Elderwerks Educational Services

Elderwerks offers senior living coordination, advocacy, and education. We provide complimentary information, referrals, and guidance to older adults, seniors, and families acting as "senior guidance counselors." Anyone with aging questions can contact Elderwerks for their person-centered assistance and referrals.

https://www.elderwerks.org

Event Details

Join us online for a week of fun and learning opportunities delivered by local experts. Our annual Expo will feature presentations on aging in place, health/wellness, insurance, legal matters and more.


Each day will feature music of the decades with trivia, brain games, bingo or cooking classes. Your chances to learn, win prizes, have fun and connect with friends awaits!


Once you register, you'll be entered to win prizes. After attending each day, you will be sent an evaluation form. If you fill out the evaluation, you will be entered to win more prizes.


This year, you'll have options for how you can participate.

  • View live presentations and interact with speakers, supporters, and other attendees in the Elderwerks Virtual world. You'll have additional opportunities to ask the speakers questions. Visit virtual booths for all of our supporters and meet with them live or by appointment. Participating in the Elderwerks Virtual world will also offer you extra chances to win prizes. Works best on a computer with a mouse. Upon registration, you will receive the link to join the Virtual World. Dozens of trainings will be offered throughout the summer.
  • Watch presentations on the Elderwerks Facebook page. Like us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Elderwerks
  • Watch presentations on the Elderwerks YouTube channel. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdwAQD6szky2S69G6ePUfOw

For those who are attending the Virtual Aging Better Expo in Elderwerks Virtual World, Elderwerks will be sending out information on training days. We will walk through the event, discuss your options, and view the available rooms. You will receive a map, a list of sponsors to visit, the Agenda, and the games and prizes in July.

Agenda

  • August 9, 2021

  • August 10, 2021

  • August 11, 2021

  • August 12, 2021

  • August 13, 2021

August 9, 2021

Expo

8:30 AM
Keynote Presentation by Paula Basta, Director of Illinois Department of Aging
Paula Basta (Director of Illinois Dept. on Aging)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Surrogacy, the Decision Makers, and the Lack of Planning
Kerry R. Peck (Managing Partner at Peck Ritchey, LLC)
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Planning for Healthcare Costs in Retirement
Health care planning is a key component to a solid financial plan. As you are nearing retirement there are steps you can take to position yourself for success in your next chapter. Carrie Espinosa has decades of experience helping her clients navigate their health insurance and health care.  Pre-retirees increasingly cite the cost of health care as their top financial concern and appropriately so. During this interactive session Carrie will share cost information and helpful strategies to plan for your healthcare costs in retirement.
Carrie Espinosa (Owner, Principal Advisor at Horizon Benefit Services)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fall Prevention: I'm Still Standing!
Concerns about falling is a wide spread concern in healthcare and for all of us in the community. People over the age of 55 represent over 50% of trauma fall related visits to the ER. Learn the many ways you can lower your fall risk through understanding what risky behaviors, biological and environmental factors are putting you at risk and how easy it can be to change them so you can continue to live an independent, high-quality of life!
Sue Grossinger (Senior Services Coordinator at Advocate Good Shepherd)
12:40 PM - 1:10 PM
Cooking Class
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Paying for Long-Term Care: Debunking the Medicare Myths
When you are diagnosed with a chronic medical condition, not only do you need to prepare medically, you need to prepare legally and financially. Besides having the proper estate planning documents, you need to know what legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care. That Medicare will pay for everything is a myth. This session, presented by an elder law attorney, will focus on the limitations of Medicare and how Medicaid, long-term care insurance, and personal care contracts can be used to maximize you and your loved one’s quality of life. Bring your questions.
Kathryn Casey (Partner & Certified Elder Law Attorney at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras)
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Name that Tune
Do you want to have some fun? Just like the hit TV Show Name That Tune, Mary Ellen will be hosting this fun, interactive game of music from the decades. Prizes will be awarded to top performers. We will set up teams from the participating audience.
Mary Ellen Heelan (Neurologic Music Therapist, President & Owner at Heelan Music)

Speakers

Joy Aaronson (Benefits Access & Information Specialist at AgeOptions)

Joy Aaronson

Benefits Access & Information Specialist at AgeOptions

Paula Basta (Director of Illinois Dept. on Aging)

Paula Basta

Director of Illinois Dept. on Aging

Jacqueline Boyd (Founder, Owner of The Care Plan)

Jacqueline Boyd

Founder, Owner of The Care Plan

Kathryn Casey (Partner & Certified Elder Law Attorney at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras)

Kathryn Casey

Partner & Certified Elder Law Attorney at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras

Dr. Shane Creado (Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Sleep Medicine Physician at Amen Clinics)

Dr. Shane Creado

Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Sleep Medicine Physician at Amen Clinics

Jesus Enriquez (Information & Outreach Specialist at AgeOptions- Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol)

Jesus Enriquez

Information & Outreach Specialist at AgeOptions- Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol

Carrie Espinosa (Owner, Principal Advisor at Horizon Benefit Services)

Carrie Espinosa

Owner, Principal Advisor at Horizon Benefit Services

Sue Grossinger (Senior Services Coordinator at Advocate Good Shepherd)

Sue Grossinger

Senior Services Coordinator at Advocate Good Shepherd

Dr. Lisa Gumina (Audiologist at Finer Hearing)

Dr. Lisa Gumina

Audiologist at Finer Hearing

Mary Ellen Heelan (Neurologic Music Therapist, President & Owner at Heelan Music)

Mary Ellen Heelan

Neurologic Music Therapist, President & Owner at Heelan Music

Michael Iwanicki (Superintendent at Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County)

Michael Iwanicki

Superintendent at Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County

Vicki Madigan (Owner and Benefits Consultant at Madigan Insurance Group)

Vicki Madigan

Owner and Benefits Consultant at Madigan Insurance Group

Suzanne Martinez (Coordinator, Congregational Outreach Office for Mission & Spiritual Care at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital)

Suzanne Martinez

Coordinator, Congregational Outreach Office for Mission & Spiritual Care at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

John McNeely (Retiree)

John McNeely

Retiree

Rosemary Monahan (Founder, President of Improve-ization)

Rosemary Monahan

Founder, President of Improve-ization

Katie Monahan Brooks (Manager of Business Development at Transitions Hospice)

Katie Monahan Brooks

Manager of Business Development at Transitions Hospice

Caren E.I. Naidoff (Attorney at Shire Law Group®)

Caren E.I. Naidoff

Attorney at Shire Law Group®

Gail Niksic (Vice President at Elderwerks Educational Services)

Gail Niksic

Vice President at Elderwerks Educational Services

Kerry R. Peck (Managing Partner at Peck Ritchey, LLC)

Kerry R. Peck

Managing Partner at Peck Ritchey, LLC

Chris Petrik (Training Specialist at Elderwerks)

Chris Petrik

Training Specialist at Elderwerks

Alan R. Press (Attorney at Shire Law Group®)

Alan R. Press

Attorney at Shire Law Group®

Julia Tarnorutskaya (Owner & Licensed Massage Therapist at J2 Massage)

Julia Tarnorutskaya

Owner & Licensed Massage Therapist at J2 Massage

Jim Whittington (Business Development / Accessibility Specialist at Lifeway Mobility)

Jim Whittington

Business Development / Accessibility Specialist at Lifeway Mobility

Jennifer Wilson-Binotti (Doctor at Compassionate Neuropsychology)

Jennifer Wilson-Binotti

Doctor at Compassionate Neuropsychology

Sponsors and Partners