Meet's Experts

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Laura Juel Expert

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.

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Ron Kauffman Expert

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.


Leslie Kernisan Expert

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 She is also a clinical instructor in the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics.


Joanne Koenig Coste Expert

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.

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Mary Koffend Expert

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.

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Jessica Krant Expert

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.

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Duane Lipham Expert

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.

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Jytte Lokvig Expert

Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiving Specialist, 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.

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Ed Markin Expert

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.

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Joseph Matthews Expert