Council on Aging workshop helps people plan for long term care

Monday, July 20, 2015

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Speaker Dennison Keller at 2014 Own Your Future

Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, advance directives, power of attorney, nursing homes, in-home care, long-term care insurance ...  To many, the murky realm of long-term care planning is so daunting, so confusing, they never take the time to plan for what will likely become an eventuality.  At some point in our lifetimes, more than 70 percent of us will need some form of long-term care.  It is only after a crisis occurs that we wish we'd taken the time to plan ahead.

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) has designed a workshop to help. It’s called Own Your Future.

Since 2010, COA has offered Own Your Future 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. Experts will cover topics such as estate and financial planning, Medicare and Medicaid, advance directives, and long-term care options.

Own Your Future participants receive a toolkit of information, checklists, and resources designed to help them create a long-term care plan of their own. A box lunch/dinner is also provided. The workshop cost is $20.  Space is limited and advance registration is required.  

COA’s Own Your Future workshop 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.

Two workshops are planned for this summer and fall.

Saturday, August 22, 9:00 am - 2:00 p.m.
Sycamore Senior Center
4455 Carver Woods Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242 
Registration is required by Aug. 17

Tuesdays, October 6 and 13*, 5 - 7:30 p.m
West Chester Activity Center
7900 Cox Road, West Chester, OH 45069
Registration is required by Oct. 1
*please note that the October workshop will take place over two days

Click here for more information and to register, or call 513-345-3367.


Who should attend Own Your Future?

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! 


Workshop Topics and Agenda

Saturday, August 22

9:00 AM - Registration (Coffee, rolls, and fruit)
9:15 AM - Importance of long-term care planning and estate planning
11:15 AM - Caregiving and care options
12:15 PM - Lunch (Box Lunch)
12:45 PM - Financial Planning for long-term care
2:00 PM -- Wrap up


Tuesday, October 6

5:00 PM - Registration and Dinner (Box Dinner)
5:15 PM - Importance of long-term care planning and estate planning
7:30 PM -- Wrap up

Tuesday, October 13

5:00 PM - Registration and Dinner (Box Dinner)
5:15 PM - Caregiving and care options
6:15 PM - Financial Planning for long-term care
7:30 PM -- Wrap up

Workshop Descriptions

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.

Caregiving and care options: At some point in their lives, most people will become caregivers, or need one, or both. This session will address those challenges, various options and settings for care, and community resources. 

Financial planning for long-term care: This session will cover financial 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.