Archive | September, 2015

From Dutton & Casey – Professional Level Programs in October

Legal Planning for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition

Topics to be covered include: What legal options are available in planning and paying for long-term care? What are Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts and Wills and why are they important? How can Medicare, Medicaid, Long-Term Care Insurance and Personal Care Contracts maximize a person’s quality of life?

 Presented by: Kathryn C. Casey, JD, CELA

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Location: Covenant Home of Chicago, 2720 W Foster Ave., Chicago, Illinois

Time: Registration and Light Meal – 5:30pm; Program: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Event Registration: This FREE program is both for family members and health care professionals. A 1.5 continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois Nurses, Counselors, and Social Workers. There is no cost to attend, however registration is required by contacting 847-462-0885 or

Prepare to Care

One of the hardest tasks in the world is putting together a plan you hope you and your loved one will never have to use. When the unexpected happens, however, it helps to have the documents in place to deal with life’s complications, especially when they are designed to help you care for someone close to you. This session will focus on the legal planning necessary to plan for today, and the future.

Presenter: Helen Mesoloras, JD

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time: 9:00am-10:30am

Location: Lexington Square, 400 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, Illinois

Registration:  This program will award 1.5 continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Nurses. There is no cost to attend. However, advanced registration is required  by contacting 847-462-0885 or




Three tips for disaster preparedness for Alzheimer’s caregivers, from the National Institutes of Aging

  • Gather supplies—Consider the needs of the person with Alzheimer’s disease when you assemble a disaster kit. Include medications, copies of medical information, and a recent photo.
  • Plan for an evacuation—Know where the nearest emergency shelters are and pack items that may provide comfort to the person with Alzheimer’s.
  • Prepare for wandering—Make sure the person wears an ID bracelet, and label clothes to help aid in identification.

Read Disaster Preparedness: Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips for more ways to be ready during a crisis.

Scam-spotting help for recent refugees

Scam-spotting help for recent refugees

by Laureen Kapin Counsel for International Consumer Protection, FTC

People who’ve recently arrived in the US have a lot of adjustments to make. For many refugees and immigrants, and some of the social services groups who help them, the basics come first: figuring out language, food, shelter, and work. Understanding how to avoid fraud isn’t high on the list – until a scam finds a recent arrival.

That’s why the FTC has created new materials to help refugees and immigrants spot, avoid and report scams. We worked closely with the International Rescue Committee to create a short handbook to help anyone identify a sure sign of a scam.

Read more >


National Institute on Aging, Admin for Community Living, & Cnts for Disease Control and Prevention Webinars

Get up to speed on the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia, and learn what you need to know to inform, educate, and empower community members, people with dementia, and family caregivers.

The National Institute on Aging at NIH (NIA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are pleased to invite you to join the 4th annual free webinar series on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for professionals in the public health, aging services, and research networks.

Free continuing education credit is available (CNE, CEU, and CECH)!

TO REGISTER for each webinar, go to and enter the event number listed below for that webinar.

Webinar 1 – September 2015:

Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Resources You Can Use

Tuesday, September 22, 2:00-3:30 pm ET

To register: go to, enter event # 623 719 567


Webinar 2 – October 2015:

What’s Happening in Alzheimer’s Research?

Wednesday, October 21, 2:00-3:30 pm ET To register: go to, enter event # 623 031 136


Webinar 3 – November 2015:

Caregivers Supporting People with Dementia: New Research and Technology

Tuesday, November 17, 2:00-3:30 pm ET

To register: go to, enter event # 623 017 900


Read descriptions of sessions and list of speakers.


Race Judicata

The Dutton & Casey attorneys and staff are sponsoring, and participating in this 5K race, which supports Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

In connection with the CVLS, our attorneys assist, pro bono, the Cook County Adult Protective Services Agencies with their abuse, neglect and financial exploitation cases.

Welcome Attorney Michaela P. Franco

Prior to joining the firm, Michaela practiced for 9 years with the Cook County Public Guardian where she represented the Public Guardian as legal guardian for disabled adults and served as the court appointed guardian ad litem for abused and neglected minors. Her experience with the Public Guardian provided her with a broad background in probate matters, litigation, and client counseling. While obtaining her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Michaela researched caregiver stress and depression as part of a study initiated by the Alzheimer’s Association. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant for a longitudinal study of brain aging through the National Institutes of Health. Michaela’s clinical background provides her with a unique perspective on elder law issues.

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