On April 12, 2018 over 230 long-term care professionals gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Mt. Laurel, NJ for a full day of learning and networking at the inaugural Rothkoff Law Group Eldercare Symposium entitled, “Eldercare: What Will the Future Bring?”

The day starting with an esteemed panel of experts on the landscape of elder care today and tomorrow, a discussion facilitated by Jerry Rothkoff. The panel consisting of Lowell Ayre, President, Aging & Disability Policy and Leadership Consulting, LLC, Wendy Campbell, President and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, and Anita Chopra, William G. Roher Endowed Chair, Rowan School of Medicine.  Each panelist commented on the need to simplify the health care system for seniors and the need to address preventative medicine.

The keynote address then followed given by, Eloy van Hal, Senior Managing Consultant and Founder of The Hogeweyk, Netherlands.  Mr. van Hal spoke about his visionary “Dementia Village” in the Netherlands for people living with advanced dementia. He stressed the importance of creating a sense of normalcy for those with dementia and how it is possible to accomplish such in the United States.

During the luncheon, Rothkoff Law Group announced the 2018 New Jersey Caregiver Award winner. Caregiver professionals throughout Southern New Jersey had the opportunity to nominate an outstanding caregiver in their community who offers exceptional service to an elderly person. The selection process was difficult with many heartfelt nominations of worthy caregivers.  We congratulate Miguel Burgos of Artis Senior Living of Evesham as the 2018 NJ Caregiver award winner. Miguel is known to have a smiley face sticker on his Artis name tag and tells the residents don’t worry about remembering my name just call me Mr. Smile!

After lunch, three breakout sessions were held including “Embracing the Limits of Being Wonderful, Ethical Related Stress During and After Your Health Care Career, and Technology & the Future of Long Term Care.  We thank Nancy Alterman, Claudia Hawkins, Janie DeLeon Male, and Michael Newell for their insightful presentations.

The day ended with a plenary presentation on Enhancing Meaningful Living With Dementia: Building Community Through the Arts, by Susan Shifrin, Founder and Executive Director, ARTZ Philadelphia.  Susan inspired the attendees describing how the arts can have a positive impact on those with dementia and the need to make museums accessible to all, including those with dementia.

It was a very meaningful day of learning and camaraderie.  A question asked to Jerry Rothkoff during the Symposium crystalized why Rothkoff Law Group presented the Eldercare Symposium.  Jerry was asked by an attendee why a law firm was presenting a full day Symposium on elder care. The attendee was curious as to why a hospital system, a long-term care provider, or a physician’s group did not present the Symposium, and specifically invite the keynote speaker from the Netherlands.  Jerry thought about this very reasonable question and responded to the inquirer, “Our elder care law firm’s primary focus is health care advocacy and someone needed to bring the innovative concept occurring in the Netherlands to the United States. Anyone could have done so, we were just the first one to do so.”        

We want to thank all of our speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for their valuable participation in a wonderful day.  We look forward to seeing you next year. If you missed the above presentations, including the keynote, you can hear them in person at our Pennsylvania Eldercare Symposium on October 25, 2018 in Langhorne, PA.  

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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