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Caregivers class to be held in Grundy Center starting in Nov. 2016

October 23, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

Life expectancy for Americans continues to increase, so it is more and more likely that most adults will end up caring for an elderly parent or relative. "Care does not have to mean that the person lives in your home," explains Brenda Schmitt, ISU Extension Family Finance Field Specialist. "It may mean that you provide transportation or other services to a person who still lives in their own home." For most working Americans, this still requires flexible work schedules or using personal leave days, sometimes without pay.

The Finances of Caregiving provides materials to assist caregivers in protecting their assets and prepare for their retirement while providing care. This five-week program, beginning November 1, 2016, will meet at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital from 6:30-7:30 PM. The five-week class will be held November 1, November 10, November 15, November 22, November 29.

Class topics will include understanding your starting point and filling out worksheets; why it's essential to plan, talking about Wills, Durable Power of Attorney; retirement plans for caregivers and ways to continue tax deferred savings while caregiving as well as in-home care, adult day care, respite, residential and hospice care; paying for care with long term care insurance, veterans benefits, Medicare, Medigap and Medicaid; effective communication taking time and planning ahead.

There is a small fee for the program, and scholarships are available for those in need. Registration for this 5-week program must be turned into the Extension Office no later than October 26, 2016.

For more information or to register, contact Shari Sell-Bakker at Grundy County Extension & Outreach, 319-824-6979 or



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