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2020 Speakers

December 16, 2020 (via Zoom)

Jana Panarites, Author, Producer, Visual Journalist

Legacies of the Heart and Soul: Writing, Reading, and Sharing an Ethical Will

Summary Points from Presentation:

  • An ethical will is not a legal document, but instead, is a legacy letter.
  • It includes your guiding principles, your nonmaterial wishes, and your values, and can be written at any time in your life.
  • It can be in the form of a letter, written statement, or book.

  • An ethical will allows us to express our values, which can never be taken away; writing a will allows one to live intentionally.

  • How to compose an ethical will: define your audience, express your intent, discuss your values, provide a focus or theme, organize your thoughts in an outline, and finally, craft a letter.

Writing an Ethical Will.pdf



Phone: (323)627-8205

November 18, 2020 (via Zoom)

Jeffrey Huttman, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President of

IRecovery, LLC

How Do I Identify Mental Health and Addiction Symptoms with Seniors?

Addiction and Mental Health Among Older Adults.pptx

October 28, 2020 (via Zoom)

Kelly Wilson
Director of Senior Solutions, CDP, ALF Administrator

FirstLantic HealthCare, Inc.

2020 Election Update

Summary Points from Presentation:

  • There are five different ways the Florida constitution can be amended:

       Florida Legislature, 3/5 vote to get on a ballot:

           Citizen Petition, over 700,000 signatures to get on a ballot; 

           Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), which meets every 20 years; and

           Task and Budget Commission (meets every 20 years, and is staggered with CRC

           Constitutional Conventional Committee

    • A non-partisan origination and explanation of each of Florida Amendment that is currently listed on the ballot was discussed.

    Address: 2605 W. Atlantic Avenue, Suite A202, Delray Beach, FL 33445


    Phone: (954) 561-373-3888

    September 23, 2020 (via Zoom)
    Robin Martin
    Executive Director, Rebuilding Together. Broward County

    Rebuilding Together. Broward County 

    Born and raised in South Florida, Mr. Martin has a deep passion for the community and those who call South Florida home. He served in the United States Army and overseas in Operation Joint Guard, a part of NATO's Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mr. Martin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master’s Degree in Divinity, from Trinity Western Seminary in Vancouver.  Mr. Martin has over fifteen years of experience providing services for the homeless in Broward County, including serving as a former Director of Programs for the Broward County Homeless Hotline, and as the Executive Director of HOPE South Florida.

    Summary Points from Presentation:

    • Programs include repairing homes and revitalizing communities.
    • Rebuilding Together. Broward performs services with the ARDC through the Home Touch program.
    • A major focus of this organization is to ensure safety in one's home.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the numbers of volunteers and funding.
    Rebuilding Together. Broward Slide Presentation



      Phone: (954) 772-9945

      August 26, 2020 (via Zoom)

      Team Building Event

      The activity involved debating 2 topics in small groups: chocolate versus vanilla ice cream, and the best way to live in retirement, at home or in an independent/assistive living facility.  The membership reconvened and discussed the choices that each team favored.  

      July 22, 2020 (via Zoom)

      Kelly Kernan

      Director of Marketing Insight, Amwell

      Telehealth During COVID-19

      Summary Points from Presentation:

      • Indications for Telehealth: On Demand (e.g. urgent care), Follow-up Care (e.g. post-discharge care), subacute care, acute care.  The latter 2 have taken off since COVID.
      • Definition of Telehealth:  the interactive electronic exchange of information for the purpose of diagnosis, intervention, or ongoing care management between a patient and/or health care providers remotely.
      • Telehealth has grown exponentially at this time, primarily to prevent exposure.  Other benefits of Telehealth include ability to triage maintain continuity of care.
      • Telehealth is not indicated just for COVID, but can be used for diagnosis of other conditions (e.g. rashes, other infections)
      • Telehealth restrictions  are now waived during this Public Health Emergency.  Examples include requiring HIPPA compliant software, geography (rural areas only), and performing only in a previously designated medial setting. This has resulted in greater access to Telehealth medical care.
      • Most insurance policies are providing reimbursement for at least short-term Telehealth.
      • Medicare Advantage plans have been more flexible than Traditional Medicare with regards to Telehealth.
      • Seniors can access Telehealth  through an app or through their provider.

      June 24, 2020 (via Zoom)
      Charlotte Mather-Taylor
      Executive Director, Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County (ADRC)

      A graduate of University of Florida, Ms. Mather-Taylor earned her BA in Political Science, an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, graduating as a 2008 National Association of Public Hospitals Fellow.  Previous work experience includes serving as CEO of the Ann Storck Center. In addition, Ms. Mather-Taylor has over 26 years serving as an experienced lobbyist, including serving as VP Government Relations, Community and Public Affairs for one of the top 5 largest public hospital systems in the nation. Her expertise lies in nonprofit, hospital, health care, crisis management, public affairs, nonprofit, lobbying and issues related to individuals with disabilities and seniors.

      Summary Points from Presentation:

      • The ADRC is a non-profit organization that assists seniors, with a number of resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • They offer several programs and provide information, including community referrals.
      • Health Food Assistance delivers food, utilizing food from local restaurants and caterers.
      • Connecting with U is a telephone reassurance service where seniors can express their feelings and concerns in the comfort of their home.
      • Shine provides counseling on Medicare and long-term care insurance. 
      • Emergency Home Energy Assistance (EHEAP) provides assistance for home-energy emergencies to qualified low income senior households. 
      • Senior centers are currently closed; a few senior day care centers are open.
      • A summary of programs are listed in the below Power Point presentation and on ADRC website.

      ADRC June2020 Powerpoint..pptx

      Helpline: (954) 745-9779


      Administrative office: (954) 745-9567

      May 27, 2020 (via Zoom)

      Campbell Eps

      Executive Director, Pacifica Forest Trace

      Summary Points from Presentation:

      • During this pandemic, operations of Assisted Living Facilities are regulated by both the state and department of health (county.)
      • Social interactions with residents, with the exception of essential services, has been restricted for the past 2 months.
      • Some resources (e.g. fresh fruit) are sometimes short in supply.
      • New residents are being accepted- they are tested prior to moving in.
      • The COVID-19 pandemic poses the question, "How will senior living communities fare in the future?"

      (954) 793-4723

      April 22, 2020 (via Zoom)

      Michael Dill

      Certified Business Coach, ActionCOACH

      (954) 596-0715

      March 25, 2020

      February 26, 2020

      Heidi F. Friedman, Esq.

      Friedman Elder Law

      Veteran's Benefits

      (954) 866-1055

      January 22, 2020

      Lisa Peters

      Director of Senior Services, Sunserve

      Lisa Peters started her career in Child Welfare. After working with children and their families for over 25 years, Lisa began her career working with the elderly. Lisa has been with SunServe as the Director of Senior Services since January of 2015. She also serves as the Director of the Noble A. McArtor Adult Day Center, the first LGBT Adult Day Care in the world. She is a certified SAGE trainer in LGBT Proficiency.

      (945) 764-5150

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