Every year, the Press-Telegram brings together experts in a variety of fields to discuss important issues relating to health, longevity and improving the quality of life.
9:30 – 10:15 am
Centennial Ballroom – Salon D
Estate Planning or Long Term Care Planning: Which is Right for Me?
Sandra Diaz, Partner, California Elder Law Center, PC
In this session, Attorney Diaz will cover the following key factors to consider in Estate and Long Term Care Planning. Which direction is right for you? She’ll clarify terms such as “Revocable Living Trust”, “Irrevocable Trust”, and “Probate.” Ms. Diaz will provide insight on how to provide for a minor or disabled child, what happens if you are unable to care for yourself, and how to determine if you qualify for Long Term Care benefits. Another critical component she will discuss is how to protect your assets and make sure they go to children/family when you die.
Sandra Diaz, partner of the California Elder Law Center PC in Lakewood, California, is dedicated to helping seniors get the quality of care they deserve. The California Elder Law Center, PC has developed a strategy that protects seniors, starting in their homes and following them along the “continuum of care.” The strategy guides families as they move through the complex maze of long term care benefits. As an attorney, Ms. Diaz specializes in helping seniors qualify for Medi-Cal long term care benefits as well as VA long term care benefits, while ensuring the top quality care for the senior does not economically burden the family. Originally from Southern California, Ms. Diaz served six years in the United States Marine Corps. She is currently accredited by the VA and works with veterans and their families to help them qualify for VA benefits.
10:30 – 11:15 am
Centennial Ballroom – Salon C
Two Tools to Change the Body: Emotions and Imagery
Mary Thoits, former Director of Senior Studies Lifetime Learning Program, Long Beach City College
Ms. Mary Thoits has been involved in brain research, mediation and mindfulness, both at the college level and in the community. She is passionate about providing seniors with opportunities to be active during retirement. Ms. Thoits “walks the walk and talks the talk” keeping active on a daily basis.
Currently at 92, Ms. Thoits just retired as director of the Senior Studies Lifetime Learning Program at Long Beach City College. She spent her 85th birthday skydiving and her 87th birthday flying a small plane around Santa Catalina Island (she’s a pilot). Ms. Thoits believes the concept of retirement is grossly overrated and that people can retire to do something else, but not to pull back from society. Retirees need to continue to understand what is happening in the world and to be part of it.