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2021 Speakers

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 (Via Zoom)

SPEAKER:  Hillary JosephsRSVP and Tech Services coordinator

at the South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA)

TOPICSelf-Care to keep you, your family, clients and community


Since moving with her family to South Florida from Long Island in 2000, Hillary Josephs has tapped into her many talents in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. She spent most of her career in the financial and legal arena with her expertise in marketing and business development. She worked for the Daily Business Review, Legaleze a litigation support company and a law firm. A few years prior to working at an elder law firm in 2011, she joined Elder Services Resource Network. In 2018, she moved on to non-profit organizations. Hillary is currently the RSVP and Tech Services coordinator at the South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA). 


Wednesday, July 28, 2021 (Via Zoom)

Speaker: JoAnna Brandi, Certified Chief Happiness Officer

Topic: Increased performance, productivity and customer loyalty 

JoAnna Brandi is a Happiness Coach and Positive Leadership Coach helping companies create both happy customers and happy employees where their energizing experiences at work "spillover" into their family and community life. 

Nationwide, she coaches, trains and consults with leaders on Customer and Employee Experience, Positive Leadership and Workplace Happiness. Online her clients are supported with an online learning experience called, "The Practice of Positive Leadership: Use the Science of Happiness to Engage Your Employees and Keep Your Customers Happy." Getting leaders on the same page with their development is a power strategy that focuses your culture in the direction of the customer's happiness.

JoAnna Brandi, Certified Chief Happiness Officer Author, Speaker, Consultant on Customer Loyalty and Happiness

I work with leadership teams to hardwire happiness into their corporate cultures resulting in better performance, more innovation, higher rates of retention and loyalty resulting in more money dropping to the bottom line.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 (Via Zoom)

Speaker: Betsy Ehrenberg, PmD  

Topic: Digital Legacy Management

As a computer security expert, Betsy is the founder and CEO of Digital Legacy Management.  She and her company provide forensic digital asset protection. The company's focus is on the elder population, as well as the family and professional groups, who are responsible for the estate's assets and wealth presentation.  Her company shows how its technology can protect these key assets against pervasive electronic fraud of digital footprints.

Founder & CEO, PmD

(C) 650.380.0688

(L) Digital Legacy Management

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (Via Zoom)

Speaker: Marcia PinckDirector of Florida Counseling Services and Florida Hypnosis Institute and the originator of the Concept 80âMethod of Hypnosis

TopicLive Your Life Well: 10 Tools for Mental Wellness

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 (Via Zoom)

Speaker: Judge Allison Gilman, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit

of Florida

Topic: Swearing In of New Board, and “Current Trends in Elder Law"

Board Elections

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (Via Zoom)

Speaker: Karen Fortuna, PhD, MSW

Topic: Digital Peer Support Technologies and Trainings with Older


Dr. Fortuna is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College. Dr. Fortuna works in equal partnership with peer support specialists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in co-producing and empirically testing digital peer support technologies and trainings.  Dr. Fortuna serves on the APA's Expert Advisory panel on smartphone app development and PCORI's Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement.  She serves as editor of the Journal of Participatory Medicine.

February 24, 2021 (Via Zoom)

Speaker: Anya Temer, DO

Topic: Alternative, Whole-Self Healthcare

Dr. Temer, the founder of Total Holistic Center, is a proponent of a "whole-self approach to healthcare," suggesting natural approaches prior to medications.  She will speak about alternative measures for good health.


January 27, 2021 (Via Zoom)

Speaker: James Galvin, MD, MPHProfessor of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Comprehensive Program for Brain Health and Chief, Cognitive Neurology for Palm Beach and Broward County

TopicLewy Body Disease

Summary Points from Presentation:

  • Lewy Body dementia (LBD) is an umbrella term that covers 2 closely related diagnoses, dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia. It is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.
  • One of the factors distinguishing Lewy body dementia from Parkinson’s disease is the early onset of dementia. Memory is not typically significantly impaired, but issues with executive function, fluctuating cognition, and visual hallucinations are noted.
  • Symptoms of LBD include the following: motor (slowness), cognitive (visual tracking and attention), psychiatric (visual hallucinations), and Constitutional (loss of smell, constipation, urinary incontinence.)
  • 78% of patients with LBD are misdiagnosed, and are often given psychiatric diagnoses.  Up to 25% of patients don’t ever get properly diagnosed with LBD.
  • Getting a proper diagnosis is important for advanced care planning and cost considerations (LBD is double the cost of Parkinson’s disease.) 
  • Caregivers should be provided with resources to manage burden and grief.
  • People often develop LBD 2-4 years prior to being diagnosed.  If LBD was recognized earlier, the dementia could be better managed with medications.
  • Treatments for LBD are “off-label use”, meaning an FDA-approved drug is being prescribed for unapproved use.  Evidence on outcomes is not yet substantial , but clinical reports have demonstrated improvements using these medications.



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