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Tips for Aging in Place Safely, August 9, 2023 

Jennifer Prell, CEO & Founder, Elderwerks Educational Services Living and Jim from Lifeway Mobility Chicago - Living at home may present challenges. How can you continue to live independently in your home? Jim Whittington of Lifeway Mobility Chicago will present creative accessibility solutions for a better life at home that follow ADA guidelines and preserve one’s dignity. These solutions provide personal freedom, ease of living, and safety. Jim will discuss costs of the solutions, if construction requirements are needed, and possible funding sources. As we age, we accumulate many things. We tell ourselves that “we might need this someday.” After 10 or 20 years do you really think you’ll use it someday? Jennifer Prell of Paxem, Inc. & Elderwerks will offer some guidance for aging well, downsizing and streamlining your home.

Caring for the Caregiver: Five Ways to Care for Yourself, August 9, 2023 

Cori Moschberger, MSW, LCSW, Therapist and Clinical Coordinator of Senior Services, Barrington Behavioral Health & Wellness - When caring for others, sometimes we forget how important it is to take care of ourselves. Join this discussion about practical ways to take care of yourself while you are caregiving for your loved one(s). Cori Moschberger from Barrington Behavioral Health & Wellness, will discuss how to stay healthy and avoid burnout as a caregiver as well as how to improve your emotional and mental health.

Annual Legal Checkup for Aging Well, August 9, 2023 

Kathryn Casey, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Dutton, Casey & Mesoloras, PC - The key to successfully aging in place is preparation! This 10-point checklist will show you how to give yourself an annual legal checklist for aging well. Learn how to organize your personal and financial information, create and adapt your care plan, identify issues in advance of a crisis before it jeopardizes your plans, and how to make aging just a bit easier.

Bladder, Bladder What's the Matter? August 9, 2023 

Dr. Randall Kahan, Director of WomanCare Center for Bladder Control, Northwest Community Healthcare - "Bladder, Bladder, What's The Matter?" is a presentation about urinary incontinence types and the treatments that are available. These treatments range from behavioral treatments, to biofeedback therapy, medication, and surgery. The idea is that women of any age do not just have to live with this there is help available. Surgery is not the only solution and no one is too old for treatment for this condition.

Medicare Made Clear, August 9, 2023 

Vicki Madigan, Agency Principal, Madigan Insurance Group - Are you enrolled in Original Medicare part A and B but still have questions? Are you getting ready to turn 65 and still working? Are you the caregiver for a loved one who is disabled or enrolled in Medicare, and you need to understand how Medicare works? Possibly you are thinking about retiring and currently on your employer's group health plan and wondering how to transition into Medicare? Join us at the Medicare Made Clear Seminar with Vicki Madigan of Madigan Insurance Group to get the answers to these and many more questions.

Social Security- Understanding the Benefits, August 9, 2023 

Megan Forristall, Public Affairs Specialist, the Social Security Administration - An overview of Social Security's programs and online services, including retirement, spouse's, survivor's benefits, and Medicare.

Age Well, Live Well, Plan Well – Fun with Long-Term Care Basics & More, August 9, 2023 

Carol Brandt, President at Brandt Financial Concepts - Welcome to the Information Island of Long-Term Care Planning. Join the conversation and let’s have some fun! Did you know that only 7% of adults over age 50 have done any sort of planning for an Extended/Long-Term Care event? If you are among the 93% who have not begun to plan and would like to learn more, you are not alone. We’ll begin with a sing-along and lively conversation on the basics of Long-Term Care planning, from aging and living well, to planning and solutions – island style, with our Certified Long -Term Care resource from Brandt Financial Concepts, Inc. Meet Carol Brandt CLTC® Bonus – A Better Memory in 15 Minutes!

What's New with VA Benefits? August 9, 2023 

Presented by Jacob Zimmerman, Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission Kane County & VP of the Illinois Association of County VAC’s and Michael Iwanicki, Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County. This panel discussion covers changes at the Veterans Benefits Administration since last year including how the PACT act will affect Veterans Benefits. The PACT Act is a recent law put in place to expand benefits and health care for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.

Brain Health, August 9, 2023 

Chris Petrik, RN BS, Director of Education at Elderwerks Educational Services - The brain changes as we age. With this comes many questions and concerns about aging and quality of life. In this presentation, Chris Petrik from Elderwerks will explore the many factors that can help older adults navigate this new stage of life and help distinguish the changes of one’s memory that are normal and those that are not. Chris will also discuss signs of cognitive impairment, the six pillars of brain health, brain plasticity, and exercises one can do to improve brain health.

Estate Planning: It’s Only Scary If You Don’t Have One! August 9, 2023 

Kerry Peck, Managing Partner and Elder Law Attorney - People often avoid completing an estate plan for many reasons that often come from a place of fear and lack of information. Even scarier is not having an estate plan and the process that you and your family have to go through when the unthinkable happens. In this program, Attorney Kerry Peck from Peck Ritchey, LLC, will walk you through the basics of estate planning, common planning strategies, modern planning considerations and complications that arise when there's improper or a lack of planning.

Medicare 101: The Choices You Need to Make, August 9, 2023 

Sue Grossinger, Senior Services Coordinator, Senior Services at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital - Medicare is an option you should explore and understand – whether you plan to retire now or later. During this educational seminar, Sue Grossinger from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital can help answer your questions about Medicare basics, including Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plans, supplements, and enrollment periods. No Registration Required. Our free sessions are ideal for: -Individuals who will turn age 65 within six months -Individuals age 65 and over who are still working and considering retirement -Friends and family who assist loved ones with Medicare decisions -Anyone on Medicare wanting to understand their options for coverage

Strength & Mobility 4 Life, August 9, 2023 

Join Fitness Instructor, Arlene Santiago for a class designed to increase strength, endurance, mobility, flexibility and balance. We will do exercises in and out of the chair.

Medicare Updates & Changes in 2023 

Are you enrolled in Original Medicare and have questions? Are you getting ready to turn 65 and still working? Are you the caregiver for a loved one who is on Medicare and you need to understand how Medicare works? Are you thinking about retiring and currently on your employer's group health plan and wondering how to transition into Medicare? Join us at the Medicare Made Clear Seminar to get the answers to these and many more questions. Presented By Vicki Madigan, Agent/Broker, Madigan Insurance Group, Inc. on August 31, 2022.

Legal Planning: Celebrity Estate Battles 

Learn about the legal issues resulting from the estate planning missteps of famous celebrities including Jim Morrison, Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Crichton, Aretha Franklin, James Gandolfini, Tom Petty, Sonny Bono and Robin Williams. Discover legal remedies including estate planning, probate avoidance methods, and review when it is appropriate to assign powers of attorney. Learn what happens when you haven't properly planned. Presented By: Kerry Peck, Managing Partner and Elder Law Attorney, Peck Ritchey, LLC. Presented on August 31, 2022.

Public Benefits for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities 

The Benefits Enrollment Center at AgeOptions is in charge of serving suburban Cook County seniors and individuals with disabilities. They assist with public benefits including: Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (AABD), License Plate Discounts, and Ride Free Bus Passes. View this program to learn more about who is eligible to receive these benefits and how to apply. Presented by Alex Alvarez, Benefits and Information Specialist, AgeOptions on August 31, 2022.

Aging Safely in Your Home 

Join us for a presentation that showcases some creative home accessibility solutions that follow ADA guidelines. Jim will describe how these products function, provide some construction tips, and discuss available funding resources. He will share a few anecdotes on how people’s situations were positively affected by home accessibility solutions. Presented By: Jim Whittington, Accessibility Specialist, Lifeway Mobility on August 31, 2022.

The Latest Research Evidence in Healthy Aging 

Dr. Danilovich will provide an overview of the latest research evidence on strategies to age well. She will present research-informed strategies on the optimal exercise interventions to maintain and improve our physical and cognitive health as we age. Presented By: Dr. Margaret Danilovich, Senior Director- Leonard Schanfield Research Institute, CJE SeniorLife. Presented on August 31, 2022.

Healthy Living Tips & Fall Prevention 

Join Susan to discover how to create a healthier, happier life at any age! Learn simple but important tips to energize the body, sharpen the mind and uplift the spirit. Come prepared to practice the "chocolate" or "raisin" mindful eating meditation. Learn how to experience and savor each bite of food and each precious moment of life! Sue Grossinger will offer a discussion on how to lower your fall risk through changing those risky behaviors and increasing your activity level with exercises that pinpoint areas that improve flexibility, strength and balance. Presented By: Susan Witz, Healthy Lifestyle Coach & Dietitian and Sue Grossinger, Senior Specialist, Advocate Aurora Good Shepherd Hospital. Presented on August 31, 2022.

Dementia: Where Do We Go From Here? 

This joint discussion between the Alzheimer's Association and Elderwerks will provide helpful resources and services to help you care for a person with dementia or related diseases. Presented By: Olivia Matongo, Vice President of Programs at the Alzheimer's Association Barbara Rosenberg, Senior Advisor at Elderwerks. Presented on August 31, 2022.

Medicare 101 

Medicare can be confusing. Attend this presentation to learn more about Medicare including: who is eligible, Medicare options, important dates to keep in mind, how to choose the right plan for you and more. Presented by Alexandria Ungari, Sales Agent, Humana on August 31, 2022.

Legal Discussion: Asset Protection and Medicaid Planning 

Certified Elder Law Attorney Kathryn Casey provides a quick review of Medicaid rules and shares some options for protecting your assets in preparation to apply for Medicaid, especially as you plan for long-term care placement. Presented By: Kathryn Casey, JD, CELA, Principal Partner Dutton Casey & Mesoloras P.C. Presented on August 31, 2022.

Understanding Your Joint Replacement Options 

Dr. Harvey discusses joint replacement options available to you. Review all facets of outpatient total joint replacement including evolution and current state, risks, benefits, costs. Understand how successful outpatient total joint practices are established and maintained. There will be time at the end for Q&A as well. Presented By: Dr. Michael Harvey, OrthoIllinois on August 31, 2022.

Senior Safety: Ways to Protect Yourself 

There are many criminal acts that specifically target the senior community. This presentation will discuss physical acts against seniors along with crimes that feature fraud and deception. The discussion will conclude with steps to protect oneself and how to rebound from victimization. Presented By: Jason Everett, Crime Free Multi-Housing Coordinator Officer, Rolling Meadows Police Department. Presented on August 31, 2022.

Veterans Benefits 

The superintendents discuss veterans benefits and the steps to take if you apply for veterans benefits and are denied by the VA. Presented By: Michael Iwanicki, Superintendent and Veterans Service Officer Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County Jacob Zimmerman, Superintendent and Veterans Service Officer Veterans Assistance Commission of Kane County. Presented on August 31, 2022.

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