Straight Talk about Guardianship & Conservatorship
July 14, 2021
Hosted by Nancy Oriola, LCSW, CMC, NMG, CFP
Are you a Guardian or Conservator for an incapacitated adult? Does what you are reading and hearing in the Britney Spears case concern you? I, your host Nancy Oriola, was introduced to the professional world of Guardianship and Conservatorship as it was developing in the late 1980’s and began working directly as both a corporate Guardian and Conservator a decade later. As a nationally certified master’s level guardian, I have had a front row seat to the growth of the industry and have watched as the system meant to protect incapacitated adults has increasingly come under attack as a result of the abuses by individual bad actors as well as the legal system. The many reforms now underway are a positive result of pushback by advocates and, in my view, a natural part of the maturing of an industry that continues to be needed. There is a reason the need for third party, corporate Guardians and Conservators developed in the first place. Now is not the time to overreact to the media attention of cases like Britney Spears. While on the surface it appears the basic Standards of Practice were not followed in her case, it’s hard to make a full judgement without knowing all the information. This show is about why the need for Guardians and Conservators (both family and corporate) will continue to grow and what those entrusted with the responsibility need to understand about this evolving world.
Aging Life Network
Wednesday at 10 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
When families or friends are concerned about or trying to assist an aging loved one, they enter a world with a language of its own. Navigating the healthcare, legal, financial, medical and day-to-day care needs of a senior needing assistance is a significant task. Understanding that world and its language reduces stress and ensures that those we love live their best life, regardless of the current circumstance. We share the most accurate and up to date information available for those caring for loved ones. We talk with experts in the various disciplines related to aging such as doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, neuropsychologists, dementia behavior experts, home care and facility owners/managers, and Aging Life professionals. I also talk with authors of books about the experience of aging and caregiving, as well as those developing new technologies and experts in assisting families with the conflict that often arises under the stress of caring.
Nancy Oriola, LCSW, CMC, NMG, CFP
I am a boomer in a sibling group of five who recently lost her second parent after a difficult illness at age 85. For more than 30 years I have advised others about the topics we will be addressing. I began my professional life as a Certified Financial Planner (1988) and worked for ten years as a financial advisor, focusing in the area of retirement. Following that I obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work and completed the work necessary to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. After working in a not-for-profit setting for a few years, in 2001 I started my own private elder care management and fiduciary company; managing both health care and finances for seniors.
I have worked with seniors and their families under court appointed guardianships and conservatorships, powers of attorney for both health and finances, as well as conducting assessments and consultations with families. I continue to develop and offer services to older adults, disabled adults and families through my fiduciary company called Decades, a health care management company called Aging Life, LLC and my most recent venture, Aging Life Network, Inc.
My goal with Aging Life Network is to offer the information described above and more importantly, to provide affordable access to live Aging Life Professionals, who through HIPAA compliant video conferencing and phone calls will speak with individuals and families about their unique situation, providing practical guidance and advice.