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Learn important information on aging topics including legal and health aspects of aging. Choose one or more sessions to attend "live" or come back later to view the recordings at your leisure.


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Strength & Mobility 4 Life

Wednesday 08/09/2023 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

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 101: The Choices You Need to Make

Wednesday 08/09/2023 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Room A

As you approach Medicare eligibility, 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.

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

What's New with VA Benefits

Wednesday 08/09/2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Room B

This panel discussion will cover 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.

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.

Fraud Protection and Advocacy for Seniors

Wednesday 08/09/2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Room A

Join Maria Arana/ Agnieszka Lizak from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General as they outline scams that specifically target older citizens and present recommendations and remedies. They will cover the types of identity theft, safeguards, and protections to avoid becoming a victim.

*Please note: we will not be recording this presentation due to the Illinois Attorney General's regulations.*

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

Wednesday 08/09/2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Room C

Aloha to adults of all ages - 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!

Social Security- Understanding the Benefits

Wednesday 08/09/2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Room B

Join Megan Forristall from the Social Security Administration as she gives us an overview of Social Security's programs and online services, including retirement, spouse's, survivor's benefits, and Medicare.

Medicare Made Clear

Wednesday 08/09/2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Room C

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.

Bladder, Bladder What's the Matter?

Wednesday 08/09/2023 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Room A

"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.

Presented by: Dr. Randall Kahan, Director of the WomanCare Center for Bladder Control & Valerie Boeldt-Umbright, RN, CCCN, Manager of the WomanCare Bladder Control Center, Northwest Community Healthcare

Cooking for 1...or 2

Wednesday 08/09/2023 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM

In this presentation, Susan Witz, a registered dietitian & healthy lifestyle coach at Advocate Aurora Health Care, provides tips on how to prepare and cook healthy meals for one or two people. It challenges the typical reasons why a single person will dine out rather than make healthy meals at home. Affordable and sensible tips, tricks and recipes will be shared.

Annual Legal Checkup for Aging Well

Wednesday 08/09/2023 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Room C

The key to successfully aging in place is preparation! Guided by a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Kathryn Casey with Dutton, Casey & Mesoloras, PC, 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.

Caring for the Caregiver: Five Ways to Care for Yourself

Wednesday 08/09/2023 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Room B

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.

Tips for Aging in Place Safely

Wednesday 08/09/2023 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Room A

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. will offer some guidance for downsizing and streamlining your home.

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