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Kavan is a social media entrepreneur committed to growing the use of social networking towards promoting the equality, sustainability, health and well being of people of all ages. Combining careers as a national journalist and public relations expert, Kavan focuses on the power of user-generated content to communicate ideas and build movements.

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  1. Allison Morton
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    I’d like to see the CareSolver team ( I think that they’ve developed an extremely neat solution to help caregivers not only manage the day-to-day of caring for an aging Loved One, but to really improve the quality of care that they deliver! Definitely consider including them!

  2. Jenny Sasser
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    I would like to see the inclusion of a thought leader representing educational gerontology, such as Harry R. Moody (my mentor).

  3. Brigit Hassig
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    I have had the pleasure of hearing, working with and being inspired and energized by Dr. David Gobble, nationally-renowned brain health expert, Director of Masterpiece Living Academy and Director Emeritus of Fischer Institute of Wellness & Gerontology.

  4. Robert Albert
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    Kavan, you’re going to TEDMED right? I’d apply for a scholarship if they still had any…

  5. Keri Pollock
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    Dr. John Zeisel; Penny Garner and her SPECAL CARE approach (England), pick up “Contented Dementia” by Oliver James if you haven’t read it; Dr. Pauline Boss; John Shoesmith, architect; Nora Gibson, MSW, Executive Director, Full Life (Seattle).

    1. Leni
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      I’ll second the vote for Pauline Boss – her work on ambiguous loss is terrific!

  6. Robert
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    Wow, I needed the refresher from Teepa! It’s been too long since I saw that one. I’ll need to be conscious about this request and hope I can help out with it… Nancy Fox is an obvious first choice for me, she’s been at this challenge for a while and can speak to a variety of subjects with sincerity and ease at the same time. I’ll keep an eye out.
    The idea of a TED-like event is tantalizing too. Perhaps it could be tied into an existing gathering (conference) as a pre-post event.

  7. Juanita Crider
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    In following the lead of a few other posts I will mention my work. I have presented at a few conferences in the U.S. My research is on representations of aging female sexuality, especially in literature, film, visual art, television; i.e. popular culture. While my focus is on black females, representations of aging and sexuality from feminist perspectives in general inform my research. I rarely run across anyone who is doing this work in the United States.

  8. Leni
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    Anne Basting. Check out her Penelope Project, Time Slips program, and the “Culture Change” initiatives of the UWM’s Center on Age and Community (she’s been the Center’s Director for many years) :

    1. Leni
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      More on the Penelope Project:

  9. John Robinson
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    Hi Kavan: Though it is probably wrong to suggest oneself, I can’t think of anyone who looks at the spiritual and transformational possibilities of aging as profoundly as I do (see The Three Secrets of Aging; Bedtime Stories for Elders: What Fairy Tales Can Teach Us about the New Aging; and What Aging Men Want: The Odyssey as a Parable of Male Aging). Aging changes us at every level and offers opportunities for real growth unparalleled in the human life cycle – if we pay attention and use the material life gives us. Please take a look. Thanks!

  10. Joel Shapira
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    Louis Tenenbaum: International Aging in Community thought leader. More at Here is a good example of his writing and he’s a dynamic speaker too:

  11. Steve Moran
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    Me: Steve Moran, Publisher of This article is a good example of the kinds of things I like to tackle:

  12. Cynthia Friedlob
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    Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.

  13. Carla D.
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    Emilio Pardo, Chief Brand Officer for AARP…. AMAZING!

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