Legal, Financial Planning For Alzheimer’s Disease Seminar Set

Edgewood Communities, in cooperation with the WNY Alzheimer’s Association, will host its second seminar in their Best of Times Series for 2013 entitled: A Guide for Spouses and Caregivers. The presentation will benefit those caring for a person with early stage dementia.

The community is invited to Warner Place, Aldren Avenue, on the Lutheran Campus at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12. Janell Sluga, certified geriatric care manager for the Senior Life Matters program, will present information developed by the Alzheimer’s Association. Reservations are appreciated by calling Patty Eckwahl at 720-9122.

“There are many forms of dementia,” said Meghan Fadel, education and training director at the WNY Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “This seminar will offer excellent tips and advice for anyone whose loved one is showing early signs of the disease.”

Early planning for legal and financial concerns allows the person with dementia to be involved and express his or her wishes for future care and decisions. This eliminates guesswork for families, and allows the person with dementia to designate decision makers on his or her behalf. Early planning also gives time to work through these complex matters.

Sluga has more than 20 years of experience working with seniors and caregivers.

“I know these are difficult topics to talk about with loved ones,” she said. “But putting it off can be more stressful as the dementia worsens. By planning early caregivers can take advantage of tax breaks and community resources that are available.”

Sluga will cover other topics including how to prepare to meet with a lawyer regarding living wills, trusts and powers of attorney, and she will share tips for financial planning.

“The person with dementia may no longer remember having completed important paperwork,” she said. “Even if legal and financial documents were completed in the past, it is important to review them with another person for necessary corrections and/or updates.”

For more information regarding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, log onto www.alz.org or call the WNY Chapter at 1-800-272-3900.

The second presentation on dementia will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Warner Place on the Lutheran Campus. Sluga will present a seminar called “How to Communicate with Someone with Dementia.” She will discuss ways to stay in the moment and how to avoid anger and frustration.

The Best of Times Seminar Series is sponsored by Edgewood Communities at Lutheran. The series provides information and support to help people plan well so they can age well.

Edgewood Communities is part of Lutheran Senior Housing and is located on the Lutheran Campus off Falconer Street in Jamestown. For more information about Edgewood call 665-8197 or log onto www.lutheran-jamestown.org/senior-housing.