Mara Botonis
Mara Botonis
Writer, Speaker, Caregiver: Mara Botonis

Join When Caring Takes Courage author Mara Botonis as she brings you both the both the life’s work of an amazing group of Senior Health Advocates and the chance to get to know the person – not just the professional – behind the Nation’s leading experts on aging.  Each article in her “Meet the Experts on Aging Well” series will feature the work of a different organization or individual in their respective fields of study whose work focuses on aging well.  From tips to improving brain and heart health, ideas on enhancing relationships and improving finances, the soul satisfying benefits of art and music and everything in between, you’ll learn a lot from these pioneers and their work.

Look for her first article the week of March 18th.

Is there an aging advocate you’d like to learn more about? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Kimberly Johnson

    Excellent! Thanks for being a valuable contributor to caregiving.

  2. Callie Daters

    The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers is changing its name to Aging Life Care Association on May 1st. We would love to tell your audience more about this growing association of professionals. An Aging Life Care Professional, also known as a geriatric care manager, is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. The Aging Life Care Professional is educated and experienced in any of several fields related to aging life care / care management, including, but not limited to nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care.

    The Aging Life Care Professional assists clients in attaining their maximum functional potential. The individual’s independence is encouraged, while safety and security concerns are also addressed. Aging Life Care Professionals are able to address a broad range of issues related to the well-being of their client. They also have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in their communities.

    Aging Life Care Professionals are members of the Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA) and differ from Patient Advocates, Senior Advisors, Senior Navigators, and Elder Advocates. ALCA members must meet stringent education, experience, and certification requirements of the organization, and all members are required to adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice. You can find a professional in your area at

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