National Parkinson’s Conference to Spotlight Financial Matters, SSDI

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Allsup executives Mary Dale Walters, Paul Gada to speak at national Young-Onset Parkinson’s Network Conference in Atlanta on Aug.7-9, 2008.

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Solid financial planning is always important, but absolutely essential when someone faces the prospect of being unable to work

Financial and life planning decisions are among the most critical for individuals newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, according to Allsup, which represents people nationwide for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI).

“Solid financial planning is always important, but absolutely essential when someone faces the prospect of being unable to work,” said Paul Gada, a tax attorney and Allsup’s personal financial planning director. He will address, “Financial and Life Planning: Staying in Control,” at the sixth annual Young-Onset Parkinson’s Network Conference in Atlanta set for Thursday, Aug. 7, through Saturday, Aug. 9. The National Parkinson Foundation is presenting the conference, held at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

Mr. Gada will explain available options to protect and manage people’s assets, especially when they can no longer work because of Parkinson’s disease. The session will cover financial planning and lost income, estate planning, tax issues, small-business transition planning, ongoing healthcare needs and the role of care partners in the process.

Mary Dale Walters, Allsup’s senior vice president of consumer sales and marketing, will address, “Social Security Disability: Getting What You Deserve.” She will share insights on how to navigate the complexities of the SSDI program. Allsup has successfully represented more than 100,000 people in the SSDI process.

The Young-Onset Parkinson’s Network Conference, sponsored by Augusta, Ga.-based MCGHealth Neuroscience Center, is coordinated by and for people living with the disease. Conference sessions include presentations by clinical experts, professionals providing support and related services and people living with Parkinson’s.

Keynote speaker is Tom Curran, co-anchor of WTVT-Channel 13 in Tampa Bay, Fla. Mr. Curran, who has been with the station since February 1994, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is actively involved in local and national fundraising efforts.

Parkinson’s is a brain disorder that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans. The National Parkinson Foundation reports that an estimated 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Studies have shown that as many as one in 15 of those with the disease are under age 50.

More information about the conference can be found online at the National Parkinson Foundation.

ABOUT ALLSUP
Allsup, Belleville, Ill., is a leading nationwide provider of financial and healthcare related services to people with disabilities. Founded in 1984, Allsup has helped more than 100,000 people receive their entitled Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare benefits. Allsup employs more than 500 professionals who deliver services directly to consumers and their families, or through their employers and long-term disability insurance carriers.

For more information, visit http://www.Allsup.com.

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