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- Review rights and responsibilities of an agent under power of attorney including those that the agent doesn’t have
- Guidance on the guardianship process and the role, authority, and powers of a guardian
- Overview of legal remedies available to adult protective services including access and freeze orders
- Discussion of legal safeguards that can be put in place by clients to protect from neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation
Melissa concentrates her practice in elder law, with a focus on long-term care planning, which includes Medicaid and VA planning, litigation for vulnerable adults against abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and guardianship estates. Her vast knowledge and presentation style make her the perfect person to speak on this important topic.
There is a $10.00 fee payable to Elderwerks Educational Services, a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation, for all professionals attending a 1.5 CE credit hour event. Payments are non-refundable. All proceeds are tax-deductible in accordance with Illinois law (tax ID#46-0916476). Please send payment to Elderwerks Educational Services, PO Box 92, Cary, IL 60013. You can also call 847-462-0885 or send an email to Events@Elderwerks.com to pay via other sources.
Understanding Decisional Capacity: How a Neuropsychologist Can Evaluate and Legal Options for Substitute Decision Making
By attending this session, participants will learn
1. How neuropsychologists evaluate cognitive functioning for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment planning.
2. The primary uses of a neuropsychological assessment.
3. The levels of decisional capacity needed to engage in the contract of power of attorney for healthcare and property.
4. Rights and responsibilities of an agent under power of attorney including those that the agent doesn’t have.
5. The guardianship process and the role, authority, and powers of a guardian.
Dr. Christina Vocos joined the Thomson Memory Center in August 2012, after completing her internship in Forensic Neuropsychology at Elgin Mental Health Center and her Doctorate from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her clinical interests include assessment and remediation of cognitive disorders in children, adults, and seniors. Dr. Vocos grew up in Chicago’s northwest suburbs and enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as participating in recreational sports.Ms. Franco, who also has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, has been licensed to practice law since 2006. Prior to joining the firm in September of 2015, she practiced for nine years with the Cook County Public Guardian. This experience provided her with a broad background in probate matters, litigation, and client counseling. Her clinical background provides her with a unique perspective on elder law and capacity issues.
The 21st century is bringing about vast changes in the demographics of the United States. Notably, the population is aging at a rapid rate, and incidence of chronic illness and dementia is increasing, the disability population is aging, the nature of medical choices is changing due to evolving medical technology, and health care delivery systems are becoming increasingly complex. These trends bring health care clinicians up starkly against a growing challenge: The rising tide of patients with diminished decisional capacity.
Social group for people with early stage to moderate memory loss and their care partners.