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The following continuing education list for nurses, social workers and nursing home administrators is listed below. If you are interested in offering continuing education supported by Elderwerks please choose  your top three choices before contacting your Elderwerks Advisor.  Not all topics and speakers are available in all areas. Elderwerks can also offer CEs for your speaker. The speaker would need to send in their biography, a copy of the presentation and fill out the Objectives form. We look forward to seeing you soon. 
Elder Law Topics


7 Signs of Elder Abuse



After the Funeral and Everybody Has Gone Home, Now What?

Recent widows are often overwhelmed with the loss of their life mate and realize they now have to manage their affairs alone. Often one spouse did most of the bill paying, investments and managed the domestic affairs. Estate administration is not an easy task and takes time and thoughtful management. Learn what you need to know about paying bills, debts, dispersing assets and reviewing your legal documents.


Aging with Your Ducks in a Row

An overview of the importance of estate planning. What happens if you do not have an estate plan? Basic estate planning techniques every person should know: wills, trusts, powers of attorney and deeds.


Celebrity Estate Battles

Learn about the legal issues resulting from the estate planning missteps of celebrities. Learn probate avoidance methods including joint tenancy, trusts, and lifetime gifting, and review when it’s appropriate to assign powers of attorney.


Coordinating Quality Care, Defining Roles and Managing Expectations

Learn how family dynamics, finances and legal considerations impact a loved one’s living arrangements.


Decisional Capacity for an Adult who is Mentally Compromised or Disabled

Depression, Bi-polar, PTSD and Schizophrenia are recognized diseases that impact one’s decisional capacity. How to help your loved one to get their legal documents in order including HIPPA forms, POA, Declaration for Mental Health Treatment and Special Needs Trusts.


Don't be the Victim: Legal Intervention for Financial Exploitation, Choices in Long Term Care



The Dysfunctional Modern Family

The family dynamic on the hit ABC sitcom “Modern Family” can be so outrageous it is almost funny. But, unfortunately, in our experience, there are certain family issues that are far from funny; for example, when the family is under extreme stress from taking care of an older parent or loved one. In this seminar, an elder law attorney will break down this family dynamic and offer solutions on how to communicate with families dealing with dementia. Dementia will also be addressed in the family system from the court’s perspective, including pre-planning that is available upon a diagnosis of early-stage dementia, all the way through guardianship and deciding who is the best person to act as guardian when the family is fighting.


Estate Planning 101: Wills, Trusts & Powers of Attorney



Ethics at End of Life

Learn how practitioners can protect themselves in the decision-making chain of command for issues surrounding death. Review who has the right to make decisions on behalf of an incapacitated person and discuss how to protect an incapacitated person’s wishes and avoid a legal dispute.


Ethics in Healthcare



Financial Exploitation – The Crime of the Century

Seniors are targets of financial exploitation by both professional scammers as well as unscrupulous family members and caregivers. Learn how to protect vulnerable older adults with legal procedures including powers of attorney and guardianship.


Game Plan for Life’s Second Half

This estate planning overview will coach you through the winning legal strategies you can use for a successful future using wills, trusts and powers of attorney.


Government Benefits 101: Understanding VA and Medicaid



Guardianship & Advance Directives



Hoarding and the Law

It’s more than reality TV; its life for many that go unnoticed or reported in your community. Hoarding has been at the forefront of American's attention recently and has been recently recognized as a mental health disorder. In addition to the initial shock of the hordes of "stuff" that lie behind a hoarder’s closed doors, what happens when the law steps in? This conversation will review the complete hoarding continuum, various solutions available such as guardianship, professional’s ethical concerns, housing/landlord issues and legal options for ensuring relapses do not occur. Learn how an elder law attorney complements the health care team to ensure the disabled person receives the help they need.


Legal Aspects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia



Legal Consideration When There Has Been A Chronic Illness

The diagnosis of chronic illness is undoubtedly challenging in many respects. At this presentation, we will discuss the critical legal issues that should be addressed to help avoid costly errors.


Legal Self Defense – Planning for Dementia

Find out what legal tools patients and families dealing with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease can utilize to protect the patient’s wishes and long-term care plan.


Marriage Equality & Elder Law: Planning for your future



Navigating Legal Issues for Family Caregivers: What Social Services Professionals Need to Know



Not Your Grandma’s Medicaid: Applying for Medicaid Benefits



Now What? Understanding Estate Administration (After a loved one dies)



Planning Ahead When Living with a Chronic Medical Condition



Planning Strategies for the Caregiving Child



Prepare to Care

One of the hardest tasks in the world is putting together a plan you hope your loved one never needs 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.


Proactive Planning When Living with a Chronic Medical Condition



Questioning Capacity

How do you determine if an individual is capable of making decisions? Learn how to determine mental capacity and review the laws in place to protect people with capacity issues.


Special Needs Planning

Learn how to protect a disabled individual’s eligibility for current or future public benefits with the use of special needs trusts.


Taking Control of Your Future: Strategies for Avoiding Legal Pitfalls



The ABC’s of Long Term Care

How to pay for long term care, nursing homes costs, what Medicare or Medicaid does and doesn’t cover and legal strategies available to those who plan ahead.


The importance of Advanced Directives & Having “The Conversation”:

An in-depth discussion of Powers of Attorney, HIPAA and Living Will documents


The Right to Die: Who has the Final Say?



The Sandwich Generation

Tips and tricks for adults caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children. Learn what steps should be taken to protect aging family members’ physical and financial needs


Trusts: What They Are, How They Work and How They Can Help Your Clients



Uncovering Medicaid Myths

Medicaid’s nursing home laws have become increasingly complex over the years. So, it’s no wonder there are many myths and inaccuracies that exist. At this presentation we will address common Medicaid misconceptions and costly mistakes that can be avoided with the proper planning. Knowing the truth about these myths is the key to making the right decision.


Understanding Estate Administration



Understanding the Surrogate Decision Makers

POA for Healthcare and Property, the Healthcare Surrogate Act, Mental Health Preference Treatment Declaration Act & Guardianships


Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits



What Do You Do When Mom Says, “I Do?”

When older adults find love in their golden years and wish to remarry, their family may become concerned about the financial or legal implications of this new union. Learn about steps that should be taken before a parent remarries to ensure their financial and healthcare wishes remain intact and protected


What Does Elder Law Really Mean?



What You Need to Know in the Second Half of Life

Traditional estate planning addresses what happens if you die, but did you ever think about what will happen if you suffer a stroke or are diagnosed with chronic illness and live into your 80’s or 90’s? How to legally prepare yourself as you get older, what to do to protect yourself and your family and avoid mistakes.


What’s Your Plan B – Preparing for the Unexpected

Plan A is living your life at home comfortably in great health with no assistance. Unfortunately plan A rarely happens. Learn about critical issues regarding hiring a caregiver, moving to assisted living, moving to a nursing home and what to look for when signing in-home care contracts, nursing home contracts and Medicaid application.


When Children with Special Needs Turn 18

Review how special needs trusts and guardianship can be utilized to help ensure children with special needs can thrive as adults.


When Dementia Leads to Drama

A discussion about the surprising, complicated, and dramatic situations that families and attorneys have encountered when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia. Uncover the legal methods that are commonly used to resolve these dilemmas.


Who is the Client? Ethical Issues When Working with Individuals with Diminished Capacity


Housing and Care Topics


Advocating for Your Family in a Changing Climate of Healthcare


Aging Can Be Hard: Techniques for Dealing with Different Family Members


Delirium & Discharge Planning


ACO’s: Accountable Care Organizations


Alzheimer's Disease Today (2 CE)


Benefits of Art Therapy


Cannabis and Medicinal THC


Care for the Caregiver: Overcoming Burnout, Stress and Negativity


Caregiver Burnout and Elder Abuse Caregiver stress is a leading cause of Elder Abuse. Learn strategies to help minimize caregiver stress and factors that may lead to EA.


Caregiver Tips to Stay Organized


Caring for Ourselves as Professionals – Identify Causes of Stressors and Symptoms of Professional Burnout


Caring for the Caregiver


Cognitive Assessment & Memory Engagement Plan An investment in regaining, retaining and enhancing memory abilities.


Colliding Worlds of Aging and Mental Health Mental illness grows old. As our aging population grows, so do the number of older adults with mental health needs. Learn major categories of Mental Illness as well as how those diagnoses influence older adults and their families.


Communicating with Families Dealing with Dementia


Cultural Competency in Health Care Information on generational cultural influences, the older immigrant population, our own cultural biases regarding aging and ethnicity, and how to gather cultural information on each client to better serve them.


Cultural Considerations in End of Life Care This one hour program discusses the physical and psychological needs of the multicultural patient during the dying process. The learner will have an enhanced understanding of the beliefs and rituals practiced by various cultures to assist in proving culturally competent care. Suggested caregiver interventions are provided.


Cultural Diversity


Dealing with Life Transitions




Dementia & Alzheimer’s for the Discharge Planner


Dementia and Managing Behaviors


Dementia Misdiagnosis: It’s Not Always Alzheimer’s


Diagnosing the Diagnosis


Did You Just Say the "H" Word?


Difficult Cases Difficult cases come in all kinds of packages. Client and family interaction can be frustrating when cooperation with a care plan is minimal and progress is slow. Frustration and negative views of your clients are normal reactions but can damage the client/worker relationship. Three case studies will be presented for facilitated discussion. Focusing on how mental health and aging worlds are colliding and ways to approach those cases with an emphasis on collaboration, strengths, perspective and self-care for the practitioner.


Dysphagia and the Elderly Do you have patients with swallowing difficulties? This presentation will provide you with an overview on how to consider nutrition for patients with thickened liquid orders and modified food diet orders. You will learn about the National Dysphagia Diet (NDD) guidelines and why they should be shared between medical professionals and caregivers. Understand the consistencies of thickened liquids and be able to learn how to feed patients to avoid risk of aspiration and choking.


Elder abuse. How to reporting it, what to look for if you think an elder is being abused and where report it.


Elder Financial Exploitation Financial abuse against older adults. Who, where and how to safeguard yourself.


Empowering Your Patients to be Prepared to Prevent a Crisis Helping to understand what wellbeing is and Prevention of a crisis


Ethics & Cultural Competency Practical application & useful information in the everyday challenges of ethics & cultural competency


Ethics for Discharge Planning


Ethics in Hospice & Palliative Care By the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to: Identify the 4 basic ethical principles, distinguish the differences between law and ethics, identify when withholding or withdrawing treatment is ethically sound, recognize the benefit vs. burden of artificial hydration and nutrition and understand the legal ramifications of terminal sedation. Learners will gain a much broader understanding of the value of the principles and issues presented as they participate in case discussion.


Ethnic Diversity


Experience 12 Minutes in Alzheimer’s Dementia What’s it like to have dementia? The patented Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) from Second Wind Dreams was created after years of research, to enable normally aging adults of all ages and backgrounds experience what it’s like to struggle with dementia.


Fall Prevention & Home Safety Screening for the Home


Financial Options


From Frail to Function – How You Can Help the Elderly with Exercise


Gastrointestinal Diagnoses and Nutrition Support


Geriatric Depression - Presented by a Psych


Getting Your Medical Affairs in Order •Name the three standard documents that everyone should have in
place when anticipating medical challenges • State three proven techniques to assure better communication with
care providers • Learn about an exciting new piece of technology that helps people get ALL their affairs in order, both medical as well as household and financial records • List two reliable websites that give reliable information on medical conditions and drug interactions


Health, Wealth & Family Relationships: Identify common reasons people would need a professional advocate vs a family advocate and what advocacy entails • Understand some advantages of Trusts vs Wills in asset protection for healthcare needs • Understand the functions of a trust and what professional trustees do for certain families • Learn new strategies for wealth management that are best for people
facing high costs of healthcare in the future • Understand the importance of wise planning for Medicaid, avoiding common pitfalls seniors face when savings are becoming depleted.


Healthcare Planning in Retirement


Healthcare Reform and What it Means for Us: Identify 10 provisions of the Affordable Care Act • State basic changes in coverage to different demographic groups • Discuss current trends relevant to the healthcare community • Be able to effectively share basic facts and myths of healthcare reform • Describe the “donut hole” prescription coverage benefit for Medicare recipients


HIV and Dementia


How to Help an Elderly Patient Accept Help


How to Help Your Parents When the Time Comes: Learn about important documents, services available and more


Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program & How Medical Cannabis Works to Heal Us


Know Your Healthcare Options


Laugh for the Health of It


Levels of Care and Senior Housing Options


LGBT Aging…A Reality Check


LGBT Training, Information & Resources


LGBTQ and Older Adults


Living a Full Life Well


LTC Planning: Understanding & Evaluating Today’s Policy Choices


Manage Your Reaction! How to Deal with Angry People in a Healthcare Setting: • Understand the drivers of anger and emotionality in a hospital setting • Understand the legal implications and boundaries of expression of anger in healthcare institutions • State what they can do to de-escalate a potentially explosive situation and control the damage • State three communication techniques that will help interact more effectively with staff and patients and their families • Share stories that illustrate principles taught and be able to apply the principles to real life situations


Managing Reactions to Patients


Medical Marijuana: An Introduction to Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System


Medical Weight Loss


Medicare Benefit Trends: What Should You Know?


Medicare Changes 2017 – Updates You Need to Know


Medicare Defined: What’s Covered by Medicare


Medicare Part B and Home TPN


Medication Mix Ups and Interactions: Reducing Risk • Understand the scale of medication error, both in lives lost and
costs to healthcare providers and systems • State the most common underlying causes of medication error • Give four strategies to reduce medication error and hospital readmission • Be able to use new patient education tools to ensure safety and compliance • Give examples of new technologies that improve safety and compliance monitoring


Mental Health and Stigma


Mindfulness in Both Your Professional Role and in Your Self-Care Use mindfulness techniques can help ease client’s anxiety as well as helping them to focus on moving forward with their goals. Learn five techniques to easily use in your work with clients.


MMAI Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative On February 22, 2013, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) received approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to jointly implement the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI). The MMAI is a groundbreaking joint effort to reform the way care is delivered to clients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid Services (called “dual eligibles”).


MNT Works What is medical nutrition therapy? Why is the registered dietitian the nutrition “expert?” What results can be expected for common diseases? These questions answered and more in this very informative session about a benefit for Medicare patients


Music and the Brain


NCOA (National Council on Aging) Planning to Stay at Home? Planning, resources and isolation issues


Normal vs. Complicated Grief


Older Adults and Depression Focus on identifying and treating older adults with depression.


Opioid Abuse and Older Adults


Overweight and Obesity in the Geriatric Patient Learn why obesity and overweight should be addressed with your patients. We will discuss how to assess for these diagnoses and how a nutrition care plan is developed. Consider new ways of understanding how to motivate and challenge patients who need to change their eating habits and activity levels.


Pain Management for the Elderly


Pain Management in the Elderly


Parkinson’s & Discharge Planning


Pharmaceuticals and Dementia: Discussion including common medications as well as those used for behaviors.


POLST – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment


Poly-Pharmacy for the Case Manager


Professional Boundries


Re-Admissions and the Fall Risk Patient


Relaxation Techniques on the Go


Senior Transitions: •Receive a list of helpful resources to turn to for help • Receive educational websites that can help understand conditions • Learn how to manage multiple medications, check for interactions


Smooth Transitions Guaranteeing a successful transition can be difficult for older adults moving from their home to senior living or moving from a long hospital stay back home. There are many significant challenges to be addressed – physical, mental, emotional, financial and social. You’ll learn strategies to increase the likelihood of a smooth transition between living situations.


Something New in Healthcare: Private Professional Health Advocacy • State the history and prevalence of professional advocacy • Explain five benefits of having a PPA involved in challenging healthcare management: to hospitals and physicians • State legal parameters of having an advocate consult within the hospital setting, as well as other institutions • Understand the financial costs and savings of involving a professional advocate in care management


Substance Abuse Among the Elderly


Supporting Chronically Ill People at Home: Special Considerations


Teaching Your Partners About Medication Management – Poly-Pharmacy Focused on medication reconciliation, this program describes an effective collaborative process for achieving this patient safety goal. Realistic approaches to medication management at the end of life are explained. Poly-pharmacy in the elderly will be explored.


Technology That Impact Caregiving & Aging


The Affordable Care Act & What it Means to You


The Aging Spine


The Changing Medicare Landscape


The Latest Minimally Invasive Surgeries: Total knee or hip replacement


The New Health Care Reform Act – What Every Medicare Beneficiary Should Know


The Growing Problem of 'Senior Orphans' in America: What is a senior "orphan" or "solo-ager" and how will it impact the healthcare market and us individually as we grow older?


The Latest Minimally Invasive Surgeries: Total knee or hip replacement


The New Health Care Reform Act – What Every Medicare Beneficiary Should Know


The Right to Die: Who Has the Final Say?


The Role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Home Diabetes Education


The Use of Nutrition Support in the Oncology Population


Total Should Replacement The latest minimal invasive surgery


TPN: From Hospital to Home Initiation


Transitioning an Alzheimer’s or Dementia Patient from the Hospital to Home


Traumatic Brain Injury / Concussions


Underlying Causes of Behavioral Issues


Understanding & Managing Behaviors When Dementia is Present, The Senior Gems Professional Dementia Education Series 1.5 CE hours


Understanding Decisional Capacity


Understanding Heart Failure (2 CE)


Understanding Illinois Home Care Licensing Act & Making Appropriate Referrals


Understanding Medicare


Use Your Home to Stay at Home Financial balance and stability for your peace of mind


Veteran’s Aid & Attendance; Monies for Home Care or Assisted Living


When Stuff Takes Over a Life: The Hoarding Dilemma


Working as an Integrated Team through Meaningful Communication and Documentation


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