generations.

Read some of my recent blog postings titled: Fraud and Aging (1/15); The Invisible Epidemic (3/15); The Scoop on Home Health Agencies (7/15); Walking The Tightrope (8/15) and Denver-A Dementia Friendly City (9/15) on my website and posted to my Sticks & Mortar blog and on my website.

On July 13, 2015 the White House held their most recent Conference on Aging (WHCOA) and here is a brief synopsis of some of the issues/initiatives of that conference.

A new website was launched: www.Aging.gov to assist the elderly and their families in gaining easier access to information about the many programs that are available.

The conference also highlighted issues of Elder Justice and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) – dealing with elder abuse in its many forms such as financial exploitation, fraud, neglect, stalking and crime

Access to critical nutrition was another priority surrounding issues of the health of the elderly.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) initiated Go4Life an exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults.

For more information about aspects and discussion of the Conference, visit www.hhs.gov; www.aarp.org and www.healthaffairs.org

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Walking The Tightrope

If you are a caregiver or family member of someone with a diminished level of capacity and capability you understand the feeling of walking a ‘tightrope’. The daily challenges are enormous and it is a balancing act that you perform every day. You balance your caregiving responsibilities with other life events and family issues. You balance financial necessities. As a family member, it is often a balancing act to determine how much help to offer and how. It is also a question of how to access the services that you need and to secure the “safety net” in case something happens to you – the caregiver. As a family caregiver your instinct is to protect the loved one from harm, from indignities and from those who might take advantage of them.

Our friends at the National Consumer Law Center are offering a free webinar titled: The Fine Art of Balancing Protection with Self Determination. The webinar is on Sept. 22, 2015 at 2PM (EST)

You must register with NCLC for the free webinar.

Log onto their website www.nclc.org and if you have questions you can send an email to them at trainings@nclc.org

According to the webinar information: “This session will talk about recognizing the signs and signals of abuse, neglect (self-neglect) and exploitation, tools to maximize communication with persons with differing abilities, and promoting self-determination and choice through supported approaches that mitigate against risk and empower individuals…”

Presenters will be David Godfrey (Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging) and Jonathan Martinis (Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities)

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