Free Caregiver Conference On June 9

The 3rd Annual Caregiver Conference takes place on Tuesday, June at Hofstra University Club in Hempstead
The 3rd Annual Caregiver Conference takes place on Tuesday, June 9 at Hofstra University Club in Hempstead

Genser Dubow Genser & Cona (GDGC), an elder law and estate planning firm in Melville, is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Caregiver Conference on Tuesday, June 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hofstra University Club in Hempstead. This year, the focus is elder care conversations: keys to effective family communication. As parents age and need care, studies show that 40 percent of adult children experience serious disputes with their siblings regarding their parents’ care. Adding second marriages and blended families to the scenario and there are potentially explosive and destructive family conflicts.
Attendees will get tips and practical advice for addressing the issues that arise when caring
for ill, elderly or disabled older adults, and effective communication strategies to address these issues in a valuable and constructive way. The evening begins with an exhibitor expo, reception and book signing with Barbara Speedling, author of Why is Grandma Screaming?

Melissa Negrin-Wiener, partner GDGC and advanced elder law mediator, will present: Keeping Families Together in the Face of an Elder Care Crisis.
Topics for this seminar include:
• Addressing Common Elder Law Issues as Loved Ones Age
• Practical Communication Tips for Family Meetings
• Handling Division of Duties and Perceptions as to Control and Swooping
• Mediation vs. Litigation:

Saving Money and Family Relationships
• Mediation Workshop: Mock Mediation
Barbara F. Speedling, quality of life specialist at Innovations for Quality Living will discuss: Talking to Mom and Dad: Addressing Difficult Topics with Aging Parents.

Topics will include:
• How and When to Begin a Conver­sation Regarding Advance Planning
• Handling Parents with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
• Overcoming Obstacles to Parents’ Informed Decision Making
• Addressing Safety Issues and Parental Resistance
• Professional Support, Community Education and Resources for Adult Children

Catering to the “sandwich generation” and as a special service, GDGC is offering onsite respite
care during the conference for parents/older adults as well as children. At the event, GDGC
will also present an award and gift card for $100 to the Working Caregiver of the Year. The winner will be selected from entries submitted to GDGC by email or mail no later than Saturday, May 30, and based on someone who goes the extra mile for their loved one and provides extra­ordinary care for them. A nomination form can be found on the GDGC website (

Bristal Assisted Living, Dignity Memorial, Vanguard Funding, Long Island State Veterans
Home and Hofstra University have joined as sponsors of the conference.Registration is required by
contacting Bonnie Mattessich at 631-390-5000 or

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