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10/29- Legal and Financial Planning for Caregivers of People with Dementia

Save the date for a very informative event given by Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. This workshop given by George R. Tilschner, Esq. is designed to help caregivers for people with dementia take a hold of their legal and financial planning needs. A few topics that will be covered include: government programs that could help you pay for care, tax deductions and credits and how to find legal and financial assistance. A complimentary lunch will be served to all in attendance!

The event will take place on October 29, 2016 from 11:30 am- 3 pm at the First Baptist Church of Riverhead. Registration is required and space is limited so don’t wait to register for this event!

To register, call: 1-800-272-3900

Or e-mail: jcorrales@alz.org

For more information, click here.

11/4- Healthy Aging: Exploring the Continuum of Care

The 7th Annual Conference on Co-Occurring Disorders will take place on November 4, 2016 from 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM at Hofstra University. This conference will address Healthy Aging: Exploring the Continuum of Care. Throughout the day guests will be treated to two keynote speakers, twelve workshops and six continuing education credits.

Keynotes for this conference include: The Creative Age – How the Arts Help Us Live Longer Healthier Lives given by Jennie Smith-Peers who is the Executive Director of National Center for Creative Aging and Enhancing Care And Social Engagement with Music & Memory presented by Robin Lombardo is the Regional Director MUSIC & MEMORY, a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology.

For any questions on this event, please contact Yvonne

ylyon@mhanc.org or 516.489.2322 ext.1257.

The fee for this event is $40, which includes continental breakfast, gourmet lunch and a continuing education certificate. Don’t wait! Register for this event.

This event is sponsored by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health,  Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County.

States that Spend More Money on Social Services are Healthier

This week a study from the Yale School of Public Health found that States that spend more money on social services and public health programs relative to medical care have much healthier residents.  As researchers increasing identify links between social determinants of health, poor health outcomes and rising health care costs, the Obama Administration is preparing to fund additional research through the Accountable Health Communities Model which will examine the idea that improving social services can improve health and lower health care costs.

The new study was the first to compare state spending on social services to spending on Medicare and Medicaid and to residents’ health.   New York was among those with the lowest ratios of social services to medical spending, averaging $2.30 on social services for every medical dollar spent.  Compared with states like Colorado and Nevada that average $5 for every dollar of medical treatment and have much healthier residents, with lower rates of heart attacks, lung cancer, mental illness and obesity.

Many health care providers and Public Health experts agree that improved services for patients such as housing, transportation, job training, and nutritional security will save money down the road.   Spending on social service programs are generally less expensive than medical costs.  The authors of the study found that a 20% change in the median ratio of social to health spending would result in there being 85,000 fewer obese adults in the state within a year, saving an average of $2,700 in average annual health care expenses per person.

Elizabeth Bradley, lead author on the study, urges for more efficient rather than more government spending.  “It’s not just that it’s moral or immoral, it’s just smart” she says.  By failing to provide people services they need it can increase what we all pay in taxes on health care.



East End Community Services Fair Dec. 2nd

The Long Island Immigrant Students Education Table is hosting a Community Services Fair for the East End. The Fair will include information on school enrollment, mental health and family counseling, and other community-based supports including English Language courses. Attorneys will be present to conduct initial screenings and intake for immigration and family court proceedings.

There will also be a Parent Town Hall meeting from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM for parents new to the East End to meet one another, discuss issues common to the East End community, and establish a network of support with local agencies and educators.

What:   East End Community Services Fair

When:  Wednesday, December 2nd, 4-8 PM

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork

977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike

Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Please share the flyer, available in English or Spanish, with your colleagues and clients