Jan 2019 Forum – Caring for Caregivers: Educate, Support, Empower, Advocate

Caring for Caregivers: Educate, Support, Empower, Advocate

Statistics show that approximately 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months. The AARP estimates that the economic value of services provided by informal caregivers is worth more than $470 billion.  Despite statistics, it may be challenging to find information and support as a caregiver and if it is located, it is often difficult to dedicate time for yourself.

Our presenter, Brenna Galvin is returning by popular demand.  This past October Breanna spoke to a packed house about the legal frameworks that everyone needs to be aware of as you age.

Whether you are personally providing care to a loved one or whether you are trying to support loved ones that find themselves as a caregiver, this forum is designed to provide you with concrete steps you should take as a caregiver and resources that you should be aware of for you and your care receiver. Our presenter, Brenna Galvin, will address pressing topics like:

  • The different levels and differences of care (in home, out patient, in patient) and related facilities)
  • What is or is not covered by medicare, medicaid/MA from a legal perspective
  • Resources available to caregivers

She’ll also touch on “Gotcha’s you should be aware of “ wihle caregiving for your loved ones, such as:

  • Observation vs. Inpatient status
  • Transition or rehab care facilities vs. assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, long term care facilities
  • and much much more.

At the end of our evening together, you will leave with a deeper understanding of the resources available to you as you strive to be the best caregiver for your loved ones.

Our Presenter

Brenna Galvin, is a Shareholder and Elder Law Attorney at Maser, Amundson, Boggio & Hendricks, P.A. She practices in the areas of Long-term care planning, Veterans benefits, Medical Assistance, Estate planning, Disability planning, including Supplemental and Special needs trusts, and Estate and Trust Administration. Brenna provides resources that enhance her clients’ quality of life and gives her clients and their families comfort in knowing that they have planned for the worst, so they can live their best. Brenna chose to become an attorney because she believes law at its core is a helping profession. She draws her inspiration from intergenerational interactions in her own large family and years of working with seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Brenna is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science, and she earned her Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. Brenna is involved in a number of professional and community organizations, including the Elder Law Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Bancroft Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis Rowing Club, the University of Minnesota M Club, and Kairos Alive! Brenna was has been featured in the book, A Survival Guide to Aging. When Brenna is not working, you can find her exploring the North Shore, rowing on the Mississippi River, roaming farmers markets and art museums, and attending concerts and plays throughout the Cities.

Monday, January 7, 2019
Networking: 6:15 – 7:00 pm
Presentation: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Minnesota State University Mankato at Edina


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