2018 - Our Community Education Series

As a person who works with seniors, families and those who provide services for them on a daily basis, I am committed to sharing any insight and knowledge I have gained through the years. Yes, elder law is my profession, but it is also my passion. As a person, I believe in family, honesty, equality, compassion and treating others as I want to be treated. Every morning, I wake up excited to go to my office because I get to live my values through serving others. I also know that I and those who work at our firm will only continue to grow by giving back to those who have made our success possible..

Given that, a major aspect of Connelly Law Offices, Ltd.’s philosophy is to make a meaningful difference in our community. We are deeply committed to this principle and our staff approach our community education and training with the same level of energy, drive, integrity and innovative thinking as manifested in our elder law practice.

To accomplish this, we offer free financial, legal and health in-service presentations for seniors, families of seniors and those professionals who provide care for seniors for the following organizations:

  • Employers providing Retirement Planning for employees

  • Senior Living Communities

  • Nursing Homes

  • Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

  • Organizations working with Seniors and Families

Here are some of the legal and financial workshops we offer:

Estate Planning

The workshop provides education about the basic tools of estate planning, such as wills, trusts and powers of attorney. We inform participants about the planning challenges related to probate, guardianship, titling of assets and estate taxes. Attendees also learn how to avoid common mistakes made in estate planning. A question and answer period follows the presentation.

Retirement 101

The gold watch good-bye accompanied by a great pension is gone. Rising healthcare costs, low interest rates for fixed income investments and traditional savings plans showing little or no return for the investment have caused many to dial back their retirement expectations. Attendees will learn how to plan for retirement using estate planning tools, maximizing their employer retirement benefits and developing a long-term care plan.

Medicaid Planning

Medicaid planning is taking the necessary steps now to ensure that if the need for long-term care (nursing home or assisted living) should arise for a person, they will be eligible for Medicaid benefits. Medicaid planning requires a person to follow specific rules that if not followed properly, can disqualify them from benefits for a period longer than necessary. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Wealth Management

Wealth management involves professional fiduciary services. This workshop discusses the role of a fiduciary which includes help with paying bills and closing or transferring accounts, preparing court Inventories and accountings, trust reports, coordinate the preparation of tax returns and draft guardian reports. Fiduciaries can also serve as trustee, executor, guardian, conservator or power of attorney for you and your loved ones. Connelly Law offers professional fiduciary services.

Elder Exploitation

Elder abuse and mistreatment is a growing public health problem, and it has a devastating impact on the mental and physical health and well-being of some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. The purpose of this workshop is to focus on the exploitation of elders financially, physically and mentally as well as the ways to recognize and seek help for this ever-growing problem.

Healthcare related presentations

We are also proud of the workshops we offer regarding healthcare issues. Our presenter on this side of our community education series is Don Drake, a retired licensed clinician, director and administrator of behavioral healthcare programs with over 40 years of human services, law enforcement and security experience in a variety of milieus which included correctional, residential, hospital/medical and out-patient settings.

With over twenty years of experience providing staff and community trainings in human services and correctional issues, licensing preparation, program and organizational development and curriculum development, Drake brings a wealth of knowledge to the issues he discusses. Working in administrative positions at programs in Boston, Hartford, Providence, Fall River and Philadelphia to structure, hire and train staff in providing behavioral and addictions treatments to adolescent, young adult and senior clients.

He was certified as a Hepatitis educator by the Massachusetts Department of Health, a trainer for the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, a certified trainer for the Crisis Prevention Institute and produced a major workshop at Shattuck Hospital in Boston on the Opioid Crisis featuring state legislators, medical professionals, law enforcement officials and treatment directors.

Drake is also a retired professional wrestler who has been elected to the New England Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

"Some people find my career in professional wrestling and that as an addiction clinician and behavioral healthcare administrator quite a dichotomy, but in fact, wrestling afforded me the chance to travel worldwide and become exposed to multiple cultures and see how our issues are really quite similar. As a clinician initially working with youth, my wrestling career gave me an in, so to speak, with this group that allowed for a trusting rapport to develop”.

Initially working with the Cumberland County District Attorney’s office in Pennsylvania, local police and school teachers, Drake spearheaded a program entitled “Beyond No” in the 1980s for middle and high school students that appeared throughout the United States. He brought such stars as Chief Jules Strongbow, Sgt. Slaughter, Heidi Lee Morgan and others into schools to speak with students about the long-term issues associated with drug and alcohol use.

For nearly two decades prior to his retirement, Drake worked with adults and seniors with issues such as HIV/AIDS, Addictions and Homelessness.

He is also a webinar presenter for Avant Resources of Nashville, Tennessee which

provides timely guidance, education and information for today's business professionals, executives and managers in a convenient and innovative manner. Their educational programs cover employment law, human resource issues, leadership development, and topical issues that are relevant to adult learners be it employees, attorneys, accountants or top management. In that role, Drake discusses the issue of Opioid Use in the Workplace.

Here are some the workshops presented by Drake:

The Silent Epidemic

According to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, substance abuse among senior citizens can be classified into two general forms: the “hardy survivor,” or those who have been abusing substances for many years and have reached 65, and the “late onset” group, which is those who form addictions later in life. We will discuss the symptoms of addiction and seeking help for those in its throes.

Baby Boomers and Hepatitis C

Few Baby Boomers have been tested for the liver-damaging hepatitis C virus, despite

recommendations that all members of that generation have the blood test at least once, new research suggests. We will discuss what hepatitis is, the effects on the liver and available treatment. Also discussed will be the rising rate of STDs in seniors. The presenter was a certified Hepatitis C Educator by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Opioid Epidemic and Seniors

As the nation grapples with a devastating opioid epidemic, concerns have primarily

focused on young people, but America’s elderly also have a problem. Over the past several decades, physicians have increasingly prescribed seniors pain medications to address chronic pain from arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases and other illnesses that become more common in later life. We will discuss the physical and financial effects of addiction.

Seniors Bullying Seniors

The word ‘bullying’ has made its way into our lexicon but it is still associated with playground standoffs and juvenile dust-ups. Adult victims of such behaviors from another senior feel that bullying does not really describe what they have been exposed to and in some ways, the use of the word softens the impact of what has occurred. We call it what it is – intimidation, manipulation, physical and verbal assault – plain and simple. There is nothing schoolyard about such behaviors. Our workshop is offered to retirement communities for residents, staff and even administrators on how to deal with this ever-growing problem.

Every workshop includes a PowerPoint presentation, audience discussion and handouts and runs from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the subject. Call our office today at 855-724-9400 and ask about scheduling one of our free educational or in-service workshops or go to our workshop page and sign up for one.

If you have a specific need that you do not see, please ask if we can provide a specialized workshop for your organization, clients, patients or staff. Connelly Law Offices remains committed to giving back to those we serve. We look forward to continuing our involvement in the communities we work with in 2018 and beyond.

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Attorney Connelly practices in the area of elder law. This area of law involves Medicaid planning and asset protection advice for those individuals entering nursing homes, planning for the possibility of disability through the use of powers of attorney for the both health care and finances, guardianship, estate planning, probate and estate administration, preparation of wills, living trusts and special or supplemental needs trusts. He represents clients primarily in the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) in 2008. Attorney Connelly is licensed to practice before the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Federal Bars.

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