Aging in Place: 50 Aging Influencers you may not have Heard of

“Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a contribution.” 

― Deepak Chopra
Aging in Place

Each year there is a prestigious list of movers and shakers who are influencing the world of Aging. The membership in this elite group is impressive for their accomplishments and contribution to the field of aging–we are all better off for their work.  I also have my list of “50 Influencers” you may have never heard of–but you should. These are some of the hardest working people in Aging and their work may not be headline-grabbing, but it’s worthy of your attention.

Here are the 1st 25

  1. Mary Ann Drummond, RN, CEO Angel Tree Publishing

Bio

Mary Ann Drummond has over thirty years of nursing experience and has spent the last thirteen years of her career as an executive, working in the assisted living industry. With responsibility for Alzheimer’s programming design and implementation for multiple special care programs, she has learned much from the greatest teachers of all, those who suffer daily with Alzheimer’s disease. Drummond has a passion for educating others in ways to successfully meet the needs of the Alzheimer’s patient and often dedicates time to present her unique concepts at caregiver symposiums and various community health presentations.

Drummond began writing at a very young age, and she continues to write both personally and professionally. While she has many educational and trade-related materials to her credit, she has only recently made her work available to the public. Drummond’s first book, “I Choose to Remember”, is a reminiscing therapy aid designed help individuals recapture the best of their yesterday. “Meet Me Where I Am”, Drummonds second book, is a comprehensive guide for Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Drummond’s writing style has been described as both intimate and poetic. Her appreciation for the God given beauty in life is reflected throughout her work. When not working or writing, Drummond enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She is currently working on a third book that focuses on ageism, and hopes to have it ready for release in 2015.

Mary Ann is a nurse with a mission: “Together we learn – Together we grow!”

 

  1. Kelly Ann Ford, the Founder of Forty Over 50

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She is the director of numerous acclaimed stage productions and world premieres for theatre companies throughout L.A. – for which she has garnered several awards and nominations, including the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre and an NAACP nomination for Best Director.

She has written, directed and produced short films, web series and music videos (1.5 million+ YouTube views) featuring established talent and reaching a wide audience – from ‘tweens to boomers.

The inspiration behind the Forty Over 50 Project was born out of her deep desire to change the way our culture approaches longevity and aging by empowering older men and women to take the lead and be the voice of their own generation. Because, in the words of the great Gertrude Stein…

Kelly Ann is helping older adults find voice: “We are always the same age inside.”

 

  1. Martin Hyde, PhD, Founder Agescapes: A Global View on Ageing and Later Life

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Dr. Martin Hyde is Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University. Prior to that he was a Senior Lecturer in mh-picSociology at the University of Manchester and before that worked as the Deputy Director of the Epidemiology Unit at the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University. He is also a Deputy Editor for Ageing & Society and an Associate Editor for BMC Geriatrics and Gerontology.

The main area of his research is on ageing and later life and has published a number of articles, reports and book chapters on issues from work and retirement to global ageing. His recent book ‘Ageing and Globalization’ with Prof Paul Higgs is published by Policy Press. Martin was involved in the development of a measure of quality in life in later life, the CASP-19, which has gone on to be used in over 20 countries worldwide (www.casp19.com). He has also been involved in a number of large scale studies including the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the Survey for Health, Retirement and Ageing in Europe (SHARE) and the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Study of Health (SLOSH: www.stressforskning.su.se/english/slosh/slosh-start). He co-ordinate the Integrated Datasets in Europe for Ageing Research (IDEAR: www.idear-net.net) network.

Martin is an academic with a pragmatic approach to applying knowledge so we can better understand quality of life in our later years.

 

  1. Ian Spero, Founder Agile Ageing Alliance

Bio

Ian is a Social entrepreneur, architect of marketing partnerships and change:

Call me cynical, but every article concerning “the elderly” seems to up the ante in terms of doom, gloom and alarm. Is it any wonder therefore that more than 25% of men and women aged over 65 in England are suffering from depression?

A deep thinker with an analytic perspective, he is focused on environmental determinants of Aging and the impact on our future. His recent post on Linkedin: “The Elderly”= Doom, Gloom and Fear. Time to press reset. Is thought-provoking and a call to action. He is one to follow as a thought leader on Aging and the environment.

 

  1. Judith Stanton, CEO/Publisher Senior Lifestyle Advantage Magazine: Changing the Way We Think About Aging.

Bio

Judith notes that many experiences have encouraged the foundation of her life: “It’s with extraordinary joy to share these moments with you.”  Senior Lifestyle Advantage Magazine is a magazine that is sharing hope and its connecting readers with amazing people in their communities.

She founded Senior Lifestyle Advantage L.L.C. in 2014—and reports the journey continues as we look forward to publishing each seasonal issue.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

  1. Steve Hoffacker SteveHoffacker.com

Bio

Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, believes in what he does and has over three-decades of practical experience that he brings to each training opportunity – whether it’s a telephone coaching session, a group training program, a certification program (such as “CAPS”), a training class, a webinar, or in-person continuing education program. He will help you understand the tremendous opportunities that are available for you to offer the people you help – regardless of their age, the value or condition of their home, or any physical challenges they might be facing. In fact, universal design strategies and concepts are a great place to begin. Steve works with dozens of different disciplines and professions so it doesn’t matter what your background is or if you are starting out brand new in the field having made a shift from some other occupation or business.

Steve – “North America’s most experienced Aging In Place Instructor” – brings a tremendous amount of personal and practical knowledge and experience in universal design, aging in place solutions, residential construction, visitability, function, design, and accessibility to your classroom or caching experience. Learn what works (and why), what doesn’t, and how to know the difference as you explore ways to help your clientele and grow and sustain your business.

Steve is CEO of LC | West Palm Beach, FL USA

Steve is very active on social media and always has a solid take on the issue of aging in place. Please look into his work and trainings; he’s got experience and knows how to use it!

 

  1. Anne Tumlinson, founder of Daughters Unite

Bio

Anne asks: WE DAUGHTERS CARE FOR SOCIETY, BUT WHO CARES FOR US?

Daughters Unite is about creating Community in what can be one of the loneliest paths in life—the caregiver. This site is dedicated (and infused with love) to the goal of introducing friends to one another.

Anne Tumlinson has spent the last two decades working on improving how America cares for its frailest, most vulnerable older adults. This is a calling and meaningful work; may her ranks grow. She is part of the solution and creating meaning and support around the concept of the “informal female caregiver.”

There are over 20 million unpaid caregivers in the United States, the majority are daughters. Researcher Cynthia M. Tabuer noted: Most elderly men have informal care—most elderly women to not. A sobering reality that Daughters Unite is taking head-on…I encourage you to support this work.

 

  1. Molly Wisniewski (LeGrand) Founder, The Upside to Aging

Bio

Molly has cared for older adults living with dementia for over ten years. She is a firm believer that everyone deserves person-centered care in both the quality of their care and the quality of their life.

She was fortunate to begin her career in the aging services with a mentor dedicated to the teaching of resident’s rights and the promotion of quality of life. These concepts have become a foundation as she grew in the field, especially in the face of adversity which is all too common in this area.  Over the past ten years, Molly has supplemented formal education in the field of geriatrics through in-services, conferences, and her internship with the National Consumer Voice. In May 2016, she graduated from the Erickson School, UMBC  where she received her M.A. in the Management of Aging Services.

She started the Upside to Aging because, over the years, she watched the struggles and frustrations that occur while caring for our loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s but as an activity professional she’d been blessed with an alternative and more positive side to aging that she would like to share with all of you!

Molly’s goal is connecting with all of you in the hopes that you find the information you’ll need to have happy and healthy relationships with your loved ones. There is an upside to aging and this site can help you discover it.

 

  1. Daniel Bryan Jones, Author of Stroke Hopes ebooks

Bio

Danny Jones is an author, speaker, writer, stroke ambassador for American stroke Association an advocate for stroke rights. His Story:

I suffered a massive stroke in July of 2006. This book took nine years and $3 million to write. I was one of the lucky ones. I was extremely lucky to have had excellent medical insurance through my wife’s union; without it I would most likely still reside in a state run facility. Instead, I was able to spend a year and a half, following my stroke, in one of the world’s finest brain injury hospitals. I was also able to work with some of the best stroke recovery therapists in the country and to be directly exposed to world class cutting-edge stroke recovery therapies every day.

Now, nine years later, I feel compelled to share this vast pool of personal knowledge and experience with others who have been unfortunately thrust into a lifetime of dealing with post-stroke recovery. In this third book of the Stroke Hope series, dealing with the number three killer of Americans and the number one cause for long term disability worldwide, Stroke Hope stroke Recovery walks the stroke survivor or their loved ones or friends through what it will take, or what to expect, when starting on the journey I call “Stroke Recovery”.

I have had many disappointments and failures along this grueling journey; but I have also had many victories as well. In this book I share the triumphs as well as the tragedies. I share what works and what is a waste of time as well. I said one time soon after my stroke to my wife June that if there was a book that told you what you needed to do after stroke, I would buy it and do what it said to do. Stroke Hope Stroke Recovery is that book.

Strokes have touched so many lives, my own included, Danny’s work is brave, honest, and supportive; look into it.

 

  1. David M Sheard, CEO / Founder Dementia Care Matters. Univ Dr, Author, International Speaker Butterfly Homes, TV Series Consultant Dementiaville, Director, The Butterfly Community

Bio

Whilst David steers strategically the whole of Dementia Care Matters he also provides his own specialist Consultancy in areas of dementia care that are newly developing or requiring a strategic focus. Combining passion and clarity with detailed general management experience David helps a wide range of organizations to operationalize new cultures of care.

Alongside an extensive schedule of national speaking engagements across the UK and Ireland David authors dementia care learning resources. He can be commissioned to produce practice development tools and specializes in motivational speaking at conferences and with the media on how to achieve health and social care culture change. His specialist expertise covers:

~working with commissioners to steer effective change in dementia care

~advising Board level staff on the design of strategies in dementia care

~providing comprehensive environmental audits of care settings

~converging dementia design with an operational model of care

~developing General Manager and nurse leadership teams

~transferring the Mattering model into Supported Housing and Home Support.

I encourage you to listen to David and get a feel for his work and mission:

 

  1. Dave Miller, Host of OPB Think Out Loud

Bio

Dave Miller makes the list because of his deep dive into issues of aging that he covers frequently on his OPB show Think Out Loud. Dave explores topics from Aging in Place, aging in community, profiles remarkable seniors, and advocates for older adults in the state of Oregon.

His smart interviewing and relentless probing for understanding of his topic makes Dave’s show time well invested.

Here is an example of finding meaning in Retirement: Listen to TOL’s Dave Miller

Listening for a Better World: TEDMtHood

 

  1. Dr. Joyce Knudsen “Senior Fashionista” drjoyceknudsen.com

Bio

Joyce is the Founder of The ImageMaker, Inc.® Communication Group in 1985, many subsidiaries have been formed, such as the Certification, Fashion, Modeling, Consulting, Self-Esteem, Books, Radio & Social Site Divisions. Hard work paid off as she obtained the honor of becoming a celebrated and distinguished image professional, who has worked in the Impression Field for over twenty years, specializing in Fashion, Style, and Design.

She notes, it was exciting to have earned the highest achievement, AICI CIM (Certified Image Master) by AICI, The Premier Image Association (Association of Image Consultants, International) in 1999 & to have conquered the field of image to include behavior, verbal communication, and nonverbal communication. Working hard, I became the very first Certified Image Master (AICI CIM in AICI), working from home via Skype as an online consultant and mentor.

Having written 10 books earning Best Seller: From Head to Soul for Women and From Head to Soul for Men (both in their 4th edition) about Fashion & Style, she has received tremendous feedback from readers to add to her existing knowledge in the image field.

Her Story:

At the age of 38 I went to Oakland University, a division of Michigan State & earned a BA in Communication’s. Soon after, made the decision to get a Master’s in Business Management and at 52, I decided to earn the ultimate degree of PhD. In Human Services/Psychology.

Through continuing education and working as a fashion model for over 10 years, prior to academic education, I loved doing print work, television commercials, teaching (head teacher at many pageants and modeling schools) & working with the famous Patricia Stevens Agency in Troy, Michigan, where I taught fashion for the up and coming models for 10 years. Somehow, I also was the fashion guru for the local newspapers with my own column and had my own Television Program for three years with Booth Communication called “The ImageMaker, Presents.” Then, on a lark, entered The Modeling Association of America (MAAI) and won…. in three categories: Fashion, Television (Actress) and came in 1st in their Makeup Competition out of 1500 applicants. Imagine my surprise at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, sitting at a table, knowing no one and being called up to the stage 3 times to win these awards! Then, I continued AICI where I won the Award of Excellence for Education and The Immie Award (ImageMakers Merit of Industry Excellence.

In 2009, an opportunity expanded my vast expertise to include the social sites (a new form of communication) that is growing every year. My social site status became at the top 1% of users worldwide–with over 1.1Million Followers on Twitter alone.

After 10 years on Inspirational Talk Radio Network, I, now produce The 12 Minute Inspiration and serve as a Regular on Naturally Savvy, iHeart Radio TuneIn, Stitcher & iTunes.

The ImageMaker, Inc ® Communication Group offers the most up-to-date courses in Image Management, approved by AICI and DETC. I pride myself on updating all the course information every six months and researching the latest in Appearance. My approach to my practice is creating a Strategy for clients for Image (Impression) Management and then help clients with marketing (the one thing other programs leave out!)

I work side-by-side of every client to clarify what they are seeking in their careers, so they can focus on becoming the success they deserve to achieve. While the outside image (appearance, fashion & style) are very important, it is also important to dress for your figure and physique. To this end, I developed the first and only Figure Magic® and ­­Physique Power® Style Portfolio System. This enables clients to take their client shopping and give them a complete portfolio to work with on the right styles for their figure or physique type.

My latest book, Refusing to Quit has been a best seller on Amazon. At 73, I needed to nominate myself to represent woman 60 and over to tell the world that we are vibrant, knowledgeable, and ready to rule the world through “lunch and learn” workshops in the Nashville Area. Now, I am hoping to develop a calendar of woman this age. Let me know if you want to be featured in 2018.

 

  1. Kari Henley, Founder Age Without Borders

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Founder, Age Without Borders, LLC Producer of Virtual Summits, & Virtual Courses in aging industry. Coffee lover, hiker, connector, lover of Life!

Kari is a social entrepreneur and emerging aging enthusiast, with decades of experience in writing, interviewing and facilitating live & virtual events. Founder of Henley Development LLC, Kari produced and hosted the “Women of Destiny” Summit: featuring over 100 thought leaders over 31 consecutive days- one of the largest Live tele-summits ever created. Kari has an enormous passion for the transformation of aging. She is a featured contributor for the Huffington Post, Blog Editor at Silvernest, and is developing a documentary on inter-generational perceptions of aging. At the tender age of 50, she is delighted to be at the doorstep of “outgrowing adulthood.” One to follow to be in the know on issues of aging; her energy comes through in everything she lays her hands to. I’m glad she is out there and working for a better world to age in.

 

  1. Dollie Dogood, Founder dolliedogood.blogspot.com.au

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Dollie is a Caring carer & Elder enthusiast. Adventuring into the weird, wonderful (and often wobbly) world of older adults. Writes about it in her blog “DON’T GET OLD!” Dollie finds humor in aging…Look into her blog for a lighter side of getting old.

 

  1. Joyce Williams, Founder, grandmawilliams.com

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Former Physio now 82 loving the fun & nonsense of being ancient and positively enjoying life’s later years. Anti-Ageism of course. Exploring the modern world at 80 years old; her blog is relevant and fun/informative. She appeals to many in her stage of life. Look into her ideas and shares, she appeals to aging and doesn’t shy away from elderhood. She style is self-deprecating in a nice way: “At 81, Discover Being Ancient is Great!”

 

  1. Matthew Skallerud, President of ilovegayseniors

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Matt Skallerud, president of Pink Banana Media, specializes in LGBT online marketing, targeting gays & lesbians via content marketing, social media, programmatic ad banners, mobile smartphone apps and more. He also specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), key word / search advertising (PPC) and social media analytics. He’s been in the LGBT online industry for over 20 years now.

Matt Skallerud began his online career in May 1995 with the launch of GayWired.com, which became one of the top 3 LGBT websites worldwide. Having worked with companies, large and small, for more than 20 years to reach the LGBT online consumer through this site and others, he is now focused on the most cutting-edge global innovations in programmatic ad buying, social networking and Web 2.0 technologies. He empowers his clients to reach the LGBT market using the most advanced techniques taking hold in the online marketing world today, including Real-Time Ad Bidding (RTB), Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube, blogs and others.

In addition, Skallerud is the former Board Chairman of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and has served on the boards Travel Gay Canada (TGC) and the LAGLCC. He is actively involved with key national LGBT organizations including the NGLCC and Lambda Legal, just to name a few.

 

  1. Dr. Ebonil I Green, Cofounder caregiversupportservices.com

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Caregiver Support Services is a “grassroots” non-profit organization with a 501 (c )(3) tax-exempt status. The organization was founded by Terrence and Eboni Green, a husband and wife team, to support family & professional caregivers across the lifespan through direct supportive services. Caregiver Support Services is known nationally for setting up benchmark programs and services for family and professional caregivers in the form of offering accessible training, self-advocacy and other pertinent services to support caregivers through the care process.

Dr. Green is the President and CEO of Caregiver Support Services, which specializes in supporting family and professional caregivers across the lifespan through direct supportive services. She is the author of three books At the Heart of the Matter, Caregiving in the New Millennium, and Reflections from the Soul, and currently, writes a monthly article that focuses on self-care among caregivers. Green has extensive experience focused on caregivers’ health and wellness, with an emphasis on caregiver stress, burnout, and related family conflicts.

In 2002, she became the Nebraska State Representative for the Caregiver Action Network. She was also the resource editor of Take Care, from 2004 to 2006. Green has contributed to a number of publications and given presentations that focus on training, assessing and supporting caregivers.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Eboni I. Green directly to purchase her books, or to schedule trainings, or for national speaking opportunities.  She is one to pay attention to, and glad also, she’s is a caregiver advocate.

 

  1. Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor, iadvanceseniorcare.com

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As Senior Editor, Nicole covers the business of senior care and the website is the industry-leading source for practical, in-depth, business-building, and resident care information for owners, executives, administrators, and directors of nursing at assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, post-acute facilities, and continuing care retirement communities. Through its print, online and event platforms, I Advance Senior Care’s team of editors and industry experts provide market analysis, strategic direction, policy commentary, clinical best-practices, business management, and technology breakthroughs. I Advance Senior Care is part of the Institute for the Advancement of Senior Care and published by Vendome Group.

 

  1. Wendi Burkhardt, CEO SilverNest.com

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Wendi is CEO of Silvernest, a roommate matching & house sharing service for boomers with space to share. We help you rent out your spare room and earn income. This is an IDEA whose time has come. She’s doing it with style and coming from a place of meaningful contribution. Wendi is making the experience of aging a positive and enriching one for countless others. I support her and her mission—truly part of the aging in place puzzle!

 

  1. David and Veronica James, founders gypsynester.com

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These two only spark my envy! Love what they do, and want to be like them when I grow up.

David James was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up on the prairie and in the mountains of Colorado. He made his way in the music business as a performer, recording artist, songwriter, and radio personality in Nashville, Tennessee, and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. After parenting and sending three kids out into the big wide world, he currently lives with his bride of thirty years, Veronica, in a state of perpetual motion. The couple writes about their travels since becoming empty nesters on their popular website, GypsyNester.com.

Veronica James was born and raised in Southern California and was like, totally, a Valley Girl. Against any sane person’s better judgment, she ran off with a musician at age eighteen. After procreating, she became Earth Mama, then Helicopter Mom, hovering over every detail of her children’s lives. She and her husband are the creators of the popular website GypsyNester.com. She has held approximately thirty-three different jobs including writer. She is never bored.

  1. Arthur Bretschneider, Founder seniorly.com

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Founder & CEO, Arthur is a third generation senior housing operator. After selling his family’s senior housing company, he held two financial analyst roles in real estate and finance companies. He then founded a consulting firm, assisting real estate developers and other financial institutions in entering the senior housing market. While pursuing his MBA at Berkeley-Haas, he created Seniorly to solve a problem he noticed while running his family’s business. Arthur is a native San Franciscan, and when he isn’t working he is usually at Crissy Field with his wife, two boys and Jack Russell terrier.

Arthur appears to me to be taking a more personal approach to finding senior housing; less of an industrial-clearing-house approach. Nicely done, Arthur.

 

  1. Patricia Budd, Founder, patriciabudd.com

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The Sage of Age; Patricia provides inspired support to women who are ready to reclaim their beautiful, powerful authentic selves:

At 74, I’m experiencing the best years of my life. Perhaps like you, I was once stuck in the Cage of Age. It wasn’t until I realized that it wasn’t my age that was making me believe that I was too old…It was my thoughts about my age! I was 59 when I became fully aware that the next year I would be 60! OMG! 60! No way around it, 60 is old…So I thought. Too old to do many of the things I had once wanted to do. Too old to live the life I had often dreamed about.

 It wasn’t until I realized that I had bought into every negative belief I’d ever heard about ageing that I was able to begin to take responsibility for creating the life I wanted to live. In order to do that, I had to change my thoughts and create a vision for my future that I could live into.

 Today my mission is to help other women of any age, change the limiting beliefs they have about getting older and to experience that they can be Amazing at Any Age! They are then able to restore their hope for a bright future by opening up to the possibility that they can create a life that they love.

 Some are in their 30s or 40’s and label themselves a failure because they’ve not met self-imposed deadlines. Others are in their 50’s, 60s and beyond, feeling sorry that they have not lived their lives to the fullest.

 We work together to redefine their thoughts about growing old and they begin to realize that this can be the best time of their lives.

A beautiful woman on a beautiful mission, consider discovering what she has to offer you.

 

  1. Rosann Moore, Founder, caregiversactivitysource.com

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Rosann Moore is a member of the baby-boomer generation who believes that you are never too old to play. Her playtime includes hiking, gardening, sewing, horseback riding, spending time in the mountains and spending time with her family. Her parents, whom she adores, are 96 and 85 years old.

Rosann Moore is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has worked and consulted in long-term care for more than 25 years. She is also a contributing editor for Creative Forecasting®, a magazine for Activity & Recreation Professionals.

Caregivers Activity Source was created to assist at-home caregivers and/or family members with ideas in providing activity and leisure opportunities for older family members or friends. Since the functional aspect of an older person is so diverse, you must choose the activity that is right for them. Our purpose is:

To share the idea that activities, hobbies, and recreational pursuits are meaningful, purposeful, and can improve quality of life.

To provide caregivers with activity ideas with tips for adaptations.

To review leisure resources and highlight current activity trends and people.

To connect caregivers with one another.

To help caregivers create opportunities for an older person to develop deeper personal relationships and enjoyment of everyday living.

To gather information in order to give the caregiver ideas, information, and choices.

Thanks for being part of the solution, Rosann.

 

  1. Gina Martin, Founder bobanddianefund.org

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Gina Martin created this grant in honor of her parents.

Her Story:

My hope is for people to understand that Alzheimer’s is more than just memory loss and to recognize the heavy toll it takes on the caregiver and family. My parents taught me the importance of giving, and this is my gift to them.

The Fund honors Bob & Diane Martin, high school sweethearts married for 49 and a half years. In 2006, at the age of 65, Diane was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. She passed away 5 years later. Bob, her loyal partner, and devoted caregiver, died just 3 months later. Though they left a void in the hearts of their family and the many people whose lives they touched, their true love and dedication to one another continues to inspire. The Fund is in honor of their memory and as a tribute to their generosity and genuine compassion for others.

Our goal is to bring visual understanding and dialogue to a disease that has been in the shadows for far too long.

 As a daughter of Alzheimer’s, I believe that visual storytelling can be a powerful way to advocate for the increased public and private research and spending needed to find a cure.

— Gina Martin, founder, The Bob and Diane Fund

The Bob and Diane Fund seeks submissions from visual storytellers on stories about Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Photographers – still photography only.

Participants of the 2016 grant can submit their proposal again for 2017 (we encourage you to refresh your submission).

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Finish. Publish. Show.  We are looking for projects that need support to complete, publish or exhibit. These can be intimate stories of loss, as well as those that point out the urgency of a growing medical crisis for Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.

WHERE ARE THESE STORIES FROM?

Anywhere. 44 million people have Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia worldwide, although it is most commonly found in Western Europe and North America. One-third of Americans over age 85 are afflicted with the illness.

WHEN ARE THE SUBMISSIONS DUE?

The 2017 B&DF grant will accept submissions September 1, 2017 until October 22, 2017.

The winning entry will be announced in November 2017—National Caregivers Month.

HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?

The entry will consist of:

a written project proposal of 250-500 words; as well as a clear breakdown of how the grant funds will be used

examples of the work-in-progress—15 to 25 images

a resume/CV

please remember to include your full contact details – name, phone number and email

WHY?

We want to help artists create powerful work that increases the understanding of the disease and inspires research to end it.

A beautiful mission by this loving daughter…We all benefit from a better understanding.

 

  1. Kathryn Harrison, Author of Weeds in Nana’s Garden

Created children’s book to help explain Alzheimer’s & Dementia, honoring my mom. Rated 5 Stars. Supports Alzheimer’s Society of Canada! Website: http://weedsinnanasgarden.com/

Bio

Author / Illustrator Kathryn Harrison is a business professional turned artist. She has a B.Sc. in Psychology, an M.B.A and worked for over a decade as a Communications professional before earning a Fine Art Diploma from the Toronto School of Art. Although she has done much creating in her life, in writing and illustrating this picture book, Kathryn has been able to layer all her varied abilities together.

Stirred by her personal experience with her mother’s dementia, Kathryn created this book to support families and spread awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. To take it further, she founded Flipturn Publishing to publish the book, enabling her to make donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada for every book sold. A former competitive swimmer, Kathryn used the name “Flipturn” to acknowledge the need to turn and face a new direction once dementia arrives in the family.

She dedicated the book to her mother, Bonnie Harrison, but it was created to honor all those who are afflicted with dementia diseases and all those who never stop loving as it endures.

Instagram: @kathryn.harrison.art or URL is https://www.instagram.com/kathryn.harrison.art/

Book Website: http://weedsinnanasgarden.com

Personal Website: http://kathrynharrison.ca

Twitter: @KathHarrisonart

The 1st 25 Aging Influencers

These are the 1st 25 of 50 Aging Influencers you may have never heard of. Please look into their offerings and contributions, contact them, support, collaborate, cross-pollinate ideas on aging. The next blog will follow up with 25 additional remarkable people in Aging.

Best wishes, Patrick Roden

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