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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers & Experts on Health & Wellness in Aging
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Meryl Comer
Meryl Comer
Meryl Comer is an Emmy award-winning reporter, producer, moderator & talk show host with more than 30 years of broadcast journalism experience. She is President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative & New York Times bestselling author of Slow Dancing with a Stranger. She offers insight and guidance for navigating Alzheimer's challenges and an urgent call to action for intensive research and a warning that we must prepare for the future, instead of being controlled by a disease and a healthcare system unable to fight it.

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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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Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Experience a passionate, wise and caring healer who helps people transform their lives by showing them how to rise above their limitations, remove their roadblocks, rekindle their dreams and become the principal agents in their own professional and personal lives. Carl Hammerschlag, MD is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker and healer. A Yale trained community psychiatrist who believes the walls of healing will extend beyond the doctor offices and hospitals as we learn to heal in community. He is an expert on community-based health care, how to survive in rapidly changing cultures, and a leading authority in the practical applications of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine).

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Jane Heller
Jane Heller
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Heller has sold many of her 14 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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Stanley Hupfeld
Stanley Hupfeld
With almost forty years of award-winning healthcare leadership experience, Stan Hupfeld brings into focus the problems existing in healthcare today and the solution for our future. Historically, health care delivery has tended to be transactional and unidirectional-in other words one doctor-one hospital stay-one insurance bill. In a post reform world all bets are off requiring a different kind of thinking when we begin to take a risk(read premium dollar) for the total care of a patient population. In that environment we must be much shrewder and have a different approach with the other stakeholders understanding why healthcare seems to defy our best thinking about how to change it and what policy alternatives give us the best hope of survival.

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Melina Jampolis, MD
Melina Jampolis, MD
An internist and board certified MD nutrition specialist, Dr. Melina is the Immediate Past President of National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, former diet & fitness expert for CNNHealth.com and is a featured physician expert on most major networks, frequently appearing on The Doctors. She was named 1 of 35 "Diet and Nutrition Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter." Dr. Melina's focus is on an optimal diet that can supply the basic needs of the body and fortify the body's defenses - improving health, increasing vitality, delivering greater longevity and preventing diseases associated with aging including heart disease, age related muscle loss & fat gain, memory loss, dementia & Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and the physical effects of aging.

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Devin Alexander
Devin Alexander
Media Personality, Healthy Comfort Food Chef, Weight Loss Expert, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Devin Alexander, is the Chef of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," author of all five Biggest Loser Cookbooks and Host of "America's Chefs on Tour" on PBS. Devin's unique approach to healthy cooking and her motivational personal story have landed her appearances on more weight loss and fitness shows than any other food expert or nutritionist in America. Having maintained her 70-pound weight loss for close to 20 years, she lives and eats her message: you don't have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy. She teaches, The Secret of Food.

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Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel Amen, MD is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He has published 26 books including the New York Times bestsellers Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; Healing ADD; and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the star of several very popular public-television specials. Dr. Amen spearheads the groundbreaking Amen Clinics' retired NFL player brain imaging study.

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Peter Attia
Peter Attia
Dr. Peter Attia is Co-Founder of Nutrition Science Initiative-dedicated to reducing the individual, social, and economic costs associated with obesity-related diseases (diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease). His medical career began as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute working on immune-based treatments for cancer, while completing his residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Frustrated with certain aspects of medicine and health care, and the lack of focus in preventative health, he left his residency and joined McKinsey & Company, where he split his time between working on healthcare problems and financial system problems. Dr. Attia is one of "30 Most Influential People in Public Health - 2014."

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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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Tracey Cleantis, LMFT
Tracey Cleantis, LMFT
Tracey Cleantis, LMFT, is in private practice and also writes for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and on her own blog, "La Belette Rouge," where she combines her humor and expertise in helping people live life to its fullest. She helps people examine the ways they are holding themselves back and inspires people to take actions that are unique to their own goals, dreams and talents. Hearing Tracey speak is like taking a journey with a wise and comforting friend. She will help you determine what is stopping you, how to fuel the next phase of success and action in your life.

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Andy Core
Andy Core
Andy Core is the author of "Change Your Day, Not Your Life: A Realistic Guide to Sustained Motivation, More Productivity, and the Art of Working Well." , He is an award-winning lecturer, author, television host, and expert in human performance and motivation. Andy has a master's degree in the science of human performance and has spent the past 23 years mastering what it takes to become energized, healthy, motivated, and better equipped to thrive in today's hectic society. The Wellness Challenge, his short-term, high intensity corporate wellness program, has produced significantly decreased illness and absenteeism, while increasing performance, productivity, and enhanced teambuilding in Fortune 500 companies.

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Daniel Friedland, MD
Daniel Friedland, MD
Daniel Friedland, MD, is an internationally recognized thought leader and a passionate and dynamic keynote speaker, educator, coach and consultant on Evidence-Based Medicine, Health, Wellness and Productivity. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and is the author of Evidence-Based Medicine: A Framework for Clinical Practice, one of the first textbooks on this topic.

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Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD
Dr. Mark Hyman has dedicated his life to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of functional medicine to transform healthcare. Dr. Hyman and his team work every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds. Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, a 10-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is also the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center.

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John Kennedy, MD
John Kennedy, MD
Dr. John M. Kennedy is the co-author of The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day, he works as the Director of Preventive Cardiology and Wellness at Marina Del Rey Hospital. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association In his quest to understand the relationship between the heart and brain he's uncovered a large volume of research that is timely and relevant to today's stressful and fast-paced world we live in, and has designed an accessible, easy to learn stress management tool that will help you combat stress and ultimately protect your heart. He speaks regularly on the subject and has helped companies educate employees on how to manage stress in the workplace.

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Ashley Koff
Ashley Koff
An award-winning nutrition expert and recognized as one of the "Top 10 Social Health Makers in Nutrition" Ashley is also in the top "50 Natural Influencers" in health and nutrition to follow on Twitter and was selected for the first list of "Top 10 Registered Dietitians in the US" by Today's Dietitian Magazine. She shares her message with millions as a go-to expert appearing regularly on The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood and lends her expertise on the pages of the New York Times, O!:The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, among others. Ashley serves on the faculty of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

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Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Dr. Tieraona Low Dog opened and ran a successful integrative medical clinic in Albuquerque, NM before joining the faculty of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. In addition to her work as a clinician and educator, she has been involved in national health policy and regulatory issues for more than a decade. In 2000, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and she also served as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Dr. Low Dog is an internationally known speaker on topics ranging from the responsible use of herbal medicine and dietary supplements to integrative approaches to women's health.

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Joseph Maroon, MD
Joseph Maroon, MD
An internationally-recognized professor of neurosurgery, Dr. Maroon is an authority on the subject of life balance, longevity and disease prevention. He is the team neurosurgeon to the Pittsburgh Steelers, eight time Ironman triathlete, member of the National Fitness Hall of Fame and SR VP of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. His books include The Longevity Factor, addressing how to live longer and healthier by avoiding disease before it starts and his new release Square One: A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life is the basis for his newly announced 2017 keynote. "It is the story of finding balance in a world that seems increasingly chaotic and disorganized. This book has already changed my life." ~ Dr. Sanjay Gupta

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Dean Ornish,MD
Dean Ornish,MD
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-­‐profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was selected as one of the "TIME 100" in integrative medicine; recognized as "one of the most interesting people of 1996" by People magazine; honored as "one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;" chosen by LIFE magazine as "one of the fifty most influential members of his generation;" and by Forbes magazine as "one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world."

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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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Kathleen Passanisi, PT
Kathleen Passanisi, PT
An internationally recognized speaker, humorist, medical professional, and author, Kathleen Passanisi is an expert in the field of therapeutic humor and its impact on health and corporate morale. Author of It's Your Life, Choose Well and the self-proclaimed poster-person of the Sandwich Generation, Passanisi brings substance, style, and clean hilarity to her universal content, guaranteeing a successful meeting and a lasting impact on those involved. During her enlivening and enlightening programs, participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve well-being, enhance creativity, and make life at home and work more fun.

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Michael Roizen, MD
Michael Roizen, MD
Michael Roizen, MD, is cofounder of RealAge and his book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? became a New York Times #1 best-seller and was awarded the Best Wellness Book of 1999. His YOU series books with Dr. Mehmet Oz all rose to the NY TImes lists and he was a regular of the Oprah Show and continues to support the Dr. Oz show as a team members.

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Elaine Sanchez
Elaine Sanchez
Author of, Letters From Madelyn - Chronicles of a Caregiver, Elaine Sanchez has been described as part Erma Bombeck and part Garrison Keillor! Caregiving audiences appreciate the manner in which she deals with the grim reality of aging and illness, and proves that grace, humor and faith can transcend tragedy. Elaine's tender, gritty and uproariously funny "one woman show," has the audience laughing through their tears! Her two workshops: Boomer Bootcamp-designed to help families gather the information they need to make major care-giving decisions and Caregivers Survival Training-recognizing and coping with the stages of caregiving receive RAVE reviews.

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Gregory Stock, PhD
Gregory Stock, PhD
A visionary game changer, Gary Stock, PhD, addresses such questions as: Who are we? Will we extend the human lifespan? Where are the new therapeutics? Are we the next frontier? Dr. Stock, a leading authority on the broad impacts of genomic and other advanced technologies in the life sciences has created a new paradigm for personal inquiries into values and beliefs, and influenced the major shift occurring in our vision of what it is to be human in the face of the major developments being ushered in by the silicon and biotech revolutions. He has written a range of thoughtful works on the impact and significance of recent advances in technology and the life sciences and has had a series of bestsellers on values and ethics.

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Jill Bolte Taylor
Jill Bolte Taylor
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist who experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain in 1996. On the afternoon of this rare form of stroke (AVM), she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. It took eight years for Dr. Jill to completely recover all of her functions and thinking ability. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (published in 2008 by Viking Penguin) and was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008. She also travels the country talking about mental illness as a result of her brother's schizophrenia diagnosis.

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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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  • Happy group of adult friends having fun

     3 Reasons Why Staying Social Matters to Your Thinking

    How many friends do you have? Do you rarely see family, go out for the evening or join your community for an event?

    You may not realize it, but your social life may just be bad for your brain.

    In the immortal words of Bette Midler, “you’ve got to have friends.” Little did the Divine Miss M know that in addition to our souls, she was hitting a high note on brain health as well.

    A recent AARP survey found that adults 40 and over with a higher number of social connections report better brain health.
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  • Telehealth is here to stay, but it will go through an evolution like all new technology shifts. A new study evaluated performance of teledermatology. The results were mixed. There were incorrect diagnoses and missed diagnoses. Treatment recommendations were not always consistent with guidelines. Prescriptions frequently lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects.  The study was limited because there are not yet large numbers of cases to evaluate. A significant limitation to the study was the authors were unable to assess whether clinicians seeing these patients in traditional in-person encounters would have performed any better.

    On balance, telehealth is a good thing. It has the potential to expand access to more patients, and the medical literature is filled with examples of telehealth systems providing quality care.


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  • Squeezing in a little exercise improves concentration and actually makes your meeting more productive. Waking up the mind and body creates a better atmosphere for listening to the innovative thoughts and ideas being delivered and better prepares us for putting those ideas into action when we return to the workplace.

    Invite a person from your Leadership Team to deliver a “3-5 minute” exercise break. Exercise helps increase energy levels, as well as concentration levels.  Break up the presentations where sitting for long periods can put the mind, not to mention other parts of the body, to sleep.  The break also creates a different type of exposure for your attendees to interact with leadership! 
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  • Re-Posted from John Patrick’s Blog on Accelerating Cancer Treatment…I remember being at a technology conference in 1999 when teenagers Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning demonstrated a digital music service called Napster. It was the beginning of a revolution, and it made a lot of sense to me. The rock group Metallica sued Napster in 2000 and the momentum of music sharing slowed – temporarily. I never saw the problem as theft. I saw it as an industry unwilling to give up the status quo and give consumers a way to purchase music. It took Steve Jobs, the iPod, and iTunes to ignite major growth in digital music.
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  • In a recent article, Healthcare Selfies: Consumers Go Mobile for Better Health, Dr. John Patrick features mobile devices for consumers to monitor their health. One such device is AliveCor. It has a heart monitor that attaches to the back of an iPhone and creates a 30-second EKG. A team of engineers at Cornell University has developed a smartphone camera attachment that takes a photo of a single drop of blood that a consumer has placed on a strip, and in a matter of seconds a colorimetric analysis displays cholesterol level. Read the article for additional devices. The pace of mHealth adoption will accelerate; self-monitoring and self-diagnosis are here to stay.
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  • In a recent interview by Bottom Line/Health, our own Dr. Cynthia Green was asked to suggest her best brain workouts. It’s not what most of us think. Crossword puzzles, online classes and other such activities are not necessarily the best for improving memory and preserving overall cognitive function. The latest research reveals that it takes more than quiet puzzle-solving and streaming lectures.

    In fact, some activities that we once thought were time wasters may actually help build intellectual capacity and other cognitive functions.  And, the most important steps to keep your brain performing at optimal levels are lifestyle choices.  Brain workouts that include getting aerobic exercise (at least 150 minutes per week), maintaining a healthy body weight, not smoking and eating a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables (low in refined sugar and white flour)

    However, research now tells us that there is more to a healthy brain workout. 
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  • Did you wonder how the Paris attacks could actually create a stronger “World Kindness Day?” True human kindness was shown, at its best, in the days following the attack as witnessed by many of us in the numerous media stories. Tweets, during the attacks, showed how ‘kindness spreads faster than hate.’ Tributes were laid to victims of the Paris attacks at the foot of the Monument a La Republique, in many cases by strangers for strangers.

    Dr. Stephen Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, discusses kindness in his lectures across the globe.
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  • Buckwheat honey for a cough, peppermint for IBS, turmeric for arthritis, Chia seeds for high cholesterol, salmon for inflamation…“I think most people think food can’t possibly be as potent as drugs, but I see the powerful direct benefits all the time,” said Dr. Melina Jampolis, in a recent discussion with CNN and posted in an article on Fox8.com. A small, growing number of physicians are “prescribing” foods not only for weight management, but also to prevent and treat chronic diseases and CNN spoke with medical nutrition experts to unearth the specific foods they recommend. And you don’t have to be a chef or nutritionist to take advantage of these healthy choices.
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