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Do you have an aging parent?
Are you a caregiver of an elderly person?
Are you thinking ahead to your own later years?

You’ll want to listen in as four experts share their knowledge, experience and perspective on Senior Living options…and answer your questions!

Join Mark Hager, Jill Gilbert, Lisa Sneddon, and Eleanor Feldman Barbera for our…

*** FREE Telesummit ***

‘Choices: Senior Living Options’

Monday, November 2, 2009 8 pm Eastern
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 8 pm Eastern
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 8 pm Eastern
Thursday, November 5, 2009 8 pm Eastern

Each evening, we’ll explore one of the following:

  • “Aging in Place” (11/02)
  • Continuing Care Retirement Community -CCRC (11/03)
  • Assisted Living (11/04)
  • Nursing Home (11/05)

By the end of our Telesummit, you will walk away with a clear comparison and understanding of each Senior Living option.

These four experts will share their positive vision of aging and how we can partner with our aging parents and families in making the right decision at this point in time in our parents’ lives, as well as preparing for the future. I have chosen these experts very carefully. Join us and you will see why for yourself.

Here are just some of the questions each expert will answer:

  • What is this living option? Why would someone choose this option over one of the others?
  • What are the benefits and disadvantages of making this choice?
  • After we make this choice, how do we find the right place?
  • What’s the cost and how do we pay for it? Where can we get financial help?
  • How can I best help transition my aging parent to this new type of living situation?
  • How will I know when it’s time to make a change to another option?

Our experts are:

Evening #1 – Mark Hager on ‘Aging in Place’

MarkMark Hager is co-owner of Age In Place Networks, LLC and the founder of, a website focused on aging in place topics, including home modifications, real estate, assistive technology, finance and other aging issues. Mark is an advocate of planning responsibly for late life to lessen the impact on people, their families and communities.

Mark also founded, a website for those who provide services and goods to older people, focusing on local businesses meeting community needs brought on by the age boom. Focus is on assisting small businesses with aging-related business information and resources, and helping them grow while increasing their services to their communities.

Evening #2 – Jill Gilbert on ‘Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)’

Jill GilbertJill Gilbert is Vice President,, the leading online destination for people caring for aging parents. She is responsible for the company’s commerce channel as well as industry relations.  Prior to, Jill was co-founder and CEO of Gilbert Guide, a company that paired practical, expert advice and information with the first comprehensive national directory covering the entire continuum of care, including senior housing, homecare, adult day services, GCMs, senior move managers, and more.

Over the course of five years, Jill was responsible for the growth and management Gilbert Guide and became an expert in eldercare issues, including homecare and housing, the two most common decisions faced by adult children caring for aging parents.

Prior to Gilbert Guide, Jill accumulated more than fifteen years business experience in the film industry, including positions with Love Spell Entertainment and Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures. As Vice President of Production and Development at Love Spell Entertainment and Columbia Pictures, she oversaw acquisitions and development and managed projects with funding, studios and production. Prior to that position, Jill worked on productions at Disney and MGM, working closely with the producer on a number of films, including Mulholland Falls, Sister Act (both I & II) and What’s Love Got to Do With It.

She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BS in Business Administration. Jill is a member of the Business Leadership Council in San Francisco and also holds a special love of the nearby wine country of Northern California.

Evening #3 – Lisa Sneddon on ‘Assisted Living’

Lisa SneddonLisa Sneddon is the founder of Senior Living Experts, a free personalized referral service that connects families and seniors with the best-in-class senior providers in the Chicago area. Providers include retirement communities and assisted living facilities.

After losing her grandmother in 2001, Lisa decided to completely change careers and start working with seniors. She moved to Chicago and immediately started volunteering with some of the local agencies and realized she had a real desire to spend time with seniors. Soon afterwards she found her dream job, and helped open a beautiful assisted living community in Chicago.

In her position, she worked with seniors and their families and realized there was a need to educate families on the different types of senior-care options. She found that families were completely overwhelmed and wasted time searching for facilities that often resulted in being unsuitable, inappropriate or unaffordable. From this experience and the desire to advocate for seniors and their families, Senior Living Experts was born.

Lisa continues to be actively involved in the community and serving seniors and their families.  She has been the co-chair for the Chicago Memory Walk (Alzheimer’s Association) since 2006 and has volunteered with many senior out reach programs. She is the secretary for the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Continuity of Care and serves on the board of advisors for Caregiverlist as their assisted living expert.

Lisa is a graduate of Virginia Tech and she recently received a Certificate in Aging from the Institute of Geriatric Social Work, Boston University School of Social work in partnership with Rush University Medical Center.

Evening #4 – Eleanor Feldmen Barbera on ‘Nursing Home’

eleanor_feldman_barberaEleanor Feldman Barbera, Ph.D. believes the time in long-term care can be one of productivity and emotional healing. As a psychologist in nursing homes in New York City, Doctor El instills hope in her patients and helps them negotiate the changes in their lives due to illness. As a blogger, and founder of My Better Nursing Home, she educates residents, families, and staff, and provides a forum for discussing ways in which we can all take ownership of the nursing home and work together to create the best environment possible.

With humor, sensitivity, and optimism, Doctor El brings a much-needed psychological perspective to the medical setting. A knowledgeable and entertaining speaker, Doctor El leaves her audience with the confidence they will be able to immediately put into practice the ideas discussed in her talks. Participants in this telesummit will leave knowing, among other things, how to choose a nursing home that’s right for their family, how to work with the staff to become part of the treatment team, and how to make the most of this time in the lives of their loved ones.

Meet Your Host – Dale Carter

dale_carterDale is long-distance caregiver to her elderly mother. She is a former educator and university IT consultant. In the spring of 2008, a life experience (helping her mother through a major health/life crisis) changed the course of Dale’s work. Dale created Transition Aging Parents as a way to share her experience and reach out to other adult children of aging parents. She provides insight and shares information to help adult daughters and sons ensure their aging parents “thrive and find joy” in every stage of life.

Her goal is two-fold: to serve as a resource for adult children as they help their aging parents through the many transitions in aging AND to highlight this time in their journey together as one of joy, renewed bonds and reflection of lives well-lived.

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Don’t miss this informational and inspirational telesummit! All of us (Mark, Jill, Lisa, Eleanor and I) look forward to connecting with you. They share my vision of helping your aging parent “thrive and find joy” in every stage of their life.

Sign up now to get the Call-in details! The telesummit is free. You’ll receive a hand-out to make your note-taking structured and easy. Recordings of calls will be available for a fee.

Dale Carter
Founder, Transition Aging Parents
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