Midlothian—Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties directed its attention to caregivers on Friday, Oct. 25 during the Aging Symposium held at the Midlothian Conference Center.

Throughout the morning, caregivers from around the county heard experts in their field discuss a variety of topics. Those topics ranged from the misuse of medication among seniors to the Affordable Care Act.

Also, on hand to discuss legal issues that concern the aging as well as field questions was John Hale of Hale Law Firm. Hale said their firm deals mainly with elder law. He said they aren't necessarily concerned with will and where property goes when a person passes away.

“We're more concerned about meeting our client's needs during their lifetime,” Hale said. “In particular clients who have long term care needs.”

He said the Department on Aging put out a statistic that said once a person turns 65 there is a 70 percent chance they're going to need some form of long term care in their lifetime.

“Of those people requiring long term care, 40 percent will need skilled nursing home care,” he said. “With the average stay being around two to three years.”

Hale said their focus involves finding a way for their client to pay for long term care, while preserving as many assets for the family as possible.

Other topics involved Understanding Hoarding Behaviors and Caring for the Caregiver.

Director of Development for Meals-on-Wheels Whitney Patterson said the caregivers program is meant to provide resources for those who care for the elderly. She said the symposium is used to educate, inform and help them in assisting their elderly family members and friends.

For more about about Meals-on-Wheels, call 972-351-9943 or visit servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

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