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Bethany

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home care, assisted living

Bethany Grace Buchanan, Registered Nurse, Memory Care Home Owner of Grace Homes, and ConsultantRead Bethany’s Answers

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Linda Ackerman

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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.Read Linda’s Answers

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Richard Address

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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. He founded and edits www.jewishsacredaging.com and writes for other websites such as www.silverplanet.com.Read Richard’s Answers

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Linda Adler

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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.Read Linda’s Answers

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Jane Andersen

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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.Read Jane ‘s Answers

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Brenda Avadian

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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.Read Brenda’s Answers

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Maria Basso Lipani

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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.Read Maria’s Answers

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Shelly Beach

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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.Read Shelly’s Answers

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Bonita Lynn Beattie

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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.Read Bonita Lynn’s Answers

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Helene Bergman

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Geriatric Care Manager, Eldercare Alternatives Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s caregiving, activities for someone with alzheimer’s

Helene Bergman, LMSW, is a certified geriatric care manager (C-ASWCM) and owner of Elder Care Alternatives, a professional geriatric care management business in New York City. She consults with nursing homes and daycare programs to develop specialized programs for Alzheimer’s patients.Read Helene’s Answers

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David Blende

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DDS, Blende Dental Group, Bay Area House Call Dentists dental problems, dental care, dental hygiene

Dr. David Blende, DDS, has more than 20 years’ experience providing comprehensive dental care. His practice, the Blende Dental Group, serves the phobic, disabled, geriatric, and medically compromised communities through sleep dentistry. A division of his practice, Bay Area House Call Dentists, delivers dental services to senior communities and private homes in the San Francisco Bay Area.Read David’s Answers

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Rebecca Boxer, MD

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Geriatric Heart Failure Specialist and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University elderly, heart health, vitamins

Rebecca S. Boxer, MD is a geriatric heart failure specialist and an assistant professor of medicine atCase Western Reserve University. She is a nationally recognized expert on aging and heart disease.Read Rebecca’s Answers

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Celeste Carlucci & Julie Kardachi

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Occupational Therapist and Fitness Experts exercise, falls, fall prevention

Julie Kardachi is an occupational therapist, and Celeste Carlucci is a professional dancer and fitness expert. With more than 60 years of combined experience in the field, they created and runFall Stop”¦MOVE STRONG, a joyful, dance- and education-based fall-prevention and strengthening program that keeps older adults active and safe at home and in their communities. They have been teaching this program since 2004, and the program DVD has been sold since 2008.Read Celeste’s Answers

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Ann Cason

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Geriatric Care Consultant eldercare, geriatric care managers, daily care

As Founder and Director of Circles of Care, Ann Cason provides caregiving, consulting, and training services to individuals and public and private organizations involved in eldercare. She is the author of Circles of Care: How to Set Up Quality Home Care for Our Elders.Read Ann ‘s Answers

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Laura Cheney

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Geriatric Physical Therapist physical therapy, physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy

Laura Cheney, 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.Read Laura’s Answers

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Linda Clever

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Doctor, President of RENEW self caring

Linda Hawes Clever, MD, MACP is founding President of RENEW, a not-for-profit aimed at helping devoted people maintain (and regain) enthusiasm, effectiveness and purpose. She is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, former Editor of the Western Journal of Medicine, and founding Chair of the Department of Occupational Health at California Pacific Medical Center. Her new book is entitled, The Fatigue Prescription, Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health and LifeRead Linda’s Answers

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Kelly Connell

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Sexuality educator and consultant sex, sexuality

Kelly Connell is a sexuality educator and consultant with more than 18 years of experience in the field of sexuality.

She is the owner of Kelly Connell Consulting, an organization that provides sexuality education and consulting services, and she engages in public speaking and educational programs and writes for various organizations. Connell recognizes that sexuality is an important quality-of-life issue and has provided sexuality education programs to college students and adults, healthcare providers, patient support groups, senior citizen centers, and other organizations and populations.Read Kelly’s Answers

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Deborah Cooke

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geronotologist and certified dementia care provider and specialist, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center Alzheimer’s caregiving, dementia caregiving

Deborah Cooke is a gerontologist specializing in dementia, delirium, caregiving, and senior fitness. She is a certified dementia care provider and specialist through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Cooke currently manages several multidisciplinary programs to enhance well-being for hospitalized seniors and other vulnerable patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She also serves on the board of NewYork-Presbyterian’s Patient and Family Education Advisory Committee. She has 18 years of experience working with the aging and caregiver communities.Read Deborah’s Answers

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Bonnie Daneker

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Author and Caregiving Expert cancer caregiving

Bonnie Bajorek Daneker is author and creator of the The Compassionate Caregiver’s Series, which includes “The Compassionate Caregiver’s Guide to Caring for Someone with Cancer,” “The Journey of Grief,” “Handbook on Hospice and Palliative Care,” and other titles on cancer diagnosis and end of life. She speaks regularly at cancer research and support functions, including PANCAN and Cancer Survivor’s Network. She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the CSN at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta and the Georgia Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation.Read Bonnie’s Answers

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Elizabeth Dugan

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Gerontologist, Gerontology Institute driving

Elizabeth Dugan, a Fellow of the Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, is the author of Driving Dilemma: The Complete Resource Guide for Older Drivers and Their Families.Read Elizabeth’s Answers

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Isaac Eliaz

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MD cancer, alternative health

Isaac Eliaz, MD is a respected author, lecturer, researcher, product formulator, and clinical practitioner. He has been a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980s. Eliaz is a frequent guest lecturer on integrative medical approaches to health, immune enhancement, and cancer prevention and treatment. For more information, visit www.dreliaz.org.Read Isaac’s Answers

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Rita Files

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LPN, VSR, Aging with Grace veterans benefits

Rita Files, LPN, VSR, a nationally recognized expert on the elderly, has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry, with 20 years focused on eldercare. She has developed programs for many leading providers in the senior living industry. Accredited through the V.A. in veterans’ benefits, she is an advocate and powerful resource committed to educating veterans and their families about the nonservice connected pension benefit and providing them with accurate information.

She is cofounder and COO of Aging with Grace.Read Rita’s Answers

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Dennis Fortier

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President and CEO, Medical Care Corporation Alzheimer’s, technology, dementia

Dennis Fortier, MA, MBA, is the president and CEO of Medical Care Corporation, a neuroinformatics company that develops assessment technologies, enabling physicians to objectively evaluate memory and other cognitive functions in their patients. Fortier also authors the widely followed Brain Today blog, writing about advances in brain health, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease.Read Dennis’s Answers

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Theresa Garnero

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Clinical Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator diabetes

Theresa Garnero is clinical nurse manager of Diabetes Services at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.Read Theresa’s Answers

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Harvey Gilbert

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MD – Radiation oncologist cancer treatment, alternative medicine, radiation therapy

Harvey Gilbert, MD, is a radiation oncologist with more than 35 years of professional experience in the medical field, working with cancer patients. He has edited 14 medical textbooks and coauthored 40 papers in the field of oncology. Dr. Gilbert is the medical director of the Ben Schaffer Cancer Institute in Lodi, California.Read Harvey’s Answers

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Michael Gilfix

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Fellow, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys legal , tax planning, long-term care

Michael Gilfix is a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning by the State Bar of California. He was chosen as a Super Lawyer by his peers and has been a national leader in the fields of law, long-term care, tax, and asset protection for more than 35 years. He writes and lectures about these topics across the nation and is the primary author of Tax, Estate, and Financial Planning for the Elderly: Forms and Practice. He has successfully advised thousands of families about protective long-term care planning.Read Michael’s Answers

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Graham Glass

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MD, San Francisco Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Care Center; University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Parkinson’s, parkinson’s drug therapy, parkinson’s diagnosis

Graham A. Glass, MD, is the co-founder of PEAK Neurology and Sleep Medicine, LLC with multiple locations across Alaska. Previously, he was deputy director of the San Francisco Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Care Center PADRECC and assistant clinical professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Glass received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at the San Antonio School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He subsequently completed a fellowship in movement disorders at the Mayo Clinic.Read Graham’s Answers

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Nan Hayes

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Senior Relocation Expert, Right-Sized Living moving, housing

Nan Hayes is founder of MoveSeniors.com, the national resource network of Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists for seniors, and President of RightSized Living, a senior home transition service in Illinois.Read Nan’s Answers

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Monica Heltemes

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Occupational Therapist, MindStart: Activities for Persons With Memory Loss alzheimers, alzheimers activities

Monica is an occupational therapist and designer of adapted dementia products through her company MindStart. Activities for Persons With Memory Loss. In addition, she works with the Minnesota-North Dakota Alzheimer’s Association and the University of Minnesota on dementia issues. MindStart provides age-appropriate and stage-appropriate dementia activities, such as games, puzzles, and books. The items are simplified to meet the needs of various stages of dementia while remaining dignified and familiar in appearanceRead Monica’s Answers

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Frederick Hertz

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Attorney, Mediator & Author Attorney and Mediation

Frederick Hertz is a lawyer, mediator and author based in Oakland, California whose work focuses on property co-ownership and financial relationships between siblings, families, spouses and domestic partners, business partners, friends, and unmarried couples. He provides both transaction and negotiation counsel and also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in these areas.Read Frederick’s Answers

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Laura Juel

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Occupational Therapist, Duke University Medical Center driving

Laura Juel is an occupational therapist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She works in the Outpatient Occupational Therapy Program and the Duke Driving Program for older drivers.Read Laura’s Answers

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Ron Kauffman

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Certified Senior Advisor, Resources for Successful Aging Alzheimer’s caregiving, family caregivers, family conflicts

Ron Kauffman is a certified senior advisor (CSA), senior lifestyle radio host, syndicated newspaper columnist, and the author of Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s Disease. In addition, Kauffman is also the primary caregiver for his mother, who has Alzheimer’s.Read Ron’s Answers

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Leslie Kernisan

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Geriatrician, UCSF and San Francisco VA Medical Center geriatric health, senior health

Dr. Leslie Kernisan is the author of a popular blog and podcast at BetterHealthWhileAging.net. She is also a clinical instructor in the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics.Read Leslie’s Answers

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Joanne Koenig Coste

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Family Therapist Alzheimer’s, dementia, home care

Joanne Koenig Coste is a nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer’s care and an outspoken advocate for patient and family care. She is the author of Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s. Also, she currently is in private practice as an Alzheimer’s family therapist. Ms. Koenig Coste also serves as President of Alzheimer Consulting Associates, implementing state-of-the-art Alzheimer care throughout the United States.Read Joanne’s Answers

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Mary Koffend

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President & Founder, Accountable Aging, Inc. care giving, relationships, family dynamics

Mary Koffend is the president of Accountable Aging Care Management (AACM), an eldercare consulting and care management firm that works with elder clients and their families to find the best care providers and services to meet their needs.Read Mary’s Answers

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Jessica Krant

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Dermatologist, American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) skin care, skin, skin problems

Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH, is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology, including Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery. In addition to her work in private practice, Krant is assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.Read Jessica’s Answers

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Duane Lipham

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Certified Long-Term Care (CLTC) consultant long-term care insurance

Duane Lipham is a certified long-term care (CLTC) consultant who writes extensively on long-term care insurance issues. Lipham has also been a caregiver for members of his own family.Read Duane’s Answers

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Jytte Lokvig

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving Specialist, www.alzatoz.com Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s caregiving, dementia

Jytte Lokvig, PhD, coaches families and professional caregivers and designs life-enrichment programs and activities for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Her workshops and seminars help caregivers and families create a healthy environment based on dignity and humor. She is the author of Alzheimer’s A to Z: A Quick-Reference Guide.Read Jytte’s Answers

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Ed Markin

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Director of Research , Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation funerals, funeral expenses, funeral arrangements

Ed Markin, BS, MBA, PhD, is the director of research for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation and author of more than a dozen books. For the past 15 years, Markin has operated the Funeral Help Program.Read Ed ‘s Answers

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Joseph Matthews

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Expert, Caring.com medicaid, medicare, paying for care

Joseph L. Matthews is a Caring.com Expert, an attorney, and the author of Long-Term Care: How to Plan & Pay for It and Social Security, Medicare, & Government Pensions: Get the Most Out of Your Retirement & Medical Benefits.Read Joseph’s Answers

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Lylas Mogk

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Opthalmologist vision problems, eye diseases, glaucoma

Lylas Mogk, M.D. is an ophthalmologist and director of the Henry Ford Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center in Grosse Pointe and Livonia, Michigan, and the author of Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight.Read Lylas’s Answers

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Chris Moore

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CAPS certified aging in place aging in place, home modifications, preparing the home

Chris Moore is a certified aging in place specialist (CAPS) and the founder and president of Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc. He is a contractor with more than 24 years of experience in residential construction. He specializes in using the principles of universal design to help seniors age in place in their own homes. He writes a monthly column called Housing Matters on the Senior Newswebsite.Read Chris’s Answers

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William Netzer

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Research Associate, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience and The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at The Rockefeller University Alzheimer’s, alzheimer’s research

Dr. William J. Netzer, Research Associate, Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research laboratory at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Netzer’s long-term goal is to discover molecules within brain cells that would act as therapeutic targets for drugs aimed at treating Alzheimer’s disease. For a full bio on Dr. Netzer and his major findings, please visit: www.ALZinfo.org/NetzerRead William’s Answers

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Merrily Orsini

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Geriatric Care Manager dementia, daily care, home care

Merrily Orsini, MSSW, was a pioneer in the business of providing geriatric care managed in-home care. She currently serves on the board of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and is Chair of the Private Duty Homecare Association. She holds a master’s degree in social work and is a nationally known writer and speaker on aging, elder issues, and in-home care.Read Merrily ‘s Answers

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Kay Paggi

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Geriatric Care Manager geriatric care managers, coordinating care, Planning Care

Kay Paggi, GCM, LPC, CGC, MA, is in private practice as a geriatric care manager and is on the advisory board for the Emeritus Program at Richland College. She has worked with seniors for nearly 20 years as a licensed professional counselor, certified gerontological counselor, and certified geriatric care manager.Read Kay’s Answers

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Steven Park

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Otolaryngologist sleep, sleep problems, sleep apnea

Steven Y. Park, M.D., is a board-certified otolaryngologist specializing in diagnosing and treating sleep-breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, and upper airway resistance syndrome. Park is a blogger (doctorstevenpark.com) and author of the book Sleep, Interrupted: A Physician Reveals the #1 Reason Why So Many of Us Are Sick and Tired.Read Steven ‘s Answers

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Kathryn Pears

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Geriatric Care Manager Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving, Alzheimer’s behaviors

Kathryn Pears, who has a master’s in public policy and management, has been involved in dementia care for 30 years. She was a caregiver for her father, who had early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and cared for him at home until his death in 1991. She was director of Public Policy and Education for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine chapter, until June 2011, when she left to createDementia Care Strategies, where she provides consulting and training services to family and professional caregivers about all aspects of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. In addition, she has led multiple legislative initiatives in Maine to improve care for individuals living with dementia, including passage of a Silver Alert program to track missing people with dementia as well as special care unit disclosure.Read Kathryn’s Answers

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Rebekah Peoples

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Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, www.funeral411.com funerals, cremation, burials

Rebekah Peoples, CFSP, CPC, Is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She is passionate about serving others and believes that giving clients honest, accurate information empowers them to create tributes and services that are meaningful and appropriate.Read Rebekah’s Answers

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Andrew Putnam

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Oncologist cancer, cancer and end-of-life issues, cancer pain

Andrew Putnam, M.D. is a Palliative Care physician at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University.Read Andrew’s Answers

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Donna Quinn Robbins

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CEO, Ultimate Moves moving

Donna Quinn Robbins is the author of Moving Mom and Dad and On the Road of Life, Drive Yourself. She helps individuals, families, retirement communities, and corporations make successful transitions. Robbins is an active public speaker on the topic of senior transition services and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show.Read Donna ‘s Answers

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Beth Reardon

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Nutritionist, Duke Integrative Medicine nutrition and food

Beth Reardon, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is Caring.com senior food and nutrition editor and the director of integrative nutrition at Duke Integrative Medicine. As a practitioner of integrative nutrition, Reardon takes a holistic approach to wellness, recognizing that the foundation for optimal health and healing begins with a health-promoting diet. As a practitioner of integrative nutrition, Reardon takes a holistic approach to wellness, recognizing that the foundation for optimal health and healing begins with a health-promoting diet.Read Beth’s Answers

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Barbara Kate Repa

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senior editor, Caring.com estate planning, end of life, legal

Barbara Repa, a Caring.com senior editor, is an attorney, a journalist specializing in aging issues, and the author of Your Rights in the Workplace (Nolo), now in its 10th edition.Read Barbara Kate’s Answers

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Ken Robbins, M.D.

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Psychiatrist, University of Wisconsin-Madison mental health, dementia, depression

Kenneth Robbins, M.D., is a senior medical editor of Caring.com. He is board certified in psychiatry and internal medicine, has a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan, and is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current clinical practice focuses primarily on geriatrics. He has written and contributed to many articles and is frequently invited to speak on psychiatric topics, such as psychiatry and the law, depression, anxiety, dementia, and suicide risk and prevention.Read Ken’s Answers

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Carolyn Rosenblatt

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Attorney & Nurse, AgingParents.com Family Conflict Resolution

Carolyn Rosenblatt, R.N. and Attorney is the author of author of The Boomer’s Guide to Aging Parents. She has over 40 years of combined experience in her two professions. As a nurse, she has extensive experience with geriatrics, chronic illness, pain management, dementias, disability, family dynamics, and death and dying. As a trial attorney, she advocated for for the rights of injured individuals and neglected elders.

She is also co-founder of AgingParents.com.Read Carolyn’s Answers

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Martha Clark Scala

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Psychotherapist grief, addiction, self caring

Martha Clark Scala has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1992, with offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, California. She regularly writes about grief and loss, the necessity of self-care, and substance abuse. Her e-newsletter, “Out on a Limb,” is available to subscribers through her website.Read Martha Clark’s Answers

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Craig Schwimmer

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Otolaryngologist, Snoring Center in Dallas sleep, sleep problems, sleep apnea

Craig Schwimmer, MD, MPH, is a board-certified otolaryngologist, a head and neck surgeon who focuses on snoring and sleep apnea. He is the medical director of the Snoring Center, a leading provider of minimally invasive treatment for sleep-disordered breathing, located in Dallas.Read Craig’s Answers

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Jennifer Serafin

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Geriatric Nurse Practitioner general senior health

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.Read Jennifer’s Answers

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Joyce Simard

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Social Worker and Geriatric Consultant Alzheimer’s caregiving, Alzheimer’s, dementia

A social worker and geriatric consultant who specializes in dementia care, Joyce Simard is based in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, and in Prague. She is a well-known speaker and has written two books, one focusing on end-of-life care and the other, entitled The Magic Tape Recorder, explaining aging, memory loss, and how children can be helpers to their elders.Read Joyce’s Answers

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William Simonson

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Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, PharmD, FASCP, CGP prescriptions, pharmacist, medications

Pharmacist William Simonson, also known as “Dr. Si”, is a board-certified geriatric pharmacist who is dedicated to improving medication use by seniors. He is a pharmacy educator and is active in publishing and presenting to health professional and consumer audiences and has been active in the area of geriatrics and long-term care pharmacy practice for more than 35 years.Read William’s Answers

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David Solie

Caring.com Expert

Communication Expert communication, estate planning, geriatric psychology

David Solie is an author, educator, speaker, and thought leader in geriatric and intergenerational communication. His book How to Say It to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap With Our Elders is a landmark text that has been read and reread by legions of baby boomers searching for a better approach to working with their parents and other older adults.Read David’s Answers

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Barbara Steinberg

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CEO, BLS Eldercare Financial Solutions finances, financial planning, financial advisors

Barbara Steinberg is the CEO and founder of BLS Eldercare Financial Solutions, which specializes in helping families pay for long-term care for their loved ones. A registered financial gerontologist, she speaks regularly on the topic of paying for long-term care and is a financial expert forCaring.com.Read Barbara’s Answers

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Carolyn Strimike and Margie Latrella

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Nurse Practitioners, Heartstrong LLC heart disease, stroke, heart attack prevention

Carolyn Strimike, N.P. and Margie Latrella, N.P. are cardiac nurse practitioners specializing in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They have over 40 years of nursing experience in Cardiology between them. The main goal of their work is to counsel, motivate and empower women to adopt healthy lifestyle choices.Read Carolyn ‘s Answers

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Katy Thomas

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Gerontologist, NeoCORTA Proactive Brain Fitness technology, daily care

Katy Thomas, PhD, is a gerontologist, engineer, and entrepreneur. She is a professor of gerontology at Georgia State University and the cofounder of NeoCORTA Proactive Brain Fitness. Thomas is also the founder and editor of Tech Savvy Daughter, a blog dedicated to helping older adults “use technology like their children and grandchildren do.”Read Katy’s Answers

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Byron Thomashow

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MD, Jo-Ann LeBuhn Center for Chest Disease and Respiratory Failure copd basics

Byron Thomashow, MD, is medical director of the Jo-Ann LeBuhn Center for Chest Disease and Respiratory Failure at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a clinical professor of medicine in the division of allergy and critical care medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He’s also chairman of the board of the COPD Foundation and co-chairman of the Medical Advisory Council of the National Emphysema/COPD Association.Read Byron’s Answers

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Ladislav Volicer

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professor, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida Alzheimer’s, dementia, alzheimer’s treatments

Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.Read Ladislav’s Answers

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Steve Weisman

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Estate Planning Attorney estate planning, finances, assets

Steve Weisman hosts the nationally syndicated radio show A Touch of Grey, heard on more than 50 stations, including WABC in New York City and KRLA in Los Angeles. He is a practicing lawyer specializing in estate planning and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He’s a public speaker and commentator who has appeared on many radio and television shows throughout the country, and he’s the legal editor of Talkers magazine, the preeminent trade publication of talk radio. His latest book is The Truth About Avoiding Scams.Read Steve’s Answers

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Audrey Wuerl

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RN, BSN, PHN, Hospice of San Joaquin end of life, hospice

Audrey Wuerl, RN, BSN, PHN, is education coordinator for Hospice of San Joaquin in California. She is also a geriatric trainer for the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), which promotes education in geriatric nursing and end-of-life care.Read Audrey’s Answers