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CEJC Lunch & Learn Webinar Series for Conservators 4/21/22 Free CECs and CLEs!

Nursing Facility Advocacy 101: Medicare Coverage for SNF Care

Join us to learn or refresh your knowledge about Medicare coverage for Nursing Facility Care. Attorneys Kathleen Holt and from the Center for Medicare Advocacy will provide an overview of Medicare coverage for skilled nursing facility care, tips for advocating for continued Medicare coverage, and advice on how to request an appeal for Medicare coverage. This session has been approved for 1 CEC credit through NASW CT and 1 CLE from the CT Bar Assoc. REGISTER HERE.

Help Crime Victims Find Their Justice, Case Management Services for Crime Victims, Free Webinar 4/[email protected] 12 PM

The Coalition for Elder Justice in CT is partnering with the Connecticut Council of Famly Services Agencies to share important information about services available to older adults in CT who have been victims of crime and are seeking justice.

This course is designed to educate participants about, and promote awareness of, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) case management program administered by the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA).

The VOCA case management program at CTFSA provides crime victims with trauma-informed, client-centered case management services that encourage safety and resiliency. Case Managers (CM) support the personal growth and emotional healing of victims through assistance with the Victims Compensation Process; advocacy and emotional support; and connections to concrete supports such as counseling, housing assistance, childcare, and transportation; crisis intervention, and safety planning.

Click here to REGISTER!

CLE and CEC approval pending.

AARP: The Journey to Livable Communities, Conference 5/3/22, 2-4:30 PM

The Journey to Livable Communities: Inclusive, Innovative, Intergenerational  

Explore innovative approaches to creating livable communities where you live, learn and work.  Join AARP CT and attendees from across the country for this FREE, Virtual conference taking place on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET-4:30 PM ET. 

AARP CT and Masonicare host the 4th Annual Livability Conference in collaboration with five of our Age-Inclusive institutions of higher education offering a global, nationwide and local dialogue. Join us in bringing Inclusive, Innovative & Intergenerational to the livability space.  Professional Credits available. Registration required: https://aarp.cventevents.com/LCJourneyMay3  

FEATURED SPEAKERS & TOPICS

World Health Organization’s 8 Domains of Livability AARP, Masonicare, CCSU, HIU, QU, SCSU & UHART
Global Communication & Information Strategies: Digital Inclusion of Older Persons Michael Phillips, AARP Dr. Lauren Tucker, Southern CT State University

Transportation Navigation Options, Pedestrian Safety & Community Programming Meg Haffner, Regional Mobility Coordinator Mary Rosenbauer, ADA Paratransit Coordinator Andre June, Central CT State University Claudia Oakes, University of Hartford Karla Natale, Quinnipiac University

Intergenerational Approaches to Addressing: Ageism – Social Integration – Cultural Inclusion Chaplain Aida Mansoor, Hartford International University for Religion and Peace Kathy Stokes, AARP Christina Barmon, CCSU

Livability Through the Lens of Our Universities & Surrounding Communities Claudia Oakes, UHART Andrea June, CCSU Sheila Molony, QU Lauren Tucker, SCSU Katy O’Leary, HIU Christina Barmon, CCSU

Program approved for (2.50) Continuing Education Units by NASW/CT and meets criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal. Approved for 1 hour of Cultural Competence licensure requirements and applicable for license renewals for CT LPCs, LMFTs and licensed psychologists.  Event has been submitted to the CT Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours.  The CT Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the AMNCCC on Accreditation.  

AARP: The Journey to Livable Communities: Inclusive, Innovative, Intergenerational

Explore innovative approaches to creating livable communities where you live, learn and work.  Join AARP CT and attendees from across the country for this FREE, Virtual conference taking place on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET-4:30 PM ET.  AARP CT and Masonicare host the 4th Annual Livability Conference in collaboration with five of our Age-Inclusive institutions of higher education offering a global, nationwide and local dialogue. Join us in bringing Inclusive, Innovation & Intergenerational to the livability space.  Professional Credits Available.  Registration required: https://aarp.cventevents.com/LCJourneyMay3

SESSION SEGMENTS 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET

World Health Organization’s 8 Domains of Livability

  • AARP, Masonicare, CCSU, HIU, SCSU & UHART

Global Communication & Information Strategies: Digital Inclusion of Older Persons

  • Michael Phillips, AARP
  • Dr. Lauren Tucker, Southern CT State University

Transportation Navigation Options, Pedestrian Safety & Community Programming

  • Meg Haffner, Regional Mobility Coordinator
  • Mary Rosenbauer, ADA Paratransit Coordinator
  • Andre June, Central CT State University
  • Claudia Oakes, University of Hartford
  • Karla Natale, Quinnipiac University

Intergenerational Approaches to Addressing: Ageism – Social Integration – Cultural Inclusion

  • Chaplain Aida Mansoor, Hartford International University for Religion and Peace
  • Kathy Stokes, AARP
  • Christina Barmon, CCSU 

Livability Through the Lens of Our Universities & Surrounding Communities

  • Claudia Oakes, UHART
  • Andrea June, CCSU
  • Sheila Molony, QU
  • Lauren Tucker, SCSU
  • Katy O’Leary, HIU
  • Christina Barmon, CCSU

This program is approved for (2.50) Continuing Education Units by NASW/CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal and approved for 1 Hour of Cultural Competence licensure requirements.  This approval is also applicable for license renewals for CT LPCs, LMFTs, and licensed psychologists. 

This event will be submitted to the CT Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours.  The CT Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the AMNCCC on Accreditation. 

Registration Required:  https://aarp.cventevents.com/LCJourneyMay3

Senior Resources: COVID-19 TEsting Changes in Eastern CT

     


Beginning, March 31, 2022, Generations is no longer offering the outdoor COVID-19 PCR Testing Clinics at any of our sites, for the general community. Instead, we are providing all of our patients with FREE COVID-19 Rapid Self Testing Kits that can be done easily in your home or elsewhere. This includes patients seen for medical, dental, or behavioral health care, or for an appointment with our staff who assist with access to insurance or other community resources.  

WHAT IS A SELF-TEST OR AT-HOME TEST?

Rapid Self-Tests for COVID-19 can be done anywhere regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms. These tests detect CURRENT INFECTION and produce your results in a few minutes.  

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAPID TESTS AND PCR TESTS? Rapid Self-Tests do not detect antibodies that would suggest a previous infection and they do not measure your level of immunity.  

HOW CAN I GET A SELF-TESTING KIT? If you are a Generations patient, you can pick one up at your next medical, dental, or behavioral health appointment to have on hand for when you need it.  

HOW DO I GET RAPID SELF-TEST KITS IF I AM NOT A GENERATIONS PATIENT OR NEED ADDITIONAL TESTING KITS? If you are not a Generations patient or need additional testing kits, you can order free tests at COVIDtests.gov. Free tests are also available through local health departments. In addition, you can buy tests online or in pharmacies and retail stores. Private health insurance may reimburse the cost of purchasing self-tests. Visit FDA’s website for a list of authorized tests.  

WHEN TO TAKE A RAPID COVID-19 SELF TEST When should I test myself using a rapid self-testing kit: If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you should test yourself immediately. If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should test yourself at least 5 days after your exposure.  

If you test negative for COVID-19, consider testing again in 1 to 2 days after your first test If you plan to attend an indoor event or gathering, you should test yourself immediately before the gathering, or as close to the time of the event as possible.  

This is especially important before gathering with individuals at risk of severe diseaseolder adults, those who are immunocompromised, or people who are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, including children who cannot get vaccinated yet.  

HOW TO USE A RAPID COVID-19 SELF TEST
Read the complete manufacturer’s instructions for use before using the test. To use an at-home test, you will collect a nasal specimen and then test that specimen. If you do not follow the manufacturer’s instructions, your test result may be incorrect. Wash your hands before and after collecting a nasal specimen for your test.  

WHAT YOUR RAPID COVID-19 SELF TEST RESULTS MEAN

IF YOUR TEST IS Positive The test detected the virus and you have an infection. Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. Tell your close contacts. Wear a well-fitted mask when around others. If available, a N95 or KN95 respirator is recommended. Watch for symptoms. If you have any emergency warning signs, seek emergency care immediately. Tell your healthcare provider. Contact them as soon as possible if: Your symptoms get worse. You are more likely to get very sick because you are an older adult or have an underlying medical conditionPossible treatment may be available for you. You have questions about your isolation.

IF YOUR TEST IS Negative The test did not detect the virus, but doesn’t rule out an infection. Some self-tests are designed to be used in a series (also known as serial testing). Consider repeating the test 24 to 48 hours later. Multiple negative tests increase the confidence that you are not infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. If you believe your test result may be incorrect, contact the test manufacturer for assistance, consider taking another at-home test, or contact a healthcare provider for help.  

WHAT IF I AM REQUIRED TO GET A PCR TEST? Any time a Physician, APRN, or RN determines an existing Generations patient needs a PCR COVID-19 test, one can be scheduled at the Willimantic, Putnam or Danielson sites.   If you are not a Generations patient, you can call 211 or visit the CT Testing Locator at  https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/COVID-19-Testing to locate the nearest PCR testing site, which may include local hospitals, pharmacies or state-contracted test facilities.  

Learn more about Generations services, as well as the latest updates for COVID-19 testing, at GENHEALTH.ORG.  Contact any of our sites for further questions. Stay Well! Danielson – 860-774-7501 Norwich – 860-885-1308 Putnam – 860-963-7917 Willimantic – 860-450-7471    

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AARP: Storytelling & Connections 6-Part Training by Emmy-Award Winning Director Erica Hanna

This conversation takes you through virtual connections for your professional and personal development – in front of and behind the camera – to ensure your making the right impact on your virtual audience.  This is a 6-part training each Thursday @12PM, Mar. 24 – Apr. 28, 2022

3/24/2022 Tackling Imposter Syndrome Through the Help of Prince

3/31/2022:  Warmth & Connection on Camera

4/7/2022:  Confidence in Front of the Lens

4/14/2022: Storytelling Success

4/21/2022:  Creating Content:  What Makes it “Good”?

4/28/2022:  Visual Diet Diversity

Register by going to www.aarp.org/ctevents

There is Still Time to Register! CEJC March “Lunch & Learn” for Professional Conservators, 3/25 @ 12 PM

The Coalition for Elder Justice in CT, the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Office of the Probate Court Administrator collaborated to continue the free “Lunch & Learn” webinar series for professional conservators in 2022. Below is the information and registration for the March webinar: Nursing Facility Advocacy 101: Connecticut Standards of Practice for Conservators that will be presented on March 25, 2022, by Judge Jeannine Lewis and Attorney Sandra Sherlock White. CLE and CEC approval is pending.

As a Conservator, you serve an important role in the lives of some of our state’s most vulnerable residents. Judge Jeannine Lewis and Attorney Sandra Sherlock-White will present the history behind the creation of the Connecticut Standards of Practice for Conservators, published in 2018 by the Office of the Probate Court Administrator.

Learn why this initiative is vitally important to enhancing outcomes for conserved individuals. Learn practical tips for complying with the Standards, guidance on best practices for serving as conservator or advising a conservator, advice on avoidance of common pitfalls, and insight from a probate judge and an elder law practitioner to assist conservators in navigating the practical realities of a very dynamic and human area of the law.

Please register for Nursing Facility Advocacy 101: Connecticut Standards of Practice for Conservators on Mar 25, 2022 12:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5416373919216585996

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Center for Medicare Advocacy: Recent Medicare Scams

Recent Solicitation Scams Target Medicare-Eligible Adults

A recent report in The Roanoke Times highlighted a growing vulnerability in the Medicare system – suspicious phone solicitations targeting potential beneficiaries as they prepare to sign up for Medicare.[1] These calls specifically target Medicare-eligible adults and purportedly offer to assist them with Medicare options and the application process. While some calls may be from legitimate companies, there is no way to determine over the phone whether the caller is a con artist. Additionally, the risk in these situations is elevated since signing up requires an applicant to give the caller sensitive and personal information.

Other news articles over the past year have also highlighted the increasing emergence of phone and email solicitations targeting Medicare-eligible adults. Some examples include robocalls attempting to sell “Medicare covered genetic testing,”[2] emails pretending to come from the individual’s employer claiming they need to review and confirm their benefits during Medicare Open Enrollment, or telemarketers falsely claiming to represent private insurance companies selling  health insurance policies.[3] Some of these scams mask their real numbers with the published customer service telephone numbers for major insurance companies so that they appear legitimate on caller ID.

The FCC and other authorities warn: don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.[4] Additionally, if you are unsure about whether an insurance plan is valid, contact your state insurance commissioner’s office or call the customer service number on the plan’s official website and speak with an official representative for that plan. 

Giving out personal financial or identifying information to unsolicited calls exposes people to financial risk. Don’t do it – and remind others not to.

To read and/or sign up for the Medicare Alert Click HERE

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[1] Casey, D. (2022, March 8). CASEY: Beware of phone solicitors selling Medicare plans. Roanoke Times. https://roanoke.com/news/local/casey-beware-of-phone-solicitors-selling-medicare-plans/article_6e1d6792-9e66-11ec-92d9-bfcc189c06d4.html 
[2] Shadel, B. D. (2021, August 5). “Becky From Medicare” Robocall Is Sweeping the Nation. AARP. https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2021/new-medicare-robocall.html 
[3] Better Business Bureau. (2021, December 14).  BBB Scam Alert: Beware of health care cons during open enrollment. BBB. https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/14295-bbb-warning-beware-medicare-and-aca-scams-during-open-enrollment 
[4] Stop Unwanted Robocalls and Texts. (2022, March 7). Federal Communications Commission. https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/stop-unwanted-robocalls-and-texts

CEJC April “Lunch & Learn” for Professional Conservators, 4/21 @ 12 PM

The Coalition for Elder Justice in CT, the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Office of the Probate Court Administrator collaborated to continue the free “Lunch & Learn” webinar series for professional conservators in 2022. Below is the information and registration for the April webinar: Nursing Facility Advocacy 101: Medicare Coverage for Skilled Nursing Facility Care that will be presented on April 21, 2022, by Attorney Kathleen Holt, Assistant Director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy. CLE and CEC approval is pending.

Join us to learn about or refresh your knowledge about Medicare coverage for Nursing Facility Care. Attorney Kathleen Holt from the Center for Medicare Advocacy will provide an overview of Medicare coverage for skilled nursing facility care, tips for advocating for continued Medicare coverage, and advice on how to request an appeal for Medicare coverage.

REGISTER HERE