January 2018

Happy New Year!  We wish the very best to you and yours during 2018.  

We start a new year looking forward to continuing opportunities to serve seniors and their caregivers. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have included several articles about important elder law issues in the news.

I will be speaking at Caregiver Seminars presented by Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging at the following locations and times: 

Blount County Caregiver Lunch and Learn, Historic L&N Railroad Depot, 28117 State HWY 75, Oneonta, AL. 35121, January 30, 2018, 10:15 - 11:15 (seminar lasts from 9:00 -2:00).

Shelby County Caregiver Lunch and Learn, Brookwood Baptist Health, 1000 1st St N, Alabaster, AL 35007, March 22, 2018, 10:15 - 11:15 (seminar lasts from 9:00 - 2:00).

For more information contact Lauren Karcher, Alabama Cares Coordinator, at (205) 670-5770. 

Feel free to share this newsletter, and remember to let me know If you want information about particular topics.  Just  drop me a line, and I will do my best to address the issues you want to know more about.  We will also be happy to add any friends or relatives of yours who may want to be added to the newsletter mail list.         

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