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Eliezer Sobel is the author of one of the first series of books designed for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients: Blue Sky, White Clouds: A Book for Memory-Challenged Adults and is also the author of numerous other books, blogs for PsychologyToday.com Eliezer is first and foremost a son: his mother is 94 and currently in her 18th year of Alzheimer’s, and his late father passed away at 93 following a Traumatic Brain Injury and subsequent dementia after falling down a stairwell. Eliezer and his wife Shari Cordon moved in with his parents that same night and have managed their care ever since.
You’re having a rough patch. A caregiver didn’t show up. Your loved one accuses you of stealing their money. You ‘re not paying enough attention to your job/kids/relationship and it shows. You feel isolated and alienated. So you decide to get together with a trusted friend and unload, problem-solve, and hopefully, feel better...
Eliezer Sobel, author, artist, musician, and by his own description, a human being, has been caring for his parents for many years. His father Max had been the loving caregiver for his mother, Manya, who is in her 16 th year of Alzheimer’s Disease! Three years ago, Max suffered a traumatic brain injury and now is also in full time care at home.
Ira Pastor is the Chief Executive Officer of Bioquark Inc., a life sciences company, a company involved in the regeneration and repair of human organs and tissues. Ira has over 30 years of experience across multiple sectors of the pharmaceutical industry including pharmaceutical commercialization, biotech drug development, managed care. He also sits on the Board of various companies focused on regenerative healthcare interventions and is a member of the Executive Council of the World Academy of Medical Science.
For the past 9 years, Lee Mowatt has been watching, studying, and writing about how we age as a culture and as individuals. His is the producer of a podcast titled "The Inner Game Of Aging," which was initially started as a research tool for his upcoming book - "Mastering Your Aging Process." Lee's passion and energy for changing the perception of aging inspires a fresh approach as we watch ourselves get older.
Mary Marita is Senior Vice President and COO at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. She has 22+ years of executive and administrative leadership in the aging field including long-term care and community-based organizations and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. In 2012, Marita was recognized by Crain's in the 40 Under 40 awards and was honored as a YWCA Woman of Professional Excellence. Lisa Weitzman is the Benjamin Rose Institute Care Consultation Manager of Business Development. She holds an LISW-S license and Dementia Care Specialist certification. She has a passion for social justice and the social determinants of health as they pertain to older adults aging well in the community.