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Alzheimer’s Group at Russo Law Firm

Alzheimer’s Group at Russo Law Firm

I’ve noticed that as people age, many of them have dementia. This means that they have symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of a progressive dementia in older adults, but there are a number of causes of dementia. Depending on the cause, some dementia symptoms can be reversed.”

The Russo Law Group is a blog sponsor and every month, they hold an Alzheimer’s support group, as part of the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center (ADRC). Last month, I decided to check it out and find out what it was all about.

I walked into a large conference room and there were about 15 people around the table listening to a guest speaker. Some of the participants were spouses and others were the children of a mother or father with Alzheimer or Dementia.

A few interesting things I learned in the group:

  • Don’t promise your parent or loved one that he/she will not go into an assisted living facility;
  • If you have a parent living with you who has Alzheimer’s Disease, you can get a respite by putting them in a facility for a few days while you go away. It’s important to take time out for yourself.

After the presentation by the guest speaker, the lawyers at Russo Law Firm were available with any legal questions. One woman had a question about a time share that was in her mother’s name and how to transfer ownership. Another person asked about trusts and how that works.

Marie Elena Puma, a partner in the law firm, mentioned that there is a program at the Russo Law Group called “Peace of Mind.” This is where everything is in one place in the lawyers office. You pay a yearly fee and anytime you have a question or need access to anything, you can get it with a call. There are no additional charges besides the yearly fee.

Every month the group meets and sometimes, it’s has the same people but new people come each time. There is always a presentation that educates the caregiver. For example, some of the upcoming sessions include Senior Bridge, Pooled Trusts and Long-Term Care — all relevant and important topics!

I love that the firm has this type of support. The lawyers and administrative staff are so incredibly caring. I saw this at the last event and I saw that at this support group. To me, this is what Russo Law Firm does, they go above and beyond for their clients.  Don’t go it alone, get the help you need from professionals like the Russo Law Group. In my book, you get what you pay for and when someone is offering additional value, isn’t it all worth it?

If you are interested in joining the support group or would like more information, do not hesitate to contact Russo Law Group and ask for Janet Corsetti or email her at jcorsetti@vjrussolaw.com.

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