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Column: About Long-Term Care

What everyone needs to know.

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MaryAnne Beatty

Long-term care is a hot topic for Baby Boomers and others who are caring for elderly parents or loved ones or thinking about their future and the possibility of needing long-term care. It is something that many of us don’t want to face, but it is a reality and the sooner we can get the facts the better informed we will be when facing decisions. It is a complicated issue and it is important to seek advice from experts who know how it really works, what makes sense, what is covered by insurance, and how to make sure reimbursement is received.

Senior Services of Alexandria’s May Speaker Series, “Long-Term Care — what everyone needs to know,” will address the many aspects of long-term care. It is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. – noon at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road in Alexandria.

“This session features local experts who will share practical information about options for long-care insurance; in-home caregiver support, residential facilities, financial realities, palliative care and hospice services,” said Janet Barnett, executive director of Senior Services of Alexandria.

Presenters include representatives from AARP; Adult Companion Care, Capital Caring, Goodwin House, Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Signature Estate and Investment Advisors, LLC.

“Just knowing where to find information and assistance can ease the stress of thinking about and making these important decisions about long-term care,” said Barnett.

The event is free and open to the public with light refreshments. RSVP online at www.seniorservicesalex.org or by calling 703-836-4414, ext. 10.