(Top photo: left to right - Maria Carney, Carol Marak, Sara Zeff Geber. Not pictured: Wendi Burkhardt and Scott Moody)
It’s two weeks since the ASAging.com conference in San Francisco and I’m happy to report the panel discussion was a success. We had standing room only and the monitor turned attendees away. Sorry folks if you missed the session, here are the highlights:
Sara Zeff Geber, PhD., Retirement Coach, and author of Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers.
Maria Carney, M.D., Geriatrician, and Research Scientist of the Elder Orphans, Hiding in Plain Sight study.
Wendi Burkhardt, CEO, Silvernest.
Scott Moody, Co-founder and CEO, K4Connect.
Carol Marak, Advocate and Founder, Elder Orphan Facebook group.
Sara Zeff Geber - Lifeplan for Solo Ager
Maria Carney - Elder Orphan Research
Aged, community-dwelling individuals who are socially and/or physically isolated, without an available known family member or designated surrogate or caregiver. Carney discussed the risks when aging alone and offered 10 Steps in Caring for an Elder Orphan:
Wendi Burkhardt, Silvernest
Burkhardt identified the burdens that solo agers face:
Solution? Shared economy services like Silvernest, a roommate matching service for baby boomers and empty-nesters.
Scott Moody, Co-founder and CEO, K4Connect
K4Konnect creates connected-life solutions that serve and empower older adults and people living with disabilities.
Apps and technologies to:
Carol Marak, Advocate, Founder, Elder Orphan Facebook Group
Raising awareness of the challenging older adults face when living alone. Top concerns:
That’s a quick re-cap of our presentation. The attendees walked away with a fresh awareness of the older segment hidden in plain sight.