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Dr. Marion Somers

During the past three decades, Marion Somers, PhD, aka “Dr. Marion,” provided care for more than 2,000 elderly clients while she owned and operated a thriving geriatric care management practice. It is now Dr. Marion’s goal to help caregivers everywhere by providing valuable insights and information in her book, Elder Care Made Easier: Doctor Marion’s 10 Steps to Help You Care for an Aging Loved One, and on her Web sites, DrMarion.com and DrMarion.org.
While others might avoid elder care issues at every turn, Dr. Marion has made caring for the elderly her life’s work. She loves her work and it shows. Dr. Marion doesn’t focus on the grey hair or wrinkles of the elderly. Instead, she is inspired by the beauty of their life experience. “If an individual has lived to be 90 years old, he must have some real skills and smarts to get his needs met in life. It’s vital we tap into the wisdom, strength, and life strategies of the elderly before they pass on.”

Dr. Marion knows that caregivers feel scared, angry, guilty, frustrated, overworked, and underappreciated, but she is here to hold their hand through these demanding times. She passes on her knowledge and practical advice in a way that all caregivers can understand. “There are many common issues that caregivers face when dealing with the elderly. The language or the culture may be different, the values or the color of skin may be different, but many issues are universal, and it’s my goal to make a positive impact,” says Dr. Marion.

Recent awards

Dr. Marion is an award-winning, nationally recognized geriatric care manager. She was honored with the 2009 Lehman College Alumni Achievement Award for her dedication and work in the field of elder care.

Her self-syndicated article series, “Ask Dr. Marion,” was also chosen for a 2009 National Mature Media Merit Award by the Mature Market Resource Center.

Educational/professional background

Dr. Marion graduated with a BA with honors from City College in New York; an MS in recreation therapy from Lehman College (CUNY) in New York; and a PhD in human and organizational development with specialization in gerontology, retirement, and special populations from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She is trained as a New York State nursing home administrator. Dr. Marion created the professional geriatric care management certificate program at Hunter College’s Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity and was its director. She selected 25 new students each year and then taught them in a variety of disciplines. The program graduated 120 students in five years.

Dr. Marion is also an accomplished lecturer who has presented the following seminars: Care of an Aging Parent; Caring for the Caretaker; Counseling Skills; Dying, Death, and Bereavement; Geriatrics; Retirement Planning; and Stress Management for the Elderly. She’s a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators, the American Society on Aging, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, the Gerontological Society of America, the National Alzheimer’s Association, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, the National Council on Aging, and the National Institute of Adult Day Care, among others.

In the public eye

Dr. Marion is a featured columnist for RetirementHomes.com, and she enjoys an extensive partnership with AGIS.com, a leading elder care information portal. She has appeared on The TODAY Show, ABC News Now, Good Morning America Now, The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, National Public Radio, Walgreens’ Health Corner, Retirement Living TV, and dozens of local morning news shows. Her public service announcement “Dr. Marion Minute” elder care program currently airs on more than 300 radio outlets coast-to-coast. She has been quoted on elder care issues by AARP, the Associated Press, the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Parade, Prevention, Woman’s World, theBaltimore Sun, Newsday, CNN.com, MSN.com, and Bankrate.com, among many others.

Articles

Double Duping Home Repair Scam

Beware of fraudulent contractors

Fun With Food

Be creative and enjoy.

Creativity

You just be surprised how it works wonders.

Recreation

How to have fun at any age.

Hiring Help

A very important part of the care giving process.

For the Love of a Pet

Pets can offer many benefits for seniors.

Skill Inventory as an Important Tool

Build on skills to capture sense of self.

Improving Communication

Technology can be a strong asset.

Rain or Shine

Spending time with your elders – regardless of the weather.

Fulfilling Wishes

Fulfilling wishes for elders.

Caregiving for Boomer Parents

Lifts and elevators.

Adapted Equipment For Driving

Many features to assist the aging driver.

Solace and Comfort

Transcending hurt, loss and grief.

The Interview

Questions to ask a caregiver.

Prioritize Help

There is “Free” help available.

SHOULD MY PARENT MOVE INTO MY HOME?

How to consider all the factors.

Choosing a Facility: The Staff

Tips to insure a qualified assisted living facility.

ASSISTED LIVING

How to choose an Assisted Living Facility.

The Will

Important information about Wills.

SAFETY OUTSIDE THE HOME

20 Tips to Help Keep Seniors Safe When Outside the House.

IN-HOME SAFETY

Making a safer environment.

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

How to tap into federally funded sources.

CATALOGUE YOUR PROPERTY

How to record and protect your valuable property – just in case.

Reverse Mortgages

Careful planning required...

Keep Them Active

Creativity and Communication are keys to Caregiving

Consider Cultural Differences

When hiring an aide.

Housing Options

So what are your options?

Put Safety First

Help when accidents involving the elderly happen in the home. Do you know how to make their home a safer place to live?

Legal Papers: An Elder’s Peace Of Mind

Save some pain by having the proper paperwork before its too late!

When The Time Comes..Do You Kow What to DO?

KNOW NOW how to PREPARE for the FUTURE HEALTH NEEDS of Aging parents!!!

BRING A PROP

A warm hello can be a simple gift and an experience to share!

ELDER FRAUD

ALERT! Elder fraud is happening at an alarming rate!

You Are Not Alone

CAREGIVERS! You Are NOT ALONE!

Ethical Issues

As a caregiver, you will likely encounter many ethical issues. The biggest ethical challenge is often money.

Letting Go of The Past

Many children take on the role of caregiver, but find it difficult because of past experiences.

What Is HIPAA?

Many caregivers are confused by HIPAA. Are you?

Spirituality

Encourage your seniors to explore their spiritual thoughts.

Transfer Trauma

"Transfer trauma"-when a senior is moved to a new location and needs time to adjust to the change.

HOARDING – A Quiet Epidemic

Often a sign something else is wrong.

Don’t be a Martyr

Caring for an elder loved one is often an overwhelming job.

Hiring a Geriatric Care Manager

Know what to look for in a care manager.

Tips for Traveling With the Elderly

Good planning creates rewarding travel.

To Drive or Not to Drive?

When to put the keys down.

Wheelchair Use & Safety

Safety is an important issue when using a wheelchair.

Apperance Matters

Looking and feeling your best.

Take Stock of Medications

Take a proper inventory of meds.

Adaptive Equipment Can Help Maintain Personal Independence

Products help make life easier.

Take Care of Yourself Too

It is not uncommon to feel absolutely overwhelmed by your caregiving responsibilities.

Long Term Care Insurance

Can Long Term Care Insurance help protect my family and finances? ABSOLUTELY YES!
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