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PGSPN's Speakers Bureau offers a variety of knowledgeable and engaging speakers on topics relevant to the lives of seniors. These topics range from health and home care to legal and financial information. Please feel free to review our list of topics/speakers.

These speakers are available to present at your event, meeting or facility in and around Prince George's County at no charge. If you are interested in a particular speaker, please contact the speaker directly via the provided contact information below.

PGSPN is committed to providing information and services relevant and helpful for seniors in Prince George's County.

Aging in Place 
Mark Armour, 973-856-5771, marmour1@comforcare.com

Many seniors report they want to age in place by living at home. What are some of the important questions to think about now to help make that happen? What are the generational challenges? Who is there to help? Who and what do you ask?"

Mark Armour, 973-856-5771, marmour1@comforcare.com

Did you know that it is safe to live at home with Dementia? Do you know what abilities remain and which ones are lost through the progression of dementia? Learn all about dementia and some of the important communication tools for dementia care?

Probate Services 
Fanita Pegues, 301-802-4568, nitapegues@kw.com

This presentation helps individuals manage and cope with the tasks associated with Estate Property Sales. Whether it relates to selling homes, repairs, organizing tasks, files, or de-cluttering you’ll need top-quality professional services throughout the probate process. Often, this process is quite stressful, so having the right team to help you and your family can bridge the gap between stress and success. They'll help you throughout the entire process from beginning to end whether you need to buy or sell a home. The probate team can help you find attorneys, accountants, contractors and many other professionals to help you settle your loved one’s estate.

CAFY, Assisting Seniors Citizens Program Training Topics

Facilitators: Arleen B. Joell and Alecia Chapman, 301-882-1210 (office) 240-758-5120 (cell), ajoell@cafyonline.org

  • Elder Abuse
  • Fall Prevention
  • Check for Safety
  • Declutter Challenge!
  • Love is in the Air
  • Age Out Loud

“Abundant Aging-In-Place: Being Better Prepared for the Best Phase of Your Life!”

JMJ Information Services, LLC; Joan M. Jackson, CSA; 408-529-8564; joan@balancedabundantliving.com

This presentation will explore the aging-in-place concept, its benefits and challenges, and the resources and support available to help seniors achieve this goal. Whether you are a senior, a caregiver, or a healthcare professional, this presentation will offer valuable insights and practical tips for navigating aging-in-place.

Medicare Coverage Options – What You Need to Know”

Mark A. Gottlieb, MHA; themarkgottlieb@gmail.com; 301-332-4337

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Medicare Parts A & B – what is and is not covered; eligibility guidelines, etc.
  • Enrollment Periods, Opportunities for Changing Plans, and Late Enrollment Periods
  • Medicare Part D/Prescription Drug Coverage – how plans work, how to determine the best and least-cost plan for you
  • Medicare Savings Program and Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) programs through which lower income people can gain financial assistance
  • Medicare Supplement/Medigap Plans – how to choose, costs of various plan options
  • Medicare Advantage Plans – types of plans; why join; advantages & disadvantages; costs of each plan (including “Dual Eligible” plans for those on Medicare and Medicaid)

“Long Term Care Planning, What You Need to Know”

Mark A. Gottlieb, MHA; themarkgottlieb@gmail.com; 301-332-4337

Issues to be addressed include:

  • Considerations associated with having an illness or dependency
  • How is Need for Formal LTC defined?
  • Components of the LTC delivery system – Description of the LTC Service Spectrum
  • Costs of receiving care through the “formal” LTC delivery system
  • Methods of paying for LTC – assets, insurance, government funding options
  • Different types of LTCI & Decision Points re: selecting an LTC policy
  • Other (than LTC Insurance) Options for Paying for Care
Dealing with Loss

Estella Etta; 240 260 8882; Ebenezeretta@gmail.com

While grieving a loss is an inevitable part of life, there are ways to help cope with the pain; come to terms with your grief, and eventually find a way to pick up the pieces and move on with your life.

Moving Mom and Dad 

Jennifer Tilghman, 301-661-4472, jtilghman@kw.com

Those in a position of helping elder family members navigate housing choices, face big decisions and responsibilities.  While every move represents a unique set of circumstances, late-life transitions can pose distinct and often unexpected challenges.  In this presentation, you will find an overview of the five most common mistakes adult children of aging parents make when assisting with late-life moves.

Downsizing Made Easy

Jennifer Tilghman, 301-661-4472, jtilghman@kw.com

Somewhere between touring new homes, sorting through your possessions, choosing a new place to live, and deciding what to take and what to leave, it suddenly hits you: downsizing is a lot of work! Here are five easy steps to a successful move. Simplifying your life should leave you overjoyed, and not overwhelmed.

Safety Behind the Wheel

Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org 

Sensory limitations, functional decline and cognitive impairment can impact an older adult’s ability to safely drive. However, not all older adults are unsafe drivers. Find out about your rights as a driver and learn about common warning signs of unsafe driving. Explore the meaning of being behind the wheel from an individual and societal perspective. Resources will be provided.

Agony of de-Feet

La Vergne Andre, DPM, 301-323-5652, homefeetcares@gmail.com

Why do my feet hurt? What causes one to call the Podiatrist? Learn from a podiatrist common foot problems and how and when to get professional help.

Depression vs. the Blues

Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org

Everyone feels blue sometimes. How do you know when you are just “feeling blue” or if it is something more? Learn the difference between depression and feeling blue.

A Better Way to Age

Arleen B. Joell and Alecia Chapman, 301-909-5600, asc@cafyonline.org

Most older adults want to remain in their homes and be active for as long as possible. Many must depend upon support from family, friends and the community. This workshop discusses aging in place and current successful practices that are successful in neighborhoods and states. You will learn strategies to maintain independence and identify common fears of aging in place.

Should You “Trust” Trusts?

Joshua Winger, 301-464-7448, jwinger@byrdandbryd.com

What is a trust? Which kind might you need and why? Here is a chance to learn about trusts and get your questions answered.

5@55: Are You Prepared?

Joshua Winger, 301-464-7448, jwinger@byrdandbryd.com 

Do you know what 5 documents you need to have in place should an unexpected emergency arise? Elder law attorneys who have practiced in the field of elder law and estate planning for many decades have seen many clients who failed to plan ahead. The results were frequently disastrous. Led by an Elder Law Attorney, this 5@55 workshop is a guide to help you learn about the five essential legal tools everyone should have by the age of 55: Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will, Advance Medical Directive, and Digital Diary. If you are over 55, it is not too late to take action.

Meet Your Feet

La Vergne Andre, DPM 301-323-5652, homefeetcares@gmail.com

Come and hear some interesting “foot facts” and dispel some old wives tales regarding the feet. Do your feet wonder why your feet hurt? Here is your chance to ask the podiatrist.

Alcohol and Aging: Facts and Myths

Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org

How does alcohol affect people as they age? This program will address the impact of alcohol and medication and the benefits and risks of alcohol consumption as we age.

Dealing with Behavioral Issues of Dementia

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

Behavior is communication!  Learn to identify many of the underlying causes of dementia-related behaviors.  Acquire the tools needed to respond in ways that are helpful.  Develop a plan to address the issues.

Assisted Living: What is it?

Charles Picard, 301-852-9310, charles.picard@carepatrol.com

Find out what assisted living means, what it provides, how much it costs, and who pays.

Out of Harm's Way

Arleen B. Joell, 301-909-5600, asc@cafyonline.org

Crime is on the rise against seniors. Come and learn the warning signs of victims: isolation, depression and withdrawal. This education session will provide tips on how to engage seniors who may have become a victim, why they don't tell, and community based services available to help them.

When is it more than Forgetfulness?

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

At what point should you e concerned about forgetfulness?  When should you get help?  This seminar will hep you recognize the differences between normal aging and early signs of dementia.  The first step in getting support is knowing when and what to ask.

Aging Well Where You Dwell

Shaunda Bellamy,  301-358-2066,  spbellamy@pickettfences.org

Older adults want to remain in their homes and be active for as long as possible. Many must depend upon support from family, friends and the community. This workshop discusses those who want to age in place and practices that are successful in neighborhoods and states. Participants will be able to: Describe strategies to maintain independence; Identify common fears of aging in place; and list best practices of partnerships and collaborations to help older adults age well in their homes.

Preparing to be a Family Caregiver

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

This seminar will help you develop a road map to prepare for your caregiving journey.  For most trips, we plan at least a few months ahead.  Caregiving is more like planning for an overseas trip; you may even need to learn a new language!

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Shaunda Bellamy, 301-358-2066, spbellamy@pickettfences.org   

For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Creating a Senior Safe Home Environment

Ann Craynon; 301-218-0958; ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

Age related changes to hearing, seeing, taste, smell and touch are normal. As the senses become less sharp, safety challenges arise  There is an increased risk of falls and an increase in social isolation.  This workshop will help you recognize the need for environmental adjustments and help you to identify simple steps you can take to keep your safe and engaged.

Wealth Management for Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals

Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This seminar introduces to entrepreneurs and business professionals the concepts of retirement planning, assets protection, and tax savings strategies. Discussion topics include Defined Contribution and Defined Benefits Programs and well as Executive Benefits and Bonus Plans.

Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers

Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This three part seminar discusses what Baby Boomers need to know about Medicare and Long-Term Care. Part one discusses Medicare Enrollment Process; Part two differentiates Medicare and Private Insurance; Part Three is on Planning for Higher Health Care Cost.

Women and Money – Taking Charge of your Financial Future

Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This workshop discusses some of the unique financial challenges women often face. Learn some of the steps women can take to save, invest, and plan for their financial future.

Will You Outlive Your Retirement Income? Financial Planning Basics

Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This presentation introduces the general financial planning process. While there's no such thing as a "one size fits-all" financial plan, this overview assists members in thinking about their particular needs.

Finding Your Inner Caregiver Resilience

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

Learn about the various misconceptions or myths about caregiving that interfere with a caregiver’s ability to cope with the challenges faced when caring for a loved one. You will learn the steps needed to discover and maintain your inner caregiver resilience to withstand, recover and grow when facing adversity.

When and Why should I file for Medicaid? 

Joshua Winger, 301-464-7448, jwinger@byrdandbyrd.com

Due to the ever-increasing cost of Long-Term Care, Medicaid's long term care benefit has now become "long term care insurance" for the middle class. A knowledgeable Byrd & Byrd attorney will explain basic guidelines and requirements of the Medicaid process and why it's important to plan now for unforeseen, yet unavoidable life events. Byrd & Byrd can take you through the whole process from early planning, lengthy applications and final approval.  Bring your questions with you for this information-loaded session!

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