Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Program
Saturday, October 7 | 9:00 am – noon | Wesley Hall
“What if I can’t tell you what I want?”
There are important decisions and documents that EVERY adult should have in place, regardless of your age and health. Come learn from a legal expert and a specialist in advance health care decisions.
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 involved.
This enlightening Saturday morning workshop will be led by:
Monica A. Benson, J.D., CELA 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 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 regard 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.
Please join us for this First Church program offered free of charge for anyone who is looking to put their legal/financial documents in place — or to review and update existing documents in light of new information. Because October has been declared the month for emphasis on the prevention of financial exploitation of elders, it is an especially appropriate time to learn more about these important issues. And, while this is particularly true for families who have a loved one with dementia, anyone with aging parents or other loved ones should become alert to the risks of financial exploitation and fraud. Good planning can be key to prevention!
Mark your calendar now for these upcoming special events:
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Learning Session
November 15: 11:00 am and repeated at 5:30 pm.
If you have loved ones or friends who have dementia, how can you continue to celebrate the holidays without overwhelming them? Is there a way to modify traditions to include them?
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Learning Session and Service
December 13: 11:30 am and repeated at 5:30 pm.
Bring your loved ones and friends who have dementia and worship together in this special Christmas Chapel service. Following worship, we will have a special time of storytelling and remembering.