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Columnists are experts in their respective fields and contribute a professional and experienced point of view on topics of interest to our readers. If you would like to be considered as an editorial contributor, please contact us at info@southshoresenior.com. Thank you for your interest in contributing!

Natalie_Ahern_headshot-e1472137841997Natalie Ahern, founder and principal of All the Right Moves Boston, has extensive experience in project management, home decorating, and floor planning in homes on and around Boston’s South Shore. Whether a client is downsizing, relocating, or aging in place, Natalie manages it all. She is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. You can reach her at 781- 724-1681 or visit alltherightmovesboston.com for more information. 


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Lisa Burke is a Senior Residential Advisor and Principal of Step with Care, providing guidance and planning to seniors and their families who are considering independent living communities, assisted living communities or skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts.

Please visit www.stepwithcare.com or email lisa.burke@stepwithcare.com or call 774-215-0956 for your complimentary consultation.


Missa Capozzo, CSW, WSET3, FWS, BWSEd

Missa holds various positions in the wine industry, each of which brings her incredible fulfillment. She is the EVP of Sales and Acquisitions at VINOvations in Sharon, MA. She also teaches students of all levels of experience and interest in classes and leads wine dinners with Boston Wine School. Missa also works to spread the love for local Massachusetts wines at Hardwick Vineyard &Winery in Hardwick, MA.  She is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with the Society of Wine Educators, a certified French Wine Scholar (FWS), certified with the Wine and Spirits Trust, Level 3 Advanced (WSET), and a certified educator with Boston Wine School (BWSEd).  Her unique combination of talent allows her to translate the nuances of wine for the everyday wine drinker in an accessible and fun way. Demystifying wine and removing the intimidation is her passion when sharing wine with others. When not fully immersed in the world of wine, Missa is a self proclaimed “obsessed dog mom” to her Boston Terrier, Peyton.

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Carol Corio, Community Relations Liaison for Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, has been studying integrated health therapies for over 25 years with certifications in aromatherapy, polarity therapy, RYSE, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) sharing her long-time passion for integrating the benefits of therapeutic aromatherapy with those served by Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care. For information, call 781-341-4145, visit www.oldcolonyhospice.com or email Carol at ccorio@oldcolonyhospice.com

 


 

Delia DeMello, metropolitan public affairs specialist, has been with the Social Security Administration since 1986. For information, call 800-772-1213 or visit www.socialsecurity.gov

 

 

 

 


 

Phyllis DeLaricheliere, MS, has made a career working with seniors for more than 15 years. She is the recipient of a National Award of Excellence for her monthly column, Ask the Hippie, awarded by the North AmericanLayout 1 Mature Publishers Association in the category of Senior Issues. She is a sought after speaker/educator/author and is excited about her new soon-to-be-punished book, Embracing the Journey: Knowing your Inner Hippie. To book Phyllis for a lecture or to join her pre-published waitlist for her book, email her at knowyourhippie@gmail.com, or call 802-999-7503.

 


 

Mike Festa

Mike Festa is State Director and Spokesperson for AARP of Massachusetts, the leading advocate organization with 800,000 members in Massachusetts, dedicated to improving the lives of 50+ persons.AARP Massachusetts.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Dr. Olga Kraeva maintains her clinic, Dental Aid 1, in Weymouth, located in the Lakeview Medical Building, 884 Washington St., (Rt. 53), situated one block from Walmart and Shaw’s Plaza. Please call her at 781-340-5361 or visit https://www.dentalaid1.com to learn more.


Nicole Long, MSW, LICSW, is the Chief Executive Office of Old Colony Elder Services andre(OCES).  Founded in 1974, OCES serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities.  For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

George Downey is the CEO of Harbor Mortgage Solutions located at 100 Grandview Road, Suite 105, Braintree, MA 02184 and can be reached at (781) 843-5553 or gdowney@harbormortgage.com.


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Mark Friedman is the Owner of Senior Helpers Boston and South Shore. He is passionate about seniors ability to age in place.  The goal of his agency is to set a new standard in home care in Massachusetts first by delivering an exceptional home care experience in through highly trained caregivers and case managers; secondly by becoming a significant connection for elders to resources and services in the 75 communities his company serves. Friedman writes and leads continuous education with NASW, ANCC and EAB credits.  He has taught in the Lasell College ELDER certificate program, guest lectured at the Tepper School of Business, Harvard Business School Executive Education, Emerson University and others. He is a member of the Private Duty Advisory Committee of the Home Care Alliance of MA and a founding member and Vice Chair of the Home Care Association of America Massachusetts Chapter.  He has also served as the national Chair of the Senior Helpers Owners Council for over 5 years.

 


 

Sharon Fisher is the owner of COME to ORDER! Organizing Services, in Hull. She spends her days helping people with their “stuff.” She has been offering hands-on, customized solutions to maximize your space and simplify your life for more than 20 years. To contact her, please call 781-925-8925.

 

 


 

Chris Hanson, CPA,  is the author of The Wicked Smart Investor blog who specializes in financial planning. He earned his BBA at the Isenberg School of Management University of Massachusetts and an MBA at Babson College’s F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business. He may be reached at (978) 888 – 5395 and you read his blog at wickedsmartinvestor.blogspot.com

 

 

 


 

Patrick J. Kelleher Esq. Patrick Kelleher’smission as an Elder Law Attorney is to teach you to be an “informed consumer” so you can put your estate plan in place to protect what you have for the people you love the most before your time runs out! Patrick does this with his “Elder Law Care” Television show and by teaching free educational Estate Planning & Elder Law workshops at his Learning Center in Hanover. To learn more, visit his website: elderlawcare.com, or call 781-871-7526. 


 

 

Rosemarie K. Lanchester is a professional speaker and energy practitioner specializing in stress and pain relief. She holds certifications in many forms of “Energy” medicine including dowsing, hypnosis, laugher Yoga, Reiki, and advanced training in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). She has been featured on the cover of the national magazine, Women of Distinction, and is listed in the Top 100 Registry of Business and Professionals in the wellness field. Visit her website for more information: EverythingYouWishFor.com.

 

 


 

Loretta LaRoche

Loretta LaRoche is an award winning, acclaimed speaker, author and international stress expert and humor consultant who has evoked wit and irreverent humor on her audience for over 30 years.  Using humor to reframe a stressful situation, Loretta captures a new perspective on the difficult parts of life. Her teaching style, credibility and incontestable humor are integral parts to her compelling presence.

She is founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc, a company offering programs and products for life style management. Loretta’s special brand of optimistic psychology has an undeniable positive effect on the health of all that are exposed to her.

As an acclaimed author, she has toured with the Hay House, “I Can Do It!”conferences.  She is a well-recognized Hay House best-selling author of 8 books. For more information, including how to book Loretta for your next event or education conference, please visit her website: https://www.lorettalaroche.com

 


 

Attorney Rob Romano is an Elder Law Attorney and practices Estate Planning, M

edicaid Planning, and Asset Protection from his Quincy, MA office. He teaches Estate Planning Essentials workshops throughout the South Shore. You can reach Attorney Romano at 617-769-9843. For more information, visit his website,  RobertRomanoLaw.com.


 

Rita La Rosa Loud, B.S. is an adjunct instructor and directs the fitness research programs at the Health & Fitness Center at Quincy College.

 

 

 


Attorney Alexis B. Levitt practices elder law and special needs planning in Norwell and sits on the board of directors of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MANAELA). She is also a VA-accredited attorney.  You may call her at (781) 740 – 7269. You can also learn more at her web site and blog by visiting www.alexislevitt.com.


Ed McCourt, CTC, has been active as a travel consultant for more than 40-years. His special interests include small ship and river ship cruising and travel through Celtic and Nordic lands. He is affiliated with The Travel Collaborative/Tzell Travel in Cambridge. And may be reached at edmccourt@travelcollaborative.com or 781-325-2553.


 

Christine McLaren is Community Programs Director at Old Colony Elder Services. OCES serves 20 towns in Plymouth County, as well as Avon, Easton and Stoughton. OCES offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. You may learn more about OCES by visiting www.ocesma.org.


 

John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC., a private duty homecare agency providing personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help with daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at (781) 378-2164; via email at jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz or online at www.homecarepartnersma.com.

 

 

 


 

Beverly L. Moore, is owner of StilMee, an Alzheimer caregiver service based in Quincy  StilMee holds support groups for family caregivers twice a month at Carney Hospital on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings and in Mansfield at Willow’s Crossing Assisted Living on the 3rd Saturday of each month and at Sunrise in Norwood on the 2nd Saturday of each month, both at 10 a.m.

 

 


 

Wendy Oleksiak, is a real estate professional at Compass. As a former Registered Nurse, she understands the importance of trust and accountability in creating a successful partnership. Honesty, hard work and professionalism paved the road to Wendy becoming the top selling agent at her previous firm. Wendy made the move to Compass to utilize cutting edge technology and state of the art marketing that provides her clients with the competitive advantage. Her extensive network within the real estate community ensures that her clients learn about off market properties, and enables her to get her buyers offer’s accepted and listings sold for the highest price with the best possible terms. Wendy has lived on the South Shore for 20 years, raised two children and owned homes in the towns of Hingham, Scituate, Cohasset, and Duxbury. Her hobbies include oil painting, paddle boarding, boating hiking, and enjoying the fabulous beaches in the area! You can reach Wendy at 781-267-0400. 

 


Tom Quirk is a long-time advocate of brain aneurysm support groups.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Susan Sheehan is Operations Manager at Connected Living. She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and has been working with the elders in the South Shore communities for most of her professional years. She runs caregiver support groups, participates in Alzheimer’s disease advocate, and has been and Alzheimer’s coach. Involved in research studies, she has learned innovative ways to care for people with memory impairment, and enjoys sharing her knowledge with caregivers in many settings.

 

 


 

Debbie Lyn Toomey, RN, is a Mindfulness Educator and Injury Prevention Coordinator at Tufts Medical Center. She is an author, researcher, coach, and owner of Ultimate Healing Journey, LLC. You may reach her at 617-433-8814 or visit her website: www.healthandhappinessspecialist.com


Randy Veraguas, Community Sales Director at Atria Marina Place, is an expert on down-sizing. Her energy and enthusiasm translate through her writing. Randy is also the Creative Producer of the TV Pilot, Dare to Downsize.

Randy’s contact information: Randy.Veraguas@AtriaSeniorLiving.com 781-635-5414 www.DareToDownsize.weebly.com


Melissa Weidman  is a communications and community outreach professional with expertise in the healthcare field including  hospice and palliative care. She is available for custom presentations, seminars, and workshops. She can be reached at (774) 994-0409 or melissaweidman@gmail.com.


Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., is Exercise Science Professor, Program Chair, and Senior Research Director at Quincy College. Dr. Westcott has authored 28 books on strength training and physical fitness.

 

 

 


 

 

Captain Brad White, Founder of New England Burials At Sea, is a native of the South Shore, navigating its waterways for over 45 years with the last 15 years as a USCG Licensed Master Captain conducting burials at sea. You can reach Capt. Brad at 781-834-0112, or oceanburial@aol.com. Visit his website for much more information: NewEnglandBurialsAtSea.com 

 

 

 


 

Laura Willis is a brand positioning expert and strategist, who has created award winning web and print communications to help local, national and global companies, stand apart from the competition for over 25 years in advertising agencies and mid to large corporations in the greater Boston area, as well as in her own business. With the launch of Encore Revolution, Laura’s speaking engagements, educational programs and private coaching combine elements of her brand development process with personal growth and awareness work to inspire people to align with their deeper mission or purpose, give it an authentic voice and position them for greater success. Her website: www.encorerevolution.com