Sean Curran is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Sean is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We are pleased to welcome Sean Curran to the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Sean counsels his clients through the process of creating and maintaining their estate plans with great attention to their specific needs and objectives. Sean regularly handles simple basic planning with wills and powers of attorney as well as more complex inter-generational planning with trusts for individual circumstances. Sean focuses his practice exclusively on estate and elder law, making sense of the confusing issues relating to nursing home benefits and asset preservation. Sean has been practicing law since 1991and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Berks County Bar Association, Berks County Estate Planning Council, and Elder Counsel. Sean is married to his paralegal Georgina and together they are raising four children in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

caregiver smile summitHis topic on the caregiver smile summit is: Managing the Legalize of Long-Term Care

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Our Friday Song of the Week-Woodstock – Strawberry Fields


Our Friday Song of the Week – Woodstock – Strawberry Fields

After seeing Santana in Charlotte my wife and I were inspired to have a Woodstock party. Not taking my duties lately, I found the Woodstock lineup and all the songs that were performed. I took it upon myself to try to learn at least one or two songs from each artist at Woodstock in the order of appearance. Some artists or songs were so obscure that I had to skip them or I simply did not know the songs. For some artists I didn’t care for the songs that they did at Woodstock so I did another one of their songs that they made famous after Woodstock. I figured it was only appropriate to rehearse in my garage and to tape the rehearsal as opposed to going into my more polished studio and hooking up everything to my sound system on my computer. So what you’re seeking and hearing is my replication of our version of Woodstock complete with the garage band feel, me in jeans and a T-shirt and unshaven. Please pardon the surroundings, but I thought it would add some authenticity, but I hope you enjoy the songs. So here’s one by Richie Haven, the opening act. He did two Beatle’s covers. This one is Strawberry Fields.

Catherine Hodder is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Catherine Hodder is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Catherine is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Catherine is an estate planning attorney now turned author, enjoys working with many families who would rather be doing anything else than estate planning. Her Florida law practice, featured in the Palm Beach Post, frequently made “house calls” to help families with their estate planning needs.

Retired from law practice, Catherine focuses on writing helpful articles for members of the “Sandwich Generation” on her website Her latest book is Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation: How to Help Your Parents and Protect Your Kids debuted as the #1 Amazon bestseller in Wills.

Prior to her Florida law practice, she had a career in corporate finance. Because she saw firsthand how estate planning helped with her father’s 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, she changed her focus to estate planning to help other families navigate future life events. She is licensed in Pennsylvania and Florida.

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Her topic on the caregiver smile summit is: Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation

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Gincy Heins is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Gincy Heins is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Gincy is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Gincy is a teacher, author, and volunteer, as well as caregiver and advocate for her husband who was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment when he was 55 years old. She volunteers with Alzheimer’s Orange County and has held writing classes for early stage Alzheimer’s patients and their care partners. Gincy has spoken on panels at the 18th and 20th Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease conferences. She was selected as the 2016 Alzheimer’s Orange County Visionary Women Family Caregiver Award Honoree, and has been a nominee for the 2016 and 2017 Senior Care Hero Award and 2016 WEGO Health Activist Award.

Gincy is one of the co-authors of the 365 Caregiving Tips series which covers Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers, Travel and Respite, and Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice. She is also the creator and editor of Before the Diagnosis: Stories of Life and Love Before Dementia, an anthology of stories by 36 authors, each about a relative they have known and loved before that person was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. Over 90% of the profits from the sales of the book are donated to four nonprofit organizations that assist people with any type of dementia, and their families.

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Her topic on the caregiver smile summit is: Caregiving: It’s a Bend in the Road, Not the End of the Road

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Addressing Alcoholism in an Ageing Population-Increased Age, Increased Risk


Addressing Alcoholism in an Ageing Population

Alcoholism Risk by Dr. Gerard M. DiLeo, MD, CLCP:

By the year 2050, it is projected that the aging population of people over 60 will more than double, to over 2 billion worldwide, rising to 22% of the global population. We are living in a time where access to healthcare continually improves and medical science expands—now doubling every 73 days (as opposed to every 50 years in 1950). Simply, as lifespan increases and science progresses, people are living longer. Yet, while this “fountain of youth” has blessed many seniors with more years, it has also magnified the risks that all persons, regardless of age, experience. Alcoholism is one of these risks.

Increased Age Makes for Increased Danger

In a study it was found that 50% of adults over 65 consume alcohol. Of these, one of seven drink more than the recommended weekly allowance of 1 drink per day. We are all designed to age—our bodies, our organs, even our very cells. In spite of the increase in life expectancy, alcohol exposure may not be met with the same resistance to damage that we were able to muster when younger. Alcohol abuse, targeting specifically the liver, kidneys, brain, and immune system, may accelerate this aging (that is, dysfunction) of organs. Not only does damage occur faster, but it is further aggravated by the accumulation of total alcohol history over time; and the longer one lives, the more alcohol history can build up.

Thus, a faster aging of organs due to alcohol abuse can increase other secondary dangers, such as depression, dementia, falls, and infections, any of which can become life-threatening. One example is the added decline in response-time alcohol adds to driving, additive to the already-decreased response time for elderly drivers.

Withdrawal, a life-threatening challenge even to younger people, will see the elderly have less resilience and less of a chance of surviving it.

Increased Age Increases the Risk Factors for Alcoholism

The risk factors for alcoholism in the elderly are more common in younger persons:

  • Depression from the inevitable solitude and isolation that comes with less mobility, decreasing social involvement, and transportation issues.
  • Anxiety as one moves from a life of capability to one of incapacity.
  • Pain from aging problems, such as arthritis.
  • Disability that can increase as one gets older.
  • Helplessness (physically, socially, or financially) to improve one’s quality of life.
  • Bereavement over the loss of loved ones.

Alcohol has traditionally been the “tonic” for these classical risk factors, often increasing alcohol abuse due to this “go-to” remedy which increases in proportion to how persons may perceive these unwelcome developments.

How Does One Know He or She Is at Risk for Alcohol Abuse?

The American Geriatrics Society has been instrumental in developing simple ways to judge whether alcohol consumption is becoming a problem. A concerned love one can use them but, even better, one can ask him- or herself these “CAGE” questions:

  • Have you or others ever felt that you should Cut down on your drinking?
  • Have you become Annoyed by people complaining about how much you drink or how you act after drinking?
  • Have you ever felt Guilt, regret, or simply bad about how much you drink, what you did, how you acted, or how you treated others while drinking?
  • Do you need a drink as an “Eye-opener” first thing each morning, to prepare you for your day, calm your nerves, or even “treat” a hangover?

Do You Pass or Flunk This Simple Test?

If one answers YES to any one of these questions, there is a problem, and because of age, it is a worse problem than in younger persons. It indicates that help is not only indicated, but probably an emergency. Thankfully, help is readily available.

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