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Instructional class offered for future caregivers

LTN Staff Report

The Cooperative Extension has teamed up with Lincoln County Senior Services to offer a class geared toward potential caregivers.
The workshop, entitled “What Every Adult Child Should Know – Protecting Your Retirement and Other Financial Information for Family Caregivers,” is designed to provide information on how to better plan and prepare for the role.
“Our goal is to encourage families to discuss the options for caregiving before the need is immediate,” said Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent Leigh Guth. “Conversations about the future may be hard, but they can pay off in many ways, like knowing the care receiver’s wishes are being followed and that the financial and legal blueprints are in place for success.”
Topics such as communication, finances and legal documents involved with caregiving will be covered.
A local attorney will be on hand to discuss legal documents and their role in helping caregivers act on behalf of someone, when necessary.
Likewise, a certified financial planner will lead the section on retirement options, during which participants will learn about the options for moving their retirement savings if they leave work, and how a caregiver can continue to save for retirement even if he or she has reduced work hours or left employment.
Becky Putnam, specialist at the Senior Center, and Melinda Finger, supervisor with the adult Medicaid program, will share the options in Lincoln County for care, including hospice, respite, adult day care, assisted living and nursing-home care. They will talk about how these care options are funded and how people apply and qualify for these services.
The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Lincoln County Senior Center. While it is free of charge, reservations are required by July 22 by calling (704) 732-0953. A light lunch will be provided during the program. For more information, contact Guth at (704) 736-8461.



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