2022 Senior Law Day – “What I Wish I Knew”

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Alexandria, VA – Last month, Senior Services of Alexandria and the Alexandria Bar Association held a very successful in-person Senior Law Day at First Baptist Church in Alexandria. Over 200 residents attended to connect with community resources from the City’s Division of Aging and Adult Services, Health, Recreation, Police, and Sheriff Departments, as well as numerous sponsors representing local elder attorneys, healthcare organizations, real estate companies, assisted living facilities, and AARP.

Steve Gurney, president and founder of the Positive-Aging Sourcebook, kicked off the workshop with inspiring testimonials about what people wish they knew when making later-in-life decisions. He will continue the discussion with SSA on July 29 as part of a Pro-Aging Seminar. Learn more at:

Three panels of experts discussed the importance of estate planning, navigating Medicare, Medicaid, and long-term healthcare policies, and options for aging in place. If you missed the session and need information, here is the list of presenters with their contact information.

Senior Law Day Presenters:

Mary Lee Anderson – Executive Director, Senior Services of Alexandria – a local nonprofit providing services that help older adults age safely in the community with dignity. Services include senior nutrition, companionship, transportation, and educational opportunities. 703-836-4414,

Delores Athey-Clearfield, Capital City Nurses – Over 45 years, Capital City Nurses has earned a reputation as the premier provider of high-quality private duty home care and skilled nursing services throughout Virginia. 866-807-7307,

Xue Connelly, Esq., Wade Grimes Friedman Meinken & Leischner, PLLC –Expertise includes family law, estate planning, probate and estate administration, estate litigation, personal injury, bankruptcy and real estate law. 703-836-9030,

Elizabeth Crego, Esq. Legal Services of Northern Virginia is the largest legal aid organization in Virginia, helping thousands of clients each year in civil legal matters. We partner closely with other legal aid organizations, local bar associations, and the courts to serve the region’s low-income and neediest populations. 703-778-6800,

Rachel Baer, Esq., Family First Law Group, PLLC – Family First Law Group attorneys have been practicing in the Northern Virginia area for several decades. The firm was founded in 2020 to focus on personal service to individuals, families, and their businesses. 703-299-3440,

Gretchyn Meinken, Esq., Wade Grimes Friedman Meinken & Leischner, PLLC – Expertise includes family law, estate planning, probate and estate administration, estate litigation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and real estate law. 703-836-9030,

Nelva Hernandez, VICAP, Division of Aging and Adult Services –The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) is a free program offering counseling on a wide range of insurance-related issues. VICAP for residents of the City of Alexandria is based in the Division of Aging and Adult Services.

Jim Zalewski, Managing Partner, Everly Wheatley Funeral Home and Crematory, has decades of experience caring for families of all cultural backgrounds and diverse walks of life. Everly Wheatley pledges to treat you and your loved ones like family and guarantees to offer services that meet your specifications. 703-998-9200,

Ed Zetlin, Esq.,  Baskin, Jackson & Lasso, P.C. brings years of experience to elder and disability law. He began his career at Legal Services of Northern Virginia and now has a solo practice in elder law, disability law, guardianship/conservatorship, public benefits, and estate planning and estate administration. 703-534-3610,

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