GILL Offering Two Classes on Aging, Financial Issues

Garrett Institute for Livelong Learning (GILL) will offer two free information sessions to address financial issues associated with aging. Both will be held at the Garrett College Southern Outreach Center (SOC) in Oakland. Presenters for these forums will be Karen Clapper and Terri White from the Garrett County Area Agency on Aging.

The session titled Advance Directives, Avoiding Guardianship will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 9 – 11 a.m. Advance directives are legal documents that allow individuals to spell out their decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. When an individual can no longer make his or her own decisions about end-of-life issues a guardian may be appointed to take on this responsibility should there be dissent among family members about finances, living arrangements, and medical decisions. An advance directive can circumvent the need for a guardian.

Insurance, Death of a Spouse, Medicare, and Fraud are the topics of the session that White and Clapper will present on Thursday, May 15, 9 – 11a.m. They will provide information on navigating the complexities and legalities of each of these subjects as well as where one may turn for assistance and support through a system of services for the aging.

Each of these educational sessions will be followed by a GILL Lunch-and-Learn (L&L) session beginning at noon. Both of these meetings will feature a Great Courses DVD selection. On Tuesday, May 13, the L&L topic will be Music and on Thursday, May 15, the presentation will be Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond. L&L sessions are free to GILL members.

For more information on GILL or to register for these sessions one may contact Sarah Friend at 301-387-3064 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.