Elder law attorney offers tips on helping caregivers prepare for future issues

For caregivers helping older or frail relatives, preparing for future needs can be almost as stressful as providing day-to-day help with feeding, dressing, bathing, medications and loving socialization.

Elder law attorney Brenna Galvin, a well-known expert who has spoken to Roseville audiences before, will offer ways that caregivers can get a leg up on planning for the future.

“Caring for the Caregiver” will be her topic from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N. The event is sponsored by the Roseville Community Health Awareness Team (CHAT).

Among Galvin’s topics will be: Long-term care choices and costs, building a support team to help keep the caregiver going and the importance of remembering to take care of yourself as well as your loved one.

Galvin is an attorney at Maser, Amundson, Boggio in Richfield, where she specializes in long-term care planning, veterans benefits, Medical Assistance, and estate and disability planning. She also is an avid biker and rower — her University of Minnesota crew team won the Big Ten championship.

CHAT is a volunteer group that sponsors a range of community events for the Roseville area. Its programs include talks about advanced health care directives and other health topics; the circulator bus that every Tuesday at midday connects eight area senior housing facilities with shopping and other nearby services; and trainings on CPR and defibrillators that recently resulted in Roseville being named a Heart Safe Community.

 

—Warren Wolfe is a Roseville resident and retired from the Star Tribune, where he wrote about aging and health policy issues.

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