Boomers Today is a talk show where experts are interviewed on many of the issues facing boomers and an aging population.
Hearing Care Redefined
Nick Mengerink is Managing Director of HearUSA and responsible for strategy and execution within HearUSA’s 360 hearing centers, including external partnerships and benefits administration. As Managing Director, Nick is focused on achieving HearUSA’s ambition to change one million more lives by 2028 through Simply Excellent Hearing Care.
Nick began his career in healthcare nearly two decades ago with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. He spent 16 years with global vision care leader EssilorLuxottica in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility across sales, consulting, sales management, and key accounts, ultimately serving as Sr. Vice President, Managed Care. In this role, Nick led EssilorLuxottica’s managed care strategy and relationship with medical and vision plans.
Expert Advice on Dementia and other Memory Challenges
Dr. Rob Winningham received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Baylor University. He joined the faculty at Western Oregon University in 2000 where he served as a Professor of Psychology and Gerontology. His focus has been on memory and aging for the past 30 years. He has trained thousands of professionals to offer high quality cognitive rehabilitation and therapy programs. In addition to publishing many peer-reviewed articles in the area of human memory and aging, Dr. Winningham has been invited to given well over 1500 invited presentations about memory and aging at various conferences and workshops. His book, Train Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory Ability in Older Adulthood and his latest book, Cranium Crunches, both can be found on Amazon.
Dr. Mike Studer has been a Physical Therapist since 1991, a board certified innneurologic Physical Therapist in 1995, and a private practice owner since 2005. Dr. Studer has been an invited speaker covering 50 states, 10 countries, and 4 continents speaking on topics ranging from cognition and psychology in rehabilitation, aging, stroke, motor learning, motivation in rehabilitation, balance, dizziness, neuropathy and Parkinson Disease. Dr. Studer is a co-founder and co-owner of Spark
Rehabilitation and Wellness in Bend, Oregon.
Alzheimer’s Support Network and Brain Changes
Marianne Troy is a Family Consultant for the Alzheimer’s Support Network. She is a great listener and has a wealth of knowledge and skills in all things elder care. She honed these skills over a lifetime of involvement in elder concerns. She is a previous owner of a home health care company and worked at Loyola Medical Center outside Chicago in Radiology Administration. It was there she saw the difficulty our elders experience in hospitals and she created an Ombudsman program to increase communication and assistance for elderly patients. In her earlier years she was also a Sister of Charity for 14 years.
Using Elder Care Mediation to Resolve Family Conflicts
Kimberly Best, RN, MA, is a Civil and Family Mediator. Her practice focuses on Family Mediation, Health and Elder Care Mediation, Civil and Business Mediation, and Conflict Coaching. She is a working member of the Association of Conflict Resolution Elder Mediation Professional Development Group as well as a working member of Mediators Beyond Borders, International, and a member of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution development committee. She is passionate about helping others resolve conflicts by using mediation, facilitation and collaborative problem solving to find optimal solutions for all parties. Kim is the author of “How to Live Forever, A Guide to Writing the Final Chapter of Your Life Story."
Thoughts on Ageism and Senior Care
Lauren Snedeker is a licensed clinical social worker, an Assistant Professor of Teaching, and the Coordinator for the MSW Certificate in Aging and Health Program at Rutgers School of Social Work. Her areas of practice and scholarly interests focus on the aging experience, mental health during older adulthood, and caregiving experiences. Educating students about the rich, clinical opportunities that exist in gerontological social work, mentorship and building community for MSW students are Lauren’s passions. Along with esteemed colleagues, Lauren is leading efforts at Rutgers New Brunswick that focus on anti-ageism and age inclusivity.
The New Trend Away from Traditional Retirement
Josh Sapan is the former President & Chief Executive Officer of AMC Networks Inc. where, since 1987, he oversaw the creation and growth of entertainment brands including AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC and SundanceTV and signature series including “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead" and “Killing Eve.” Sapan also oversaw the creation of the film production and distribution company IFC Films as well as AMC Studios and AMC Networks International. Now, after 35 years with AMC Networks, 25 as CEO and currently Executive Vice Chairman, Sapan is embarking on a third Act of his own, one sure to entail moves in more creative avenues. Josh has also authored his new book called, “The Third Act, Reinventing Your Next Chapter."