Jan. 30 Senior Educational Event: “Financial, Legal and Personal Long-Term Care Options”

The Shoreline Eldercare Alliance (SEA) will be hosting a three-part senior educational series titled “Preparing for Later Life Transitions,” in January, February and March, 2016.

The first presentation “Financial, Legal and Personal Long-Term Care Options” will be held at The Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street, Guilford, CT, on January 30, from 2-4 P.M.

This SEA event will include the following topics: Power of Attorney, Health Care Agent, Patient Advocate, Living Will, Medicare and healthcare gaps, observation and hospital inpatient status, DNR, a Will and Revocable Living Trust.

Personal questions will be answered. Initial consultations with presenters will be offered.

Presenters will be Steve Cudgma, CLTC, Life and Healthcare Specialist, The Richard W. Squeri Agency, Branford; Attorney Raymond Bower, JD, MS, Elder Law and Estate Planning, Cartier and Bower, LLC, Guilford; and Diane Marangelo, RN of VNA Community Healthcare of Guilford.

Steve Cudgma is a lifelong resident of Branford. Steve works with all ages but his passion has been assisting seniors with navigating the ever changing and often confusing world of Medicare. Steve assists new enrollees with their initial enrollment and helps them to understand what Medicare covers and what the “gaps” are. He is also knowledgeable about the Low Income Subsidies that are available to qualifying beneficiaries. Steve is also a Certified Long Term Care Advisor. Steve is passionate about his clients and their financial well-being and how they can be affected by unforeseen healthcare costs as they age.

Ray Bower has been practicing law for over 25 years. He received his JD, cum laude and was on the Executive Board of the Law Review as a research editor. He was also the recipient of the prestigious American Juris Prudence Award. Ray is a member of the New Haven and Connecticut Bar Associations and has been involved in numerous community activities throughout his career including performing pro bono legal representation on a variety of legal matters. He is currently serving on the Guilford Planning and Zoning Commission as Chairman. His areas of practice include trust and estate planning, estate and tax planning matters, elder care law, real estate law, and business law.

Diane Marangelo has been a nurse for over 40 years and has an RN, BSN and MBA degrees. She has had a wide diversity in her practice experience ranging from acute hospital care, dementia care, hospice and palliative care, managed care, and long term care. She has worked for hospitals and organizations in various parts of Connecticut and is presently working for VNA Community Healthcare as the Palliative Care Specialist. Diane believes in choice for all patients and thinks that all people should be a part of their health care decisions.

SEA is hoping that members of the shoreline community will make 2016 a year of action and make sure they are prepared for any future financial, legal and personal healthcare needs. SEA invites participants to take control of their long term care options.’ SEA offers this “no charge” seminar to help you.

Take home materials will be given at this senior educational event. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 1-800-426-5086.