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Healthy Wealthy & Wise Conference Details:
When: Friday, September 12, 2014 9:00 am-noon
Location:Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle
Registration Hours: Walk-in registration is from 7:30am-8:45am. Please plan to arrive early. Space is limited
Parking is available in the Municipal Center parking deck on both the upper and lower levels. Additional parking is located east of the Municipal Center on Webster and Water Street.
Cost: This is a FREE event open to all Naperville & Lisle Seniors.
More than 35 area organizations representing healthcare, safety and legal services will have exhibits in Lower Level Meeting Rooms of the Municipal Center.
Multiple prizes will be raffled that have been donated by area business.
Keynote Speaker: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Protecting older citizens continues to be one of the most important responsibilities of the Attorney General’s office. Far too often, scam artists perceive senior citizens as vulnerable and relatively wealthy due to their ability to access retirement accounts and pensions. As a result, seniors are a frequent target of a wide range of consumer fraud scams. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan works to protect all Illinois seniors by taking legal action against those who prey on seniors and supporting legislation to toughen penalties against those who commit crimes against the elderly.
Often recognized for her leadership and integrity, Lisa Madigan has brought a high level of activism to the Office of Illinois Attorney General. From her first days in office, she has demonstrated principled leadership, putting policy before politics and focusing her work as the state’s top legal advocate on protectin
g the people and communities of Illinois. Under Madigan’s leadership, the Consumer Protection Division has established a national reputation for aggressively safeguarding consumers from financial fraud and unsafe products. Madigan has dedicated the energy and resources of her office to protecting children and women from the dangers of sexual predators and established herself as a leader in the public’s fight for open and accessible government. Additionally, Madigan has been widely praised for implementing a series of proactive law enforcement strategies to protect seniors in nursing homes and to combat the spread of methamphetamine and synthetic drugs throughout the state. From a fiscal standpoint, the Attorney General’s office has generated more than $9 billion for the state since Madigan took office in 2003.
Madigan is the first Illinois Attorney General in over 25 years to personally argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court (Illinois v. Caballes) in which the Court upheld the ability of law enforcement to detect the presence of illegal drugs during traffic stops. Under her leadership, the Attorney General’s office has argued six cases before the U.S. Supreme Court
In the national arena, Attorney General Madigan is a respected advocate, regularly testifying before Congress and federal commissions charged with strengthening consumer financial protections, in part due to her aggressive crackdown on the country’s largest subprime lenders and her advocacy for reining in abuse and retaining state enforcement powers. Madigan also has testified before Congress on a range of subjects, from protections for consumers’ privacy to recalled children’s products, employment discrimination, natural gas prices and energy trading.
Madigan’s proactive approach to her duties as attorney general has attracted national attention, as other states look to Illinois for innovative and bold ideas. Madigan’s key initiatives include
Consumer Protection, Protecting Communities from Sex Offenders and Online Predators, Keeping Seniors Safe, Safeguarding Our Environment, and Fighting for Open and Accessible Government
Loretto Cowhig presentation will focus on Medicare. Medicare can be so confusing to understand. Loretto will give a comprehensive summary of the basics of Medicare, including Parts A, B, C, and D, Medigap, and explain financial assistance for low-income enrollees. She will speak about the upcoming Medicare annual enrollment period (October 15-December 7), and what Medicare enrollees should be doing during this period. She will also focus on the relationship between Medicare and the Affordable Care Act.
Bio: Loretto Cowhig has been a planner with the Agency of Aging of Northeastern Illinois since 1984. She coordinates the agency’s Senior Health Assistance Program in eight northeastern counties. Ms. Cowhig is also a Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselor and coordinates a network of services for seniors throughout the area.
Attorney Linda M. Strohschein will present the top 10 reasons we all need an estate plan, including life plans, advanced directives etc. She will also introduce real world celebrity case studies that support the value of having an estate plan in place now as tomorrow is not a sure thing.
Bio: Linda M. Strohschein is the principal of Strohschein Law Group, LLC. Her law firm is exclusively devoted to the practice of Estate and Long Term Care Planning (including Medicaid, Veterans Benefits and Special Need Trusts), Guardianships, Estate and Trust Administration Estate Probate Litigation.
Ms. Strohschein is an accredited attorney with the Veteran’s Administration and she is a frequent speaker on these planning topics. Ms. Strohschein is a current member of the Kane County Bar Association Estate and Probate Committee, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and currently serves as the President of the Illinois chapter of NAELA for 2014—2015. She is also a member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association and the Fox Valley Estate Planning Council.
In addition, Ms. Strohschein is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation since 2009.