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Celebrities and Medical Speakers on Aging Topics
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Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Recently named "Best Blogger of 2015" by Huffington Post for her articles focusing on positive aging Barbara Grufferman is also an inspirational host for AARP 's popular web series: "The Best of Everything with Barbara Hannah Grufferman." She is the author of "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More" and a nationally recognized expert on positive aging. Grufferman writes the highly regarded front-page "Life After 50" column for Huffington Post, a weekly column for AARP, and is the 'Positive Living Expert' for GLOW Health & Wellness Magazine. She is a frequent guest on national and local radio and television shows. Her message to audiences is simple: "We can't control getting older . . . but . . . we can control how we do it."

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Jane Heller
Jane Heller
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Heller has sold many of her 13 romantic comedies to Hollywood, but in her personal life she was thrust into the world of caregiving after she married a man with an illness, just like her mother did years before. Her critically acclaimed book, "You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill You: A Caregiver's Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits," chronicles her candid, often hilarious, always inspiring journey from novice caregiver to 20-year veteran. She speaks passionately about the caregiving experience, whether one is caring for a child with autism or a parent with Alzheimer's, as she did with her mother who suffered from dementia. She delivers, as Library Journal put it, "a valuable, virtual support group."

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Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner
What do Seventh-Day Adventists in California, the residents of Sardinia, Italy and the inhabitants of the islands of Okinawa, Japan have in common? They enjoy the longest, healthiest lives on the planet. Dan Buettner assembled a team of researchers to seek out these "hotspots of human health and vitality," which he calls Blue Zones, and to figure out what they do that helps them live so long. A world-renowned explorer and a writer for National Geographic, he travels the world seeking out new Blue Zones (he's found five, to date) and speaking at seminars and on TV, sharing the habits that lead to long life.

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Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer, a leading national expert in health care and health policy, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. She also serves as the Senior health policy adviser for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and is past editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation's leading journal of health policy. She also served as the on-air health correspondent for the PBS NewsHour from 1998 to 2008, and remains an on-air analyst on health policy for the show. A frequent guest on a number of National Public Radio programs, including This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show, she is a graduate of Dartmouth and holder of an honorary master of arts from the institution.

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Mehmet Oz, MD, MBA
Mehmet Oz, MD, MBA
Dr. Oz, two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning "The Dr. Oz Show," is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year.

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Art Ulene, MD
Art Ulene, MD
Since 1975, Dr. Art Ulene has spearheaded the use of media and technology to promote public health. He appeared regularly on NBC's "TODAY Show" for 23 years, and led several nationwide health campaigns in collaboration with the American Medical Association. In 2010, Ulene founded BUCKAPOUND.com, a unique web-based weight loss program for the worksite, and currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Creative Officer. Ulene takes healthy aging to new heights, inspired by his own 75th birthday celebration at the 19,340 foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. His direct style inspires and challenges audiences to action. He currently serves on the Board of Councilors for the USC Davis School of Gerontology, and the Advisory Board for the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University.

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  • Barbra Streisand is the latest celebrity to raise awareness of women and heart disease. It is the nation’s number 1 killer and has not gotten the attention that many other diseases, such as cancer have, she says. The fact is that a woman dies every minute from heart disease and it actually kills more women than all cancers combined.   Streisand, to her credit, has created an organization, Women’s Heart Alliance, which has initiated a study on how heart disease affects women. Because the symptoms appear differently in women than men, many women are unaware of their risks and also that they may have heart disease.
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  • How many times have we seen and heard about celebrities suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol and then relapsing after spending time in rehab – too many, I’m afraid. In his memoir just out, “I’ll Be Right Back After This”, Sportscaster and TV celebrity host, Pat O’Brien, tells of his numerous attempts to overcome his addictions.  O’Brien recently told People Magazine (Sept, 1, 2014) that he had hit bottom and almost died, and his last stint in rehab in 2008 taught him to be honest with himself. He is now six years sober and goes to twice-daily AA meetings. 
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  • Robin William’s death by suicide is just another sign that we need to address mental illness. Luckily more celebrities are stepping up and speaking out about mental health, including Meredith Baxter on substance abuse, LaDonna Gatlin on attempted suicide, John Larroquette on addiction, Susan Ford Bales on substance abuse and author Terri Cheney on Bipolar Disorder to name a few.

    The time has come for our society to realize that we have an epidemic.  There are more people than ever suffering from mental illness and the National Institute of Mental Health says that suicide now kills twice as many people as homicides. 
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  • In his latest NY Times Best seller, The Doctor’s Diet, Dr. Travis Stork remarks on how little we appreciate the work our heart does for each of us. Every day it pumps about 100,000 times. Try squeezing your hand 100,000 (or 100 times!) and you’ll start to respect the amount of work your heart does every minute of every day.  Using about the amount of pressure it would take you to squeeze a tennis ball, the muscles in your heart push your entire blood volume – about 6 quarts total – throughout your body three times every minute.  Heart disease is more than a statistic in his ER world. 
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  • We are excited to announce Dr. Travis Stork’s newest book, The Doctor’s Diet – Restore Health & Lose Weight to be released on January 1, 2014.* Unhealthy eating is an epidemic and it very well may kill you! Finally, a flexible and workable diet plan is available that will help readers lose weight, restore health, prevent disease and add years to their lives.

    The Doctor’s Diet is Dr. Travis Stork’s solution to unhealthy eating — a nationwide problem that contributes to a death toll higher than that of car accidents, drug abuse, smoking, and gun violence combined. Dr. Travis is genuinely concerned about what he considers to be a true crisis, so he created a flexible and workable diet plan that will help readers feel instantly more energetic and healthier while the pounds come off – ultimately, giving people the tools they need to extend their lives and live them to the fullest potential.
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  • Dr. Travis Stork, ER Doc and co-host of the Emmy-award winning show,  THE DOCTORS shared life saving lessons with Prevention Magazine this month.

    On his first night as an attending physician, moonlighting in the ER of a rural southern hospital, Travis Stork, MD, got his first postgraduate lesson in life and death. “A father frantically ran into the ER carrying a young boy who was unresponsive and barely breathing,” recalls Dr. Stork, the Emmy-nominated cohost of the award-winning talk show The Doctors and the author of The Lean Belly Prescription. When the child’s breathing became more faint and his lips started turning blue, Dr.
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  • It’s another Saturday night in the E.R. The PA system barks a warning, announcing an auto accident with multiple injuries. I hear the sirens and know this is the “golden hour,” the critical 60 minutes that determine whether they will live or die.  Two ambulances arrive at the door and I have to determine immediately what’s wrong so what is one of the first vital signs I check?  How much they weigh.  C’mon Travis, you’re thinking, you don’t check vitals?  Well, sure, I’m looking at a lot of things simultaneously, but often one of the most important indicators of how well a patient will manage a health crisis is how much excess weight he or she is carrying. 
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  • Author Jane Heller, who has written 13 comic novels, has taken on the subject of caregiving, which she knows well. As caregiver to her husband, Michael, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, she has been able to find the humor in this subject and has written the nonfiction book, “You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits”. This topic is becoming more important and crucial as the baby boomers age and find themselves in the position of caregiver for a parent or spouse. Many are unaware of what faces them in this role and find out through experience what is entailed.
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