2015 Speakers

9:30 – 10:15 am
Centennial Ballroom “C” (3rd floor)

Ins and Outs of Social Security – 
What You Need to Know
Kevin Messenger and David Lustig, 
Registered Representative, Signature Resources

Kevin Messenger

Signature Resources has been helping individuals, families and businesses through their personalized, team based approach since 1983. They provide all the resources, expertise and convenience necessary to help achieve client’s personal wealth management needs.

Signature Resources Practice Groups include: Financial & Retirement Planning, Investment Management, Estate Planning, Business Planning.



9:30 – 10:15 am
Centennial Ballroom D (3rd floor)

Hearing Loss and Cognitive Function
Jay Muhury, CA Hearing Aid Dispensing License, Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences, Jay’s Hearing Aid Center

Jay MuhuryDuring this informative session Mr Muhury will provide information about the human sensory system, types of hearing loss, and what type of hearing loss are the most concern to adults and why. He will also share how hearing loss affects brain performance and and will conclude with which type of hearing aid technology can help with improvement in brain function.

Mr. Muhury was licensed as a Hearing Aid Specialist in 1997. While taking on the task of helping the hearing impaired, he also put his education in the field to good use by training and educating audiologists, MD’s and those seeking hearing aid dispensing as a career. He has taught over 80 professionals in the past 12 years, who are highly reputed in this field. Mr. Muhury continues to educate himself in the field of neurosciences and understanding of neural patterns that allow a person to understand the environmental and speech sounds. Patient satisfaction with hearing aids is the main aim at Jay’s Hearing Aid Center.



9:30 – 10:15 am
Ocean Ballroom (lobby level)

Navigating the Senior Years – Legal Issues Affecting Seniors and their Loved Ones, Including Long Term Care Costs and Incapacity
Laura L. Bromlow, Attorney at Law and Owner of Bromlow Law

Laura L. BromlowAttorney Bromlow will address issues you or your loved one may face during the senior years. Her focus will be on estate planning with an eye towards long-term care. The presentation will address the following: Planning for your Senior Years, Long-Term Care Talk – Why we discuss it and what are the various types and the costs, Planning for the Possibility of Incapacity, Potential Pitfalls During the Senior Years and How to Avoid Them.

Laura L. Bromlow, Esq. practices Elder Law and Special Needs Planning. Her practice emphasizes estate planning with a specific focus on the senior population and those individuals with special needs. Often times this requires consideration of long-term care. Ms. Bromlow is versed in Medi-Cal, the Veterans Pension benefit and Special Needs planning. Her practice also includes probate, trust administration and conservatorship. Mrs. Bromlow provides warm-hearted counsel to her clients and is passionate about her ability to help clients be protected and prepared.



10:30 – 11:15 am
Centennial Ballroom C (3rd floor)

The Color of Thought and Helpful Ways to Brighten the Brain
Mary Thoits, Long Beach City College Senior Studies Center

Mary ThoitsMs. Thoits has been involved in brain research, meditation, and mindfulness, both at the college and in the community. She is passionate about providing seniors with opportunities to be active during retirement and walks the walk and talks the talk, keeping active on a daily basis.

Currently 91, Ms. Thoits spent her 85th birthday skydiving and her 87th birthday flying a small plane around Santa Catalina Island (she’s a pilot). She also remains an active swimmer. She believes the concept of retirement is grossly overrated and that people can retire to do something else, but not to pull back from society so they can continue to understand what is happening in the world and to be a part of it.



10:30 – 11:15 am
Centennial Ballroom D (3rd floor)

Take a Stand Against Falls
Meena Meka, MD, St. Mary Medical Center

Meena MekaFalls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization for trauma and death among older adults, with one out of every three seniors falling each year. Learn how to eliminate fall hazards at home, how medications can contribute to falls, the role vision plays in keeping your balance and much more. This presentation will give you strategies and techniques to keep you safe so that you can continue to live independently in your own home.

Meena K. Meka , MD, trained in Internal Medicine at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, Ca. Since completing residency she has remained in Long Beach joining her father, Dr. Ajay G. Meka, in practice at the St. Mary’s Medical Center Senior Clinic and Amistad Medical Clinics. Dr. Meka takes an avid interest in senior health, nutrition and preventative medicine. She is recently married and enjoys spending her time hiking, cooking and traveling.



10:30 – 11:15 am
Ocean Ballroom (lobby level)

Medicare 101 – Understanding Your Medicare Plan Options
Fernando Muniz, co-owner, Boomers Insurance 
Services, Sponsored by HealthCare Partners

Fernando MunizMedicare options can be confusing for those approaching 65. Mr. Muniz will help to answer and clarify questions and concerns about when you are eligible, what are parts A, B, C and D, advantages and disadvantages, and guidelines for signing up. Being educated on all available options will help you make the best choice.

Mr. Muniz is a local, licensed and trained Medicare expert. He is certified with top Medicare Advantage & Prescription Drug Plan carriers in California. Representing most major companies with a Medicare contract, he is qualified to answer any question you may have. Since 1992, HealthCare Partners has been committed to developing innovative models of healthcare delivery that improve patients’ quality of life while containing healthcare costs. Their strength is in a steadfast commitment to a guiding principle of coordinated care.



11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Centennial Ballroom C (3rd floor)

The Doctors’ “House Call” – Managing Chronic Conditions for a Better Life
Robert A. Beltran, M.D., M.B.A., Brand New Day Health Plan

Robert A. BeltranIn this presentation, Dr. Beltran will focus on the “Seven Principles of Chronic Care Management” particularly with Congestive Heart Failure, Dementia, Depression, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. Find out what these seven principles are and obtain answer to important questions like “Are your golden years golden?” “Are you aging well?” “Are you managing your chronic medical condition appropriately?”

Robert A. Beltran, M.D., M.B.A. is the Senior Executive Medical Director of Brand New Day Health Plan. After two decades of practicing the art and science of clinical surgery, he realized the competitive advantage and synergy between medicine and business and completed his Healthcare MBA.



11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Centennial Ballroom C (3rd floor)

Estate Planning, Wills & Trust and How to Avoid a Conservatorship
Attorney Laura E. Claveran, Claveran Law Firm

Laura E. ClaveranMs. Claveran will be providing the basics needed for Estate Planning, Wills, Trust, Powers of Attorney and Conservatorships including: what is a Conservatorship, who needs a Conservatorship, duties of a Conservator, and how to avoid Conservatorship.

Attorney Laura E. Claveran has over 26 years of legal experience, representing clients in the Long Beach community and throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties in cases involving: Estate Planning, Creating Customized Revocable Living Trusts, Asset Protection Planning, Health Care Directives and Conservatorship issues. She received her B.A. from UCLA and J.D. from USC Law School. Ms. Claveran understands and speaks Spanish fluently. Ms. Claveran’s philosophy is simple: each client is unique, and deserves the best possible representation. Her mission is “Changing the world one client at a time.”



12:30 – 1:15 pm
Centennial Ballroom C (3rd floor)

Fraud and Foreign Lotteries – How to Identify, Prevent and Report
Inspector Lisa Mayberry, U.S. Postal Inspection Services Team Leader for the Mail Fraud Teams in Santa Ana and Long Beach, CA

FraudSeniors are highly targeted for mail fraud. Inspector Mayberry will discuss current schemes and trends that target the retired community and what you can do to prevent being a victim. For more than 200 years the U.S. Postal Inspection Services have protected our nation’s postal system.

Inspector Lisa Mayberry is the Supervisor for the Mail Fraud Teams in Santa Ana and Long Beach, CA. Inspector Mayberry has been a Federal Agent with the United States Postal Inspection Service for 16 years. Inspector Mayberry has worked and/or managed teams with the following disciplines; Mail Fraud, Mail Theft (Internal and External), Child Exploitation, Dangerous Mails, Prohibited Mailings Narcotics, Physical and Facility Security and Workplace Violence.



12:30 – 1:15 pm
Centennial Ballroom D (3rd floor)

Technology in the Golden Years: How Technology is Improving the Aging Process
Mike Townsend, Co-Founder and COO of HomeHero

Mike TownsendTechnology offers many ways to make our lives easier. In this session, attendees will gain a fresh perspective on emerging technology in senior healthcare: how new technology can help primary care givers support their loved ones, how the senior care tech industry is ripe for disruption, and how HomeHero built easy-to-use tech for the aging generation.

Mike Townsend is the co-founder and COO of HomeHero, a trusted marketplace designed to help families find, hire and manage quality in-home care for seniors. The simple online and mobile experience decreases the time, cost and risk of finding local caregivers through access to high definition caregiver video profiles, social references, liability insurance, and easy scheduling and payment tools. The services offered are non-medical, and cover a wide range of tasks including shopping, meal preparation, exercise, light housekeeping, companionship and personal care. The company is providing affordable solutions to care rapidly rising care costs that create a financial burden on families.



1:30 – 2:15 pm
Centennial Ballroom C (3rd floor)

Who Wants to be a Healthy Millionaire?
Monarch HealthCare

MonarchThis is an interactive “Game” session where you can ask questions from handouts and see how well you are informed on topics including: Annual wellness visit – what types of screenings should your doctor give you; The Roadmap to Health – things you should do to stay healthy; Medications associated with a higher risk for falls; Red Flags – If you have a chronic conditions like diabetes, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, signs and symptoms you should know about and when to call your doctor. Three experts will be available as “Life Lines” to help you answer the questions if you don’t know the answers. The Panel will consist of a Pharmacist, Doctor, Nurse.

Monarch HealthCare has access to 2,500 independent physicians, 25 leading hospitals, or over 55 urgent care centers. Instant referrals to so many specialists and same-day/next-day doctor appointments gets you real care when you need it. Monarch HealthCare also offers extensive health education and prevention programs to make sure you get the perfect fit for your good health.



1:30 – 2:15 pm
Centennial Ballroom D (3rd floor)

Aging In and Around the Eye: How to Slow it Down
Carlos E. Martinez, M.D., Eye Physicians of Long Beach

Carlos E. MartinezDr. Martinez will be discussing:
• Nutrition and lifestyle changes that can make your present and future eyesight better
• Dysfunctional lens syndrome – are you having trouble reading? Learn how to fix it.
• Ways to make the skin around the eyes look and stay younger.
• Latest news in the treatment of eye diseases.

Dr. Carlos Martinez is a highly respected and accomplished Ophthalmologist, as well as one of the leading physicians and surgeons in Southern California. Dr. Martinez has over 16 years of experience in the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases. He is proud to have successfully completed almost 10,000 procedures.

Eye Physicians Of Long Beach is dedicated to providing patients with state-of-the-art vision correction services and the best technology. After numerous successful vision correction procedures, Eye Physicians Of Long Beach is happy to have played a role in helping Los Angeles see better!