Below is a summary of Adventures in Aging's 2018 breakout sessions.

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Keynote speech: Future of the Home Care Landscape

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Adventure in Aging's Keynote Speech is from Peter Ross, President of the Home Care Association of America’s (HCAOA) Board of Directors.  His noontime presentation will offer:

  • Highlights of the findings from the 2018 Benchmarking Study from Home Care Pulse
  • Trends in Home Care and Why it is the best industry to be in now and in the future

  • Technology Strategy and Potential “Disruptors”

  • Advocacy and what are some of the Legislative activity that will impact our industry both good and bad

  • Why Home Care plays a critical role in the Healthcare Continuum?

  • How to navigate your agency to take advantage of future opportunities?

In addition to being President of the Home Care Association of America’s (HCAOA) Board of Directors, Mr. Ross is also a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council and is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Senior Helpers, a position he has held since the company’s founding. Mr. Ross has also been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012.  Prior to Senior Helpers, Peter served in executive roles with ADP, Ernst & Young and Intuit. Peter lives in the Boston area with his wife and family.

What’s your plan to pay for Long Term Care?

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This breakout session will focus on the numerous strategies that can be used to finance long term care. A review of the cost of care and what Medicare and Medicaid pays, and does not pay, will be part of the presentation. Attendees will learn the value of having a plan in place and the consequence of not being prepared for the need for long term care for themselves and other family members.

Presented by Jim Better of Essential Plans.  Next to income and oxygen, access to quality health care is most critical to all of us. Jim has been helping people choose health care plans since Ronald Reagan was president through two of his companies: Essential Plans and New England Medical. Health care plans for post-employment are very different than employer sponsored plans. Essential Plans focuses on creating choices for care, protecting assets and integration with government sponsored plans.

Continuing Care at Home: A Revolutionary Way to Age-In-Place

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In this session, attendees will learn about an innovative way to age-in-place with At Home By Hunt, a Continuing Care at Home (CCAH) program. Continuing Care at Home programs:

  • Keep older adults in the home they love.

  • Promote healthy aging and overall wellness as one grows older.

  • Provide high-quality, home-based services as they are needed.

  • Include all care coordination and management.

  • Protect one’s hard-earned assets from the high costs of long-term care based on a Life Care contract payment system.

At Home By Hunt is part of a national movement for people to age-in-place with an emphasis on local, community-based support services at a cost that is predictable and more affordable. As the only CCAH program in New Hampshire, At Home By Hunt is adapting to the changing demands for long-term care services in the New Hampshire area.

Presented by Joy Peterson who has been in the long-term care industry for 18 years working with Silverstone Living in Nashua, NH. She has her Master of Science in Eldercare and Marketing Management and teaches a long-term care options class for Rivier University’s RISE program. She is a member of the NAIPC, Leading Age and a national CCAH Networking Group. She brings a variety of knowledge on various long-term care options and enjoys helping today’s older adult plan for their long-term care.

Dementia: How to recognize the signs

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Are you or a loved one starting to forget things? Appointments, where the keys are or how to get home? Negative changes in thinking and behavior do not always mean dementia. Learn how to evaluate and tell the difference.

Presented by Gayle Davis, owner of Senior Helpers of the Greater Seacoast along with her husband Dwight. She is compassionate and caring, always willing to extend a hand to those in need. Gayle’s father was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, she is proud to service Veteran’s and their families in his honor and to provide them with all the care and respect that they deserve. Gayle is Senior Gems® and Veteran’s Program certified, a certified facilitator of the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT), and received her Master Trainer certification in A Matter of Balance, an evidence based fall prevention program. Gayle is also a member of the NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) and is one of the founding members of the National Aging in Place Council of New Hampshire.

Essential Legal Documents for Seniors 101

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If individuals wish to choose who will make financial and health care decisions for them if they are unable to make those decisions and wish to avoid having the courts involved, this breakout session will discuss the essential legal documents we should all have. This session will also mention provisions required in these documents to allow for planning in case of long-term nursing home care is needed without having to resort to the courts.

Presented by Joy V. Riddell, of RIDDELL LAW, PLLC, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  She practices estate planning, trust and estate administration, elder law, guardianships and special needs trusts. Ms. Riddell does estate tax and asset protection planning; planning for non-traditional couples and families; probate; federal gift and estate tax returns; wills; and trusts. She also helps with Medicaid qualification, long-term care planning, and asset protection planning. Ms. Riddell is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association (Trust and Estate section), the Massachusetts Bar Association, the New Hampshire Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (a past President), the New Hampshire Estate Planning Counsel, and is a founding member of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association. She also lectures to professional and non-professional groups and has served on and continues to serve on boards of charitable organizations.

What Matters the Most: How to Start the Conversation

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This presentation discusses how and when to choose your health care proxy, planning your future based off what matters to you and how to have the conversations with your loved ones.  The information covers boundaries that prevent people from having this important conversations and how to maneuver around them.  Along with talking points and discussion guidance to help better facilitate these conversations. 

Presented by Bridgette Martel, Director of Brookhaven Hospice since 2017 has over sixteen years of hospice experience.  She first began her career in hospice as a nurse and eventually moved into operations.  Educated on Honoring Choices, POLST and the Conversation Project, Bridgette has spoken at many community events throughout New Hampshire.   Bridgette is passionate about end of life care and served on the Board of Directors for the NHHPCO in 2010. 

Getting More Out of Technology: Boost Your Brainpower, Get Educated, Be Entertained (and Protect Your Privacy)


Technology devices like smartphones and tablets are touted as being easy to set up and intuitive to use. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many adults. In this presentation, Grant Sanborn of DeviceBright offers advice and tips for navigating the digital world in a educational, fun and safe way. He will cover:

  • The best apps to boost your brainpower 

  • How to keep personal information private on Facebook 

  • What you're missing if you're not listening to podcasts (if you don't know what a podcast is, don't worry!)

  • Simple ways to solve most technology-related issues

Grant is a former educator and longtime digital marketer who’s always been “that guy” when it comes to technology and devices. Grant started DeviceBright to bridge a gap between widespread notions and the hard reality of personal technology usage (translation: "There's no manual for this thing?!"). More than anything else, Grant helps people start down a path to become even more confident and adventurous with their personal technology devices. Visit his website at

Reverse Mortgages: Retirement Financing Solution

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Open the door to a better retirement-flexible financing solutions designed to meet your needs. Come and learn about Reverse Mortgages.

Presented by Katherin “Kathy” Burns has specialized in reverse mortgages since 2001. She especially enjoys helping people improve their financial situations by helping them create more cash flow, or afford the home that they really want.

“I love working with reverse mortgages because there are so many different ways that older adult homeowners can use them,” Kathy says.

Kathy says that growing up with older parents helped give her a unique perspective. “I feel like an old soul; I’ve spent a lot of time with ‘the Greatest Generation’,” she says. She adds that she enjoys working with her clients because they have great stories to share. “I love their outlook, and learning about their history.”

When she’s not working, Kathy likes to travel and to spend time in the outdoors through hobbies such as camping, hiking, and skiing.

Medicare 101

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During this session, attendees will hear an overview of original Medicare including eligibility, how Medicare works, what it covers, and how to enroll.  Attendees will also learn about the differences between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans.  Steve Hamel, Medicare Field Sales & Service Representative for Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Hampshire will be providing the ‘Medicare 101’ overview and will be available for questions.

Presented by Steven J. Hamel, a Medicare Field Sales & Service Representative for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire with over fifteen years of experience in retirement planning, investing, and insurance solutions.  He attended Franklin Pierce College for Business Administration before starting a career with Putnam Investments in Retirement investing. Steve later pursued an opportunity at Fidelity Investments continuing to work with Retirement investors as well as retail stock traders. From there he joined Laconia Savings bank as a Financial Advisor covering six branch offices assisting bank clients with Investment and insurance solutions. Steve eventually decided to specialize in Medicare and joined an industry leader in Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire.

In Steve’s role as Medicare Field Sales & Service Representative, he provides consultative expertise in educating seniors and the dual eligible population of New Hampshire on Anthem’s Medicare products.  Steve is a trusted advisor who lives and works in the local community and is well versed on Anthem’s Medicare product spectrum, services, and added value programs.

How to Out Smart the Scam Artists

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This presentation will discuss the latest scams targeting seniors and how to identify them and how to arm yourself or your loved ones against them.

Presented by Detective Rochelle Navelski, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Portsmouth Police Department.  She is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the community and local organizations, and acts as the department liaison with frequent service providers.  She is the department coordinator for Seacoast Crime Stoppers, Citizen Police Academy, CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events), ALICE (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate), Youth Summer Basketball League, and Senior Services.    

She is a member of the regional New Hampshire Financial Abuse Specialist Team, Dementia Friendly Action Team, and was the 2015 recipient of the Martin Luther King Community Service Award in recognition for representing community policing. 

Life Plan Choices

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Join us for this session where we will explore available Life Care options available to today’s older population. We will take you on a 30,000 foot journey through various programs in a community setting as well as a revolutionary age in place program.

Presented by John Parolin is the Director of Marketing for Silverstone Living in Nashua. John has been involved with Silverstone Living for over 15 years as a member and Chair of their Board of Directors. John Now serves Silverstone as the director of marketing for the Hunt Community, The Huntington at Nashua and At Home By Hunt.

I want to age in my own home. What are my options?

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Generally I can do things for myself, but I don’t get around as well as I use to. Learn how in-home care can keep you in your own home and help you maintain your independence.

Presented by Gayle Davis, owner of Senior Helpers of the Greater Seacoast along with her husband Dwight. She is compassionate and caring, always willing to extend a hand to those in need. Gayle’s father was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, she is proud to service Veteran’s and their families in his honor and to provide them with all the care and respect that they deserve. Gayle is Senior Gems® and Veteran’s Program certified, a certified facilitator of the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT), and received her Master Trainer certification in A Matter of Balance, an evidence based fall prevention program. Gayle is also a member of the NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) and is one of the founding members of the National Aging in Place Council of New Hampshire.

Guaranteed income: A rick-free guide to retirement

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What your broker won’t tell you about how to protect one’s life savings in a stock market eerily reminiscent of 2008.

Presented by Barry James Dyke. He has practiced financial planning, founded a pension consulting business, a third-party administration firm, a health & welfare consultancy and a registered investment advisor. He has worked with individuals, privately held businesses, publicly traded companies, venture capital firms and celebrities. He has authored or contributed to a multitude articles, and is written about in many prominent publications. He has been a frequent guest on talk radio shows throughout the country and speaks to groups about conditions of today’s economy and ways for consumers and advisors become better prepared in the days ahead.

Also presented by Mark S. Sullivan, a Registered Investment Adviser with over thirty years of experience, Mark graduated with a B.S. in Business from the University of Massachusetts, then attended graduate school at Boston University and Trust School at the Cannon Financial Institute. He earned Certificates in Financial Planning from Merrimack College and in Estate Planning from the National Institute of Certified Estate Planners, and maintains his Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities licenses in good standing.   

Mark has worked as an executive at a number of Wall Street investment firms including managing the Boston office of the Dreyfus Corporation. From there he was recruited to join the Citizens Bank Trust Department as VP and Business Development Officer, ultimately building and leading its Institutional Division before moving to the seacoast. In 2006, Mark fulfilled a career-long dream by founding Seacoast Asset Management, an independent wealth advisory firm to be able to provide fiduciary advice and guidance free from the conflicting interests and demands of Wall Street. He did this in order to better serve the needs of his clients, many of whom are referrals from savvy CPAs and Attorneys who insist on fiduciaries to assist with the growth, protection and ultimately the most tax-efficient transfer of their clients’ wealth. 

Why Capturing Your Legacy & Life Lessons Matters!

Learn how to create a family legacy activity around the fun and creative art of storytelling. Learn key questions and settings to make the experience engaging across all generations!

Presented by Al Brandano, founder and president of The Voice Library. net., as well as da Vinci Group Inc., a former marketing and consulting group in Southern NH. Graduate from Northeastern University, BS in Industrial Technology, as well as an airline captain for United Airlines (35 years).  He has also spent 27 years coaching children from youth to high school hockey. Al is a recent graduate of the " Life is Good Foundation" intensive practice on playmaking.  His goal now is to help people and companies realize in today’s over meda-ized world, where it’s easy to feel lost and insignificant that their belief in themselves and impact of life lessons – aka.. “Nobody cares about me or my story” … is in fact NOT true! is a remarkable storytelling service that’s fun and easy to use for all ages. Its technology simply lets you share life, teach, present an idea, in a more soulful & emotionally interactive way. Access is Anytime, Anywhere in one secure universal place – your personal / family/ business library.

Prompt Care (Walk-In) vs. Urgent Care vs. The Emergency Department


Brian Collins, DO is the Medical Director of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital's Prompt Care at Pease facility and will take the opportunity to discuss when it is appropriate to seek treatment at Prompt Care (walk-in) vs. Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Department.

Dr. Collins is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician who received his DO from the University of New England College of  Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Collins did his residency in Emergency Medicine at Garden City Hospital.

Return on Life® – Enhancing Your Most Valuable Asset – Time – With The Help Of A Virtuoso Travel Advisor

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A discussion on the Benefits of working with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor, and ideas for great “Bucket List” and Multi-Generational Travel.

Presented by Laura Hartman, of Virtuoso Travel Advisor with POSH Travel in Greenland, New Hampshire.  I have been a Virtuoso Travel Advisor with POSH since 2005, but have loved the romance of travel since I was a child.  My father was a Navigator for Braniff Airlines, and I was exposed to the wonders of our world as I listened to stories of the places he’d traveled and the people he’d met. Two of my favorite gifts were a globe and a Rand McNally World Atlas.

I have an adventurous spirit, a passion for exploration and am extremely detail oriented.  I am so blessed that these traits blend perfectly into my daily life as a Travel Advisor. Every day I get design itineraries that enable my clients to experience new cultures, marvel at nature’s beauty, delve into history, and discover new foods. I know that my clients’ time is a precious commodity and I do my very best to ensure each trip surpasses their expectations.  I love every aspect of the planning process and while designing these trips, I get to vicariously travel the world, and dream about my own next adventure.

I take pride in being able to help my clients travel confidently and comfortably anywhere in the world, whether on a luxury cruise, an African safari, a Norwegian adventure or a family vacation, designed to inspire the next global citizens.  My own travels have enabled me to meet with our worldwide partners and form permanent relationships with General Managers, Tour Guides, Hotel Owners and Cruise Directors. I have certifications from several tourism boards and am a Virtuoso Adventure Specialist, as well as a Regent Seven Seas Luxury Cruise Specialist, an Un-Cruise Adventurist and a founding member of the Saveur Travel Advisory Board.

How to Have a Good Death discussion

Death is something we will all one day face, so why is it so hard for doctors to talk with their patients about dying?  Join Beacon Hospice for a discussion based on the best-selling book and PBS Frontline Film, Being Mortal, by Dr. Atul Gawande.

Presented by Cristina Hepburn, a hospice community educator and outreach for Beacon Hospice, an Amedisys company.  Cristina works closely with medical practitioners, as well as senior care providers in the community, to help people better understand end of life issues and options.   Prior to joining Beacon Hospice, she was co-founder of a non-medical in-home agency in Maine, providing seniors and hospice patients in home care, allowing them to age in place.  She is a passionate advocate for seniors and others who wish to retain their independence and dignity while managing chronic or life limiting illness. Cristina holds an M.S. in Organizational Development.

Learn How to Buy Your Dream Home with No Monthly Mortgage Payments

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For over 17 years, Heather L. Johnson, a Reverse Mortgage Consultant with Retirement Funding Solutions, has been helping age 62+ customers across NH, ME and MA understand refinancing or buying homes with a reverse mortgage. Heather will teach you how to qualify, protect yourself financially during your retirement, and increase your purchasing power.

Home Modifications and Community Access for Healthy and Productive Aging at Home

This presentation will focus on easy and inexpensive ways of modifying your home to increase safety and accessibility. Home modification is only one piece of the puzzle allowing you to stay in your home for as long as you would like. Community access is another important piece of the puzzle; transportation, help around the house, and social and educational outings are necessary components to healthy and productive aging. The speaker will discuss an initiation to create a Village on the seacoast. Villages are membership-driven, grassroots, nonprofit organizations that help coordinate access to all of these needs.

Presented by Rob Daisy, OTR/L, who is an occupational therapist specializing in working with homeowners to address safety, enable participation, and inspire function, allowing them to live within their home for as long as they desire. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and The University of New Hampshire, Rob was led to this profession as he watched his parents age and realized that there was a lack of resources, not only in their home but within the community. It was this lack of resources that prevented them from aging in place in their dream retirement home in rural Maine.  

Senior Care Options                   

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This presentation will focus on understanding the labyrinth of senior care options. Seniors place tremendous value on autonomy, choice, empowerment, and independence. Understanding the different options allows families to remain in control of the decision-making process. This will include senior housing options, home care, financial planning, estate planning, legal planning and healthcare coverage.

Presented by Kelly Wilsey, President of Oasis Senior Advisor of Maine and the Seacoast, NH.  She began her career in non-profit management, product management, and operational management. She received MBA from Northeastern University and is a Certified Senior Advisor, CSA. Her philosophy is to listen, connect, inform, educate, advocate, support, and serve. Oasis Senior Advisor’s mission is to positively impact families during a difficult time in their lives. They do this by providing a free, personal, and compassionate service to help families find the right assisted living for their loved ones with compassion and care. While serving as both guide and educational resource, they recognize that each of their seniors are unique. They strive to create an intimate partnership with each family in order to match them with a community that is perfectly suited to their individual needs. They are experts in local senior living options and resources and use their knowledge and skills for the enhancement of the lives of seniors and families.  Their goal is to offer guidance and options which will allow families to make informed decisions.