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Council on Aging workshop helps people plan for care needs and wishes

Learn about costs, care options and advance planning at Own Your Future

Retirement

Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, long-term care planning, advance directives: it’s all pretty confusing and daunting to even contemplate. So – many people simply don’t.

That means when a crisis hits and they pull their head out of the sand, they often have no idea where they are or where to go.

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) has designed a workshop to help. It’s called Own Your Future. The purpose is to help you do just that: Plan for the time when, you may need help because of aging or illness. Learn and prepare so you have more say and options about how and where you will live. Help bring peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones.

Own Your Future is a three-part workshop and will be held:
Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 am -2:00 p.m. at LifeSpan, 1900 Fairgove Ave. (Rt. 4), Hamilton, Ohio 45011. Registration is required by Sept. 19.

COA has offered Own Your Future since 2010 to help people plan for long-term care, protect their assets, and understand what living options and services are available to them as they age and their care needs change. Experts will cover topics such as estate and financial planning, Medicare and Medicaid, advance directives, and long-term care options.

Participants will receive a toolkit of information, checklists, and resources designed to help them create a long-term care plan of their own. A box lunch will be provided and parking is free. The cost is $15 for the workshop. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Register online by Sept. 19 or call 513-345-3367 for more information.

Who should attend? The workshop is for people of any age who are: thinking about retirement, or are already retired; expecting to provide help to aging parents or a spouse; already a caregiver for older or disabled loved ones; or expecting to live a long life!

The workshop will help participants feel better prepared to answer important questions about long-term care, including:

  • How much does long-term care cost?
  • Should I buy a long-term care insurance policy?
  • What happens to my spouse and our home if I end up on Medicaid in a nursing home?
  • What about Medicare? What will it cover? 

COA’s Own Your Future workshop series is different from other financial planning seminars because participants are not pressured to buy investments or insurance policies or move into a specific long-term care facility. The goal is to provide accurate, unbiased information to give participants the tools they need in order to make informed decisions about their own long-term care needs and wishes.

Why plan for long-term care? It's a fact: 70 percent of us will need long-term care during our lifetimes. Yet 90 percent of seniors have not discussed with their families how they will pay for care, or what care options they would prefer. Planning ahead can help you save money, give you greater control over your assets and resources, and improve the chances you'll be able to live your life the way you want to live it. Plain and simple: planning now will bring peace for you and your loved ones.

Workshop Schedule
9:00 – 9:15 am – Registration

9:15 – 11:00 am: Importance of long-term care planning and estate planning. Learn why it’s important to plan early for long-term care needs. Many people wait until a crisis occurs to make important decisions about care and find that their options are limited. A local elder law attorney will lead a discussion on advance directives, guardianships, wills, trusts, power of attorney, and Medicare/Medicaid.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Long-term care options. This session will provide information about the variety of settings where long-term care can be provided, including your home, adult day centers, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Step-by-step, you will learn how to choose a qualified care provider and setting.

12:15 – 12:45 pm - Lunch

12:45 – 2:00 pm: Financial education planning for long-term care. This session will cover financial education planning for long-term care, providing information on effective planning to ensure that individual needs and wishes are met, and to develop a personal strategy for paying for long-term care.

To register or get more information, including speaker bios, visit COA’s Own Your Future web page. Registration deadline: September 19.

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