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Ann Fry

ReInvention "Champion" and Cancer Thriver

Ann Fry lives in Austin, TX. She works as an executive coach and consultant in companies, speaking to audiences when asked. She is an aging baby boomer, an advocate for living, being resilient and thriving.

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Ann Marie Mecera

President, A.Mecera Communications

Ann Marie writes about the challenges and rewards of caring for her aging parents—both of whom have lived with Ann Marie and her husband for 11 years. She is also the owner of A.Mecera Communications, which she founded in 1985. Her shop develops and implements marketing solutions for non-profit and for-profit companies and organizations.

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Anna Keizer

Caregiver to a father with terminal cancer

Anna Keizer was the caregiver to her father who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2013. A writer by profession, she has written extensively on a variety of health topics, including cancer, heart disease and stroke, for healthcare clients across the nation. She also writes for walk-in tub manufacturer Bliss Tubs and its aging in place blog.

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Betsy Hnath

Cancer survivor and caregiver to husband with melanoma

Betsy Hnath is a writer who lives with her husband, daughter, two sons and three dogs. Recently, her work has focused on her experiences as a caregiver to a husband battling stage IV melanoma, and as a patient herself with stage II breast cancer, along with the pitfalls and rewards of juggling both roles while being a mother to her young children.

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Bobbi Carducci

Caregiver for loved one with Parkinson’s

Bobbi was the in-home caregiver for her mentally and physically ill father-in-law, Rodger, for seven years. Issues they dealt with included Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, heart disease, dementia and severe dysphagia. She wrote the book "Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver" and also blogs about the realities of caring for a loved one.

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Connie Siskowski

President, American Assoc. for Caregiving Youth

Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD has a broad background in health care and a dedication to diminishing caregiving ramifications for family caregivers of all ages. Her passion led to the establishment of a nonprofit that evolved from supporting homebound adults and caregiving families to become the American Association for Caregiving Youth.

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Coy F. Cross II

Caregiver, author of “The Dhance: A Caregiver’s Search for Meaning”

Coy Cross, PhD, spent years questioning the role of faith in his life. But when his beloved wife, Carol, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it was the lessons of Rev. Carol Ruth Knox that helped him accept his role as a male caregiver. Coy has chronicled his caregiving and spiritual paths in the book, “The Dhance: A Caregiver’s Search for Meaning.”

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David Hilfiker

Diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, author, physician

An author and former physician, Dr. David Hilfiker was diagnosed in 2012 with a progressive mild cognitive impairment. His doctor thought it was Alzheimer's but additional testing proved this initial diagnosis to be wrong. Now David must learn how to come to terms with the reality of worsening cognitive issues that appear to have no cause.

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Joan Fox Rose

Nurse, writer, published author

Joan Fox Rose, M.A., R.N. has authored four non-fiction, nursing-related books. Her writing has been featured in national nursing and health care publications, including Advance for Nurses magazine and Healthcare Traveler magazine. She’s also been published in Woman’s World, and in local and regional newspapers and publications.

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John Schappi

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s

Washington, DC, resident John Schappi blogs about aging, exercise, diet, pills, supplements, and his life with Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer. Once upon a time, he was addicted to nicotine, alcohol and sex. These days, his passions include gardening, playing bridge, meditating, going to the theater and traveling.

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Leeanne Chames

Executive Director, Memory People

Leeanne Chames advocates for dementia awareness, having lost her mother to Vascular Dementia and her mother-in-law to Alzheimer’s. She is the Executive Director of Memory People, an online dementia and memory impairment support and awareness group, and assists Rick Phelps, the founder of Memory People, in bringing awareness to these diseases.

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Marlis Powers

Caregiver for husband with dementia, writer

Marlis describes herself as a “Gramma who loves technology and has a lot to say.” She blogs about whatever catches her interest: food, books, family and more. For AgingCare.com, she writes about the issues facing the elderly and her experiences caring for her husband, Charlie, who suffers from dementia.

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Michele DeSocio

Caregiver for mother with advanced Alzheimer’s

Growing up in a close family, Michele DeSocio learned about the power of love at a very young age and still maintains that she is happiest when with her loved ones. In 1999, she became caregiver to her mom Jean DelCampo. Michele found her voice as an advocate volunteering for Memory People, an online support and awareness group for dementia.

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Rick Phelps

Diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Rick Phelps became an advocate for dementia awareness after being diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in June of 2010, at the age of 57. He was forced into early retirement and created Memory People, an online dementia and memory impairment group which supports over 7,000 individuals, all touched in some way by dementia.

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Sandy Morris

Marketing Director, War Veterans Association of Colorado

Sandy Morris was married for 32 years and was her disabled husband's caregiver for the last 15 years of their marriage. Working in the senior services sector for the last three years, her experiences on both sides of the caregiver equation allow her to provide valuable information on everything from VA benefits to common caregiver challenges.

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Sarah Jane

Caregiver to mother with dementia

Sarah Jane is a freelance writer/researcher and part-time caregiver for her mother Eleanor* who has dementia and lives at a rest home nearby. Sarah and her mother spend Saturdays enjoying each other’s company, pottering about and having the occasional adventure. Sarah lives in New Zealand where she writes and speaks about dementia-related issues.

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Sheri Zschocher

Caregiver for husband with frontal lobe dementia

Sheri works fulltime as a Property Manager and caregiver for Robert, her husband of 25 years, who was diagnosed in 2008 with both Frontal Lobe Dementia and Alzheimer’s. On a journey she never thought she would find herself on, Sheri has been blogging about the way Alzheimer’s has invaded her family’s life since 2009.

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Taji Mortazavi

Founder, We’re Talking About Food

Taji Mortazavi is the founder of We're Talking About Food. She is devoted to democratizing health, and believes anyone CAN live a healthy lifestyle regardless of age, medical illness, budget, etc. Many online journals have published Taji’s health and fitness articles. Find out more by visiting her site, and following her on Facebook or Twitter.

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