Plan for what’s next
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 4:00 AM
Today’s Aging Seniors and their families face different challenges than the generations before them. Families often approach senior care providers with a “deer in the headlights” look while seeking solutions to care for their aging loved ones.
How prepared are you and your family to help your loved ones navigate this next phase of life? Join our Senior Care Experts this spring to learn practical tips, tools and guides to navigate the changing needs for the home and long term care.
The next session in the spring series is Thursday at the Tannenbaum Cultural Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will focus on “Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Signs, Symptoms and Care.” Dementia is a general term for memory loss and other memory impairments serious enough to interfere with daily life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1-in-9 aged people 65 and older are affected by Alzheimer’s disease which accounts for more than 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Dr. Christopher Cobbs, MD, a board certified physician in psychiatry with Franciscan Physician Network and Franciscan Health’s Behavioral Health program will provide information on recognizing the signs and symptoms of the different forms of dementia and how to care for loved ones who have a diagnosis of dementia.
The series is sponsored by Whitlock Place Senior Living, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville, Franciscan Physician Network, Montgomery Adult Guardianship Services (MAGS), and The Paper of Montgomery County. Each clinic will be held at accessible locations in Crawfordsville. Sessions will be held at Tannenbaum Cultural Center, 225 N Washington St in Crawfordsville, from 6 p.m. to 7:30pm, with refreshments served.
There are so many things to consider from the type of care needed to the cost of care. Then there is the documentation; Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Medicare, Supplemental Plans, Long Term Care Insurance, Medicaid, and so much more. It can be very daunting on top of the myriad of feelings that accompanies our loved ones aging. Upcoming sessions are planned to address these issues.
Planning For What’s Next Clinics:
[5/11] Downsize to Rightsize – You realize you do not need the space you once had, or you are considering a move but moving seems like such a huge task. Having invested years in your home, moving to a new home can be an overwhelmingly daunting experience. Signature Organizing Services (SOS) Relocation Specialists assist senior clients with making smooth transitions to the next phase in life. The SOS Relocation Specialist will be presenting a workshop on the tips and tricks to make rightsizing less daunting. Steve Zachary of Davis Morrison Realty will also be sharing specific points to consider when selling or buying a home as a Senior.
To register for programs or for more information please contact Sharon White, Program Coordinator, MAGS, at (765) 586-1396.