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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. 



Maria Burke, RN

Maria Burke, RN, is owner and founder of Celtic Angels Home Health Care. Maria Burke was born in Midleton, County Cork, Ireland. She is the eldest of six and immigrated to the United States in 1988 to pursue a nursing degree to become a registered nurse. She served as a visiting nurse and from there, launched her own home health care company. Celtic Angels has two offices; Weymouth and Needham and provides a full array of the highest quality in-home health care services with certified and skilled CNAs, HHAs, and RNs. ∞


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.


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 American 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.



Toni L. Eaton, RN, BSN, MS, is the President & CEO of Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care of West Bridgewater, a dynamic non-profit hospice serving more than 55 communities south of Boston. OCH also runs the Dr. Ruth McLain Hospice Home in Braintree.A native and resident of the South Shore, Toni brings her compassion and experience as a nurse, a veteran, and a community leader to her insightful columns for South Shore Senior News. Her leadership has been honored by several groups including the South Shore Women’s Business Network, and she currently sits on the boards of the Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts and the Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. For more information, call (781) 341-4145  or visit Old Colony Hospice &Palliative Care

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.


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.


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




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


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.





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.




Nancy Muckle is the owner of Problems Solved.

Need a problem solved? I invite you to call me – Nancy Muckle of Problems Solved – for a no-charge consultation at 781-258-9050 (cell) or 508-224-4464 (office) or 781-226-1749 (office). Visit my website at www.probssolved.com for additional details.




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

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 





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