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Cona Elder Law Sponsors Free Caregiver Conference


Nominations Now Accepted for Working Caregiver of the Year

Cona Elder Law, a leading Melville, LI elder law and estate planning firm, is sponsoring the third annual free Caregiver Conference. It will be held on Tuesday, June 9th from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Hofstra University Club, Hofstra University in Hempstead.

This year, the focus is Elder Care Conversations: Keys to Effective Family Communication. As parents age and need care, studies show that 40% of adult children experience serious disputes with their siblings regarding their parents’ care. Adding second marriages and blended families to the scenario and there are potentially explosive and destructive family conflicts.

Attendees will get tips and practical advice for addressing the issues that arise when caring for ill, elderly or disabled older adults, and effective communication strategies to address these issues in a valuable and constructive way.

The evening begins with an Exhibitor Expo, reception and book signing with Barbara Speedling, author of “Why is Grandma Screaming”.  Registration is required by contacting Bonnie Mattessich at 631-390-5000 or

Melissa Negrin-Wiener, partner Cona Elder Law and advanced elder law mediator, will discuss: Keeping Families Together in the Face of an Elder Care Crisis

Topics include: 

Addressing Common Elder Law Issues as Loved Ones Age

Practical Communication Tips for Family Meetings

Handling Division of Duties and Perceptions as to Control and Swooping

Mediation vs. Litigation: Saving Money and Family Relationships

Mediation Workshop: Mock Mediation

Barbara F. Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist, Innovations for Quality Living will discuss: Talking to Mom and Dad: Addressing Difficult Topics with Aging Parents

Topics include:

How and When to Begin a Conversation Regarding Advance Planning

Handling Parents with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

Overcoming Obstacles to Parents’ Informed Decision Making

Addressing Safety Issues and Parental Resistance

Professional Support, Community Education and Resources for Adult Children

Catering to the “sandwich generation” and as a special service, Cona Elder Law is offering onsite respite care during the conference for parents/older adults as well as children.

At the event, Cona Elder Law will also present an award and gift card for $100 to the Working Caregiver of the Year.  The winner will be selected from entries submitted to Cona Elder Law by email or mail no later than May 30th and based on someone who goes the extra mile for their loved one and provides extraordinary care for them.  A nomination form can be found on the Cona Elder Law website:

Additional sponsors of the Caregiver Conference are:


Melissa Negrin-Wiener, elder law attorney, is a partner at Cona Elder Law PLLC.  She manages the Government Benefits Department while concentrating her practice in the areas of Medicaid eligibility planning, Veteran’s Benefits, asset protection planning, disability matters, guardianships and estate planning.  Ms. Negrin-Wiener supervises the preparation of Medicaid Applications for nursing home care, community home care and Veterans benefits. 

Barbara F. Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist and owner of Innovations for Quality Living is a well-known educator in the field of psychosocial and behavioral challenges of varied populations, including individuals with dementia, brain injury, and mental illness.  She provides education and guidance in regulatory compliance and program development in all aspects of quality of life and behavior management.

Cona Elder Law is recognized as a leading elder law and estate planning firm on Long Island.  The firm was ranked the #1 Elder Law firm by Long Island Business News for 4 consecutive years (2012 – 2015) and was a finalist in the 2014 HIA Business Achievement Awards.  The firm provides creative advocacy and cutting edge planning strategies and has been featured in many publications including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, L.I. Business News, Investor’s News Daily, USA Today, The Daily News, The New York Post, Kiplinger’s, Reader's Digest and many others.   Cona Elder Law attorneys have appeared as guests on WNBC-TV, WABC-TV, CNN-fn, News 12, WLNY News 55 and many radio stations including WOR, WCBS AM, WBAB and WFAN.

For a free Guide to Elder Law and Estate Planning, visit us at, e-mail or call 631.390.5000.

About the Author Cona Elder Law

Cona Elder Law is a full service law firm based in Melville, LI. Our firm concentrates in the areas of elder law, estate planning, estate administration and litigation, special needs planning and health care facility representation. We are proud to have been recognized for our innovative strategies, creative techniques and unparalleled negotiating skills unendingly driven toward our paramount objective - satisfying the needs of our clients.

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