Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Learning Session
Saturday, October 7, 2017
9:00 am – noon | Wesley Hall
“‘What if I can’t tell you what I want?’ Advance Directives, Financial Decisions & More”
Led by Certified Elder Law Attorney Monica A. Benson & Chaplain David I. Lowe
Certified Elder Law Attorney Monica Benson will discuss legal and financial decisions that we should have in place. Chaplain David Lowe will speak about health care decisions we can make now so that our family and health care providers will know what we want and don’t want if we are unable to tell them. These are decisions that are important for all of us, whether or not dementia is ever involved.
Monica A. Benson, J.D., CELA
Monica Benson is a Certified Elder Law Attorney who has spent her decade-plus career assisting clients with elder law needs. She represents clients in a number of different areas, including drafting estate planning documents such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; probate matters for estates of all sizes, whether the decedent died with or without a will; guardianship matters, where she represents guardians, wards, or serves as a court-appointed attorney; and Medicaid planning, helping clients determine, obtain, and maintain eligibility. Monica also helps teach the next generations of attorneys as an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, teaching Elder Law and a practical skills Wills and Estates Clinic.
Chaplain David I. Lowe, MA, MDiv, BCC
Director of Pastoral Care, Western Region of the Baylor Health Care System
Chaplain David Lowe holds an undergraduate and two graduate degrees in theology and ministry. He is a pastor who serves in the clinical context holding Board Certified Chaplain status by the Association of Professional Chaplains. David currently serves as the Director of Pastoral Care for a large urban health care system, Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH). He has served as a professional chaplain for 18 years and before that was a Senior Pastor for a local church in North Texas for five years. Professional Chaplains and training Chaplains in eight BSWH hospitals report to him. In addition, he mentors CPE (clinical pastoral education) students in a specialized training program for ministers, most often in regards to Advance Care Planning and facilitation. He is considered a local expert with Advance Care Planning and he has deep passion for the topic because he sees firsthand the gift of love it can be for a family dealing with the end of life.