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Speaker Series: Daniel Smerken, Smerken Consulting-Eldercare Services

Olympia Senior Center
10:00 am
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Start Date:
November 30, 2022


Additional Information:

Financial and Medical Decisions - Who Will Make Them For Me If I Cannot and How Do I Make Decisions for Someone Else When They Can’t. (i.e. Advanced Directives, POLST Forms, and Durable Powers of Attorney).

This presentation is from a non-attorney professional fiduciary/Geriatric Care Manager who serves as agent in fact (AKA Power of Attorney) for multiple older adults, as a surrogate decision maker when the clients are unable to manage their own medical and financial needs.

The presentation will focus on what individuals can do now to:

- Take steps to document their medical and financial preferences in the event of temporary or

  permanent incapacity.

- Appoint a representative with authority to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf.

- The potential consequences of not taking these decision-making steps now while competent to

  do so.

Dan Smerken is a professional fiduciary and geriatric care manager based in Olympia, WA. Dan obtained a BA in Health and Human Services at The Evergreen State College and his Master’s in Social Science with an emphasis in gerontology and family and organizational systems from Pacific Lutheran University. He also has a graduate certificate in geriatric care management from the University of Florida and certificates in guardianship, gerontology, geriatric mental health, mediation, and paralegal studies from the University of Washington and a certificate of nursing from the John A. Logan College. Dan is a Certified Professional Guardian and LPN in Washington State.

Dan currently serves as a volunteer on the Certified Professional Guardianship Board. He formerly served as an officer and board member for the Washington Association of Professional Guardians and the National Guardianship Association. He is past Board chair of the Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.

Dan’s past work experience includes nursing, case management, the development and management of federally funded housing for the elderly (Section 202), and management of community based long term care programs for older adults, such as the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Seattle.

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