Crane’s Mill Events Calendar – Plan Your Next Visit Today!

Things are really heating up at Crane’s Mill!

Mark-your-calendarEach year our events calendar fills up with all sorts of fun and educational programs in spring and summer, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever!

In 2017, we have tons to offer including “Live! at Crane’s Mill” and our Spring Speaker Series. Plus, we’re always adding programs, so be sure to check back often to see what’s new!

Check out our full events calendar by clicking here, and plan your next visit today!

You’re Invited – Summer Lecture Series at Crane’s Mill

Visit Crane’s Mill for our special Summer Lecture Series!

All programs begin at 1:30 p.m.
RSVP for one or all by calling 973-276-3070 or click here to send an email.

Part 1: Wednesday, June 15. Presented by Dr. Jonathan Rose. Today the mass media is trusted by just 40 percent of Americans—and only 11 percent of those aged 18 to 24. Newspapers, newsmagazines, and network news broadcasts are dying. Younger readers especially get their news by scanning a host of blogs and websites, all of which offer very different versions of reality, none of which carry any real authority. Jonathan Rose, an expert in the history of reading, shows that this skepticism is not new: in fact it is much older than newspapers themselves. He explains why readers throughout history have distrusted what they read, and he traces denunciations of what we now call the “lamestream media” all the way back to Socrates.

Part 2: Wednesday, July 20. Even though New Jersey is one of the smallest states, it’s packed with tons of history. This class will examine some of the sites and events that put our state on the map. From deserted villages, a castle, the country’s oldest seaside hotel, canals, railroads, America’s first coast-to-coast highway, and “the trial of the century,” our little state has made its mark.

Part 3: Wednesday, August 24. An uncle and a niece, Solomon and Peggy Guggenheim separately began collecting “modern” art in the mid-twentieth century and wound up changing the art world forever. They not only each established museums, they created the first artistic “brand.” Today cities all over the world want to replicate the “miracle of Bilbao” and have their very own Guggenheim. Come learn their incredible story.

Spring Seminar Series – Meet the Speakers

Don’t miss this series starting on April 26, and continuing for five consecutive Tuesday afternoons.

Plan for a successful future with this special free seminar series!

RSVP for any and all dates by calling 973-276-3070 or click here to send us an email.

Part 1: Choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community
Tuesday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Karla Traficante, Director of Sales & Marketing, Crane’s Mill

Join Karla Traficante for an impartial look into senior living options. Karla will cover the financial and emotional process of deciding on your retirement living future, along with resources for information, downsizing, support, and more. Karla has many years of experience in all different areas of senior living and is excited to present this program and answer your questions.

Part 2: Emotional Considerations
Tuesday, May 3, 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Bonnie Malajian, LCSW

Bonnie Malajian will lead an interactive discussion about the emotional and psychological considerations that may arise when planning for your retirement. Bonnie is a renowned industry expert and her presentation is not to be missed.

Part 3: Financial Advisor Roundtable
Tuesday, May 10, 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Kostas Koufidis, Certfied Financial Planner, Investment Specialist;Brian D. Singleton J.D., ChFC, CLU, Director of Advanced Markets; John Tumminia, Jr., Financial Services Representative, all of the MetLife Solutions Group.

Get the financial tools you need to begin, or continue, to flourish during your retirement. These three financial experts will hold a roundtable discussion based on your financial needs, including how to keep your funds safely growing throughout your retirement years.

Part 4: Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise: 10 of the Most Common Elder Law Questions
Tuesday, May 17, 2:00 p.m.
Presented by Thomas Murphy, Esq., Eldercare Attorney, The Murphy Law Firm LLC

Join Thomas M. Murphy, Esq., for a discussion of elder law, estate planning, veteran’s aid and attendance pension benefits, advanced directives, long-term custodial care, special needs, guardianship and medicaid planning.

Part 5: Real Estate & Downsizing
Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.
Presented by two industry experts specializing in senior real estate.

When planning a move, it can be a balancing act of looking ahead to your exciting new home, while dealing with aspects of your old house, including getting top dollar in an ever-changing real estate market, and working on whittling down items you may no longer need. Luckily, the right realtor and downsizer can make all the difference. For instance, a downsizer may be able to help you make decisions on what to keep, donate, or sell, while aslo helping you pack and unpack boxes. Learn more about these important services at this special program.

Oh, My Aching Back! Join Us for a Medical Lecture Presented by Two Area Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Visit Crane’s Mill for an interactive medical lecture focused on back pain symptoms, prevention, and treatment.

Join us on June 9 for "Oh, My Aching Back!"

Join us on June 9 for “Oh, My Aching Back!”

Tuesday, June 9th
1:30 p.m.
To RSVP, call 973-276-3004 or click here to send us an email.

Presented by Barnabas Health and the Crane’s Mill Health Center.

About our presenters:

Daveed D. Frazier is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with advanced training in spinal surgery and correction of spinal deformities. An assistant clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Frazier is also a respected lecturer, accomplished researcher, and published author on spine disorders and treatment. Dr. Frazier practices at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and maintains an office in West Orange.

Dr. Alexandra Carrer is a physician at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and an Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Carrer focuses on Minimally Invasive Techniques, Lateral Approaches, Trans Sacral and Endoscopic Procedures with an emphasis on Motion Preservation. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Elder Law Questions Answered at Recent Crane’s Mill Program

Crane’s Mill recently welcomed Thomas Murphy, Esq., for a special presentation on Elder Law, including answers to top questions he receives in the field.

The following is a recap of this particular presentation and is for informational purposes only. This post does not constitute legal advice. For your personal situation and planning, it is best to contact an attorney.

The main topics from Tom’s presentation included the following:

Crane's Mill couple meets with elder care attorney.

We learned the importance of key planning documents.

Key Planning Documents
Ownership of Assets
Estate Planning

Key Planning Documents

We are all faced with a number of financial and medical decisions throughout our lives. As Tom notes, “we will all have a period of time in which we are disabled and cannot make our own decisions…the only question is will this last one minute or one year?”

In order to make sure our wishes are carried out, it’s important to have documents clearly stating our intentions. It’s equally important that our designees know where to find said documents, as they are not useful if no one knows where to find them.

In general, Tom suggests three key documents for planning: a financial power of attorney, a healthcare power of attorney, and a living will. Contact an attorney to find out which documents are needed for your personal situation.

Ownership of Assets

Tom presented a lively discussion on asset ownership that involved many questions from the audience. What kind of assets are considered “highly appreciated” assets? What do they mean for your future and your estate? How are your bank accounts set up—individual, joint, P.O.D., P.O.A.? The description is important depending on what you specifically want to achieve.

Estate Planning

The third portion of the presentation focused on estate planning. There was a discussion on inheritance tax, and state and federal estate taxes. We learned that the inheritance tax is not applicable to spouses, children, and grandchildren. We also learned that taxes can be paid by the estate or by the person receiving the inheritance, so it’s important to spell out your personal wishes in writing as to how you would like your estate handled.

All in all, it was quite an eye-opening presentation. It got us thinking about our own documents and affairs, and how having everything in order, and continuing to ensure things are in order, can take a real burden off ourselves and our loved ones.