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Boomers Today is our weekly podcast that helps educate families on resources available to the aging boomer population. Frank Samson, founder and CEO of Senior Care Authority®, interviews a different expert on aspects of what families face as the Boomers and their parents are aging. Subjects range from caregiver challenges, to legal matters, to financial considerations, to health and wellness topics and self-care.
Terri is the Founder and Owner of Terri K. Echarte Consulting and has over 30 years of experience in business, real estate finance, banking and client relations. Giving back to the community is an important initiative for Terri. She is a co-founder of 100+ Women Who Care – Miami Chapter. These giving circles raise money to bestow grants to local non-profits providing much needed programs and services throughout Miami Dade County. Terri is a proud member of AADMM (the American Association of Daily Money) and is insured as a Daily Money Manager through Lloyds of London.
With 50 years of clinical experience, Dr. Dorian Mintzer is an experienced therapist; retirement transition, money, relationship, and executive coach; consultant; speaker; and writer. Dorian has authored and co-authored several books and has been featured in a variety of media such as the NY Times, WSJ, USA Today, CNN Money, Forbes, NPR, ABC Evening News and the Today Show and has given a Ted X talk focused on “Embracing your Bonus Years: A Time to Learn, Grow and Evolve.” Elizabeth Marcus is a former architect and current freelance writer. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and on online magazines. Her book Don’t Say a Word!: A Daughter’s Two Cents, is coming out soon. The book is a memoir about her struggles to make sense of the strange last years of her parents’ lives, when they cut loose and seemed to make a complete about-face.
Kit Pappenheimer and Lynnea Brinkerhoff are co-founders of Heartfelt Memorials,LLC. Lynnea is an ordained Interfaith Minister, a Disaster Chaplain, and "End of Life Doula". Kit is a former educator, teaching and running public schools and a long time hospice volunteer. Both are ICF certified Executive Coaches, employing heart-based, body-oriented and trauma-informed practices with a fierce belief in the resilience of the human spirit to face and honor the end of life with dignity and grace.
Julie Sursok is an inspiring breakthrough author of the best-selling book “I’m Now called a Senior WTF”. Julie is a senior herself. She has run her own successful businesses, performed on stage and television and is an award-winning recording artist. Julie emigrated from South Africa to Australia mastering the challenges of losing everything to rise back up again. And now with laughter, humility and life experience she is passionately inspiring seniors to stand tall and feel relevant again. Laugh at senior travels and senior moments and separate bedroom syndrome. Relate to medical checks and downsizing and technical faux pas. In this heart-felt and honest commentary on senior life, you will feel quite at HOME.
Over the last decade Tzivya Green has worked with Seniors in different settings. She has worked as a Social Service Coordinator in a Skilled Nursing Facility and held a weekly dementia caregiver support group. Most recently, she obtained her Personal Care Home Administrator license and worked as an Executive Director at a Personal Care Home. Knowing that many are unaware of the eligibility, policies and process surrounding Medicaid, Tzivya spent a significant amount of time learning about Medicaid in all 50 States and started her own Medicaid planning company, Sensible Senior Planning.
Daniel E. Kennedy is a healthcare executive, counselor, author and filmmaker. His passion for disease prevention was ignited professionally while working with thousands of cancer patients at Oasis of Hope Hospital, and personally, by witnessing the cancer and heart disease related deaths of his grandmother, uncle, aunt, and father. Through the process of writing and ghostwriting 12 books on cancer and heart health, Daniel honed the skills necessary to create, write, and direct the 8-episode Healthy Long Life documentary series. His relationships with researchers and clinicians, developed over the last three decades, have given him access to the world’s top experts on healthy life expectancy.
Kim Callinan is the President and CEO of Compassion & Choices, where she has had a leadership role in authorizing medical aid in dying into five new jurisdictions. She launched the Finish Strong initiative, which includes a book and suite of new tools to empower patients to take charge of the final chapter of their lives. Kim is frequently invited to speak at conferences, testify before state legislatures, conduct policy briefings and serve on committees as an expert on end-of-life care options.
As founder and CEO of Keeping Us Safe, Matt Gurwell’s mission is to provide strategies and guidance to seniors that will help them to continue driving safely until the decision is made to retire from their driving career. He also provides an excellent array of services and resources for both families and professionals as they deal with this very sensitive issue. Matt currently lectures throughout the United States on topics related to the aging process and its adverse effects on driving skills.
Tim Sutton is a 31 year veteran police officer who has worked with hundreds of families dealing with cognitive issues. He has traveled the country for 12 years educating audiences on understanding the behaviors related to Dementia with his goal to promote peaceful interactions for positive outcomes.
Mexican-born Zarela Martinez rewrote the story of Mexican cuisine in the U.S. when she opened her game-changing New York restaurant “Zarela” in 1987. This legendary dining spot replaced culinary stereotypes with brilliant, fearless explorations of regional Mexican specialties embedded in their own distinctive contexts. Martinez is the author of Food from My Heart), The Food and Life of Oaxaca, and Zarela’s which was also the companion to a 13-part PBS television series.