Own Your Future Workshop Series

Helping you plan for long-term care. It’s a gift to yourself...and your loved ones.

Retirement. You set goals and start planning for it early, in the hopes that when that day finally arrives, you’ll be able to live comfortably and do the things you want to do.

But many people leave out an important aspect of retirement planning — planning for long-term care.

Council on Aging’s Own Your Future Workshop Series takes the mystery and fear out of planning for long-term care, giving participants the information and tools they need to start on their own plan. During our workshop series, expert speakers cover topics including estate planning, legal issues, strategies for paying for care and long-term care choices, and participants receive a toolkit to guide them through the planning process.

This is NOT a sales presentation — no marketing, no sales pitches. Our speakers have one goal: education.

We will not have a 2021 workshop.  Looking forward to offering a 2022 wokrshop. 

Own Your Future Contact
Amy Leonhardt

Why Plan Now?


  • Medicare will NOT cover your long-term care costs.
  • Uninsured medical expenses are the top retirement worry for people age 55 and older.
  • Only 30 percent of us think we’ll need long-term care. In reality, 70 percent of us will.
  • Nine out of 10 older adults say they’d prefer to stay in their own homes if they need care.
  • More than 90 percent of seniors have not discussed with their spouse or children how they will pay for care, or what care options they would prefer.

It’s a fact: 70 percent of us will need long-term care during our lifetimes. 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 of mind for you and your loved ones.

Who Should Attend

Council on Aging’s Own Your Future Workshop Series is for people of any age who are...

  • thinking about retirement, or are already retired
  • expecting to provide help to aging parents or spouse
  • already a caregiver for older or disabled loved ones
  • expecting to live a long life!

What You’ll Learn

Own Your Future will help you understand and plan for your long-term care needs and costs. This workshop is designed for people of any age who want to learn more about long-term care -- for themselves or an aging family member. Each attendee will receive a toolkit for developing a long-term care plan of their own.

Expert speakers will cover topics including estate planning, legal issues, strategies for paying for care and long-term care choices. After the workshop, you’ll be better prepared to answer important questions, such as:

  • How do I pay for long-term care and protect my assets?
  • What community resources are available?
  • 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?

This is not a sales presentation — you will not be pressured by insurance agents or sales people to purchase specific products or services. Participating speakers understand our goal is to provide accurate, unbiased information to help you make informed decisions about long-term care planning.

Workshop Topics and Agenda

Workshops will be virtual and may be viewed on your tablet, personal computer or other smart devices.

Importance of long-term care planning and estate planning
This session will cover the importance of planning 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. Dennison Keller, local elder law attorney, will lead a discussion on advance directives, guardianships, wills, trusts, power of attorney, and Medicare/Medicaid.
Speaker: Dennison Keller, Elder Law Attorney, The Law Practice of Dennison Keller, LLC

Strategies for paying for long-term care
This session will cover strategies for paying 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. 
Speaker: Gregory L. Hoernschemeyer, CLU, Senior Vice President, Horan

Care options
This session will address various options and settings for long-term care and community resources.
Speaker: Ann Sutton Burke, MPA, CMC, Director of Aging and Caregiver Services, Jewish Family Services of Cincinnati

Speaker Biographies

Dennison KellerDennison Keller, JD is the owner of The Law Practice of Dennison Keller, LLC, a local law firm specializing in elder law since 2007. Dennison attended Miami University in Oxford where he received a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication, and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Juris Doctor, in 2006.

He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association where he participates on the Elder Law Committee. Mr. Keller is also active on the Medicaid Committee of the Ohio Forum of Estate Planning attorneys. He is also a member of Wealth Counsel and Elder Counsel.

Ann Sutton BurkeAnn Sutton Burke, MPA, CMC, is the Director of Aging and Caregiver Services for Jewish Family Services of Cincinnati and an Aging Life Care professional. She received the Outstanding Professional in Aging award from Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, and is the President of the Association of Professionals in Aging. Ann’s expertise in helping senior adults live independently in their own homes was nationally recognized when she gave testimony at a United States Senate hearing.

Ann has a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Gerontology, and Masters of Public Administration from Xavier University.

Gregory HorernschemeyerGregory Hoernschemeyer is Vice President and Registered Representative for Horan.  He specializes in coordinating estate and business succession plans as well as executive benefits. As a Chartered Life Underwriter, he consults with corporate and individual clients regarding all of their individual insurance planning needs and oversees the implementation of numerous funding options available.

He simplifies the complex insurance arena to provide understanding, confidence and peace of mind for his clients and their families. 


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