posted april 12, 2013
Don Freedman gave a morning-long training on April 12, 2013, to volunteer counselors and staff of the HelpLine operated by the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The HelpLine provides 24/7 information, links to programs and services and on-going guidance on Alzheimer's disease to family members and friends in need. In the training, in responding to questions of the participants, Don spoke on MassHealth, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, medical directives, guardianship and alternatives, trusts, new home- and community based programs, the organization of public services, limitations of Medicare, long-term care insurance, assessing capacity to make decisions, and what to do with a concern about someone's driving. The training was at the Association's offices in Watertown, Massachusetts. (Don was on the Association board from 1991-2004, and served as Board Chair from 1993-1995. He recalled that his first volunteer experience with the Association, in about 1987, was in the training of a group of similarly motivated helpline volunteers in a program then in its infancy.) For 24-hour support, call the Association at 800.272.3900.
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