Senior Life Planning Symposium: Your Future, Your Way

Discover the keys to navigating your senior years with independence and confidence at Senior Life Planning Symposium: Your Future, Your Way, held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5199 in Oceanside, NY. Led by FRB Partner Dana Walsh Sivak, Esq., Co-Chair of FRB’s Elder Law Practice Group, this transformative event will empower seniors and their families by providing them with vital information and resources they can use to create a comprehensive plan for their future. Whether you are planning for your own future or helping a loved one, this program will give attendees the necessary tools to help them navigate the complexities of elder law, Medicaid planning, long-term care, and much more.

This free community education and luncheon event aims to bridge connections among attendees, industry experts, sponsors, and service providers, ensuring you leave with valuable insights and new contacts. Hear from distinguished members of our community as they advise on legal steps for future planning, navigating homecare and long-term care options, protecting your assets from senior scams, and maintaining a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.

Attendees will have an opportunity to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss elder law matters and long-term care options with an experienced FRB elder law attorney.

Join us for the following agenda led by FRB attorneys and other industry professionals: 

11:00 AM: Attendee Check-in and Presenter Exploration 

11:15 AM: Welcome and Introductory Address 

11:20 AM – 12:05 PM: Legal Steps You Can Take Now to Plan for Your Future and Protect Yourself from Senior Scams

Discover practical legal advice to help you plan for your future! Learn how to protect yourself and your assets from senior scams, preserve your ability to make healthcare and financial decisions in the future, and leave a lasting legacy, all in one informative and engaging session. Join FRB’s Elder Law Partners Dana Walsh Sivak, Esq. and Michael B. Shapiro, Esq. and Senior Counsel Patricia A. Craig, Esq. as they share key insights that can help empower you to plan for your future and identify and prevent financial exploitation in an increasingly complex and evolving landscape. 

12:10 PM – 12:55 PM: Fireside Chat – “Thinking Outside the Box”: Exploring Innovative Treatment Options and Mental Health Strategies for Seniors

Independent-minded seniors have the ability, and right, to decide not just where they will live, but how they may treat their medical conditions as they age. In this “Fireside Chat” with our dynamic panel of experts, we will explore the psychological aspects of senior living, senior care services, and caregiver support, and discuss different types of coping mechanisms that can be used to ease the transition into senior living. We will also explore the burgeoning interest in medical cannabis among seniors, with a special focus on its current use in treating conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions more commonly affecting seniors today. Participants will understand more about the medical research that supports the inclusion of medical cannabis as part of an overall medical treatment plan, and what the risks and benefits are to our senior population.

  • Moderator: Dana Walsh Sivak, Esq.
  • Speakers:   
    • Sam van Kalkeren, O’Connor Professional Group  
    • Julien Vincent, New York State Office of Cannabis Management  
    • Zachary Palace, M.D., Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale

12:55 PM – 1:10 PM: Break/Lunch 

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and lunch! Kosher options available. 

1:10 PM – 2:00 PM: Aging with Options: Navigating Senior Living, Home Care and Long-Term Care 

Join us for an interactive discussion about “Aging with Options”, where we will reimagine traditional senior care planning, and empower seniors (and soon to be seniors) with tools and information that can help them make informed choices about what their future will look like. Learn about the different options available for senior living, home care, and long-term care, and the strategies you can use now to make sure you have a choice in how (and where) you will live in your golden years.

  • Moderator: Dana Walsh Sivak, Esq.
  • Speakers: 
    • Bryan Madden, Bryan Skilled Home Care
    • Nicole Christensen, Care Answered 
    • Jeanine Gagliano, Right at Home South Shore Long Island
    • Megan Shergill, Community Care Home Health Care Services
    • Brett Gatien, Community Care Home Health Care Services
    • Anne M. Recht, Care Connect Solutions, LLC
    • Kerri Winans Kaley, The Bristal Assisted Living/Encore Luxury Living

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Closing Remarks and Presenter Exploration  

Don’t miss this opportunity to shape your future on your own terms. Space is limited – Register now to secure your spot!

For assistance with registering, please contact FRB’s Marketing Director Abby Winckler at 516-599-0888 or

This event does not create any attorney-client relationship. This event does not provide a definitive legal opinion for any factual situation. Before the firm can provide legal advice or opinion to any person or entity, the specific facts at issue must be reviewed by the firm. Before an attorney-client relationship is formed, the firm must have a signed engagement letter with a client setting forth the Firm’s scope and terms of representation.