2006-05-17 / Seniors

Flushing House Hosts Elder Law Seminars

Are you a senior citizen who has been hurt by the Medicare Part D mess? Do you know about the latest Medicaid cutbacks, and have you made the necessary plans to protect your assets? Have you learned about the basic techniques to defeat scam artists who prey on senior citizens?

Baby boomers and senior citizens alike can discover answers to these and other vital questions at a series of free Elder Law Seminars hosted by Flushing House in the facility's dining hall, 38-20 Bowne St., Flushing, on Saturday afternoon, June 3, 10 and 17. All three seminars will start at 2:30 p.m. and will last until 4 p.m.

+ Saturday, June 3--Lani Sanjek, associate executive director of the New York Statewide Senior Action Council, will cover the escalating crisis with Medicare Part D, prescription drug costs and the impact on EPIC, at the first seminar. Learn about options, lobby groups and how to get help now.

+ Saturday, June 10--Ronald Fatoullah, Esq., noted elder law attorney, will explain the Medicaid Provisions of the 2005 "Deficit Reduction Act", which severely limits access to benefits, at the second seminar. There's a new five-year look-back period on all asset transfers and new home equity provisions may disqualify many seniors from receiving benefits. Plan ahead now to protect your assets!

+ Saturday, June 17--At the third seminar, New York City Police Officer Alfonso Rojas will explore the most common scams perpetrated on senior citizens, how to avoid them and what to do if you've been ripped off.

There is no admission charge and free handouts and refreshments will be available. To RSVP, call Robert Salant, Flushing House director of community relations, at 347-532-3025 or 718-7623198, or send an email to: rsalant@uam.org.

Established in 1974, Flushing House was one of the first retirement residences to combine independent living for older adults with supportive services right on the premises. The mission of this innovative not-for-profit is: "To provide a safe, enjoyable and affordable retirement experience for our residents". For more information, visit www.flushinghouse.com.

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