Rebecca Hahessy graduated Cum Laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations and a concentration in Gerontology and Psychology. Rebecca has been working in the not for profit field for 15 years and in the medical arena more than 10 years. Currently, she is the Program Director at the American Parkinson Disease Association, South Florida Chapter. She manages all their support groups and health and wellness activities and is responsible for providing education, assistance and resources to the community.
Lola Fraknoi is the creator of an Art Kit for people with memory loss and a professor of art in the Older Adult Program at the City College of San Francisco, and at the Older Adult Lifelong Learning program of San Francisco State University. With more than 25 years of experience in the aging field, Lola is trained as a professional artist and has always found ways to bring art, music, and creativity of all kinds into the programs she has led. www.arttimeprograms.com
Steve Villa started a niche company in the senior market, referred to as senior placement or referral. The model is now growing nationwide. Steve talks about senior placement and why his service is benefiting so many families.
Sheila Malkind has worked in the field of Aging for 50 years and started Legacy Film Series, a company distributing and renting short films on aging. She discusses aging, how elders are looked at and the mindset of seniors.
Mike Miles is the Executive Director with Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society where he works with very dedicated professionals, a strong and caring Board of Directors, and to lead a phenomenal group of volunteers to make a significance difference in the lives of others. Mike discusses both the challenges and advancements with Parkinson's Disease.
Denette Mann is a licensed professional counselor based in Dallas who integrates mindfulness into her counseling practice. This is reflected in the name of her website: LivingBetterWithMindfulness.com. Her belief is that mindfulness can help baby boomers with stage of life issues which Denette will tell us more about.