August 24, 2019

18th Judicial District’s Senior Law Day and Safety Summit is October 14, 2016

2016 cover sample_Layout 1The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will host its annual Senior Law Day and Safety Summit on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Charles Schwab & Co. Events Center in Lone Tree (9899 Schwab Way #100, Lone Tree, CO 80124). This year’s event will focus on topics pertaining to legal, safety, and fraud awareness issues in later life. Seniors, family members, professionals in the field of aging; and individuals contemplating retirement are particularly encouraged to attend.

Registration for the event is $10, and includes a copy of the 2016 Senior Law Handbook, a boxed lunch, snacks, and an opportunity to sign up for a free consultation with an attorney on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration information is available here.

For more information, contact Barbara Martin-Worley at (720) 874-8487 or bmw@da18.state.co.us.

Denver Senior Law Day is This Friday, July 29, 2016

2016 cover sample_Layout 1The Denver Senior Law Day will be held this Friday, July 29, 2016, at the PPA Event Center in Denver. The event will run from 8 am to noon. Join some of Denver’s top elder law attorneys to learn about legal issues affecting older adults. Topics to be presented include fraud prevention, Medicare issues, estate planning basics, probate procedures, and more. The Ask-A-Lawyer table will return for this year’s event, and each attendee will receive a copy of the 2016 Senior Law Handbook.

Registration is now open online — click here to register. Questions? Call (303) 757-4342 or email SLD@denverprobatelaw.com.

For more information, visit www.denverseniorlawday.com.

Denver DA Mitch Morrissey is Keynote Speaker at the 16th Annual Senior Law Day on July 19

Layout 1Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey is the keynote speaker for this year’s 16th Annual Denver Senior Law Day. As the chief prosecutor in Denver, he is responsible for the prosecution of more than 6,000 felony and 18,000 misdemeanor criminal cases every year, and is a staunch advocate for fraud prevention and education in the Denver community.

With incredible resources and educational workshops, this event is not only for seniors in the community, but also valuable for adult children and caregivers who are helping aging parents, relatives, or friends. The event is from 8:00 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at the Denver Mart.

The 16th Annual Senior Law Day offers the public the opportunity to hear from experienced elder law attorneys and other professionals involved in elder care issues.  This year there are thirty-three unique, informative workshops to choose from that will help seniors learn how to better manage family and financial issues and prepare for retirement.

Workshops this year include “How Hospice and Palliative Care Can Save Your Life,” “Aging in Place – Maintaining Your Independence at Home,” “ Assisted Living and Nursing Home Issues,” “ Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts & Your Property,” “ Hanging Up the Car Keys for Good,” “ Living Wills, Advance Medical Directives, DNR Orders, Proxies, and End of Life Issues,” “Medicaid and Medicare 101,” “ Planning For Your Pets,” “Powers of Attorney and Guardianship & Conservatorship,” “ Social Security,” “To Marry or Not to Marry—That is the Question,” “ VA Benefits,” and “ What to do When Someone Dies.”

Attendees are also available to meet with an attorney at the “Ask-A-Lawyer” Session, a free 15-minute meeting with an attorney to ask about elder law and trust and estate issues. For more information on this and a full list of workshops, go to http://www.seniorlawday.org/denver.

Much of the content presented at Denver Senior Law Day also can be found in the comprehensive 2014 Senior Law Handbook, which is distributed free at the event. The Senior Law Handbook is supported through the generous contributions from organizations and law firms, including Rose Community Foundation—an organization that supports efforts to improve the quality of life throughout the Greater Denver community through its endowed grantmaking programs, and by advising and assisting donors who wish to make thoughtful charitable investments to better the community.

A $10 contribution is suggested but not required to attend the event. Registration is requested; call (303) 860-0608 or dial toll-free (888) 860-2531, or go online to register at  www.seniorlawday.org and click on the “Denver” tab. Business vendors and potential exhibitors should contact Sherrill Wolf at (303) 860-0608.

Full details on the event are available at  www.seniorlawday.org/denver.

Senior Law Day: The Village Movement and Your Community

Denver Senior Law Day will be held Saturday, July 28 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. This annual educational seminar presents programs specifically designed for seniors in the Colorado community. This seminar will provide attendees with important and useful information on many issues facing our growing senior citizen population. If you are a senior, an adult child with an aging parent, or a caregiver, this is one day you cannot afford to miss. Every attendee will receive a free copy of the 2012 Senior Law Handbook. Mark your calendar today for this excellent and informative event. Click here for more information.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Ready for some refreshing news on the challenges of an aging America?  Look no further than the surging Village Movement. Across the United States, Villages are sprouting up like well-watered tufts of grass, defying an otherwise arid landscape. Within the past two years, this innovative, community-style approach to keeping older adults in their own homes has grown by 80%. According to Village to Village Network, a national advocacy group, 90 Villages are now open and operating, with another 125 in development.

A Village may grow to serve 100 to 400 members or more, typically age 55 and up. Members live in their own homes, which may be located anywhere within the defined membership service area. Most Villages are local nonprofit organizations (IRS 501(c)(3)) with a board of directors who live in the community. The Village Movement was pioneered by Boston’s Beacon Hill Village, founded in 2001.

Village membership offers convenient, one-call access to volunteer services or vendor referrals. Does the member need a ride to the doctor or to the beauty shop? A day out to go shopping with friends? How about a volunteer to fix a leaky faucet, or to climb a ladder and clean out roof gutters?  When a member needs a reliable contractor – for example, a painter, plumber, or lawn service – the Village can suggest vendors from a vetted list.

Social connection is a powerful advantage to Village membership.  Informal get-togethers and educational activities stimulate and strengthen friendships. “Neighbors helping neighbors” is much more than a tagline; nationally, about 60% of Village members serve as volunteers too.  Certainly, this high level of participation is influenced by the can-do will-do spirit of younger members, who are still in their 50s, 60s, or 70s.  However, it also reflects the passion of members in their 80s and 90s to stay active – teaching, mentoring, leading, or whatever they may choose to do.  Community is the heart and soul of a Village.

In brief, Villages can help older adults to deal successfully with three of biggest obstacles to living independently in their own homes.

  1. The Need for Transportation — Driving may eventually become a challenge, so it’s harder to get to the doctor, pharmacy, grocery store, etc.
  2. The Risk of Falling — Injuries due to falls make it necessary for some to leave their homes for assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.
  3. Social Isolation and Loneliness — People need to be around other people, to live in community and maintain a sense of purpose.

A recent study highlights the effectiveness of a Village in helping older adults to live safely at home.  According to One Call Club in Knoxville, Tennessee, 80% of Village members will avoid moving to an assisted living residence or nursing home for at least one year. With nursing home costs running around $200 per day, it doesn’t take a math whiz to see that $600 per year for household membership in a Village is a bargain. (For an individual Village membership, the national average is $460 per year.)

The success of Villages may be attributed to several factors: reduced risk of injury or accident, healthier eating, a brighter emotional outlook, and a renewed sense of purpose. For all these reasons and more, Villages are a promising, cost-effective option for older adults who want to stay in their own homes, in a community of neighbors helping neighbors.

Arnie Snyder is owner of Elder Life Advisors and co-founder of the first two Colorado Villages: Washington Park Cares (now, A Little Help), Denver, and Columbine Community Village, Littleton. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee for Village to Village Network, LLC.

Registration Now Open for Denver Senior Law Day and 2012 Senior Law Handbook Available Online

The 2012 Senior Law Handbook is now online! Designed to provide aging adults and their caregivers and families with useful information on subjects relevant to their legal concerns, it is only possible with the generous donation of time and intellect by our volunteer authors. CBA-CLE would like to thank all of the authors for their contributions and willingness to share their expertise with Colorado’s older adults. The 2012 Handbook includes 33 chapters on a variety  of topics ranging from Social Security Benefits to What Seniors Need to Know About Facebook.

You can review and download individual chapters by clicking here.

And, you’ll receive a free copy of the handbook when you attend Senior Law Day in Denver on July 28, 2012. Registration is now open for this annual educational seminar, which presents programs specifically designed for seniors in the Colorado community. This seminar will provide attendees with important and useful information on many issues facing our growing senior citizen population.

If you are a senior, an adult child with an aging parent, or a caregiver, this is one day you cannot afford to miss. Mark your calendar today for this excellent and informative event and click here to register now!

13th Annual Senior Law Day a Resounding Success

On Saturday, July 23, nearly 900 seniors, adult children, and caregivers attended the Thirteenth Annual Senior Law Day at the Merchandise Mart in Denver. Senior Law Day offers the public the opportunity to hear from experienced elder law attorneys and other professionals involved in elder care issues.  This year, there were twenty-eight different short, informative workshops to choose from that helped seniors learn how to better manage family and financial issues and prepare for retirement.

The tremendous number of resources and educational workshops available not only benefit seniors in our community, but also adult children and caregivers who are helping aging parents, relatives, and friends.

New workshops this year included “DNR Orders, Advance Directives and End of Life Issues,” “Planning for Your Pets,” “Dealing with Trusts & Trustees,” and “Nontraditional Domestic Relationships.”

Attorney Carl Glatstein, the program chair for the event, described the event as way for attorneys and other professionals to provide “relevant and important information to seniors and present it in a way that is easy for people to understand.”

In addition the informative seminars, there were nearly 50 organizations and companies in the Exhibitor area that provided information and resources relevant to seniors.

Much of the content presented at Senior Law Day also can be found in the comprehensive 2011 Senior Law Handbook, distributed to all who attend the event.  The handbook is written by Colorado attorneys and professionals who donate their time to provide this valuable resource, published by the Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CBA-CLE).

Senior Law Day couldn’t happen without the incredible number of volunteers who not only helped during the day of the event, but also with organizing, planning, setup, and clean up. There were more than 70 volunteers from the legal community who dedicated their time to the event – thanks so much for helping to make the day so successful!

The event continues to grow each year and Boulder County and Larimer County are each holding a Senior Law Day in their communities on August 13.  Jefferson County held their event in June and other counties around the state will be holding events in the fall. Click here to view information about the upcoming Senior Law Day events around the state.

Senior Law Day is co-sponsored by the Elder Law Section and the Trust & Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and CBA-CLE. A $10 contribution is suggested but not required to attend the event.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver again next year!

Click here to view more pictures from the event.

Senior Law Day Featured on 9News LawLine9

Colorado’s 9News LawLine9 had attorneys on hand to answer questions about elder law and estate planning this afternoon. Among them was Carl Glatstein, Program Chair of Senior Law Day. Glatstein spoke to viewers about Saturday’s event, which provides invaluable legal information to seniors, as well as their adult children, caregivers, relatives, and friends.

Senior Law Day is entering its thirteenth year by providing twenty-eight short and informative workshops to choose from that will help attendees learn how to better manage their family and financial issues and prepare for retirement. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the comprehensive 2011 Senior Law Handbook.

New workshops this year include:

  • DNR Orders
  • Advance Directives and End of Life Issues
  • Planning for Your Pets
  • Dealing with Trusts & Trustees
  • Nontraditional Domestic Relationships

Click here for a full list of workshops.

Senior Law Day will be held in Denver on Saturday, July 23, 2011. A $10 contribution is suggested, but not required to attend the event. Registration is requested. To register, call (303) 860-0608 or dial toll-free (888) 860-2531. Registration is also available online at www.seniorlawday.org.

Not in Denver? Don’t worry! Boulder County and Larimer County are each holding a Senior Law Day in their communities on August 13.

Click here to watch the 9News interview with Carl Glatstein and to read the full story.

Senior Law Day Receives National Recognition

Congratulations to the CBA and CBA-CLE volunteers and staff who make Senior Law Day happen each year. The public service and education initiative is the 2011 recipient of the LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award, which honors bar associations that have demonstrated commitment to outstanding public service or law-related public education.

Senior Law Day educational events take place around the state, allowing Colorado’s seniors access to an extensive array of resources on aging, including the updated Senior Law Handbook, which is published by CBA-CLE.

The largest event takes place in Denver County on July 23, 2011, at the Merchandise Mart. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Nicoll Stapleton at nstapleton@cobar.org.

You can read the CBA press release in full here:

DENVER— The National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) has honored the CBA Senior Law Day program with the 2011 LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award.

Each year, the NABE honors bar associations that are committed to and performed outstanding public service or law-related public education with the LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award. The award evaluates the program based on the overall quality, effectiveness, adaptability, and degree of innovation and originality of the program along with the scope, importance, and duration of benefits derived by the target audience.

Senior Law Day is a free, annual education seminar specifically designed help seniors, their adult children, and caregivers navigate the myriad changing laws, issues and relationships facing this growing population. By providing information and resources on legal concerns and topics, these workshops enable seniors to address their individual needs.

Taught by attorneys and other professionals in the field of elder care, more than thirty topics are discussed at the seminars. Workshops include the latest developments in Medicare, Medicaid, Family Relationships, Estate Planning, Assisted Living and Nursing Home Issues, Hospice and Palliative Care, Guardianship for Adults, Lifelong Learning and the Aging Brain, and Veterans’ Benefits. Attendees also receive a comprehensive handbook written in clear, plain language with further information on the topics. Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Bar Association CLE now organize the main event and partners with many other Colorado organizations, companies, individual attorneys, and law firms to provide this valuable learning experience.

Since the University of Denver Sturm College of Law started the program in Denver in 1999, the program has grown from approximately 300 attendees at the initial Senior Law Day in Denver, to more than 2,000 in attendance today. The event is held in several locations around the state including Boulder County, Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Jefferson County, Larimer County and Pueblo.

This summer, the public will have several opportunities to attend a Senior Law Day program. Scheduled events are for Jefferson County on June 11at the WaterStone Community Church in Littleton; July 23 at the Merchandise Mart in Denver; and August 13 at the Plaza Hotel Conference Center in Longmont. For more information on Senior Law Day and upcoming events and locations, please visit http://seniorlaw.annualcle.com.

Resource: 2010 Medicaid, Medicare Updates Available

If you own CBA-CLE’s Elder Law Handbook, you may be interested in how recent changes to Medicaid and Medicare affect your clientele. The forthcoming 2010 Senior Law Handbook contains important updates to these topics, which we are making available for download here and here.