Elder Law Clinic to host ‘Empowered Aging’ community event

The Wake Forest University School of Law’s Elder Law Clinic will host a free symposium to educate the public about resources available to assist older adults in the community at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, in the Sticht Center Auditorium at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

The event, “Empowered Aging: Community Resources You Should Know About,” will feature Winston-Salem area programs that provide assistance to elderly community members and their care takers in various ways. Each program will give a brief presentation about the assistance it provides to community members and provide information on how interested people can take advantage of its services.

Confirmed participants include:

• the Geriatric Outreach (GO) program of WFUBMC;

• the Long-Term Care Ombudsman the Memory Assessment Clinic of WFUBMC;

• Senior Services;

• Senior Financial Care;

• AARP;

• Community Partnership for End-of-Life Care;

the Memory Assessment Clinic of WFUBMC;

• Club Independence;

• CareNet Counseling Center of North Carolina;

• the Palliative Care Program at WFUBMC;

• and the Shepherd’s Center.

The symposium is scheduled to last for an hour, followed by an informal meet-and-greet for participants and programs. Light refreshments will be served and parking will be validated.

"One of the most valuable lessons I have learned at the Elder Law Clinic is that there are so many available resources in the community for older adults," said Katrina M. Schaffhouser (’10). "I really wish that I had the knowledge that I now have when my grandparents were in need of legal advice. In terms of my own family’s needs, I now have a better understanding of all of the available resources in the community and of legal documents that every older adult should have."  

The Elder Law Clinic is a program of Wake Forest law school in which students provide free legal help to people aged 60 and older.  The legal help is free to those who qualify.  The Elder Law Clinic also has resources on its website at www.law.wfu.edu/eclinic.  For more information, call the Elder Law Clinic at 713-8630 or via e-mail at eclinic@wfu.edu.