Transgender 101: What’s it all about?

You’re probably hearing the word “transgender” more and more, but do you really know what it’s all about? Here’s your chance to learn what it means to be transgender, in a safe and comfortable space. 

Jill Celentano is a 58 year-old transgender woman who transitioned four years ago. She will share her personal journey, victories and hardships, and will be happy to answer questions.  Her discussion will cover:

  • The coming out process
  • Transition, acceptance
  • Right and wrong questions to ask transgender people
  • Terms and definitions

This talk is appropriate for ages 14+

PTSD/TBI and communities

Learn about these two important mental health challenges and see why there is often a misdiagnosis of one or both of these disorders, especially since they share many of the same symptoms. Justine Ginsberg, R.N., cover:

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): it’s not just for veterans

PTSD can happen to anyone who is exposed to abnormally high levels of stress or life threatening/changing events.  Car accidents, sexual assault, domestic abuse, natural disasters and high risk environments can all trigger PTSD in an individual.  Rather than a disorder, PTS is the most normal reaction to abnormal circumstances. Learn why it is more common today, and about the success in providing coping skills for those who suffer from it.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):

An injury to the head that causes a disruption to normal brain function. A bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury can cause mild or sever TBI. The physical and cognitive effects of TBI can go undiagnosed for years and can cause major disruption to an individuals ability to live their life.

Learn about conservatorship: what is it? why would you have one?

Marcia L. Hess, from Kraner & Hess, LLC, in Avon, will discuss the estate planning documents that everyone should have and why they are important. This presentation will include a discussion of Conservatorship and when it is necessary and even how to avoid it.  The topics of Probate and Long Term Care planning may also be covered.

MARCIA L. HESS has devoted her entire legal career to working with seniors and their families. Since 1999 she has practiced as an Elder Law attorney, focusing on estate planning, long-term-care planning and advocacy, probate issues, special needs trusts, and real estate. Prior to founding Kraner & Hess LLC in Avon, she was a named partner in Bickford, Kraner and Hess in East Granby. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the University of Connecticut School of Law. She serves as Co-Chair of Independent Transportation Network of North Central Connecticut and has been a guest speaker at senior centers throughout our region. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Connecticut Bar Association Elder Law Section.