Meet Caring.com's Experts

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Bethany

Home Care Expert

home care, assisted living

Bethany Grace Buchanan, Registered Nurse, Memory Care Home Owner of Grace Homes, and Consultant

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Linda Ackerman

Cancer Treatment Expert

Oncology Nurse cancer treatment, cancer caregiving

Linda Ackerman, R.N. has clinical experience in oncology, women's health, and medical nursing. She has been practicing for more than 20 years and is a licensed registered nurse in both Florida and Wisconsin. In addition, she serves as a board member of Breast Cancer Recovery and the Wisconsin Cancer Council.

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Richard Address

Spirituality:Judaism Expert

Rabbi, Sacred Aging Spirituality:Judaism

Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min., serves as the consultant/specialist for Union for Reform Judaism in North America in congregational programs concerning aging and spirituality and their impact on families. In that capacity he created the award-winning program Sacred Aging for congregations. He has written for numerous publications, some of which are available through www.urjbooksandmusic.com. He founded and edits www.jewishsacredaging.com and writes for other websites such as www.silverplanet.com.

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Linda Adler

Patient Advocacy Expert

Healthcare Consultant and Professional Advocate communication, mediation, coordinating care

Linda Adler is the director of Pathfinders Medical in Palo Alto, California. She has dedicated her professional life to helping patients and their families find optimal ways to deal with medical challenges. She has worked in all facets of the medical establishment, including primary care, research, and policy settings at UCSF, Stanford, and Kaiser Permanente. Her current focus at Pathfinders includes crisis management, mediation, and advocacy.

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Jane Andersen

Podiatry Expert

Podiatrist, American Podiatric Medical Association podiatry, foot care, feet

Jane Andersen, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She provides surgical and nonsurgical foot and ankle care to all types of patients, including the geriatric population in her area. With the American Podiatric Medical Association, she has worked to educate the public on foot and ankle health.

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Brenda Avadian

Alzheimer's And Dementia Caregiving Expert

Founder of The Caregiver's Voice, The Caregiver's Voice Alzheimer's and dementia caregiving, humor, burnout and stress

Brenda Avadian, brings knowledge, hope, and joy to family caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer's and dementia. She cared for her father with Alzheimer's and helps families one-on-one and in groups. She is the author of eight books, including the pioneering memoir "Where's my shoes?" My Father's Walk through Alzheimer's and the Finding the JOY in Alzheimer's series. She presents vivid, compelling, and funny keynotes to both professional and family caregiving audiences.

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Maria Basso Lipani

Planning Care Expert

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, www.geriatriccaremanagement.com coordinating care, Planning Care, coordination

Maria Basso Lipani writes a popular website on geriatric care topics, where she puts her expertise as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to good use answering care planning questions. Maria is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and is licensed in California and New York.

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Shelly Beach

Spirituality: Christian Expert

Faith Expert, Author, Speaker spirituality: christian

Shelly Beach, MRE, is a seminary graduate; instructor at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan; author of seven books; and contributor to The NIV Stewardship Study Bible. She speaks nationally on faith, writing, and caregiving and is a host on the website Help for My Life in roundtable discussions on care issues. Beach's most recent release is Ambushed by Grace: Help and Hope on the Caregiving Journey.

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Bonita Lynn Beattie

Fall Prevention Expert

Director of the Falls Free Initiative, National Council on Aging fall prevention

Bonita Lynn Beattie is the vice president for injury prevention for the Center for Healthy Aging, part of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). She directs the NCOA's Falls Free Initiative, which is developing and implementing a national action plan to prevent falls and fall-related injuries in older adults.

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Laura Beltramo

Physical Therapy Expert

Geriatric Physical Therapist physical therapy, physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy

Laura Beltramo, a physical therapist who specializes in geriatrics, graduated with honors from the University of California at San Francisco in 2000. She loves her job working as the sole physical therapist at a premier life-care facility in San Francisco. She has written articles and lectured extensively on fall prevention and other issues relevant to the aging experience. As a registered yoga teacher, she teaches yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness techniques to seniors -- helping them expand their repertoire for coping with stress, pain, and illness in the later years.