Long-term healthcare costs for aging topic of School of TransformAging® conference

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Attorneys along with insurance, financial services and long-term care professionals will come together to discuss “Navigating Healthcare Costs for Elders” at Lipscomb University June 20.

aging handsThe conference is presented by Lipscomb University’s School of TransformAging® in partnership with the elder law practice of Timothy L. Takacs, a life care planning firm in Nashville.

“Financing long term care costs have historically posed challenges for patients, their families and the professionals who serve them,” said Beverly Patnaik, School of TransformAging® academic director. “This special conference consolidates the various approaches, from elder law and financial planning, to community, private and public funding resources. Participants will gain insights needed to better serve elder clients and learn about the latest public policies related to Health Care Reform.”

The conference will explore the long-term healthcare system and give participants new tools and insights to navigate the challenges. Presentation topics include “The Alternate Ending: Planning for the Intergenerational Journey,” “Overview of Long Term Services and Supports: Challenges and Opportunities,” “Straight Talk about Long-Term Insurance: Hidden Risks and Unexpected Rewards,” “It Takes a Village: A Community Response to an Aging Population,” and “Public Funding Sources: Medicaid, Medicare and VA.” The conference concludes with a panel discussion about “Tennessee Public Health Policies and Senior Care.

Presenters include Charla Long, dean of Lipscomb’s College of Professional Studies which houses the School for TransformAging®; Timothy L. Takacs, attorney; Carrie Ermshar, principal/partner, Carrington Senior Health Services; Geoffrey Herring, president, Insured Financial Solutions LLC; Pamela Wright, attorney; James Powers, a physician specializing in geriatric medicine; Jesse Samples, executive director, Tennessee Health Care Association; Carrie E. Plummer, nurse practitioner/Senior Care Service, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Carol Westlake, executive director, Tennessee Disability Coalition; and Christopher Coleman, attorney.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Registration is $99 and includes lunch, materials notebook and a certificate of attendance. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, visit http://navigatinghealthcarecosts.eventbrite.com.

The School of TransformAging® at Lipscomb University is designed to address the issues facing seniors and the individuals who serve them by finding lasting and meaningful solutions to America’s aging crisis. This crisis requires everyone to think differently about aging services and demands innovative leadership from all sectors, including education. The School of TransformAging® offers an innovative multidisciplinary graduate certificate program and master’s program in aging services leadership that will help develop a new workforce that will passionately pursue careers with the aging and demonstrate a holistic skill set. It also serves as a neutral convener of conversations of significance regarding aging issues; provide useful and timely information and training for both professional and family caregivers; and serve as the catalyst for applied research and design for professionals in the field.