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What Everyone Ought to Know About Caring for Aging Parents

November 12, 2010
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 I am 39 years old with an aging father in not so great health and an aging, but very capable mother to take care of him.  So,  I have had the luxury of sitting on the sidelines offering a helping hand and supportive shoulder when things get rough.   I watched my mother go through trying times with HER aging mother that lived halfway across the country, then again with her sister, 19 years her senior, where she had to make difficult decisions about relocating her 500 miles away from the place she called home her entire life, putting her in assisted living, then ultimately a full fledged nursing home.  I heard her stories about trying to figure out Medicare, the Veteran’s Administration, long term benefits, assets and liabilities and if they were going to help or hurt her qualification for what she needed.  Then, once the money ran low, trying to find solutions for affordable senior care, only to find the physical conditions less than desirable and the waiting lists long.  God Bless anyone that works with seniors and I hope they know that they have a special place in heaven.

Again, I had the luxury of watching all of this from afar.

It has not escaped me that sooner or later, I will be the one in the drivers seat  facing  these challenges and making these difficult decisions.  I cant help but feel that though never easy,  If we are more prepared with the facts, things might go more smoothly. 

I wanted to share a Workshop being held by The Georgia Care Planning Council on November 16th, 2010 at the Greenwood Gardens Assisted Living Facility, 1160 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064. The workshop is  free. It will be from 6:30 PM to 8:30PM with light refreshments served.

 This Community Workshop is for adult children of Seniors and Seniors. The focus is to teach adult children, most that will be assisting seniors, what lies ahead in the event of a long term care event affecting the family.

 Here is a lineup of the Specialist Speakers so you can have an idea of what kinds of topics will be covered:

Ruth Clark Introduction

Barbara Flam—Realtor

David DeLucia—Assisted Living Locator

Ken Clark—Financial Planning Specialist

Dick Sumner—Home Medical Alarm Service

Marilyn Smith —Non-Skilled Nursing Care

Ken Clark—Veteran’s Benefits

John Meier—Elder Law and Medicaid Attorney

Cheryl Cake—Closing

 Any questions, contact Cheryl Cake, Residence Sales Manager at 678-756-1659

To reserve your spot, call Cheryl at 678-756 -1659. Limited seating is available.

Kenneth R. Clark, CPCU, CLTC

Certified Senior Advisor

K.R. Clark & Co., LLC

413 Gold Crossing

Canton, GA 30114

Phone: 877-831-2009

Fax: 678-880-8369



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