Senior and Long Term Care
Governors Conference on Aging
Celebrating the past.
Charting the future.
Havre - October 6 & 7
At the MSU Northern University
Student Union Building.
AGENDA - as of September 26th, 2011
Thursday October 6th
Gladys Considine Chair of the Governors Advisory Council. Presentation of Colors.
8:30 The State Of Aging - Nationally And Locally
- Anna Whiting Sorrell Director, Department of Public Health and Human Services
- Janet Witt, Grassroots Manager, Nationa Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
- Claudia Clifford Associate State Director, Advocacy, AARP Montana
10:30 Break – Sponsored by AARP
11:00 Stress and Emergency Preparedness.
To understand all the complex inner workings of one’s stress, at a professional scientific level, one would have to take advanced courses in a series of fields including, but not limited to, neuroscience, endocrinology, immunology, and molecular biology. But, in order to get a handle on one’s stress, one need not go to all that trouble, or even go to school. However, one must learn—learn a few simple principles, make a plan, and implement it, and stick to the plan. Fred Cowie Ph.D. - Author, Artist, Terrorism and Hazmat trainer.
12:00 Luncheon - Centenarian's and Centenarian businesses recognized
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch
1:30 Consumer Awareness - Issues seniors and family members need to know in advance of signing Resident Agreements in Assisted Living facilities. Topics to be covered include: components of a Resident Agreement, Arbitration and Mediation clauses, Minimum standards of licensed Assisted Living Facilities and other consumer issues related to Assisted Living. Presented by Kelly Moorse DPHHS’s State Ombudsman.
3:30 Montana Veterans Affairs - Veterans benefits. An overview of this agency’s services to Montana veterans and veteran family members; and specific discussion of a “scam” issue being perpetrated on elderly veterans who live in Montana retirement/assisted living homes. Joe Foster – Administrator, Montana Veterans Affairs Division.
At the Senior Center - Dinner, dancing and card playing.
Friday October 7th
8:30 General Welcome
9:00 – 10:00 Guardianship and Conservatorship Presentation
This presentation will discuss the following issues with case examples: What is a guardian; What is a Conservator; Review the differences between a Guardianship and Conservatorship; Who may have a guardianship appointment and/or conservatorship; How is it determined a person may need a guardian or conservator; Who makes the decision to establish a guardian and/or conservatorship; What are the responsibilities of a guardian/conservator; What is the procedure for pursuing a guardian or conservatorship; Are there alternatives to guardianship/conservatorship?
10:30 Modest Means Program: Purpose and intent of Modest Means program; Standard for eligibility for Modest Means Case; Investigation procedures; Legal review to determine if case has merit; Identifying Modest Means attorney; Filing Civil Suit; Collection Process: recovering assess and resources.
1:30 Conservatorship Programs: Purpose and intent of a Conservatorship program; Types of services: Resource & Assessment services; Financial Investigative services; Conservatorship; Financial management; Medicaid review; Asset & Property Management.
Guardianship Councils: Presenting current program models to provide the audience with possible alternatives in developing a program for their community.