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Workshops & Seminars

Taking the Madness out of Medicare

Medicare plays a critical role in the health and financial security to 60 million older people and younger people with disabilities. Yet, 1 out of 4 beneficiaries say they don’t understand their benefits. This can leave beneficiaries stuck with huge bills and medical practitioners unable to understand why their patients aren’t properly following medical advice. Medicare specialist Tabitha Justice breaks down all the confusion by going over the history of Medicare, the difference between A, B, C, and D, and the state and federal assistance programs. |

Estate Planning Workshop

Brent L. Van Deysen is the managing partner of Van Deysen Law Office, PLLC, an Elder Law and Estate Planning Practice. Mr. Van Deysen will discuss how to protect your assets from the high cost of nursing home care. He will also discuss the basic estate planning documents that everyone should have, including Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney. |

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?

Traditional estate planning typically focuses on titled property like land, houses, and vehicles, but often overlooks the question of what happens to an individual’s personal items. As the owner of Caring Transitions of Kanawha Valley, Melody Bailey helps families who are dealing with the emotional burden of loss and with the physical burden of “stuff” after a loved one’s passing or health decline. Join us as we work through this program based on the Extension Services program from the University of Minnesota, and hear real-world strategies for reducing conflict and misunderstandings, and work to identify the real value of personal belongings that are left behind. (Hint: it’s not just monetary!) |

Identifying and Acquiring Funding Resources for Seniors

Lisa Pauley of Brookdale Charleston Gardens and Kari Peyatte of Amada Senior Care have teamed up to answer one of the most frequently asked questions. How do I afford senior care? In this presentation we will cover multiple funding options and share resources available to seniors and their families to help ease the financial burden of paying for care. We will also discuss the transition from inpatient care to in home care or community living and how that process affects your decision making and timeline. You will discover that you may have more options than you think! | Brookdale Charleston Gardens | Amada Senior Care

WV 211: Get Connected, Get Help

WV 211 maintains a database of health and human services, and knows just where to turn to meet your needs, even if you’re not sure what your needs are! Join Margaret O’Neal, president at United Way of Central WV, as she discusses this friendly and non-judgmental program. |

Serving Seniors, Neighbor to Neighbor

Jennifer Waggener is the founder and Executive Director of Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, a local nonprofit organization providing free services to older adults ages 60 and over in Kanawha and Putnam counties. Faith in Action volunteers offer one-on-one assistance to seniors with things like transportation to medical appointments, access to groceries and supplies, friendly check-in phone calls, and minor home repairs and maintenance projects. With a vibrant force of more than 200 trained and vetted volunteers, the program has served more than 500 of our community’s older neighbors. This workshop provides an overview of the organization’s work for both those looking for ways to serve and those who want to know more about accessing the services offered. |

Savvy Social Security Strategies

One of the most important components in retirement planning is understanding your Social Security benefits. Yet 90% of beneficiaries say they don’t understand how it works. National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) certificate holder, Tabitha Justice, will explain when to apply for benefits, how it is calculated, tips on increasing benefits, and much more.

Safe & Healthy Aging-In-Place

Many older adults envision spending the later years of their lives aging in the comfort of a home filled with years of memories of special moments. But the decision to age in place should be made with careful thought and planning to ensue safety, accessibility, and sustainable independence. Join us as we discuss important considerations that must be made in order to protect the safety and security of you or your loved one, ease the burden of aging in place, and extend quality of life now and in the future.

Guest Speakers

5 Wishes

Advance care planning is essential in case of a medical crisis that could leave you too ill to make your own health care decisions. Even if you are not sick now, planning for health care in the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, if you are unable to speak for yourself and doctors and family members are making the decisions for you. Do your loved ones know YOUR wishes? Your decision is the right one but your family must know your wishes. During this workshop, you will receive a valuable resource that is “Five Wishes.” Having conversations with family members regarding end of life decisions is difficult. The hallmark of the Five Wishes program is simplicity and clarity. In this workshop, you will be able to give yourself peace of mind and give your family the gift of knowing in uncertain times. |

Navigating the complicated system of social security disability

Navigating the Social Security Disability System is no easy task. Between the complicated rules of eligibility, confusing forms, and often quick denials; eligible beneficiaries often give up before they have a chance of winning their case. These leaves tens of thousands of potential beneficiaries in poverty and in unhealthy situations. Attorney David Pence breaks down in plain English how to understand who qualifies, how to start a claim and what is needed to win a claim. |

Medication and Poison Safety for Seniors

Many individuals, especially seniors, are on medications. If medications are not used correctly, they can lead to poisonings. Yes, poisonings. Not all poisonings involve children and household products. A poisoning can happen to anyone at any time by a variety of items. The West Virginia Poison Center’s Community Outreach Coordinator will discuss medication safety, general poison safety, and information about how the West Virginia Poison Center can help you if a poisoning or medication error occurs. |

Thrown into the lake of caregiving, let’s swim not sink

Rarely does someone plan to become a family caregiver.  You don’ t often receive a warning message. Most of the time it occurs in an instant, with an illness, a diagnosis, or an accident.   You may feel as though you’ve been thrown in the lake with no plan, no training, and no life preserver. You are trying hard not to sink.  JT Hunter, CDP, and Care Partner Coach will provide guidance to help you feel more empowered, less alone, and more confident as you swim the journey of caregiving. |

What the heck is this thing called dementia? Let me explain.

  JT Hunter, Certified Dementia Practitioner and Care Partner Coach will explain the difference between Alzheimer’s and the many different types of dementia, how each affects the brain, and it may manifest in the person with dementia.  He will also briefly provide insight into how we as neighbors, family members,  and friends can help support the person living with dementia and their caregivers. |