Experts advise on caregiving

When a parent, husband or wife is diagnosed or starts to show sign of memory impairment or worse, what happens next? Becoming a caregiver is filled with doubt. What to do? Where to find help?

On Wednesday evening, Jan. 28, The Greens at Cannondale presents the first of its 2015 Community Education series with “Empowering the Caregiver.” Three professionals will cover all aspects of caregiving.

Joan Garbow, geriatric care manager, has been assisting families with eldercare issues for more than 25 years. Her experience as a clinical social worker, certified case manager, working with doctors in hospitals, and her private practice have made her a compassionate, knowledgeable problem solver.

Dr. Erin Lasher Jacobstein is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment of neurological disorders with a focus on disorders that cause dementia. She works with family members to help understand a patient’s strengths and weaknesses in order to  cope with the changes that can occur in various stages of dementia.

Elder law attorney Ann Fowler-Cruz has been advocating for the elderly and disabled for 20 years. She was named a “Connecticut Super Lawyer” by Connecticut magazine. Her practice focuses on long-term care planning, asset preservation, Medicaid applications, veterans benefits, disability planning, conservatorships/guardianships and special needs trusts.

The seminar is free but seating is limited. RSVP to 203-761-1191 by Jan. 23. A light dinner is at 5:30 with the presentation at 6:15. The Greens is at 435 Danbury Road.