FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 26, 2011
Free Audio Webcast for Caregivers Will Tackle ‘Planning and Paying’ for Long-Term Care
NEW YORK, NY — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will offer a free audio Webcast, "Planning and Paying for Long-Term Health Care...Sooner Rather than Later," on February 9 as part of its efforts to help New Yorkers caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
The hour-long presentation will feature David Cutner, an elder law attorney and founding partner of Lamson & Cutner, P.C., New York. Caregivers can listen in on the Internet at 1 p.m. To register, visit www.alzfdn.org.
Designed for family caregivers, the presentation will cover various options for financing long-term care expenses (such as home care or nursing homes); Medicare/Medicaid eligibility, coverage and qualification strategies; ways to protect income and assets; and legal documents (wills, trusts, etc.) in long-term care planning.
“Caregivers are so often overwhelmed by the financial challenges that this disease presents, on top of all the practical and emotional challenges. It’s so important to begin planning sooner rather than later so that they can be prepared for the future,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO.
More caregivers are facing this issue as the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease escalates in line with the nation’s aging population. Currently, as many as 5.1 million Americans have the brain disorder, which causes loss of memory and other intellectual functions and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Advanced age is the greatest known risk.
This event is provided with support from the New York State Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Adult Health.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals with dementia, and their families. Its services include a toll-free hot line, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and professional training. For more information, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.
Contact: Carol Steinberg