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After thirty years in healthcare, working throughout the United States in the senior housing industry, Mara’s life and career trajectory was forever changed when a close family member was stricken with Alzheimer’s. Eventually, Mara stepped away from a successful career to write full-time, in the hopes of helping others impacted by this disease. Her best-selling book, “When Caring Takes Courage: An Interactive Guide for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers” has been well-received and strongly recommended.
Mara continues to be a sought after speaker and valued care partner for families and organizations affected by Alzheimer’s/dementia as she shares her positive and empowering message. Helping families, like her own, that have loved or lost someone special to this terrible disease is her greatest passion. Learn more by visiting her website www.whencaringtakescourage.com or Facebook page or Google+ profile.
Martha Stettinius is the author of the critically-acclaimed book “Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir.” Martha was a “sandwich generation” caregiver for her mother for 8 years. Her mom, Judy, who had vascular dementia and probable Alzheimer’s disease, lived with Martha, then in assisted living, a rehab center, a “memory care” facility, and a nursing home. Martha serves as a speaker on dementia caregiving issues; as a dementia expert for eCareDiary.com; as a moderator for the Facebook group USAgainstAlzheimer’s Support Group; and as a volunteer representative for New York State for the Caregiver Action Network. She earned an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, lives in Upstate New York with her husband and two teenagers in an intentional community, and works as an editor. For more information about Martha, visit www.insidedementia.com.
As a freelance writer, Ann combines her passion for eldercare with her love of the written word. Having lost her mother to Alzheimer’s Disease, she is a passionate advocate for research and awareness. Ann graduated with honors from Franklin University with a degree in Business Administration and works as a finance professional for a Fortune 500 company. Her interests include blogging, photography, reading, and travel.
Today Ann’s purpose and passion in life is fighting Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and helping other caregivers navigate their own unique journeys. For more information about Ann, read The Long and Winding Road.
Merret is a gerontologist with a passion for working with elders and their families. She has over 20 years of experience working with seniors in a variety of settings with a strong commitment to quality care. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to develop a few businesses including a private duty home health agency, an inte-rgenerational community program, and a personal service company in a resort community. Merret holds a Master’s in Gerontology from Naropa University and a Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Colorado. Merret is the proud mother of a six year old daughter and enjoys spending time with family and friends in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.
Dana Larsen is a senior living writer whose mission is to educate and empower caregivers and equip them with the resources and knowledge they need to not only care for their elderly loved ones, but also care for themselves.
On a more personal note, Dana is mother to two bright-eyed zealous children and helps as a caregiver for her 88-year-old grandmother. Her passions include dancing, yoga, traveling, good food and the arts. She graduated with honors from University of Washington with a degree in English and Communications and achieved Technical Communications Certification from Bellevue College. View Dana’s Google Profile.