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AgingCare.com is strengthened by our team of more than 30 nationally recognized experts committed to delivering caregivers top-level content and non-critical advice. Our experts answer caregivers' questions, providing guidance and inspiration. Their daily contributions of expert content help enable our members to make informed decisions and simplify the search for answers.


Abbie Sladick

Certified Aging Specialist

Abbie Sladick is certified by the National Association of Homebuilders and an expert in Universal Design. She is a member of the advisory council for the National Kitchen and Bath Association and has also sat on the American Society of Interior Designer's National Council on Aging in Place and Universal Design.

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Dr. Allen Weiss

President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System

Dr. Allen Weiss, CEO & President of the NCH Healthcare System, is board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Geriatrics. Dr. Weiss is active in a variety of professional organizations and boards, and has been published in numerous medical journals, including the American Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Amy Osmond Cook

Executive Director of the Association of Skilled Nursing Providers

Dr. Amy Osmond Cook is the Executive Director of the Association of Skilled Nursing Providers, Marketing Director of North American Healthcare and a health/wellness columnist.

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Bruce B. Rosenblatt

Owner, Senior Housing Solutions

Bruce Rosenblatt is a senior housing expert with decades of experience in the elder care industry. Bruce developed Senior Housing Solutions in 2009 and now uses his expertise to educate clients on all available living options and assist them in finding the best fit for their needs and lifestyle.

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Carol Bradley Bursack

Author, speaker, columnist and eldercare consultant

Over the span of two decades, author, columnist, consultant and speaker Carol Bradley Bursack cared for a neighbor and six elderly family members. Her experiences inspired her to pen, "Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories," a portable support group book for caregivers.

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Carrie Kerskie

Author, speaker and identity theft expert

Carrie Kerskie is a sought-after speaker, trainer and consultant on identity theft, fraud and data breach.

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Dr. David Perlmutter

Neurologist, best-selling author

David Perlmutter, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He received the 2002 Linus Pauling Award and the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American College of Nutrition. He also authored the #1 New York Times best seller Grain Brain, and serves as medical advisor to the Dr. Oz Show.

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Deanna Lueckenotte

Alzheimer’s book author, consultant

Deanna Lueckenotte is the author of "Alzheimer's Days Gone By: For Those Caring for Their Loved Ones." She plans to continue publishing books related to Alzheimer's and caregivers. She would also like to continue her education by obtaining her doctorate in geriatrics.

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Dr. Gary Small

Director, UCLA Longevity Center

Gary Small, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he is also Director of the UCLA Longevity Center and Director of the geriatric psychiatry division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior.

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Dr. Helen Kales

Director of the Program for Positive Aging

Helen Kales, M.D., is professor of psychiatry and Director of the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She is the Director of the Program for Positive Aging (PPA), which focuses on emotional wellness, aging well and improving life for those with later-life depression or dementia and their caregivers.

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Jennifer Leeflang

Senior Vice President, Partners in Care

Jennifer Leeflang, RN, heads Partners in Care, a licensed home care agency which is a part of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the nation's largest not for profit home and community care organization.

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Dr. John Connolly

President and CEO, Castle Connolly Medical

Connolly is President and CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for finding top doctors. He has an extensive background in management and healthcare. He was President of New York Medical College and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

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John L. Roberts

Certified Elder Law Attorney

John L. Roberts, J.D., is an Elder Law Attorney serving clients in Hampden County, MA. After practicing for 15 years, he confronted the challenges of family caregiving when his own father developed dementia. The experience transformed his practice, enabling him to help clients who are family caregivers from a place of true understanding.

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Jon P. Beyrer

Certified Financial Planner, EA

Jon P. Beyrer, CFP, EA, is a personal financial adviser, specializing in comprehensive financial planning and investment portfolio management. He is a partner of Blankinship & Foster, LLC, a fee-only wealth advisory firm in Solana Beach, California. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Financial and Tax Planning.

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K. Gabriel Heiser

Attorney, author, Medicaid asset protection planning

K. Gabriel Heiser is an attorney with over 25 years of experience in elder law and estate planning. He is the author of "How to Protect Your Family's Assets from Devastating Nursing Home Costs: Medicaid Secrets," an annually updated practical guide for the layperson.

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Dr. Keith Washington

Author, adult education advocate

Dr. Keith Washington understands the challenges facing working caregivers. His book, “Caregiving Full-Time and Working Full-Time,” aids readers in understanding and managing the role of working full-time while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

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Lynn Harrelson

R.Ph., FASCP. Senior Pharmacy Solutions

Lynn Harrelson is a pharmacist who specializes in medication and prescription management for seniors. She provides health care services and information that help individuals remain independent in their homes, retirement and assisted living facilities.

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Margaret Johnson Ware

Independent Consultant, MyMedicareMatters.org

Margaret Johnson Ware, MBA, has more than 15 years of experience assisting individuals in navigating issues regarding health insurance, family caregiver support and access to health services. She is an independent consultant to individuals, families and aging and health organizations, including MyMedicareMatters.org.

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Michelle LaForme

Occupational Therapist, Certified Aging in Place Specialist

Michelle LaForme is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience. She holds a certification as an Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and uses home modification, adaptations, and durable medical equipment to meet each client's unique needs and enhance their safety and independence.

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Molly M. Gligor

Licensed funeral director, Dignity Memorial

Molly Gligor leads the Houston area network of Dignity Memorial® funeral, cremation and cemetery providers. As a licensed funeral director for the past 20 years, she has assisted thousands of families during difficult times, helping them celebrate the significance of lives that have been lived and preserving memories with dignity and honor.

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Ralph Robbins

Certified Financial Planner

Ralph S. Robbins, CFP©, is a licensed Certified Financial Planning Practitioner and an Accredited VA Claims Agent specializing in Eldercare Financial Planning. He works everyday helping families in crisis find creative ways to fund long-term care expenses and deal with family financial issues.

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Renata Gelman

Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Partners in Care

Renata Gelman, RN, B.S.N., is assistant director of clinical services at Partners in Care, an affiliate of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY). In this role, she coordinates patient care and manages a multi-disciplinary team of field nursing and home health care professionals in the clinical area of a VNSNY’s private care division.

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Rosanne Rogé

Certified financial planner, geriatrics

Rosanne Rogé joined R.W. Rogé & Company, Inc. in January 1995. She is a graduate of C.W. Post - Long Island University. Ms. Rogé is certified by The Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards to use the professional certifications CFP and Certified Financial Planner. She is also a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA).

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Ross Blair

President and CEO, eHealth Medicare

Ross Blair is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of eHealthMedicare.com, a website that makes it easier for seniors and their caregivers to select and enroll in the best Medicare products for their specific needs.

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Ryan Smolek

Vice President Marketplace Operations

Ryan Smolek is the Vice President of Marketplace Operation for GoHealth Insurance, the nation’s most complete online portal for finding health insurance coverage. Possessing the experience, technology and infrastructure procured over the past decade, GoHealth is committed to the continual strengthening of the health insurance community.

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Sheri Samotin

President, LifeBridge Solutions

Sheri Samotin brings more than 30 years of business and management experience to LifeBridge Solutions. She is a Certified National Guardian, Certified Daily Money Manager & Certified Professional Coach. She is the author of Facing the Finish: A Road Map for Aging Parents and Adult Children.

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Stephanie Erickson

Director and Founder, Erickson Resource Group

Stephanie Erickson, MSW, PSW, LCSW specializes in working with seniors and their families. She founded Erickson Resource Group, hosts a free weekly podcast “Caregivers’ Circle” on WebTalkRadio.net and is a frequent TV and radio guest. She has a clinical practice and trains financial institutions, community groups and professional organizations.

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Susan Ruff

Senior Living Expert

Susan Ruff is a highly-valued member of the A Place for Mom family. She began as an Eldercare Advisor over 7 years ago and has helped hundreds of advisors improve their family advisement and partner management skills.

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Teepa Snow

Occupational therapist, dementia education specialist

Teepa is an occupational therapist and dementia education specialist who works closely with dementia specialty service providers to develop and optimize programs and services to people living with dementia, their care partners and family members.

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Dr. Vik Rajan, M.D.

President, Houston Patient Advocacy

Dr. Vik Rajan is the founder of Houston Patient Advocacy, which provides health information and advocacy to patients and families who have questions about their health, feel lost in the medical system and need guidance, or need assistance with insurance claim denials or medical billing problems.

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