Senior Citizens Council to hold special program

UNION COUNTY, NJ — On Wednesday, April 29, the Senior Citizens Council of Union County will hold a special program at L’Affaire in Mountainside. The theme of the event is trust and how to protect interests as they relate to medical and financial concerns and control issues with children and the government.

The doors for the program open at 9 a.m. with a free breakfast. Numerous informational exhibits will be on display showcasing offerings from Walgreens, Zounds, Shop-Rite, Social Security, United Healthcare and many more companies and government agencies.

There will also be free on-site health screenings from Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Overlook Hospital . The panel discussion will begin at 10:15 a.m.

“Everyone tells us they have our best interests at heart. But do they really, especially when money is involved?” asks Ellen Steinberg, Chair of the Senior Council. “From doctors to family members to financial consultants to government officials, how can we be sure we are really getting what we want and what we need?”

Speaking on the panel is Dr. Kevin Lukenda, the Family Medicine Chair atTrinitas Regional Medical Center. He will give an overview on medical decision making and how important a second opinion can be.

Dr. Joan Kakascik, who helped write the New Jersey guardianship law, will speak about retaining financial and caretaking independence and the issues of legal control among family members.

On the financial side, we’ll get the basics about managing money for the long term from Kambiz Saadat of ConnectOne Bank while William Logue who teaches classes at Union County College will discuss how to avoid investor fraud.

The last topic will be about maneuvering the maze of government programs. Carl Robinson, from Social Security will be on hand to help residents understand how to get the most out of their benefits.

The formal program will end at 11:30 a.m. with time for questions at the end. There is no charge for this event, but it is requested that attendees RSVP.

For more information or to RSVP contact the Union County Senior Citizens Council at 908-964-7555. The Senior Citizens Council is a not-for-profit organization devoted to living longer and living smarter.