Howard County's "Get It Done" Week

DECEMBER 7 - 11, 2020

“Get It Done” Week isn’t just about getting your affairs in order; it’s a gift to you and your loved ones. You get peace of mind, knowing that your future plans are in place. They get protection, freedom from burden and clarity on your wishes. Experts will show you what to do and give you one-on-one help planning across a range of topics. It’s easier than ever –– so let’s get it done.


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December 7

Financial and Long-Term Care Insurance Planning


What Is It?

Michael Mooney, CRPC, will present general principles of financial and retirement income planning and discuss timely topics for seniors, such as long-term care insurance planning and updating financial documents. Jeremy S. Dvorak, CFP, CASL, will discuss the major risks faced in retirement and how to create a plan to manage them.

What You Can Get Done:

  • Get advice on long-term care insurance planning, saving for retirement, managing assets later in life and more

  • Create a plan to manage common risks faced in retirement

December 8

Caregiving


What Is It?

Host Kathy Wehr will discuss The Caregiver Support Program, which helps caregivers as they care for their loved ones by providing supports such as the National Family Caregiver Support Grant, one-on-one consultations, resources and ongoing education relevant to caregivers’ needs.

What You Can Get Done:

  • Learn what resources are available for your caregiving needs

  • Learn to navigate what insurers will and won’t pay for

December 8

Retirement Living, Assisted Care, and Housing Options as You Age


What Is It?

Patti Hutton of Residences at Vantage Point and Emily Leclercq of Maryland Access Point will explain housing options if staying in your current environment is not the right choice as you age. Learn to navigate and pay for the different options that are available at each stage based on your support needs.

What You Can Get Done:

  • Learn about available housing options based on your support needs

  • Learn how to access and pay for these options

December 9

Health Insurance Basics


What Is It?

Ayse Tokbay of the Office on Aging and Independence and Starr Sowers, MSW, of Care Patrol provide advice on navigating Medicare, care management and senior placement options. Learn what benefits are available through Medicare and how to supplement what isn’t covered through private services as you plan to meet your future needs and preferences.

What You Can Get Done:

  • Learn about your insurance options

  • Learn next steps for getting insured and checking your eligibility

December 10

Advance Care Planning


What Is It?

Advance directives ensure your medical wishes are honored, even in emergencies when you can’t speak for yourself. Karen Shelton of Howard County General Hospital and Alan Eason of the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life will teach you how to complete an advance directive, things to consider when selecting a health care agent, and how to ensure your advance directive is accessible to medical providers.

What You Can Get Done:

  • Complete an advance directive (online or on paper)

  • Upload your advance directive to Maryland’s secure database where medical providers can access it

  • Learn how to select your health care agent

December 10

Conflict Resolution


What Is It?

We all find ourselves in conflict, especially when it comes to decisions made at the end of life. Daniel Dykes and Derek Robinson of the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center of Howard County will help you learn how to approach situations with an open mindset and unlearn unhelpful behaviors you may have been taught about conflict. We will also discuss how to use open ended questions effectively.

What You Can Get Done:

  • Learn proven strategies for resolving conflict

December 11

Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Estates


What Is It?

Mark Bobotek of Golden Oak Elder Law and Byron Macfarlane, Register of Wills for Howard County, will help you review your personal will, trust and estate situation and explain the appropriate next steps for creating your individual plan (e.g., meet with an attorney, complete an online form, etc.).

What You Can Get Done:

  • Get clear next steps for completing your will, trust or estate plan

  • Learn what to include in these plans