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Keeping it Together: Plan, Plan, Plan!

PlanningDetails, paper and decisions—how do you sort it all out? How do you start conversations on tough topics like finances, end of life planning or even who gets grandma’s pie plate? There is a way to get organized and “keep it together.” Over the course of three events in April, you can get important information to help you sort it all out. These classes are for anyone who is concerned about planning—older adults who want to prepare and plan for their future needs—or those who are caregivers organizing a loved one’s paperwork. Click on the class titles below to register online.

Legal & Financial Estate Planning
Thursday, April 14, 1:00–3:00pm
Trailside Center, 4700 Dublin Ave. in Midland

Planning for the future of spouses or children is an important concern for most people. How do you create a plan that will minimize taxes and achieve your goals? What kind of estate plan will reduce administrative costs? Have recent changes in the law impacted your estate plan?  The sooner you create your estate plan, the sooner your family is protected. Attorney Wendy D. Kanar from Poznak Dyer Kanar Garchow Schefsky PLC will discuss the various aspects of making proper decisions regarding planning and managing your estate. During the class, you can get general information regarding current laws and answers to specific questions you may have. Call early to reserve your spot at this popular class at 633-3700.

National Healthcare Decisions Day
Friday, April 15
10:00am–12:00pm ~ Trailside Center, 4700 Dublin Ave. in Midland
6:00pm–8:00pm ~ MidMichigan Medical Center

In 2010, an initiative known as The Conversation Project evaluated “good death” and “bad death” scenarios people had experienced with loved ones. The conclusion? Too many people felt they were making difficult decisions about end-of-life care without the most important

person’s vote—the patient. On April 15, in alignment with National Healthcare Decisions Day, The Dow Chemical Company, MidMichigan Health and Senior Services are offering “Estate Planning for the Heart,” a seminar designed to help prevent these painful and troubling scenarios. The seminar will guide participants through The Conversation Project’s “Starter Kit,” introduce and use “GoWish Cards,” and discuss advance care planning. Presenters include Leslie Sosebee, Dow Chemical Health Services, Jennifer Hirsch from MidMichigan Health and Billie Ritter, Health Education Coordinator at Senior Services. The seminar will be offered twice on April 15. Senior Services will host a morning session at their Trailside Center location from 10:00am–12:00pm and MidMichigan Health will offer a 6:00pm–8:00pm session. Free refreshments will be available at both times. Lunch is available after the morning session with advance registration. Attendance per session is limited so register now by calling 989-633-3700. Registration deadline is April 12.

Advantages of Advance Funeral Planning
Friday, April 29, 11:45am-1:00pm
Trailside Center, 4700 Dublin Ave. in Midland

Learn the process and benefits of making advance funeral arrangements. By making funeral decisions in advance, you free your loved ones from this responsibility and assure your wishes are met. When the need for a funeral arises, those left behind are relieved to know that the

decisions and financial plans were made ahead of time. Attendees will have an opportunity for discussion and to ask specific questions of Jeanne Welch from Ware Smith Woolever. If you’d like to eat lunch before the program, aim to arrive by 11:30am in Trailside and after your table is called, take your lunch into room 160. The talk will begin as close to 11:45am as possible and end by 1:00pm. Space is limited in the room, so please call ahead to reserve your spot and register for lunch by no later than 9:00am the morning of the program. Lunches are by donation to those over 60, or $6 for those under 60.