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Growing Up As She Grows Old

Family care giving is almost by its very nature stressful; no tidbit of advice you might receive can magically turn it into a relaxing experience. But having some essential information can help you to support your elder while you simultaneously tend to your own needs. And that is exactly what this book is designed to provide.

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Host Harriet Tramer has long worked as both a journalist and a college instructor. And her experiences have taught her that these two professions definitely share one thing in common. They both demand good communication skills, not to mention patience and understanding. Most recently, she has taken her journalist ventures on line, having her own blog  And she has also been doing a radio show on bbsradio entitled "Reaching for the Gold." This program deals with aging, but that term is interpreted as broadly as possibly to create a wide interest.

The recently published Racing to Heaven  represents her first major foray into fiction writing. However, she has also written a text - Rounding the Circle of Love: Growing Up As She Grows Old - that focuses upon care giving for the elderly. As an instructor, she has gone from teaching classes with as many as 100 students to teaching strictly on line.  The schools where she has taught include: Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and the New School. She has Masters Degree in both Urban Studies and Communication.

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April 19, 2017 Show

Adaire Petichor

An end of life doula (EOLD), Adaire Petichor provides compassionate care for people challenged by a life altering diagnosis or a terminal illness. Among other things, she works to ensure her clients receive interventions that will ease their symptoms to the greatest extent possible. Always anxious to touch as many people as possible, she conducts outreach efforts in conjunction with religious organizations, support groups and workshops.

Doreen Berts

These days, people seem to be more politically motivated than they were at any other point in recent history; they remain determined to enact change. Their challenge: Nobody seems to know how they might the changes they so obviously want. That is where Life Obstacles comes into the picture. It supports families on a one to one basis as they work to handle their personal challenges, hoping these efforts will have a strong ripple effect that can be felt on a broad level. And that hope might be becoming a reality.

Representatives from this group - among them, J.R. Washington, Doreen Berts, Gerri Knight and Evangelist Brenda Vereen – travel throughout the country, spreading their message.

Life Obstacles was begun during 1992 as a front porch effort - Informing Our Children, Inc. (I.O.C.) - by Doreen Berts who was then an officer on the East Cleveland Police Force. She now serves as its CEO. The group’s web site is


April 5, 2017 Show

Edward Hoagland

It might be natural to assume that stuttering would make it harder for somebody to reach his/her career or personal goals whatever those aspirations might be. But Edward Hoagland maintains that his inability to speech distinctly is, at least partly, responsible for his having gained success as a writer.

As he relates in Compass Points: How I Lived, putting words on paper provided him with something he desperately wanted: a means of communicating without facing embarrassment. A member of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science, Edward’s latest book – his 25th – is entitled In the Country of the Blind.

In addition to being acclaimed as a travel and nature writer, Edward has also taught at numerous colleges - The New School, Rutgers, Sarah Lawrence, CUNY, the University of Iowa, U.C. Davis, Columbia University, Beloit College, Brown, and Bennington. His decades-long academic career began during 1963 and ended during 2005.

Edward’s web site is


John Thibault

If you listen to even the most casual conversations these days, you cannot help noticing how often they turn to politics. But that does not necessarily mean people know how they can transform their concerns into an effective message, enacting laws. And iLobby remains determined to close that gap.

It invites participants to move through three steps: chose an issue from amongst those listed on the iLobby web site, or select an issue of your own; join the debate that focuses on this issue; have an opportunity to have your concerns reach a Congress person or Senator.

John Thibault is the founder and CEO of iLobby and the author of “How to Change a Law,” a number one best seller. He previously was the first VP of business development and marketing at eBay. With his wife, he founded and is Chairman of the Thibault Foundation, which focuses on children’s health, entrepreneurial financial literacy, education and self-sufficiency.

His web site is



March 15, 2017 Show

David Nassaney

As she passed through her middle years, Charlene Nassaney was enjoying pretty much everything about her life: her family, her home, her community, traveling. All of that changed, however, during 1996 when she suffered a massive stroke that left her severely speech impaired and paralyzed on her right side. The first 2 years after her stroke were the toughest. But in time, her belief in God grew until she finally became not only accepting of her situation but also anxious to help others who faced physical challenges. And as her life transitioned in unexpected ways, her husband, David Nassaney, also experienced some exciting personal growth. He is now the host of Dave, The Caregiver’s Caregiver, a show on blog talk radio, and his latest book is entitled The Capable Caregiver, How To Protect Yourself From Burnout While Giving Excellent Care To Your Loved One.

David’s web site, which lists valuable resources that can help caregivers manage stress is

Jackie Kelm

Appreciative living has long been applied within the business world to help employers become more productive and form closer bonds. But Jackie Kelm maintains that it can prove just as impacting within people’s personal lives; she has spent the last 14 years educating people about its benefits.

Jackie has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering Institute of Technology and a MBA with a specialization in Organization Behavior from Case-Western Reserve University.

Her web site is Jackie’s book is The Joy of Appreciative Living Book: Your 28-Day Plan to Greater Happiness in 3 Incredibly Easy Steps.


March 1, 2017 Show

Dr. Greg Tefft

We are regularly bombarded with promises that a specific diet will in variably produce tremendous results in terms of weight loss and other health benefits. But Dr. Greg Tefft maintains that these regimes will not necessarily live up to these sales pitches for a good reason.

One size does not fit all when it comes to diets. You have to find the nutritional mix, being exacting in that effort, that will most benefit your body. And he adds a bit of intrigue to those comments by noting that testing one lock of hair can reveal precisely what nutrients your body needs and which it has been producing in excess.

A board-certified naturopathic and chiropractic physician, three-time Natural Mr. America, former Olympic and U.S. Swim Team sports-med staff doctor, Dr. Tefft now serves as a physician at the Malibu Health & Rehabilitation Center. He is the author of Your Personal Life, Measuring What Your Body Needs to Live Lean, Long, Strong & Better. His website is


Jenny Maher

Possibly, because she is modest by nature, Jenny Maher often becomes uncomfortable when somebody refers to her as being an “inspiration.” It is, however, easy to understand how people might view her in these terms. After a suicide attempt left her physically disabled she was told she would live in a hospital the rest of her life. But she was determined to set her life along a more positive course. And she is now living independently as she gains recognition both as a published author and a painter.

Jenny’s challenges began far before she lost her mobility. Her father died from a hit and run accident when she was still quite young. She subsequently spent some time in foster homes while her mother who has a Bipolar disorder was hospitalized.

Her website is  and her book is Never Give Up: How Determination and God Gave Me A Better Look at Life.


February 15, 2017 Show

Joy Loverde

For the past 15 years, Joy Loverde has given workshops on aging issues, helping family members and organizations cope with the financial and emotional burdens implicit in caring for elderly loved ones. The author of Complete Eldercare Planner: Where to Start, Questions to Ask, How to Find Help (Random House, 2009, Revised and Updated), her work has been featured on the Today show, and on CBS News. Articles she wrote have been published in Reader’s Digest New Choices, World @ Work Journal, American Compensation Association Journal, TEC International Organization of CEOs, Journal, Employee Services Management Magazine and others.

Joy serves on the faculty of Eden Across America and is the international eldercare spokeswoman for the Employees Services Management Association. She lives in Chicago, being a caregiver for her elderly mother plus other family members. Her new book Who Will Take Care Of Me When I'm Old? will go on sale on sale October 24, 2017.

Her web site is 

Dr. Eboni Green

Much has been written about the fact that family caregivers remain vulnerable to depression and burnout. But strategies that might help them to manage these feelings have received considerably less attention. And Dr. Eboni Green hopes to fill this gap by providing these individuals with some practical advice that might help them achieve greater wellness. She approaches these concerns from a unique perspective as she has worked as a registered nurse and a caregiver and also holds a Ph.D. with a concentration in health care administration.

In 2002, Dr. Green became the Nebraska State Representative for the National Family Caregiver’s Association. From 2004 – 2006, she was also the resource editor of Take Care, the National Family Caregiver’s Association’s newsletter. She and her husband are cofounders of Caregiver Support Services, a nonprofit organization that offers training and consulting for family caregivers and front-line direct caregivers.

Her most recent book is Reflections for the Soul. Her website is


February 1, 2017 Show

Daryl Wein

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes; an estimated 80 million also have the disease, or at least pre-diabetes, but don't know it. However, despite the fact diabetes can cause serious complications, these statistics are not as staggering as they might first appear. Many of these people are able to manage this disease by sticking to a strict regime of diet exercise and, if needed, medication.

And when Daryl Wein was diagnosed with diabetes during the late 1990, he became determined to fall into this category. A Physician Assistant, he has worked diligently to educate people about what he labels “carbosis,” because it is linked to high carbohydrate intake, but is more commonly known as Diabetes Type II. Daryl is also a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor. His other interests include photography, music performance, water sports and amateur radio.

Deanna Adams

An Ohio-based free lance writer, Deanna Adams has had articles published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines. Her article on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum appeared in The Encyclopedia of the Midwest.

Her books include Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (Kent State University Press, 2002), Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl (Infinity Publishing, 2008), Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots (Arcadia Publishing, 2010), Peggy Sue Got Pregnant (Soul Mate Publishing, 2013), and Scoundrels & Dreamers (Soul Mate Publishing, 2014).

Her latest book is The Writer's GPS: A Guide to Writing & Selling Your Book.

Deanna is also an instructor for The Cuyahoga County Libraries’ Literary Programs, Lakeland Community College, and Literary Cleveland, where she teaches and speaks on a number of writing topics. She serves as the coordinator of the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference, and director/founder of the Women Writers’ Winter Retreat.

Her web site is


January 18, 2017 Show

Rabbi Yossi Marazov

The Michigan-based Friendship Circle International offers teens and young adults with special needs social and recreational activities. But its mission is actually much broader than providing support for these young people as they gain self-esteem by interacting with one another.

This organization which has 80 chapters located around the global is working to create a world in which people with special needs and their families experience acceptance, inclusion and friendship, being viewed as contributing members of society.

The Friendship Circle’s Cleveland Chapter was formed during 2003 and presently serves 210 young people and their family. An estimated 250 teen-agers serve as volunteers for this group, which is supported almost exclusively by private and corporate donations. Its web site is

Rabbi Yossi Marazov is this group’s Executive Director and his wife, Esty, works as its Program Director. They both came to the Friendship Circles’ Cleveland chapter during 2003, as Emissaries for the Chabad House, which seeks to bring Jewish teachings and traditions to interested people.

Rev. Winn Henderson, M.D.

We all hear a great deal these days about addictions and how they might best be treated. But a pioneer in a very real way Rev. Winn Henderson, M.D. first began speaking about these matters 40 years ago. Over the decades, he has counseled literally hundreds of people both in person and on the phone.

And his message has been as consistent as it is straight forward: People develop addictions to many things – alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, overspending – because they are seeking (faulty) means of dealing with their poor self image. These excesses, however, can be overcome if people commit to leading lives that nurture their physical and spiritual well being, coming to understand their mission in life.

A prolific writer, Winn has written 40 books, the latest of which - Freedom from Addiction II was published during late 2016. His web site is   .


January 4, 2017 Show

Bert Rahl

Everybody knows that people who are diagnosed with dementia often suffer from memory or cognitive challenges. Less attention has, however, been paid to the fact that they might experience agitation, an excitableness that can deplete both them and their caregivers as it spirals out of control.

Caregivers might manage these outbursts in one of several ways. They might, for example, simply back away in an effort to defuse the situation. Or, they might calmly say words to this effect, “I'm sorry that you are upset. I know it's hard. I will stay with you until you feel better.

Bert Rahl, director of mental health services at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, a social service agency that services the aging, has a long resume that makes him well positioned to discuss these matters. He has been employed at that institute for 42 years, spending the first 30 of those years as a social worker and mental health case worker. That organization’s web site is

Rev. Tracy Lind

Trinity Cathedral, which is currently celebrating its 200 birthday is known for being many things: a historic landmark, downtown Cleveland’s first green building a gathering place and center for meetings and events. It is, however, anxious to be known above all else as an inclusive congregation concerned about the world around it. And when the Very Reverend Tracey Lind became its Dean during 2000, she was intent upon continuing and expanding that tradition.

Since that point, she has and led the development of Trinity Commons, an award-winning, environmentally sustainable campus that is home to Trinity Cathedral and the Diocese of Ohio.

Reverend Lind has an undergraduate degree in urban studies from the University of Toledo and masters degrees from both the University of Cincinnati, and the Union Theological Seminary in New York. Her first book of photographs and essays, Interrupted By God, was published by The Pilgrim Press during 2004.

Trinity Cathedrals web site is


December 21, 2016 Show

Sheri A. Lunn

These days, increasingly more people are met with welcomeness and acceptance when they are open about their sexual orientation. Yet, many LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer) youths are still feeling a strong sense of isolation or shame. And sometimes these sentiments can lead to tragedies. A national survey of adolescents that was published in American Journal of Public Health found that LGBTQ youths were more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as were their peers.

The Trevor Project which was started during 1996 by Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone who produced the movie TREVOR is working to make these disturbing statistics a thing of the past. Among the services it provides is a crisis hotline at 1-866-488-7386.

Sheri A. Lunn is the Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Engagement for the Trevor Project. She has more than 20 years experience working with nonprofit organizations, focusing on marketing, public relations, communications and development.

The Trevor Projects web site is  .


Laurie Leonard,

executive director of End of Life Choices New York, maintains that too many people suffer needlessly as they are dying. And taking that point a step further she maintains that, at least in some cases, medical advances prolong the dying process instead of extending life. So, she takes pride in the fact her organization remains committed to ensuring that people have a peaceful passing which remains in keeping with their wishes and needs.

To achieve that objective, it educates the public about their options: advanced directives, pain management, hospice and palliative care. It also advocates for legislative that would legalize medical aid in dying and other new laws that improve end of life care as well as for individuals being poorly served in nursing homes.

The group’s web site is  It is funded by donations and grants and its services are free of charge. 




December 7, 2016 Show

Linda Krasienko

A Place for Us

Some tenants in a  Place For Us, a 55-unit complex on Cleveland’s Near West Side, pay as little as $400 a month in rent. And that price represents a real bargain considering as this complex features, among other things, a fitness center, meditation room, health and wellness suite, a garden terrace plus a resident lounge.

None of that, however, might be what attracts tenants to this facility. They might be more impressed by the fact it offers housing for a group that might not always feel comfortable elsewhere: gays and lesbians over 55 years old.

There is, however, one thing that people who remain impressed by A Place for Us might not recognize unless they have delved into its history. It represents planning efforts on the part of Linda Krasienko that began long before it opened earlier this year. She brought to the project an impressive resume that includes work as a pastor, counselor and an occupational therapist.


Carey Gibbons

People are coming out as being gay, lesbian or bisexual at much younger ages now than was ever previously the case. And their outspokenness is meeting little resistance. But does that necessarily mean that accepting their sexuality is any less stressful for them?

Well, the answers to those questions are not clear and simple.

And that is why young people need the support they receive at community centers such as the one located on Cleveland’s West Side. It has programs designed to promote socialization as well as those which teach young tools that will help them cope with a challenging world.

As Youth Programs Activity Coordinator, Carey Gibbons who joined the LBGT Community Center of Greater Cleveland during 2012 leads these efforts. Her previous work experience ranged from serving as a Site Director at Camp Happiness and a Youth Counselor at Eckerd Youth Alternative Camp to working as a Nursing Staff Coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic and a Family Service Assistant at Dayton, Ohio’s Habitat for Humanity.

The center’s web site is


November 16, 2016 Show

Jon Radulovic

Until quite recently, terms such as “palliative care,” “end of life choices” or “hospice” were rarely mentioned in polite society. Now, however, they have become an accepted part of our national lexicon. And at least some of that transition can be attributed to the ongoing efforts of the Virginia-based National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

It began its work on behalf of the terminally ill and their families as long ago as 1978 when it was founded as the National Hospice Organization. In addition to advocating for these individuals, it has also developed educational programs and materials to enhance understanding of the services hospice and palliative care teams can provide.

Jon Radulovic has worked with national organizations that seek to foster better understandings of hospice and palliative care. He joined the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in 2003 and focuses and serves as that organization’s Vice President of Communication.

Barbara Feinberg

who functions as both a life coach and as a therapist, often brings a little something extra into the mix when she interacts with clients. Years of experience in the business world have granted her a strong understanding of how financial matters impact upon all aspects of people’s lives. And she feels that this approach makes her uniquely qualified to support people who are going through transitions, such as divorces or retirement.

“It is hard for people to talk about money and it is particularly difficult for different generations to get together and talk about it,” Barb said. “And for that matter, therapists are often uncomfortable discussing it, which might be unfortunate because it has such a strong influence on everything people do.”

Barb has worked as a consultant with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Multi-generational Initiative and as an employee communications consultant with

William M. Mercer Inc., a human resources consulting firm. She has an undergraduate degree from Boston University and graduate degrees from both Yeshiva University and Case Western Reserve University. Her web site is


November 2, 2016 Show

Colleen Clark

The statistics are daunting. The Trust for America’s Health reports that deaths due to drug overdoses for people 12 – 25 rose from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 during 1999 – 2001 to 7.3 deaths (per 100,000) during 2011 – 2013. And these numbers represent what is happening on a national level; the figures in some states are even higher. Jeffrey Levi, executive director of that non-profit health advocacy group, said that these deaths are largely due to the nation's epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and a subsequent rise in heroin use

Preventing these depressing statistics from escalating even further remains an essential aspect of Colleen Clark’s desire to build a more peaceful world, one marked by people connecting with themselves and with one another. So, as she continued her decades-long career teaching both yoga and dance, she assumed new responsibilities as a Drug Prevention Specialist during 1999. She currently works as the coordinator for the East Cleveland Neighborhood Prevention Center. The web site for this effort is

Toni Mullee

Most typically, humans have 22 pairs of chromosomes plus two sex chromosomes - XX for women and XY for men. But sometimes, people are born with an extra 21st chromosome, having a condition known as Down Syndrome; trisomy 21 is the technical name. People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions and developmental delays that range from very mild to severe. But these days, their challenges can often be managed, and these individuals attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, and contribute to society in many ways.

The Upside of Down of Northeast Ohio, which has an estimated 900 members, has long been conducting advocacy to make people aware of this fact. It also organizes an annual fundraiser, called the Buddy Walk, and provides support and education for families.

Having already spent 12 years working in non- profits, Toni Mullee became the executive director of this organization 3 1/2 years ago, feeling that it represented a good fit for her.

The group’s website is



October 19, 2016 Show

Nate Bishko

These days, you hear a great deal about students going to college and then graduating with a large amount of debt and virtually no job offers. Well, the Excel TECC program, which is administered by the Mayfield City Schools and services students from many other Northeast Ohio school districts, does not maintain that it can protect young people from encountering these frustrations. But it does pride itself upon granting them a more realistic view of how they can prepare themselves for a career path that represents a good fit for them.

Its offerings include everything from intervention programs - one of which is housed at a local community college and the other at a nearby agricultural center - to curriculums in cosmetology and auto mechanics.
Nathan Bishko has been the supervisor of Excel TECC since 2012. He has a Masters Degree in Education and previously served variously as a teacher, principal and assistant principal at local schools.
Excel Tecc’s web site is

Daniel Stokar

These days, an ever increasing number of elderly Queens and Brooklyn residents have an alternative to the long waits and other inconveniences they might encounter in doctors’ offices. House Calls for the Homebound is living up to its name as it sends physicians to their homes. These doctors, however, arrive (at their patients’ houses) with much more than the little black bags that were the mainstay of professionals who practiced during previous decades. They come equipped with equipment that allows them to draw blood or do x-rays on the spot.

Soon after graduating with an accounting degree from Yeshiva University, Daniel Stokar turned down a job offer from an accounting firm to start House Calls for the Homebound. He was joined in this venture which he now supervises by his grandfather—an internist who visited long-time patients in their homes—and his father, a software engineer.

The organization’s web site is


October 5, 2016 Show

Judith Eugene

Some people might figure that they will face nothing but frustration if they try to learn something new at an advanced age. So, as they age, they become reluctant to attempt anything they consider even the least bit adventuresome. But Judith Eugene, founder of the Ohio-based Loving Hands Group, is determined to put an end to their reluctance.

Her organization employs a wide range of experts that can help guide elders towards growth they never thought they could achieve. Working in private homes, community center and other facilities, these professionals give instructions in everything from tai chi and laughter yoga to flower arranging.

A licensed architect and interior decorator, Judith is also a certified yoga instructor with specialized senior adult training through the YogaFit training program. And she, likewise, perform as a singer and guitarist at innumerable local venues. An antique car enthusiast, Judith judges and plans shows that feature these vehicles.

He web site is

Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci

Most typically, medical students receive training intended to teach them what it means to be a doctor. But two innovative programs at (the Maine-based) The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) are taking a very different approach. They are designed to immerse students into care environments to advance understanding about what it means to be a patient.

Students who participate in the Learning by Living Nursing Home Immersion Project are “admitted” into nursing homes where they live the life of an elder nursing home resident for approximately two weeks – 24/7, complete with a medical diagnosis. And students who take part in the 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion Project reside in an in-patient hospice home for 48 hours sleeping in a bed where others have died and providing care to patients and their loved ones.

Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci, Professor and Director of Geriatrics Education and Research within the Medical School’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, was instrumental in establishing both of these programs. She serves on the Review Board for the Aging International Journal and on the Executive and Review Boards for the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, among others.

The school’s web site is



September 21, 2016 Show

Dr. Winn Henderson

Although innumerable volumes have been written about it, “addiction” remains a difficult term to fully conceptualize or – for that matter – even to define. And that is hardly surprising considering as it can assume so many different forms; drinking, smoking and gambling to name just a few. Despite all the ambiguities that swirl around this condition, however, one thing remains certain. It represents a serious public health problem as it precludes millions of Americans from functioning at their optimum best.

Dr. R. Winn Henderson, a retired physician with more than 20 years of clinical experience, maintains, however, that there is hope for people who suffer from addictions provided they truly want to get well. The author of 39 books, Winn is also the is the host of “Share Your Mission,” a radio show which for the last 16 years has encouraged listeners to realize the importance of having a life purpose.

His web site is 

Dr. Lee DeLorge

Most of the time cognition, the process by which the brain sequences and organizes information, works seamlessly to a timed rhythm. Sometimes however, their timing is off and children need to have their cognitive processes "rewired." The Center for Cognition and Development utilizes innovative techniques to help them acquire the requisite proficiency.

For example, Interactive Metronome Therapy provides immediate feedback that helps participants more efficiently align the timing with which their brain manages information. It is thought to benefit people who have ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Reading Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorder, or Parkinson’s.

Dr. Lee L. DeLorge, a Cognitive & Educational Specialist, founded the Ohio-based Center during 2006. Before that point, Lee spent 10 years with the International Network of Children and Families training psychologists, teachers, and parents both here and abroad in behavioral modification techniques.

She also facilitated a 3 year research study (at the University of Michigan) the benefits of Brain Balance Academics and Neuroplasticity . Her involvement in this field grew out of her personal experiences as her son struggled with ADHD and dyslexia.

The center’s web site is


September 7, 2016 Show

Genevieve Gipson

As it moves towards its 50th anniversary the National Network of Career-Nursing Assistants is committed to upgrading the working conditions and professionalism of people employed in this field. It is, likewise, trying to help resolve a serious challenge that will become even more acute as aging Baby Boomers begin needing assistance – an ongoing shortage of nurses aides.

And that is why the CNA-Network is conducting programs aimed not only at advocacy but also at recruitment. An example: the Task Force for Nursing Assistants which is focused on broadening the professional pool (of nurses aides) by bringing more men into the field.

Genevieve Gipson, who serves as the director of the Ohio-based CNA-Network has both a nursing degree and a Masters degree in education. Under her leadership, the group has involved hundreds of individuals on the local, state and national level. The CNA-Network’s web site is


August  17, 2016 Show

Jill Mattson

Modern day physicists and visionaries from as far back as ancient Egypt might have their strong points of disagreement. But they virtually all agree on one thing. The health of our bodies - of any organism for that matter - is determined by the extent to which their vibrations remain in balance. And that is why sound healing can prove so effective.

In an ironic twist, despite the fact that sound healing dates back to ancient times when it was a popular modality, it is a major component of state of the art therapy. A case in point: the Lithotripter, which can pulverize kidney or gall stones in a matter of hours. Sound therapy might prove particularly effective for elderly patients whose bodies might not respond well to various medicines.

Jill Mattson has long been a proponent of sound healing, combining her knowledge of modern techniques with an extensive study of ancient civilizations. Her web site is

Is it possible to put a short segment of this music on the air. I know there are certain restrictions but even a few seconds would be good.

Sound Healing Music - Sounds of the Stars by Jill


Dr. Eboni Green

Dr. Eboni Green and her husband, Terrence Green, have combined their talents to ensure that the Nebraska-based Caregiver Support Services will live up to its potential as it bolsters caregivers. Terrence handles much of the marketing; he has worked for an impressive list of technology companies: IBM, Gateway, Western Wireless, and Xerox where he earned the Star award for his stellar sales record. Eboni, meanwhile, has both a nursing degree and a doctorate in human services.

And she puts her education to work developing programs that help caregivers avoid stress and burnout. During 2002, she became the Nebraska State Representative for the National Family Caregiver's Association.  Having contributed to a number of publications and given presentations that focus on training, assessing and supporting caregivers, she is the author of At the Heart of Matter and Caregiving in the New Millennium.

Her web site which contains much valuable information plus self-assessment surveys for caregivers is



August 3, 2016 Show

Lara Proegler

Essential oils, the chemical components that give plants their characteristic odors, have long been utilized in the production of perfumes and flavors. Now, however, they are also being widely touted for their unique ability to help the body rebalance itself. And when she markets these oils (manufactured by deTerra), Lara Proegler takes that fact into consideration as she stresses their immensely supportive powers.

But she also goes a step further and works to make people aware of cautions that they must take when purchasing this product. She, for example, tells them that they should look askance at displays where all essential oils are sold at the same price (per weight). That pricing she notes does not necessarily make sense because some oils are more expensive to extract than are others.

In addition to working as a wellness consultant, Lara is also very active in her community, serving as volunteer project manager for various events sponsored through the Mentor United Methodist Church and as a Den leader with the Cub Scouts.

Rosemarie Ousley

Eversight Ohio, which provides corneal tissue for transplantation and research, compiled some impressive statistics during 2015 Thanks to its efforts, 1478 people received corneal transplants, 1203 donors gave the gift of sight, and 59% of Ohioans are now registered as tissue donors.

This organization was originally established as the Cleveland Eye Bank during 1958, 50 years after the first corneal transplant was attempted. It is now an affiliate of the non-profit Eversight, a network that joins together eye banks in many Mid-Western States. Eversight Ohio receives funding from the Cleveland Eye Band Foundation and grants. This non-profit’s web site is

Rosemarie Ousley became the Community Relations Liaison for Eversight Ohio in the fall of 2013. She brought over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit world, focused on healthcare and education. As the Community Relations Liaison, she has the pleasure of signing people up on the donor registry, speaking with different community groups, and raising money for Eversight Ohio.


July 20, 2016 Show

Karen Roberts

An estimated one out of every four Americans (90 million individuals) assist loved ones who require help carrying out activities of daily living. And, needless to say, they are supporting a wide very wide range of individuals: special needs children, wounded soldiers, relatively young people with MS, elderly people challenged by the frailties of old age. No matter what the specifics the Washington, D.C.-based Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is committed to helping caregivers manage the “responsibilities” they have assumed.

Established during 1991 by Suzanne Mintz and Cindy Fowler, it has spearheaded the passage of the National Family Caregivers Support Program, lobbying on ongoing basis in support of caregivers. It has also worked diligently to help raise the public’s consciousness of the challenges caregivers face. The group’s web site is

Karen Roberts serves as this organization’s Director of Outreach and Special Projects. She previously worked for seven years as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC’s) Director of Business Development.



Sona Mehring

During 1997, JoAnn Hardegger and Darrin Swanson, had a premature baby named Brighid. And anxious to help them connect with people concerned about Brighid’s well-being, their friend, Sona Mehring, did something that soon led to the inception of CaringBridge.

She created a website through which they could pass along essential information about that baby’s progress. Over the ensuing years, more than half a million CaringBridge websites have been created, allowing people to stay in contact with friends and family at a stressful point in their life.

During 2013, Minnesota Monthly placed Sona on their list of the "75 most influential people of the Twin Cities.” Sona is also the author of Hope Conquers All: Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from CaringBridge and she is currently the Chief Ambassador of the organization.

The website is .



July 6, 2016 Show

Timothy Smith

As is the case with similar organizations elsewhere, Community Greenhouse Partners is committed to providing local customers with fresh fruits and vegetables. However, it confronts some considerable challenges as it strives to achieve that goal. The cold Cleveland winters are hardly conducive to growing food throughout the entire year. Budgetary restrictions make it hard for many Cleveland residents to afford (fresh) fruits and vegetables.

Not willing to be deterred, however, the group is working to meet these challenges by making extensive use of hard shell greenhouses which allow for cold weather (greenhouse) farming. And it is partnering with numerous local organizations and businesses, making its produce as widely available as possible.

These efforts have a great personal significance to Timothy Smith, who has helped to spearhead this organizations’ evolution. A Type 1 diabetic for more than 50 years, he knows the importance of healthy eating and his families grew vegetables long before this habit became popular so this practice is almost in his DNA.

The group’s web site is 

Dr. Connie Siskowsk

Much is being said these days about family care givers and the challenges they face. But that ongoing dialogue might be perpetuating a somewhat inaccurate picture of the individuals who are handling these responsibilities. It generally assumes that they are middle-aged or older when in fact many young people are supporting loved ones on a daily basis.

The American Psychological Association reports that among the millions of Americans who are serving as caregivers approximately 1.3 to 1.4 million of them are between the ages of 8 and 18. And the American Association for Care Giving Youths, notes that among teens who left high school 22% dropped out to care for a family member. Working with local school districts, however, this Florida-based organization has helped its students overcome any obstacles that might interrupt their education; more than 95 percent of them end up graduating from high school.

This group’s web site is  . Dr. Connie Siskowski, who has a nursing degree plus a doctorate in educational leadership, serves as its founder and president. During 2012, she was named one of CNN’s top ten heroes for her efforts.



June 15, 2016 Show

Mary Beth Bartholomew

first became involved with programs at the Cleveland Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center shortly after she and her partner moved from San Francisco to that city during 1996. Then, nine years later, she was drawn to the center’s SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) program as being a place where she could utilize the program development and leadership skills she had honed as an educator. She now heads that program.

Under Mary Beth’s leadership, SAGE is currently evolving an Intergenerational Theater project whose inception will coincide with the opening of the center’s new headquarters in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. During October, 2016, it will be cosponsoring with the Cleveland-based Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging a conference that focuses upon the challenges facing LGBT older adults. And it is constantly trying to reach out to isolated (older) adults in the community.

The center’s web site is

Linda Krasienko

Some people interpret the fact that same sex couples now have the right to marry as being a strong indication a sea change in attitudes has occurred. However, Linda Krasienko’s views on these matters are somewhat more nuanced in nature. While she applauds the progress that has been made, she still thinks there is still work to be done.

And that is why she has played a major role in the establishment of a retirement facility that is designed specifically for the LGBTQ population and slated to open during fall, 2016.

Located on Cleveland’s West Side, this 55-unit project will be affordable, with apartments being priced at between $400 and $800 a month. Ms. Krasienko, president of A Place for Us Development LLC, notes that will this facility will feature a fitness room, meditation room, clinic, office space, lounge, conference room a foyer for art displays plus an outside garden.

Pamella Bittner who will be Linda’s assistant once A Place For Us will also be taking part in this interview.

The web site for a Place for Us is 



June 1, 2016 Show

Bob Finnie

When Bob Finnie first opened the Wisconsin-based  during 2008, he did not know quite what to expect. He, however, was not entering into this adventure without having some things working to his strong advantage. His academic background – a BS and an MBA from Marquette University – helped prepared him for that challenge.

By that point, he had already been employed in the health care industry for twenty years. During that period of time, he worked mostly in customer service, marketing, sales and management positions for companies that provided products to hospitals/ long term care communities. And he soon began to realize something that he kept constantly in mind as he directed’s inception: If these same items - devices like small puzzles and card games, falls prevention, meal time aids and wanderer monitoring. - became m ore readily available to them it would be easier for seniors to continue living at home.

David Nassaney

Charlene Nassaney’s life was permanently transformed when she suffered a massive stroke during 1996 that left her severely speech impaired, and paralyzed on her right side.

A woman of great strength, Charlene has come to accept, if not embrace, her challenges as she has rekindled her faith in God. And she has learned to communicate without speaking in ways that amaze and even entertain. David Nassaney, has been by her side throughout her journey, serving as both her caregiver and support.

He and Charlene, are the authors of One Arm, One Leg, 100 Words: Overcoming Unbelievable Hardships which can be purchased through Amazon. He is also host of the radio program Dave, The Caregiver’s Caregiver Radio Show which is aired over Star World Wide Networks and provides essential information for caregivers.

His website is


May 18, 2016 Show

Jay Westbrook

Jay Westbrook’s journeys began when he was a child and he and his family made their home in several different Southern states – Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky, Florida. And when he eventually moved to Cleveland, Ohio more adventures awaited him. Always a political activist, he helped form Ohio Public Interest which is now Ohio Citizens Action.

Eventually, his political involvement led to his being appointed to Cleveland City Council. The Council President, George Forbes, with whom Jay had some political differences, blocked that appointment. But Jay was eventually elected to that council and even ended up serving as its president.

After more than 30 years serving as a council person, however, Jay decided that it was time for him to use his talents in a different venue and he is now working as the Special Projects Manager of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute This organization seeks to protect land both in Cleveland and throughout Cuyahoga County. Its web site is 

Dr. Paul Kurlansky

Despite the fact it was once thought that elderly patients could not withstand such procedures, Dr. Paul Kurlansky regularly performs heart surgery on octogenarians. And he reports that these patients record survival rates which rival those of much younger patients; the quality of life they enjoy after they undergo these operations is equally as impressive.

Dr. Kurlansky notes, however, that great care must be taken to determine what patients are good candidates for this surgery. By his accounting, their frame of mind is vitally important. They have to be involved in the decision making process and believe that the surgery will be in their best interest.

Dr. Kurlansky is currently Dr. Kurlansky is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation and Outcomes Research and the Director of Research, Recruitment and CQI for Columbia HeartSource. He is a graduate of Tuft’s Medical School and he completed his post-graduate training at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. .

Dr. Kurlansky discusses his work at this link


May 5, 2016 Show

Judith Eugene

Some people might figure that they will face nothing but frustration if they try to learn something new at an advanced age. So, as they age, they become reluctant to attempt anything they consider even the least bit adventuresome. But Judith Eugene, founder of the Ohio-based Loving Hands Group, is determined to put an end to their reluctance.

Her organization employs a wide range of experts that can help guide elders towards growth they never thought they could achieve. Working in private homes, community center and other facilities, these professionals give instructions in everything from tai chi and laughter yoga to flower arranging.

A licensed architect and interior decorator, Judith is also a certified yoga instructor with specialized senior adult training through the YogaFit training program. And she, likewise, perform as a singer and guitarist at innumerable local venues. An antique car enthusiast, Judith judges and plans shows that feature these vehicles.

He web site is

Jim Swanner

A man of many talents, Jim Swanner might be variously be described as being not only a teacher and an instructor but also a communicator, clinician, writer and the host of “All About Horses Radio.” And as he stays busy juggling all of those roles Jim remains dedicated to his mission of helping horses become more comfortable with humans and humans more adept at communicating with these animals.

He encourages people to move away from the attempts to control horses that are often depicted in movies, television shows and elsewhere. And he maintains that -the natural horsemanship techniques he teaches can prove just as effective with beginners as they are with more advanced riders.

On numerous occasions, his horses do not simply interact with people at the stables, but also with the entire town as they participate in community events.

His efforts are based at KIN Stables in Athens, Alabama. His web site is


April 20, 2016 Show

Mike Saunders

As an Authority Positioning Strategist, Mike Saunders helps his clients, many of whom are business owners, evolve a unified online marketing blueprint. Taking a broad approach, he guides them towards making the most of every available marketing avenue – press releases, radio interviews or book publishing.

By his accounting, gaining credibility through some “shrewd maneuvers” can produce amazing results. It might even result in somebody running a powerful Best-Seller campaign without ever writing a word.

So, what might this mean for listeners who do not have any of these entrepreneurial goals in mind? How can the strategies he teaches help people of any age as they go about their everyday lives? Well, listen to his interview and find out for yourself.

Mike has written several books including The Prism Salvation: A 3-Step Solution to Social Media Domination for Busy Business Owners and Believing Your Why: The 7-Step “morning Huddle” System to Finally Achieve Your Goals!

Bart Smyth

calls himself a modern day shaman. To the uninitiated that designation might sound like a complete oxymoron. How can somebody be a modern day shaman when these healers belonged to a previous (post modern) age? But Bart definitely has found a receptive audience for his work, having assisted 35,000 people worldwide. Many of them have found relieve from chronic and debilitating conditions through his efforts which combine, among other things, Thai Shiatsu, Hansa Shiatsu, Massage, Reiki, Abayanga Massage and Neuro Muscular Movement.

Bart notes that, “I have so much appreciation to all who walked before me, the physical intelligence we have and life in general is Amazing! I know that it is possible to create and recreate new, improved realities and physical bodies.”

Bart came to his work as a shaman after he suffered serious injuries in a car accident. He had previously owned a successful architectural design/ construction company in San Francisco.

His web site is



April 6, 2016 Show


Todd Bartimole

If you asked Todd Bartimole what he does for a living, he would respond simply, “I am an attorney who specializes in Elder Law.” But that brief response might not give you a very realistic understanding of what he actually does. In addition to performing the usual lawyerly duties, he also helps clients apply for Medicare. And quite often, he is called upon to deal with disability and special needs planning..

Todd has long been active with efforts to protect elders’ rights. He advocated for nursing home residents with the regional Long Term Care Ombudsman program and directed a program to assist Medicaid applicants appeal wrongly denied claims.

A graduate of Cleveland Marshall Law School, Todd is presently an attorney with the Cleveland-based Cavitch, Familo & Durkin law firm. His web site is


Marc Halleck

By his own admission, Marc Halleck was never a natural athlete when he was a child or a teen. In fact, he rarely even became involved in extra-curricular activities until he joined a local martial arts school in 1982. From that point on, however, his expertise in this field evolved until he eventually became the owner of the Northshore Academy of Martial Arts in Libertyville, Illinois.

When he first opened that facility in 1997, it had virtually no carpeting and was only 1500 square feet in size. But currently, his studio measures four times that size and by his own estimation, he has “the best Martial Arts team in Chicagoland.” And despite the fact he might not have shown much athletic prowess at a young age, he now feels great at 50.

Marc is certified under the legendary Guro Dan Inosanto in Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts. His web site is 




March 16, 2016 Show

Donna Halper

At a point in her life when many people are contemplating retiring, Dr. Donna Halper took an opposite approach. She decided to start something new as she worked towards her PhD. And her persistence paid off as it resulted in her taking a teaching position at Lesley University (in Massachusetts). In that position, she – a Baby Boomer – has had a unique opportunity to mix with millennials and discover how these two generations both differ and enjoy many commonalities.

Before she started walking down her current academic path, Donna had already amassed a varied and impressive work history. She had served at various times as a radio consultant, radio disc jockey and music director. Donna is also the author of six books, she wrote Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women In American Broadcasting, a volume about female pioneers in the broadcasting industry, which was considered ground breaking for its time

Her web site is 

John Zitzner

does not claim to have a plan – secret or otherwise – that can save failing urban schools. But he does point with proud to what he has managed to achieve as the President of Friends of Breakthrough Schools. This organization helps to close the gap between the public funding this group of charter schools receives and the monies it needs to operate.

Charter schools are organized under the umbrella of a local school district but are administered separate. The Cleveland-based Breakthrough Schools operates 11 highly-rated schools that educate 3300 scholars from underserved neighborhoods.

His current position definitely requires John to employ his entrepreneurial skills. But he is using these skills in very different ways than he once did as the CEO and President of Bradley Corporation. This Cleveland based software firm was started during 1983 and acquired by Xerox during 1998. It grew from 2 employees to more than 40 workers. It currently serves many Fortune 1000 customers throughout North America.

John’s web site is


March 2, 2016 Show

Lorraine Perillo

remembers that when she was still quite young her father who was an opera singer owned numerous books on psychology, reflexology and massage. And she would spend many happy hours going through them. These excursions began her lifelong mission to learn as much as possible about mind body connections.

For years she studied about how particular foods can improve your health and how teas can be tonic to the body. She was also fascinated by the extent to which essential oils, exercise, meditation and yoga can bolster somebody’s well-being. And in time, she found her true path as a practitioner of Touch For Health which incorporates acupressure, sound diet and massage. This healing technique helps to relieve emotional blocks, making the symptoms of migraines, muscle and back pains, anxiety less acute. She holds frequent workshop in her Long Island headquarters, training participants in the basics of this process.

Her web site is    516-676-4244

Quamran Taj, CPC

(Q) acknowledges he has treated life as if it was a “restaurant sample,” as he tried everything on the menu. His adventures included a stint as a Christian minister, public speaker, counselor and mentor, Interfaith minister, published author, writer, freelance artist, amateur musician, radio host and most recently a Certified Professional Life Coach. His experiences have left him with a strong spiritual faith.

And anxious to share his beliefs with others, he conducts seminars, classes, workshops at his New York State headquarters. His motto: Living as YOU personally were meant to live. Fulfilling your own purpose in life is the key to happiness.

Q remains very proud of his efforts but acknowledges that they are simply a reconfirmation of the ideas sensitive individuals have formed throughout the decades. We are really spiritual beings having a human experience and that we ALL possess hidden abilities.

His web site is



February 2016 Show

Jim Wilkins

Jim's extensive background in the construction trades stretches back several decades; he has worked, at various times, as a journeyman carpenter, senior cost estimator, design and engineering manager. And on more than one occasion, he even helped construct mega-mansions. About five years ago, however, Jim began steadily downsizing both professionally and personally.

He now enjoys living in a tiny house because of the freedom and security it offers him. And his commitment to these structures extends far beyond the mere fact he lives in one. He builds non-toxic tiny houses and micro homes for people who choose to enjoy a sustainable life style. He started his new business – the Minnesota-based Tiny Green Cabins – during 2008.

Priced at between $19,900 and $59,000, the tiny cabins come in various series – Sweet Life Tiny Houses, Breathe Easy Tiny Houses. Some can even be transported on attached trailers.

Jim’s web site is

Dan Barker

A former evangelical minister and graduate from the Azusa Pacific University, Dan Barker, announced during 1984, that he had become an atheist. He subsequently appeared on AM Chicago (hosted by Oprah Winfrey), talking about how he had “kicked the religion habit.”

Dan is now co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (in Madison, Wisconsin) which promotes the separation of church and state. He also co-hosts Freethought Radio. Broadcasted nationally over several different stations, this show has welcomed a wide variety of freethinkers - Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Steven Pinker, Julia Sweeney, and Michael Newdow.

A successful musician, Barker has composed over 200 songs that have been published or recorded.

His newest book, GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction by Dan Barker.  Foreword by Richard Dawkins  (Sterling Publishing, Feb., 2016)

To stay young, Mr. Barker plays professional jazz piano, and also walks home from work 3 miles every day.

His web site is


January 2016 Show

Clark Echols

is minister of the Glendale New Church, located in a Cincinnati suburb. And in that position, he remains committed to carrying out that congregation’s mission -  offering worshipers a spiritual framework to live by and supplying solutions to difficult life-questions. This church supports each individual in forging a personal relationship with God, providing direction, strength, and peace for everyday life.

And he has had a lifelong belief in the reality of life after death, being particularly attracted to the works of Raymond Moody who wrote Life After Life. So, taking all that into account, it is hardly surprising that he would become a spokesperson for Cincinnati INANDS, an affiliate of the International Association for Near Death Studies.

 Clark’s group attempts to provide people who have had a NDE (near death experience) with group or personal counseling that will allow them to discuss these spiritually transforming episodes within a non judgmental environment. By his accounting these people are gifted but not targeted.

Clark’s web site is


Adaire Pettry works as an end-of-life doula educator and consultant, dedicating herself to providing support and comfort for hospice patients and others for whom medical treatment is no longer an option.

She maintains that experiences she had a young girl during the 1980s set her on the path to her current profession. She accompanied her grandfather during his life-altering experiences with cancer and his eventual death. And she also dealt with cancer first hand when her youngest son was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma.

On September 11, 2001, Adaire began her training as a hospital chaplain, which would lay the professional foundation for her life’s calling as a doula. Adaire holds two certifications in end-of-life care.

One is as a Contemplative End-of-Life Care Practitioner through Naropa University and the (Spiritual Care Programme) of Sogyal Rinpoche's school based on The Tibetan book of Living and Dying. The second is a certification as a Level 3 end-of-life doula / trainer for Doulagivers, a new area of non-medical care for the elderly.

She also has training in massage and reiki therapy. Adaire has a private consulting practice in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the founder and owner of connecting Heart 2 Heart and The Heart of Dying Project which provides compassionate care and education. Her web site is 




December 2015 Show

Linda Krasienko

Having worked over the years as a pastor, counselor and an occupational therapist, Linda Krasienko has compiled quite an impressive resume. But the accomplishment she is most proud of might be one that remains essentially disconnected to her professional experiences. Long committed to this effort, she played a major role in the establishment of a retirement facility that is designed specifically for the LGBTQ population and slated to open during fall, 2016.

Located on Cleveland’s West Side, this 55-unit project will be affordable, with apartments being priced at between $400 and $800 a month. Ms. Krasienko, president of A Place for Us Development LLC, notes that this building will be conveniently located near a transit stop. And it will feature a fitness room, meditation room, clinic, office space, lounge, conference room a foyer for art display plus an outside garden.

The web site for a Place for Us is 

David Pirtle

David Pirtle was a restaurant manager in Phoenix, Arizona when the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder made it impossible for him to any longer maintain a job or a place to live. Shortly thereafter, he traveled across country, with his journeys eventually taking him to Washington D.C. where he lived on the streets until he was arrested and referred to a homeless shelter.

During the summer of 2006 David and the other clients learned that their shelter was slated to be converted into a boutique hotel. After they organized and launched after a series of successful lobbying events and rallies, it was announced that the facility would be renovated and remain open indefinitely. David now resides in south-east Washington, D.C. and he is active in fighting for the rights of people who are experiencing homelessness and mental illness in the District of Columbia.

David currently heads the Speakers Bureau for the National Coalition for the homeless. His web site is


November 2015 Show

Dr. Dennis McCullough

Medical advances have translated into our living longer than was ever previously the case or even the expectation. But as these advances have emerged, our health care system has become increasingly more reliant upon technology. And not all medical authorities think that is necessarily a “good” thing, particularly for elders.

Among them is family doctor and geriatrician Dr. Dennis McCullough who recommends an approach which he labels Slow Medicine. Shaped by common sense and kindness, slow medicine advocates a hands on approach that relies more upon patience and careful observations than upon technology; comfort rather than cures remain the major goal.

Dr. McCullough is the author of My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing "Slow Medicine," the Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones (New York: Harper, 2008).

He is Honorary Associate Professor, Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH.

Lynne Giacobbe

Kendal at Home works closely with seniors and their families, coordinating the support they need to age safely at home. And Lynne Giacobbe, that program’s executive director, points with pride to its admirable track record. Only one out of more than 250 elders who have become involved in this effort since it opened during 2004 have ended up requiring permanent nursing facility placement.

Ms. Giacobbe explains that Kendal at Home is simply an extension of the continuing care retirement community (ccrc) concept that Kendal has long espoused. Its (ccrc) centers, which are located throughout the country, offer independent living and assisted living as well as nursing facilities. Many of these facilities are located in college towns, such as Ithaca, New York or Oberlin, Ohio.

In total, Ms. Giacobbe has spent 30 years working in the non-profit sector, focusing on administration and program development. The Kendal at Home web site is


October 2015 Show

Karen Bowersox

An incident that might have missed many people’s notice is what led Karen Bowersox to start the Mentor, Ohio-based Downs Designs®. While visiting with her granddaughter, Maggie, she noticed that her pants were always too long and her mother was constantly rolling them up. Her long sleeve shirts were also too long for her and needed to be rolled up.
A quick trip to the internet uncovered no clothes that might fit Maggie and others with Down syndrome more appropriately. So Ms. Bowersox became determined to start her own business that would manufacturer garments that would accommodate the special measurements of people who have this genetic condition.
The ensuing years have meant trips to China, hours spent with designers and many other adventures. And now her company not only produces clothes for people with Down syndrome, it is also making available NBZ® Jeans which have no buttons or zippers, making it easier for people with a myriad of special needs to dress independently.

Mrs. Bowersox ‘s website is .

Mary Verdi

Far ahead of her time in seeing the need for integrative dancing, Mary Verdi Fletcher Dancing Wheels School in 1990. And it soon began attracting students from around the globe, eventually becoming the worldwide center for dance that involves both wheel chair and stand-up dancers. The group now regularly tours both in this country and internationally. Her efforts have helped pave the way for others working to gain complete access for dancers who have their own special abilities.

Mary’s recent professional affiliations include Executive Committee Member for the Careers in Arts Summit, Program Committee Member for The Association of Performing Arts Presenters Annual Conference, Advisory Board Member for The Arc of Greater Cleveland and Board Member for Ohio Arts Presenters. She has worked and studied with such esteemed artists as Donald McKayle, David Rousseve, Dianne McIntyre, Dennis Nahat, Keith Young, Ben Vereen, Christopher Reeve and many others.

 Her web site is



September 2015 Show

Rick Guidotti

had worked in NYC, Milan and Paris as a high fashion photographer, taking pictures of what were considered to be some of the world’s most beautiful people. But that phase of his career lasted only until a chance encounter on a Manhattan street totally changed the direction in which he focused his camera lens. While waiting at a bus stop he saw a girl whose beauty diverged from societal ideas – white hair, pale skin, albinism.

Returning home, he did some studying and found that the images he saw of people with genetic differences were startling and upsetting; always a black bar covered their eyes. And he vowed to stop working in the fashion industry and to start taking picture that were intended to help people see beauty through their own interpretations, not as the fashion industry has dictated it. Establishing Positive Exposure he has spent the last 17 years working to achieve that objective.

Rick's web site is  . A slide show of his photographs can be seen at

Betsy Otter Thompson

has had a varied career that has taken many fascinating twists and turns. All of her various efforts have, however, had one common thread: she has always gravitated towards the media. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Betsy worked as an account executive for several radio stations before becoming a commercial print model and actor in television commercials.

For seventeen years, she worked in Los Angeles at the motion picture and television company Castle Rock Entertainment as the Assistant to the Chairman and CEO. In August '99, she followed her boss to Warner Bros. as he took a new position there as President and COO, and became his Executive Assistant.

She is now writing full time, a commitment that began unexpectedly while she was passing through an especially difficult time in her life. Her latest book published earlier this year – LoveHuman - offers valuable guidance regarding how to find comfort in a world where uncomfortable things happen.

Her web site is


August 2015 Show

Megan Hustings

serves as Director of Operations at the National Coalition for Homelessness. Multitalented, she has handled grant writing, website construction and also developed social media strategies, awareness and fundraising campaigns during the more than 7 years she has worked at that organization.

Almost more than anything else, however, Ms. Hustings remains committed to dispelling myths about homelessness. She notes, for example, that while many people believe food pantries and soup kitchens answer the nutritional needs of the homeless that assumption does not take into account some “harsh realities” this population faces.

They might not have places where they can prepare or store food. And they, likewise, often have mobility and other challenges that prevent them from traveling to these facilities. Or, local ordinances might limit the outreach of these centers.

Founded thirty years ago, the Washington, D.C.-based coalition provides direct services to the homeless and also advocates on their behalf. Its web site is


Charlie Mosbrook

Among other things, Charlie Mosbrook is contemporary singer/ songwriter. Strong traditional folk sensibilities, utilizing guitar, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, banjo and other acoustic instruments, accompany his rich distinctive baritone voice. One highlight of this 25-year career: he was voted Cleveland Scene Magazine’s "Best Singer Songwriter" in 2011.

Heard throughout the world, his music has been featured on radio programs such as and The Midnight Special national folk show. His newest CD Something To Believe (2013) was recently picked as CD of the week by Rich Warren for WFMT's Midnight Special.

In addition to his musical pursuits, Charlie has completed multiple Ironman triathlon's and marathons. Since becoming an incomplete quadripaligic in 2010, he has remained active with the use of a handcycle and as a swimmer. In an effort to give hope to others who have suffered similar injuries, he regularly performs for patients recovering at Cleveland's MetroHealth Spinal Cord Injury unit.

His web site is



July 2015 Show

Diane Snyder Cowan directs the Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Elizabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center. And in that position, she attempts to be what might be termed a good listener. By her accounting, that entails not only paying close attention to what clients say through words or unspoken gestures but also remaining connected to the ever shifting climate that is transforming grief counseling.

And she is not reticent about approaching topics that were considered taboo only a few short years ago. Ms. Cowan has, for example, written about grief when it emanates from a drug overdose, acknowledging that the bereaved feel "guilty," as the "should haves," "could haves," and "if onlys" bubble constantly through their consciousness. She suggests that coming too understand the nature of addiction and the fact it can fly out of anybody’s control might help to assuage some of these painful feelings.

Ms. Cowan is certified as a Music Therapist and Palliative Care Administrator. You can reach her the center at 1-216-486-6838. .


Spencer Levine serves as the Vice President for Programs at the Washington-D.C. based Hospice Foundation of America. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the foundation seeks to educate the public on end of life issues and provide clinicians with continuing professional education to improve care. Its mission: provide leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the U.S. health care system and the role of hospice within it.

Mr. Levine’s previous experience is quite varied and includes serving as news writer for ABC News, assignment editor for CBS News and producer for HGTV (Home and Garden Television).

The foundation’s website is  Through that website it offers a service entitled “Ask the Expert” which allows visitors to make inquires of medical and other professionals. It also provides a directory of hospices plus resources on end of life care.


June 2015 Show


Dr. Donna Halper has always loved sports, particularly baseball. And when she was quite young, she had thoughts about becoming a sports writing. As a girl growing up back in the 1950s, however, she was discouraged from following that career path. So, she left it essentially unpersued.
But she has worked her way down many other roads as a radio consultant, radio disc jockey and music director.   The author of six books, she wrote Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women In American Broadcasting, which was considered ground breaking for its time And she has also gained much from working as Big Sister and as an advocate for an adult with autism
These days she is a professor at Lesley University in Massachusetts after having earned a PhD. in 2011. As an interesting point, she is obviously a woman who was ahead of her times but is still somebody who admits to having mixed feelings about digitalization.
Dr. Halper’s web site is 


Roland Halpern  Affiliated with the Denver-based Compassion and Choices, Roland Halpern lectures on end-of-life concerns and the need for aid-in-dying laws, such as those enacted in Oregon, Washington and Vermont. He maintains that American’s views on these matters have transitioned over the years. And in making that statement, he points to 2014 Gallup poll results. They indicated that 69 percent of Americans responded “yes” when asked: When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life by some painless means if the patient and his or her family request it?

This survey utilized the same question that has been employed for decades. So, Mr. Halapern believes the fact an increasing number of Americans are responding in the affirmative is

significant. He also maintains that safeguards in death with dignity laws will prevent them from being utilized to jeopardize persons living with disabilities.

Mr. Halpern’s web site is 


May 2015 Show

Sean Caulfield  Most typically, when professionals discuss efforts that team people who have dementia with people who support them, they use terms like “caregivers” and “care recipients.” But Sean Caulfield, creative director for the I'm Still Here Foundation, refers to all the participants in the program he helps direct as being "care partners."

Sure, one of these "partners" might have memory issues. But by Sean's accounting, they are still an important part of the team as they contribute a great deal during the museum tours his organization arranges. He maintains that even if they do not always remember what happens during these events, they still have an amazing ability to draw impressions from the art they encounter as they make their way through galleries.

And in explaining why they display this talent, he notes "Art has the ability to transcend the limitations of conventional communication and language, leading to rich emotional connections and enabling people with Alzheimer's to break out of their shells, to become awakened."

Sean’s website is
Dr. Marilyn Rantz has been affiliated with Missouri University’s Sinclair School of Nursing (MUSSON) since 1992. And her pioneering work aimed at upgrading nursing home care quality spans an even longer period of time, going back 30 years.

During late 2012, Dr. Rantz secured a $14.8 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for their Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents. This was the largest grant ever received across the entire University of Missouri-Columbia campus.

Much of the research she has supervised since receiving this funding has been conducted at TigerPlace. Named in honor of the university’s mascot, TigerPlace is seeking to evolve a new model of independent housing where people can safely age in place while enjoying maximized independence and function. TigerPlace provides both an independent living environment for the area’s seniors and an opportunity for students from a variety of professional areas to interact with older adults.


April 2015 Show

Abby Gilbert The living arrangement that can prove most nurturing for seniors might not be one that evolved off anybody’s drawing board. Rather, NORCs, natural occurring retirement communities might be the best possible place for elders to age in place. Some seniors who live in these communities move into them as they age while others are long term residents.

And serving as the director of Philadelphia’s Rhawnhurst NORC, Abby Gilbert has learned that little thing such as help changing a light bulb or a reliable ride to the grocery store can make a major difference. They can determine if a senior can remain in the comfort of familiar surroundings. The NORC is run as a partnership between Catholic Health Care Services and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphiia.

In addition to her work with the NORC, Ms. Gilbert also serves as Vice President of the Board of the Klein JCC and is the immediate past president of the TriState Jewish Communal Professionals Association.

Dr. Gayle Doll

The book Gayle Appel Doll wrote about sexuality has received considerable attention. But no, her text is not something salacious or something akin to Fifty Shades of Grey. And she did not script it to shock, titillate or get on “Oprah.” Rather, Dr. Doll wrote "Sexuality in Long-Term Care: Understanding and Supporting the Needs of Older Adults" in the hopes of providing nursing facilities with guidelines that they could employ when dealing with these sensitive matters.

To her, the talking points this text presents – respect residents’ privacy and individuality – are an essential aspect of these institutions becoming more person-oriented. She maintains that they must make strides in that direction if they hope to remain marketable in today’s world. Dr. Doll’s book won merit honors from the 21st annual National Mature Media Awards Program.

Dr. Doll, now the director of the Center on Aging at Kansas State University has a Ph.D. from KSU in Life Span Human Development.


March 2015 Show

Dr. Louise Aronson, a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), has impressive credentials, having graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed an internal medicine residency and geriatric fellowship at UCSF. She currently cares for frail older adults in the Care at Home Program and directs the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center and UCSF Medical Humanities.

A woman of many talents, Dr. Aronson has also won recognition for her writing. Her book A History of the Present Illness takes readers into the lives of doctors, patients and families in the neighborhoods, hospitals and nursing homes of San Francisco. Most recently, she wrote an article – “Necessary Steps: How Health Care Fails Older Patients, And How It Can Be Done Better” that appeared in the March, 2015 issue of Health Affairs. In this story, she employs narrative to make a strong point: establishment the medical establishment needs to redirect the care it provides seniors.

Dr. Aronson’s web site is


Derek Van Atta

took a fascinating and circuitous journey to become the founder of Solay Superfood. His voyage included: college in Northern California, jobs in a health food store, years spent as a monk in a small Yoga Community where he learned the value of discipline and service to others. Working long hours as the co-founder of a small Silicon Valley – Silly Valley to him – start-up tested Derek's dedication to well-being. But it did not stop him from continuing his study of foods that possess a super high "power-to-weight ratio,” being ultra-nutrient-rich, without having any excess fluff (superfoods).

He became inspired to develop his own health-giving products. And he has spent the last 25 years developing Solay Superfood. His web site is


February 2015 Show

Dr. Peter Whitehouse

believes that the memory challenges that we all face as we age deserve not just a medical, but a public health and community response. Claims we can cure Alzheimer’s in the near future are hype that creates false expectations of fixes. Genuine hope lies in asking deeper questions about the wonders of our brain, what it means to age, and how we need to support each other in community and in balance with nature. If it even exists it is not one disease but many as is the case with cancer. And it might not be distinguishable from normal brain aging, changes that come to all of us as we mature and that might in many ways make us more fully human. Dr. Whitehouse detailed these thoughts in The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told about Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis.

Dr. Whitehouse is the founder of the University Alzheimer’s Center (now the University Aging and Memory Center at Cleveland’s University Hospital Case Medical Center. He currently serves as a neurologist at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. And he worked closely with his wife, Catherine, in establishing the Intergenerational School which has three campuses in Cleveland and has gained widespread recognition for bringing people in various age groupings together into the classroom.

His web site is


January 2015 Show

Artie Kornfeld might be best known as the “Father of Woodstock” the name given to him by the Woodstock Preservation Alliance. But even before he co-produced that music festival which rocked the world during August of 1969, he had begun to make his mark in the music industry. He composed the song “I’m the Pied Piper” which became a hit for many artists and “Dead Man’s Curve” which climbed to the top of the charts when sung by Jan and Dean.

In more recent years, Artie has promoted such artists as Alice Cooper, Linda Ronstadt, Pink Floyd and Melissa Etheridge. And he continues to do his good work and to soak up the sun from his home in southern Florida.

And by the way, he is not the young man you might have seen wearing a leather vest and riding around on his motorcycle in the movie “Woodstock.” That is his partner Michael Lang. Artie was spending his time promoting the event.

His web site is


December 2014 Show

Dr. Kenneth Dupin MEDCottages are designed to provide the best of both worlds. Residents enjoy all the comforts of home. Yet, they get a definite bonus in the fact that while their privacy is being protected, their security is also ensured.

The robotic equipment in these cottages, which have sleeping plus bathroom areas, monitor vital signs, filter the air for contaminants, and communicate with the outside world very easily. Sensors alert caregivers to problems, and medication reminders are provided via computers.

Dr. Kenneth Dupin has helped has helped N2C which markets MEDcottages grow from being an idea on drawing boards to an enterprise with a product. He has more than 25 years experience in non-profit administration, including organizational goals, capital procurement, financial oversight and membership development.

The website for MedCottges is

Karen Bowersox first began involved in an effort to establish a clothing line for people with Downs Syndrome when her granddaughter, Maggie, was four. Her daughter planted the idea for what became Downs Designs in her head and she moved onward from that point.

Ms. Bowersox had no prior experience in the apparel industry, but she was already administering her husband’s medical practice and wanted an opportunity to make good use of her business expertise. However, her journey has not necessarily been a smooth one.

Although she searched tirelessly, she could not find any clothing which was designed for people with Down Syndrome and could serve a model for the product she hoped to market. These individuals often have special proportions which makes fitting them difficult.

But she persevered and with is now selling not only jeans but also shirts, shorts and capris. She expects to expand her business she it can serve people who require accessible clothing for any number of reasons


November 2014 Show

Jim Swanner As a teacher, instructor, communicator, keynote speaker, clinician, writer and host of ‘All About Horses’ radio, Jim Swanner is dedicated to spreading the word about what he calls “natural horsemanship.” This technique helps humans communicate with horses and horses communicate with humans. Jim acknowledges, however, that reaching it can take riders a life time to reach this level of sensitivity. But he believes that the dedication working towards this goal pays off in big dividends. His web site is 

Deanna R. Adams is a multi-published author and speaker, whose latest novel is Scoundrels & Dreamers, the sequel to her debut novel, Peggy Sue Got Pregnant: A Rock 'n' Roll Love Story. Her first book, Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (Kent State University Press, 2002), was named a finalist for the Ohioana Award for nonfiction, and the ARSC Award (Association for Recorded Sound Collections) for excellence in research. Other books are Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl (Infinity Publishing, 2008) and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots (Arcadia Publishing, 2010). Deanna is also an instructor and event coordinator at Lakeland Community College, and instructor for the Cuyahoga County Libraries Lit program, where she speaks and teaches on a number of writing topics. Her website is:


October 2014 Show

Frank Sansom's personal experiences caring for family members led him to form Senior Care Authorities which helps families find an appropriate (residential) placement for their elder. These days, there are many available options – assisted living, independent living - and the number is constantly growing. So, making these decisions can become daunting if attempted without professional guidance. Frank also hosts a weekly radio show called "The Aging Boomers" which educates family caregivers and seniors on pertinent issues facing them and makes them away of important resources. Prior to starting Care, Frank was a veteran of the travel industry for 34 years.

Laura Mitchell serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Wisconsin-based GrandCare which manufactures technology that connects elders with their caregivers, allowing careful tracking of their progress. And her marketing skills will be put to the test as the company evolves both nationally and globally at a rapid pace. It is currently balancing several large international contracts including one with Saga, the UK’s largest in-home care provider. In early 2014, GrandCare entered Canada, joining forces with the in-home care organization Proof of Care. And it is working together with a major homecare franchisor in Australia.


September 2014 Show

Jill Mattson first began studying Sound Healing and its ability to bring minds, bodies, emotions, and energies into better balance more than 20 years ago. Since that point, she has studied this field extensively on her own and has also interviewed leading experts in this modality. And she has turned what she has learned into ongoing efforts to benefit people by practicing this modality. Since the early 2009s, she has worked out of a studio in her home, recording compositions that blend her original music with ancient techniques. Jill's Deep Wave Beauty was a finalist for the COVR Specialty CD of 2012 award.

Donna Seebo has found many outlets for her natural talents: communicating with others and helping those with whom she connects to grow spiritually. She published an award-winning illustrated children’s book, “God’s Kiss.” Along with other texts, including “Mind Magic” and “The Miracle of 8 Pennies,” it is available at Since April of this year, she has hosted a radio program on her own station, Delphi Vision Broadcasting. Go to “The Donna Seebo Show for archived broadcasts. During September, 2014 she will be starting a new program “Warriors for Peace” that will feature veterans and others from around the world who are striving to achieve what many view as being an impossible goal: peace.

August 2014 Show


Mike Bentley is an Insurance Broker/Consultant who is active in working with non–for-profit organizations and small businesses in providing health insurance and other group benefits.  He is also very active in assisting seniors with their Medicare questions and coverage needs.  He established the Group Benefits Department at The Brooks and Stafford Company in 1998,  where he not only continues serving today as Vice President, but he is also an active educator.  Mike teaches continuing education courses for insurance professionals in Ohio and is also a frequent speaker on health insurance topics.  He is licensed in multiple states and has his office in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.


Joel Wrobbel began working with older adults in 1985 while guiding an intergenerational ministry with older adults and high school youth. Joel graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago Illinois with a focus in Pastoral Studies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Services from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. Joel has experience serving older adults through his work as a nursing home Psycho-Social Director and providing leadership as a General Partner for a senior living company. He has served as a Director of Resident Services for an independent living community and as a Marketing Director for two continuing care retirement communities. Joel became an Associate of the Eden Alternative in 2005 and is passionate about spreading the message of culture change. Since 2001, Joel has served as the Marketing Director at Westminster-Thurber Community in Columbus, Ohio. To learn more about the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Service visit

July 2014 Show

Dr. Steven Zarit
Zarit is a Pennsylvania State University professor, has conducted extensive aimed at finding ways whereby family care givers can reduce the stress they are they are experiencing. His most recent studies focus upon the benefits that caregivers derive when their elder attends a day care facility. This arrangement not only grants them a valuable respite from their care giving “responsibilities,” it also provides them with a support system. His studies indicate that having this support results in caregivers' level of stress hormones decreasing.

Dr. Zarit developed the Zarit Burden interview that measures the extent to which care giving might be placing a "burden" upon those who accept this "responsibility." This instrument has been used extensively in both therapeutic and research settings. His web site is

Paul Malley
Paul Malley is President, Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life. The life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta served as the inspirational foundation of Aging with Dignity. The Florida-based organization is best known as the creator and distributor of the Five Wishes advance directive, of which there are currently more than 20 million in national circulation. Five Wishes is easy to understand and use and addresses all of a person’s needs – medical, legal, personal, emotional and spiritual. It’s been called “the living will with a heart and soul.” You can preview Five Wishes by visiting

Paul Malley and the work of Aging with Dignity have been featured in national media including the CBS, NBC, and ABC evening news, CNN, MSNBC, NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and Consumer Reports.

6-18-2014 Show

Dr. Georgina Cannon
Georgina is an award-winning, board-certified, master consulting hypnotist. An accredited life coach, she is recognized as the public face and respected member of Canada's complimentary health community. In recognition of that fact, Georgina has appeared as a regular guest on national and international television and radio programs.

During 2004, Shirley MacLaine read Georgina’s first book, RETURN – Past Life Regression and You, and contacted Georgina for a radio interview. She subsequently invited Georgina to host her chatroom a few times a year

Suzanne Caplan
Suzanne Caplan who serves as the Founder and CEO of The Community Center for Aging in Place (CCAIP) is uniquely equipped to help this organization reach its goal of upgrading services for seniors in Southeastern Pennsylvania. She is the author of 13 books on business techniques, including her most recent volume - Strong Women: Confessions of a Smug Feminist. 

Ms. Caplan has also presented seminars throughout the US and the UK. Suzanne, providing older entrepreneurs with guidelines that will help them make their business more efficient.