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Long Island Aging Parents Seminar

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Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 6:30 PM
Somerset Gardens Assisted Living (Plainview)
150 Sunnyside Blvd, Plainview, NY 11803

**Seminar and Food is Complimentary if pre-registered**

Complimentary if registered

Register for comp admission

*You are welcome to have your parents/siblings attend as well.  Sometimes parents are resistant to listening to their children about preparing for these topics.  They can hear the information directly from these specialists which can sometimes help get through to them.

**This event is NOT meant to be age specific or gender balanced**

Senior Helpers
Event sponsored by Senior Helpers:

Laura Giunta 
Director of business development


Dealing with the emotional issues involving caregiving is incredibly difficult
for even the strongest of families. Learning new ways to cope and to better
communicate with our loved ones is essential to a successful caregiving

This seminar is ALSO FOR THOSE WHOSE PARENTS ARE GETTING OLDER BUT ARE DOING OK.. You will learn early possible red flag signs as well as other valuable skills.


This class would be complimentary if you REGISTER IN ADVANCE 

  • Meet other singles who can relate

  • Light appetizers or sandwiches included.

Topics may  include but are not limited to:

**Specific communication techniques when dealing with Elders
*How to begin difficult conversations. 
Caregiver coping tips. 
*Brain training at any age
*Top 10 signs that your parent may be having difficulty coping independently
* Correlation of Nutrition/Exercise and Alzheimers/Dementia's

Specialists in the following areas will be available for Q & A session during the program
  1. Alzheimer's/Dementia Trainer
  2. Geriatric case manager
  3. Nurse practitioner

If you are completely lost and really not sure where to start, you will also be able to set up a time with Laura Giunta who will help guide you through this maze.  Laura's consultation services are completely free of charge.

Seminar and Food is Complimentary if pre-registered

Complimentary if registered

Register for comp admission

Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc.
(631) 580-5100

  Mary Ann Malack-Ragona 
 Executive Director/CEO    

Mary Ann Malack-Ragona joined what is now known as the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC) in February 2003, and in 2004 opened The Neuwirth Family Care Center within the agency’s Ronkonkoma office. 

 Prior to joining ADRC, Ms. Ragona was the Executive Director for the New York State Association of Temporary & Staffing Services, Inc.  Ms. Ragona represented the staffing industry on a statewide level with Chapters located in Albany, Buffalo, Long Island, Metro New York, Rochester and Westchester.  Before returning to Organizational Management, Ms. Ragona was employed by UnitedHealthcare, one of the largest Health Plans in the country. Ms. Ragona held several positions in the company including Product Manager/Project Coordinator for the Tri-State area.   

 Ms. Ragona graduated with distinguished honors from St. Joseph’s College with a degree in Organizational Management with a minor in Human Resources Management, and received a Masters of Business Administration from LIU/C.W. Post College of Management and Business.  Ms. Ragona has taught at St. Joseph’s College and for the University of Phoenix Online Campus. Her expertise is in Alzheimer’s Disease training for Professional Caregivers; Public/Government Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Organizational Behavior, Management Theory, Change Management and Critical Thinking and Decision Making.  Ms. Ragona has two sons, Vincent who is a Band Director with the Rocky Point School District, and Joseph who is a Network Engineer in Virginia. 


Goidel Law Group

(631) 390-5600

 Suzanne Paolucci
 LCSW, Care Coordinator

Suzanne Paolucci, our Care Coordinator, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has dedicated her twenty-year career to the field of geriatrics and life care planning. Through her adept advocacy skills, Suzanne has a proven record of ensuring that her clients receive the best care possible and obtaining, when required, 24 hour live-in personal or skilled care services through the Medicaid managed care system.

Suzanne is a member of the Board of Directors of the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay where she currently chairs the Day Break Senior Social Model Day program and Senior Programming Committee. She is also a member of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers and National Association of Social Workers. Suzanne graduated with distinction from Hofstra University, received her Master of Social Work degree at Adelphi University and engaged in post-graduate training at Columbia University.

Suzanne’s past experience includes five years serving as an elder care coordinator at a life care planning law firm and working for the renowned Geriatric Division at Hillside Zucker Hospital, part of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. As the team social worker in the Geriatric Day Hospital, she performed individual, group and caregiver counseling, as well as discharge planning and crisis intervention. Suzanne has also trained master-level social work interns to prepare for the field of geriatric social work.

Please contact Suzanne at 631.390.5600 or spaolucci@goidellawgroup.com.


Building Better Mindz
(516) 727-2294

Dr. Shelley Pazer is Executive Director at Building Better Mindz .  Shelley has worked for more than 25 years in the field of developmental psychology helping children and adults improve their learning and performance at school, at work, and in their daily lives. 

Shelley holds a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from the City University of New York and a M.Ph. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.  Shelley was Co-Designer and Research Associate on several grants sponsored by the Faculty Awards Research Program, City University of New York, the Spanish-American Foundation and the National Science Foundation to study developmental issues in children and adults.  She is the author of numerous papers, has taught at the graduate level, and has worked extensively on award-winning research for the U.S.D.A. on children’s health.

Somerset Gardens 
150 Sunnyside Blvd, Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 576-3330

 Photo 3 - Somerset Gardens Senior Living, 150 Sunnyside Blvd., Plainview, NY 11803


Senior Helpers

Laura Giunta 
Director of business development
Certified Alzheimer's/dementia trainer
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)

 As a caregiver myself, I am passionate about educating families and helping them navigate the elder care system. 


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