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Speakers Bureau

PGSPN's Speakers Bureau offers a variety of knowledgeable and engaging speakers on topics relevant to the lives of seniors. These topics range from health and home care to legal and financial information. Please feel free to review our list of topics/speakers.

These speakers are available to present at your event, meeting or facility in and around Prince George's County at no charge. If you are interested in a particular speaker, please:

  1. Choose your desired topic and speaker. See list below.
  2. Contact the speaker directly via his/her provided contact information.
  3. Arrange logistics directly with the speaker.
  4. Following the speaking event; please complete a brief evaluation by clicking on the link below.
PGSPN is committed to providing information and services relevant and helpful for seniors in Prince George's County. 



Speaker Evaluation

Better Balance & Fall Prevention

Tahira L. Goldson, 301-965-0521, tgoldson@assistinghands.com

Enjoy an interactive demonstration of fall prevention exercises and techniques. Featured in People Magazine & CNN, these balance techniques are a series of movements and simple exercises that improve balance. The system is designed to reduce the probability of falls and fall-related injuries. The steps are easy and fun and can be practiced right at home. This workshop is for any senior or older adult, anyone who has fallen or has a fear of falling, anyone who wants to age in place and any caregiver for someone who has fallen or has a fear of falling.

Moving Mom and Dad 

 
Jennifer Tilghman, 301-661-4472, jtilghman@kw.com

Those in a position of helping elder family members navigate housing choices, face big decisions and responsibilities.  While every move represents a unique set of circumstances, late-life transitions can pose distinct and often unexpected challenges.  In this presentation, you will find an overview of the five most common mistakes adult children of aging parents make when assisting with late-life moves.

Downsizing Made Easy


Jennifer Tilghman, 301-661-4472, jtilghman@kw.com

Somewhere between touring new homes, sorting through your possessions, choosing a new place to live, and deciding what to take and what to leave, it suddenly hits you: downsizing is a lot of work!  Here are five easy steps to a successful move.  Simplifying your life should leave you overjoyed, and not overwhelmed.

What happens to my family when I die?

Michelle Profit, Esq., 301-882-3670, mprofit@profitlawfirm.com

Your friend may have inherited a mess, but you can do better.  Learn the 1) six critical documents necessary to create an estate plan, 2) how to avoid probate or reduce its costs, and 3) leave a legacy that unites, not divides, you and your family.

Eenie Meenie Miney Moe: Should my estate plan include a trust or will?

Michelle Profit, Esq., 301-882-3670, mprofit@profitlawfirm.com

Learn the difference between a will and a trust, when you really need a trust and what type of trust you may need. You walk away knowing what works for you and your situation.  

Breast Cancer

Sheila Craig Whiteman, PT, DPT, CLT,  240-510-1357

We have all heard that early detection gives better outcomes following a breast cancer diagnosis.  Find out the latest information on breast cancer statistics, diagnosis, and treatment.  This class is taught by a certified lymphedema physical therapist and a STAR certified oncology physical therapist

Safety Behind the Wheel

Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org 


Sensory limitations, functional decline and cognitive impairment can impact an older adult’s ability to safely drive. However, not all older adults are unsafe drivers.  Find out about your rights as a driver and learn about common warning signs of unsafe driving.  Explore the meaning of being behind the wheel from an individual and societal perspective.  Resources will be provided.

Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster of Caregiving

Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org

Caregiving can be rewarding but it can also be riddled with feelings of anger, frustration and regret. These feelings can lead to a sense of guilt that stays with us. Learn about the myriad of responses to caregiving, methods to manage your role and find ways to cope.

Agony of de-Feet


La Vergne Andre, DPM, 301-323-5652, homefeetcares@gmail.com

Why do my feet hurt? What causes one to call the Podiatrist? Learn from a podiatrist common foot problems and how and when to get professional help.

Depression vs. the Blues


Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org

Everyone feels blue sometimes. How do you know when you are just “feeling blue” or if it is something more? Learn the difference between depression and feeling blue.

Way to be Fall Free! 


Arleen B. Joell and Alecia Chapman, 301-909-5600, ajoell@pathsofpgc.com 


Why do so many seniors fall? Learn some of the causes of falling and ways you can prevent falls in and around your home. A discussion on home safety and fall prevention.

Home Decluttering


Arleen B. Joell and Alecia Chapman, 301-909-5600, ajoell@pathsofpgc.com 


Having trouble letting go? Take a look into why clutter tends to be a problem among seniors and how to remove clutter. Tips and techniques will be taught that make decluttering your home simple and manageable.

A Better Way to Age

Arleen B. Joell and Alecia Chapman, 301-909-5600, ajoell@pathsofpgc.com

Most older adults want to remain in their homes and be active for as long as possible. Many must depend upon support from family, friends and the community. This workshop discusses aging in place and current successful practices that are successful in neighborhoods and states. You will learn strategies to maintain independence and identify common fears of aging in place.

Should You “Trust” Trusts?


 Jackie Byrd, 301-464-7448, ext 104, jbyrd@byrdandbyrd.com

What is a trust? Which kind might you need and why? Here is a chance to learn about trusts and get your questions answered.

Maryland Relay – Making Communication Possible For All 

 
Jennifer Curran, 410-767-0969, jennifer.curran@maryland.gov

Come and learn how Maryland residents can access Maryland Relay’s free public service that enables people, who are unable to use a standard telephone, to both make and receive phone calls. Additionally, through the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program, assistive telephones and devices are provided to qualified residents by the State. Come and learn how these assistive telephones can help individuals who have hearing loss, limited mobility, low vision, speech difficulties, are Deaf, Deaf & Blind or have cognitive challenges.

Step It Up: Walking for the Health of It


Cynthia Barnes, 240-731-6488, cabcynth1980@aol.com


Did you know the Surgeon General has a call to Step It Up?  Walking is a great way to get physical activity, which promotes physical and mental health benefits. It does not require special skills, a gym membership, or expensive equipment.  Come and hear about benefits of making walking a priority.



Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): What You Should Know

Kenneth Pasquale, 301-828-8049, pasqualesc15@gmail.com

Healthy blood flow and blood pressure is critical to every one of your body’s biological functions. Come and learn how PAD affects your health from Dr. Rakesh Sahni, Cardiologist. Learn about symptoms, risks and more importantly how to treat Peripheral Artery Disease. A complimentary vascular Quanta Flo screening is provided.

“I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up”

Ashok Kapur, 301-918-1750, akapur@dhcmedicalsupply.com

Did you know 80 % of the falls seniors take are done in the bathroom? Learn what you can do to prevent and reduce your risk.

5@55: Are You Prepared?

Jackie Byrd, 301-464-7448, ext 104, jbyrd@byrdandbyrd.com

Do you know what 5 documents you need to have in place should an unexpected emergency arise? Elder law attorneys who have practiced in the field of elder law and estate planning for many decades have seen many clients who failed to plan ahead. The results were frequently disastrous. Led by an Elder Law Attorney, this 5@55 workshop is a guide to help you learn about the five essential legal tools everyone should have by the age of 55: Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will, Advance Medical Directive, and Digital Diary. If you are over 55, it is not too late to take action.

Meet Your Feet

La Vergne Andre, DPM 301-323-5652, homefeetcares@gmail.com

Come and hear some interesting “foot facts” and dispel some old wives tales regarding the feet. Do your feet wonder why your feet hurt? Here is your chance to ask the podiatrist.

Aging in Place

Cary Hithon, 240-764-5844, chithon@comforcare.com

The majority of seniors report they want to age in place. What are some of the important questions to think about now to help make that happen? What are the generational challenges? Who is there to help? Who and what do you ask?"

DementiaWise

Cary Hithon, 240-764-5844, chithon@comforcare.com

Did you know Prince George’s County is working toward becoming a Dementia Friendly Community? Do you know what abilities remain and which ones are lost through the progression of dementia? Learn all about dementia and the different types and some of the important tools for dementia care?

Ooops!  Why me?

Sheila Craig Whiteman, PT, DPT, CLT,  240-510-1357, swhiteman@interimhealthcare.com

Although it might be an uncomfortable topic, many people experience urinary leakage at some time during the aging process.  Learn why t can happen and what to do about it.  Leakage can be a little or a lot, but it can be treated and in most cases, stopped.  This class is taught by a Physical Therapist who specializes in pelvic health and the treatment of incontinence.

Buyer Be Aware and Beware: Learn about Long Term Care Insurance

Mark Gottlieb, 301-332-4337, themarkgottlieb@gmail.com

Long term care insurance is increasingly being recognized as a vital component of a retirement funding strategy. Given the estimated costs of long term care, an episode can seriously impact a person’s retirement portfolio. Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest to understand long term care insurance. While some of the basic components of long term care insurance plans are the same between companies, there are also a wide array of differences in their “outlines of coverage”, benefits, and “riders”. It is important to fully understand these differences, or in essence, what you are buying. This presentation helps you truly understand the fine print, which will hopefully allow you to get the coverage they need and expect.


Alcohol and Aging: Facts and Myths

Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org

How does alcohol affect people as they age? This program will address the impact of alcohol and medication and the benefits and risks of alcohol consumption as we age.

Medicare Advantage Plans: What Are They?  


Mark Gottlieb, 301-332-4337, themarkgottlieb@gmail.com

Medicare Advantage Plans are increasing their enrollment rapidly in the mid-Atlantic region. In spite of this, there are a large number of people who still have not heard about Medicare Advantage, and if they have, they are not certain how this plan fits into their overall protection they can achieve through the Medicare program. This presentation will clarify what Medicare Advantage Plans are; what they offer; how they differ from purchasing a Medicare Supplement/Medi-Gap Plan; comparative costs; and factors that a person should consider before or when selecting a Medigap or Medicare Advantage plan.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org

Find out what questions to ask yourself or a family member when faced with the decision to remain at home or make a move. Attendees will explore the myriad of services available to support all levels of care.

Keeping Your Brain Fit


Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org

Learn about how stress and aging impact mental functioning. Explore activities and lifestyle choices that encourage brain health.

What is Osteoporosis?  Can I Prevent It? 

Sheila Craig Whiteman, PT,DPT,CLT, 240-510-1357,  swhiteman@interimhealthcare.com

Learn the facts about osteoporosis and the difference between osteoporosis and osteopenia.  In addition, we will discuss recommended precautions, prevention, and treatment.

Assisted Living: What is it?


Charles Picard, 301-852-9310, charles.picard@carepatrol.com

Find out what assisted living means, what it provides, how much it costs, and who pays.

Use Your Voice 


Mark Asch, 301-255-0066, mark@rightathomemd.net 


Do you know how to advocate for yourself or your loved ones when hospitalized? Learn the hospital system and how and when to advocate. Know your legal rights! What happens when you are discharged? Learn about resources available for you upon discharge.

Low Back Pain:  How It Can Occur and Tips for Prevention

Sheila Craig Whiteman, PT, DPT, CLT,  240-510-1357,  swhiteman@interimhealthcare.com

Learn about what can cause low back pain, tips for prevention and ways to reduce symptoms.  Learn the importance of good posture, exercises to strengthen the core and back muscles to reduce pain.  Get your questions answered by a physical therapist who has treated many back pain patients.

Planning For Your Future 


Mark Asch, 240-994-3402, mark@rightathomemd.net

We all want to grow old gracefully and stay healthy. What things should you consider to help you do this? When should planning begin? How do you begin? Do you need professional help? How do you want to live in your later years? What will it take to get you there? Learn about (1) important legal issues to protect yourself, your partner and family, (2) financial issues to protect your assets and (3) medical and individual care when you cannot care for yourself.

Do You Know? Things You Should Know Before a Health Crisis 

Mark Asch / Panel, 240-994-3402, mark@rightathomemd.net

This workshop is designed for a large audience and includes a panel of experts, in each area of specialty regarding senior care and support. Topics covered include (but not limited to): home care, home health care, skilled nursing, assisted living, geriatric care, care advocates, hospice services, durable medical equipment, and options in long term care insurance.

Out of Harm's Way


Arleen B. Joell, 301-909-5600, ajoell@pathsofpgc.com

Crime is on the rise against seniors. Come and learn the warning signs of victims: isolation, depression and withdrawal. This education session will provide tips on how to engage seniors who may have become a victim, why they don't tell, and community based services available to help them.

When is it more than Forgetfulness?

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

We all occasionally forget a name or misplace our keys, but at what point should you be concerned? This seminar will compare the typical aging process to the progression of dementia and help you recognize the difference. The first step in getting assistance is knowing when and what to ask. After attending this seminar, you will know if you should be concerned, recognize the warning signs of dementia and have some strategies for moving forward.

Aging Well Where You Dwell

Shaunda Bellamy,  301-358-2066,  spbellamy@pickettfences.org

Older adults want to remain in their homes and be active for as long as possible. Many must depend upon support from family, friends and the community. This workshop discusses those who want to age in place and practices that are successful in neighborhoods and states. Participants will be able to: Describe strategies to maintain independence; Identify common fears of aging in place; and list best practices of partnerships and collaborations to help older adults age well in their homes.

Creating a Senior Safe Home Environment?

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

As we age, our ability of hearing, seeing, taste, smell and touch changes. As your five senses become less sharp, safety challenges arise that result in increased risk of falls and challenges with communication which can lead to social isolation. This workshop will help you recognize the need for adjustment in your home environment and simple steps you can take to keep you safe.

Are You Ready to be a Family Caregiver?

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

This seminar will help you develop a roadmap to prepare for your caregiving journey. For most trips, we plan at least a few months ahead. Caregiving is more like planning for an overseas trip and will be foreign to most of you, unless you are prepared.

Cultural Norms: What All Caregivers Need to Know!  


Milton Lawler, 301-793-7971, sage@mdinlangtech.org

Do you understand the different cultural norms within the American Society? Learn how you can provide a better quality of care through understanding societal and cultural differences and expectations based on one’s cultural background. This session is designed for caregivers.

Cultural Norms: How to use Social Media to Bridge Cultural Gaps!  


Milton Lawler, 301-793-7971, sage@mdinlangtech.org

Can you navigate the different social media (FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST, LINKEDIN)? Learn how you can bridge cultural gaps using social media to communicate and stay in touch with friends and to enhance a better quality of care by understanding societal and cultural differences. Learn how to use language translation applications. This session is designed for care recipients and caregivers.

Tips for a Successful Doctor Visit 

Lou Stevens, 301-883-3661, dlcsupplies@gmail.com

Going to the doctor? Learn how to ask the right questions to get the most out of your doctor’s visit.

The Perfect Fit: Options for women with Breast Cancer 

Lynsha Hanley, 301-918-1750, lhanley@dhcmedicalsupply.com

What options are available for women diagnosed with Breast Cancer? What kinds of breast prosthetics are available? What is covered by your insurance? What about wigs? Swimsuits? Post-surgical compression garments? Arm sleeves?

Home Inventory: Don’t Leave Home Without It!

Silvia Balderas, 301-442-5543, TellMeMore@ylsimplified.com

Have you ever gone to the grocery store and forgotten your grocery list? Were you able to remember everything you needed to buy? More than likely you forgot a few things. Now imagine if you suffered a loss in your home. Would you be able to remember everything that was stolen or destroyed? According to the Insurance Information Institute, 48 percent of Americans do not have a home inventory. Join us and learn about the value of a home inventory and how you can prepare one.

Got Stuff? Organizing Tips and Tricks for Seniors

Silvia Balderas, 301-442-5543, TellMeMore@ylsimplified.com

Are you stymied by the piles of clutter, but don’t know how to start getting organized? Well, worry no more! Learn about what leads to clutter and how you can tackle it. In addition, find out a few things that people rarely think to, but should, organize. Join us and learn how you can simplify your life!

Wealth Management for Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals


Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This seminar introduces to entrepreneurs and business professionals the concepts of retirement planning, assets protection, and tax savings strategies. Discussion topics include Defined Contribution and Defined Benefits Programs and well as Executive Benefits and Bonus Plans.

Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers


Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This three part seminar discusses what Baby Boomers need to know about Medicare and Long-Term Care. Part one discusses Medicare Enrollment Process; Part two differentiates Medicare and Private Insurance; Part Three is on Planning for Higher Health Care Cost.

Women and Money – Taking Charge of your Financial Future


Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This workshop discusses some of the unique financial challenges women often face. Learn some of the steps women can take to save, invest, and plan for their financial future.

Will You Outlive Your Retirement Income? Financial Planning Basics


Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This presentation introduces the general financial planning process. While there's no such thing as a "one size fits-all" financial plan, this overview assists members in thinking about their particular needs.

Finding Your Inner Caregiver Resilience

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

Learn about the various misconceptions or myths about caregiving that interfere with a caregiver’s ability to cope with the challenges faced when caring for a loved one. You will learn the steps needed to discover and maintain your inner caregiver resilience to withstand, recover and grow when facing adversity.

Stretch Out the Stress


Constance Kroll, 240-825-5824, krollc@futurecare.com

As we age our muscles become shorter and lose their elasticity. Aging can affect the structure of your bones and muscles causing pain and decreased ranging of motion in the shoulders, spine, and hips. Learn various stretching techniques that will leave you feeling relaxed and revived!

The Struggles with Making End of Life Decision - Understanding the MOLST Form

Karin Lakin, M/ Ed., Certified Master MOLST Trainer, 240-245-0616, klakin@seniornetwork.org

60% of all people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important, yet 56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes. 82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing, but only 23% have done so. Talking about end of life decisions is not something that comes easily. Understanding these often complex medical decisions is even more difficult. This presentation starts a conversation to get people thinking about their wishes, and how to convey them to their loved ones. The Maryland MOLST form is reviewed to help participants understand some choices around these complex issues.

Understand Advance Directives and Maryland MOLST


Karin Lakin, M/ Ed., Certified Master MOLST Trainer, 240-245-0616, klakin@seniornetwork.org

This presentation is tailored to the audience. Health care providers are given instruction on how to implement advance directives and MOLST in their health care setting. The lay public is provided with an overview of the different types of advance directives, their importance, and the difference between them and the Maryland MOLST form.

Once an Adult, Twice a Child

Karin Lakin, M/ Ed., Nationally Certified Dementia Trainer, 240-245-0616, klakin@seniornetwork.org

The journey through Alzheimer’s last long, and includes many unexpected twists and turns. This presentation reviews each stage of this disease, and offers guidance to caregivers on the important things to plan and prepare as the illness progresses.

The Challenges of Parenting Your Parent


Karin Lakin, M/ Ed., Nationally Certified Dementia Trainer, 240-245-0616, klakin@seniornetwork.org

Watching our parents change as they age can be difficult. Knowing when to step in and help is even harder. This presentation offers guidance to adult children on what to watch for, and when it’s important to intervene. Special emphasis is placed on how to offer help, and on where to find resources that may be needed.


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