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Lisa Burke is a Senior Residential Advisor and Principal of Step with Care, providing guidance and planning to seniors and their families who are considering independent living communities, assisted living communities or skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts.
Missa Capozzo holds various positions in the wine industry, each of which brings her incredible fulfillment. She teaches students of all levels of experience and interest in classes and leads wine dinners at Boston Wine School, located at VINOvations in Sharon, MA. Missa also works to spread the love for local Massachusetts wines at Hardwick Vineyard &Winery in Hardwick, MA, and is the Director of Sommology at Traveling Vineyard’s corporate office in Ipswich, MA, where she leads the wine and food education program for over 5,000 Wine Guides nationwide. She is a certified French Wine Scholar (FWS), certified with the Wine and Spirits Trust, Levels 2 and 3 (WSET), and a certified educator with Boston Wine School (BWSEd). Her unique combination of talent allows her to translate the nuances of wine for the everyday wine drinker in an accessible and fun way. Demystifying wine and removing the intimidation is her passion when sharing wine with others. When not fully immersed in the world of wine, Missa is a self proclaimed “obsessed dog mom” to her Boston Terrier, Peyton.
Carol Corio, Community Relations Liaison for Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, has been studying integrated health therapies for over 25 years with certifications in aromatherapy, polarity therapy, RYSE, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) sharing her long-time passion for integrating the benefits of therapeutic aromatherapy with those served by Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care. For information, call 781-341-4145, visit http://www.oldcolonyhospice.com or email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org
Delia DeMello, metropolitan public affairs specialist, has been with the Social Security Administration since 1986. For information, call 800-772-1213 or visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov
Phyllis DeLaricheliere, MS, has made a career working with seniors for more than 15 years. She is the recipient of a National Award of Excellence for her monthly column, Ask the Hippie, awarded by the North American Mature Publishers Association in the category of Senior Issues. She is a sought after speaker/educator/author and is excited about her new soon-to-be-punished book, Embracing the Journey: Knowing your Inner Hippie. To book Phyllis for a lecture or to join her pre-published waitlist for her book, email her at email@example.com, or call 802-999-7503.
Mike Festa is State Director and Spokesperson for AARP of Massachusetts, the leading advocate organization with800,000 members in Massachusetts, dedicated to improving the lives of 50+ persons. AARP Massachusetts.
Nicole Long, MSW, LICSW, is the Chief Executive Office of Old Colony Elder Services andre(OCES). Founded in 1974, OCES serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.
George Downey is the CEO of Harbor Mortgage Solutions located at 100 Grandview Road, Suite 105, Braintree, MA 02184 and can be reached at (781) 843-5553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Friedman is the Owner of Senior Helpers Boston and South Shore. He is passionate about seniors ability to age in place. The goal of his agency is to set a new standard in home care in Massachusetts first by delivering an exceptional home care experience in through highly trained caregivers and case managers; secondly by becoming a significant connection for elders to resources and services in the 75 communities his company serves. Friedman writes and leads continuous education with NASW, ANCC and EAB credits. He has taught in the Lasell College ELDER certificate program, guest lectured at the Tepper School of Business, Harvard Business School Executive Education, Emerson University and others. He is a member of the Private Duty Advisory Committee of the Home Care Alliance of MA and a founding member and Vice Chair of the Home Care Association of America Massachusetts Chapter. He has also served as the national Chair of the Senior Helpers Owners Council for over 5 years.
Sharon Fisher is the owner of COME to ORDER! Organizing Services, in Hull. She spends her days helping people with their “stuff.” She has been offering hands-on, customized solutions to maximize your space and simplify your life for more than 20 years. To contact her, please call 781-925-8925.
Chris Hanson, CPA, is the author of The Wicked Smart Investor blog who specializes in financial planning. He earned his BBA at the Isenberg School of Management University of Massachusetts and an MBA at Babson College’s F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business. He may be reached at (978) 888 – 5395 and you read his blog at wickedsmartinvestor.blogspot.com.
Patrick J. Kelleher Esq. says his mission in life is to help his clients and their families in a meaningful way with Estate Planning, Elder Law, Veterans and Special Needs Planning. For more information visit his website www.elderlawcare.com or call him at (781) 871-7526
Rosemarie K. Lanchester is a professional speaker and energy practitioner specializing in stress and pain relief. She holds certifications in many forms of “Energy” medicine including dowsing, hypnosis, laugher Yoga, Reiki, and advanced training in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). She has been featured on the cover of the national magazine, Women of Distinction, and is listed in the Top 100 Registry of Business and Professionals in the wellness field. Visit her website for more information: EverythingYouWishFor.com.
Loretta LaRoche is an award winning, acclaimed speaker, author and international stress expert and humor consultant who has evoked wit and irreverent humor on her audience for over 30 years. Using humor to reframe a stressful situation, Loretta captures a new perspective on the difficult parts of life. Her teaching style, credibility and incontestable humor are integral parts to her compelling presence.
She is founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc, a company offering programs and products for life style management. Loretta’s special brand of optimistic psychology has an undeniable positive effect on the health of all that are exposed to her.
As an acclaimed author, she has toured with the Hay House, “I Can Do It!”conferences. She is a well-recognized Hay House best-selling author of 8 books. For more information, including how to book Loretta for your next event or education conference, please visit her website: https://www.lorettalaroche.com
Robert Larkin is president and owner of Senior Living Residences. For 25 years, Senior Living Residences has been providing Massachusetts seniors with assisted living options and research-based Alzheimer’ treatment programming. The company currently manages 13 assisted living communities across Massachusetts including Standish Village, Compass on the Bay and the newly opened Cornerstone at Canton. For more information on Senior Living Residences, you may visit http://www.SeniorLivingResidences.com.
Attorney Rob Romano is an Elder Law Attorney and practices Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, and Asset Protection from his Quincy, MA office. He teaches Estate Planning Essentials workshops throughout the South Shore. You can reach Attorney Romano at 617-769-9843. His website is RobertRomanoLaw.com.
Rita La Rosa Loud, B.S. is an adjunct instructor and directs the fitness research programs at the Health & Fitness Center at Quincy College.
Attorney Alexis B. Levitt practices elder law and special needs planning in Norwell and sits on the board of directors of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MANAELA). She is also a VA-accredited attorney. You may call her at (781) 740 – 7269. You can also learn more at her web site and blog by visiting www.alexislevitt.com.
Ed McCourt, CTC, has been active as a travel consultant for more than 40-years. His special interests include small ship and river ship cruising and travel through Celtic and Nordic lands. He is affiliated with The Travel Collaborative/Tzell Travel in Cambridge. And may be reached at email@example.com or 781-325-2553.
Christine McLaren is Community Programs Director at Old Colony Elder Services. OCES serves 20 towns in Plymouth County, as well as Avon, Easton and Stoughton. OCES offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. You may learn more about OCES by visiting http://www.ocesma.org.
John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC., a private duty homecare agency providing personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help with daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at (781) 378-2164; via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at http://www.homecarepartnersma.com.
Beverly L. Moore, is owner of StilMee, an Alzheimer caregiver service based in Quincy StilMee holds support groups for family caregivers twice a month at Carney Hospital on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings and in Mansfield at Willow’s Crossing Assisted Living on the 3rd Saturday of each month and at Sunrise in Norwood on the 2nd Saturday of each month, both at 10 a.m.
Tom Quirk is a long-time advocate of brain aneurysm support groups.
Andrew Schneeloch is Chief Executive Officer at the South Shore office of Right at Home headquartered in Rockland. Right at Home serves the communities of Abington, Braintree, Bridgewater, Carver, Cohasset, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, East Brockton, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Middleboro, Milton, Norwell, Pembroke, Plympton, Plymouth, Randolph, Rockland, Scituate, Wareham, Weymouth, and Whitman. For more information, contact Right at Home of South Shore at: http://www.rightathome.net/south-shore
Susan Sheehan is Operations Manager at Connected Living. She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and has been working with the elders in the South Shore communities for most of her professional years. She runs caregiver support groups, participates in Alzheimer’s disease advocate, and has been and Alzheimer’s coach. Involved in research studies, she has learned innovative ways to care for people with memory impairment, and enjoys sharing her knowledge with caregivers in many settings.
Kelly Toups is a Registered Dietitian with Oldways, a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization, with a mission to guide people to good health through heritage, using practical and positive programs grounded in science and tradition. Simply, we advocate for the healthful pleasures of real food. Oldways is the parent organization for The Whole Grains Council and The Mediterranean Foods Alliance, and is well-known for creating the Whole Grain Stamp and the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. http://www.oldwayspt.org
Debbie Lyn Toomey, RN, is a Mindfulness Educator and Injury Prevention Coordinator at Tufts Medical Center. She is an author, researcher, coach, and owner of Ultimate Healing Journey, LLC. You may reach her at 617-433-8814. Her website: http://healthandhappinessspecialist.com.
Randy Veraguas, Community Sales Director at Atria Marina Place, is an expert on down-sizing. Her energy and enthusiasm translate through her writing. Randy is also the Creative Producer of the TV Pilot, Dare to Downsize.
Melissa Weidman is a communications and community outreach professional with expertise in the healthcare field including hospice and palliative care. She is available for custom presentations, seminars, and workshops. She can be reached at (774) 994-0409 or email@example.com.
Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., is Exercise Science Professor, Program Chair, and Senior Research Director at Quincy College. Dr. Westcott has authored 28 books on strength training and physical fitness.
Laura Willis is a brand positioning expert and strategist, who has created award winning web and print communications to help local, national and global companies, stand apart from the competition for over 25 years in advertising agencies and mid to large corporations in the greater Boston area, as well as in her own business. With the launch of Encore Revolution (www.encorerevolution.com), Laura’s speaking engagements, educational programs and private coaching combine elements of her brand development process with personal growth and awareness work to inspire people to align with their deeper mission or purpose, give it an authentic voice and position them for greater success. Her website: www.encorerevolution.com