Detroit Economic Club & Health Care News

Larry MerloI attended the Detroit Economic Club luncheon with Larry Merlo, the President & CEO of CVS Caremark Corporation. It was such a great event in The D! The information presented, the venue – the historic Book Cadillac Hotel was lovely and the networking was superb. I will attend more as many interesting and influential attendees were present.

Merlo spoke about these important health care topics:

  • Affordable Care Act influence on healthcare
  • Recent and disruptive choice to discontinue selling tobacco products
  • His original training as pharmacist and the influence it has on his decision-making for the company
  • Future of pharmacists that may include pharmacist at bedside when patients are discharged from hospitals
  • Actual home visits by pharmacists

Here is a small video snippet of the his talk.

I learned a lot and made a few great connections where I can learn even more. It was a great event!

Announcing Clawson “Ask A Nurse” Program

ask a nurseI am so excited to announce FREE nursing hours in Clawson, Michigan.


Hunter Community Center

509 Fisher Court, Clawson, MI 48017


1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month




Ask nursing questions, get your blood pressure checked and learn all about different aging topics each month.


June is Senior’s Month

June is Senior's MonthWhat is Senior’s Month?

Seniors’ Month is an annual nation-wide celebration

When is Senior’s Month?

Seniors’ Month is June 1 – 30, 2013

Why Celebrate Senior’s Month?

Seniors have contributed and continue to contribute immensely to the life and vibrancy of our communities. Seniors continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of this world. Their contributions past and present warrant appreciation and recognition and their stories deserve to be told. The  health and well-being of seniors is in the interest of all and further adds to the health and well-being of our communities. The knowledge and experience seniors pass on to us continues to benefit us all.

Celebrating Seniors’ Month has become a fantastic way of giving something back to them.We cannot forget these critical people who will need our care and attention.

Check your local community centers, libraries and services for events around your city that will help educate and have fun.



Essential Elder Care Advocacy Tips

Date June 6th

Are you a caregiver of an aging family member or an elder who wants to plan for the future of your care? Seniors are the largest segment of metro Detroit’s population. Many people don’t know who to trust or where to start when planning or taking care of an aging loved one. There are so many options for the aging and it can be very overwhelming.

Join us in the Friends Auditorium on Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 pm as we welcome one of Detroit’s top experts in the field of Elder Care and Geriatric Nursing, Nancy Martens, RN, BSN, CSA. Learn 10 essential tips for elder care in the areas of medical, safety, legal, financial, and lifestyle that will increase wellness and peace of mind.

A free 15-minute ElderCompass consultation will be given away as a door prize

Registration is requested. Please call the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727. Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library

Time: 7-8pm
Cost: Free

Aging in American Conference Wrap-Up

Nancy MartensThis years’ Aging in America national annual conference held by the American Society on Aging was another stellar opportunity to connect with the nations’ top thinkers and advocates for aging Americans.

What happened?

Five days of general sessions that included topics:

  • Mysteries of Population Aging
  • Aging and  Disability: The Alliance of the Future
  • Transforming Retirement: Timing, Funding, Roles, Challenges/Opportunities and A New Purpose
  • Leadership for Global Population Aging

Distinguished speakers included industry thought  leaders such the Assistant Secretary for Aging, Kathy Greenlee and Dr. Laura Carstensen, from the Stanford University Center on Longevity, Author and CEO of Age Wave, Ken Dychtwald, and Dr. John Beard, Director, Department of Aging and Life Course, World Health Organization.

And…me, I had the privilege to present my topic, Wellness, Wealth, and Wills: A Comprehensive Approach to Serving Seniors.

Aging Trends

Professionals and organizations dedicated to serving and advocating for seniors gathered to share ideas and become inspired as we rev up to care for the growing ranks of long-lived men and women. We discussed how to develop solutions and new models of care for the lifestyles of our newest and fastest growing age bracket. Myriad perspectives were considered:

  1. health
  2. lifestyle
  3. global significance
  4. legacy, and the list goes on.

This was my second Aging in America conference and I have again returned home inspired, full of new ideas and renewed energy to serve out Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers across the continuum.