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Caregiver Café panelists to offer free expertise on finances, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, senior care and more

photo of panelists and moderator for Knoxville Caregiver Cafe 2024

On Thursday, May 2, four Caregiver Café panelists will answer frequently asked questions during the Morning Pointe Foundation’s free discussion, “How to Make Tough Decisions for Your Aging Loved One.”

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Shoreline Church, located at 9635 Westland Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922. Guests should park in the upper parking lot and enter at the main entrance. Family members of aging loved ones are invited to join the discussion of top questions in areas of financial planning, Medicaid and Medicare, veterans benefits and geriatric care.

Questions answered during the event include, “What are the legal documents that everyone should have?”, “What are the different parts of Medicare (Part A, B, C, D, supplement)?”, “What are the first signs of dementia,” and, “What information do I need when I file for VA benefits?”

“So many senior issues have a legal aspect, and they have a financial aspect, and they can have a benefits aspect, and of course they’ve got a medical aspect and a caregiver aspect,” said Glen Kyle, one of the panelists. “Being able to have everybody together where they can get a lot of that perspective all at one time on how different individuals can be on your team to help you through a lot of these processes can be very helpful.”

Meet the Experts

Glen Kyle is the owner of the Knoxville law office of Franklin & Kyle Law, LLC, winner of the Knox Stars Award for Best Law Firm in Knoxville from 2020-2023. He is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. He focuses his practice in the specialized field of elder care law which includes life care planning, Medicaid planning and advocacy, estate planning, special needs trusts, as well as probate and trust administration.

Greg Boling is the business development manager with Senior Financial Group. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years and specializes in building relationships to help serve the senior market, especially helping seniors navigate Medicare and insurance.

Dr. Deaver Shattuck is the medical director for HouseCall Primary Care. He was the original hospitalist at Blount Memorial Hospital, where he still practices and serves as the medical director. Dr. Shattuck has served at BMH as chief of staff and spearheaded several quality initiatives, including electronic medical records implementation, establishing a sepsis team and leading the hospital to become a primary stroke center. He serves on Tennessee’s Stroke Best Practices Task Force.

Charles McGee is a veteran service officer with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services. He has been helping veterans and their family file claims for benefits for almost 7 years. McGee served in the Air Force for 25 years, in Germany, Florida, Japan, and Idaho. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 2011.

Gabrielle Blake, a licensed clinical social worker with Franklin & Kyle Law, LLC, will moderate the discussion. She has more than 27 years working in geriatric care. Blake regularly helps clients navigate the senior care maze with resources and tools. She is a community educator and support group leader.

photo of guests and Morning Pointe representatives visiting after the Caregiver Café session
Guests and Morning Pointe representatives visiting after the Chattanooga Caregiver Café session

More About the Event and Foundation

Tickets are not required for Caregiver Café. A resource table will be available with more helpful information from each of the four panelists. Alzheimer’s Tennessee will provide coffee and desserts for before and after the discussion.

The Morning Pointe Foundation offers its Caregiver Café educational series as a free service to the community each spring. This is part of its mission to provide caregiver support programs. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Morning Pointe Senior Living founded by senior healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow. In addition to caregiver support, the nonprofit sponsors educational awareness events and funds scholarships to advance the care of seniors throughout the Southeast.

Founded in 1997 by Vital and Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living owns and operates 38 assisted living, personal care, and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in five southeastern states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama and Indiana. Morning Pointe’s 40th community, The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Hardin Valley, is under construction and expected to open late this year. Local Morning Pointe communities are located in Knoxville, Hardin Valley, Powell, Clinton and Lenoir City.

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