GARDENA — A free series of educational workshop for Asian American seniors and their caregivers will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, March 22, and April 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute.

Laura Narimatsu Wasserman
Laura Narimatsu Wasserman

The events are free and open to the public, and parking is also free.

Titled “Preparing for Late-Life Needs,” the series will assist seniors and their adult children to begin a conversation on late-life decision-making. The presentations will take into account cultural factors involved in the choices and decisions Asian American seniors and their loved ones need to make. The program will be presented in English with simultaneous translations in Japanese and Korean.

On Feb. 15, long-term care (LTC) and long-term care insurance will be discussed. LTC, such as extended stays in nursing homes or in-home caregivers, is generally not covered by health insurance or Medicare. LTC insurance is one option for covering these costs. Brenda Bufford from The California Partnership for Long-Term Care, an innovative program of the State of California Department of Health Care Services, will address ways to use LTC policies to plan for your future long-term care, and how these policies work with Medi-Cal.

Do you know what will happen to your property and possessions after you’re gone? On March 22, attorney Laura Narimatsu Wasserman, a partner in Nakahara & Wasserman LLP, will discuss the topic of living trusts. Learn about the importance of estate planning and tools such as living trusts as the presenter considers some of the most common legal issues.

On April 12, a workshop titled “Living Solo in Late Life” will explore ways individuals can find support, skills, and resources as they transition through late life. From day-to-day tasks to decision-making on larger life issues, navigating late life issues can be daunting, especially when you are on your own.

Pre-registration is required for admission to the seminar and is open to all residents throughout Los Angeles County. To make a reservation, go online to or call LTSC at (213) 473-3035.

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