The Balancing Act of Aging Registration

Join us for a community conversation on aging and caring for older loved ones moderated by Mark McConville, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author. What are the questions you should be asking? What resources exist in our communities? How can you prepare for the costs of care? What are your options? Join a dynamic panel of speakers as we seek to break down the stigma around aging and caregiving and learn how to plan for this life stage for yourself and your older loved ones.

Monday MARCH 9, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 PM
20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights 44122

The program is free; registration is requested:

Featured Topics & Panelists

Dr. Ardeshir Hashmi, Successful Aging - The Medical Perspective

Dr. Ardeshir Z. Hashmi MD, FACP is the Endowed Chair of Geriatric Innovation and Director of the Center for Geriatric Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Hashmi completed a two year postdoctoral research fellowship at Yale University. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Yale-Saint Mary’s Hospital in Connecticut, where he served as Chief Medical resident. He then trained at Massachusetts General Hospital, as a Clinical and Research Fellow in Geriatrics before becoming Faculty and then Medical Director of MGH Senior Health-Harvard Medicine. Dr. Hashmi subsequently transitioned to the Cleveland Clinic in his current role.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a graduate of the Intermountain based Clinical Leadership Performance Improvement Program and an Advanced Peer Coach through the Cleveland Clinic Center for Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring. Dr. Hashmi has lectured, conducted workshops and done leadership coaching nationally and internationally. He has published several journal articles in Geriatrics and is the recipient of the 2019 Greater Value Portfolio Award through the Donaghue Foundation. He is a member of the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) and was selected for the prestigious ACLGIM LEAD Program in 2020.

Lisa Weitzman, Successfully Navigating Your Parents' Aging

Lisa Weitzman, LISW-s is the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Care Consultation Manager of Business Development. As such, she is responsible for providing training and ongoing technical support to Care Consultants/Supervisors and for expanding market opportunities for BRI Care Consultation through the Eldercare Services Institute at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Ms. Weitzman’s work also focuses on social determinants of health as they pertain to older adults aging well in the community. Before joining Benjamin Rose, Ms. Weitzman worked as a direct practice social worker engaged in case management, counseling, and advocacy with older adults. She holds a Master of Science in Social Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University and advanced social certifications in gerontology and case management.

Laurie Steiner, Planning for Successful Aging

Laurie G. Steiner JD is a partner in the law firm of Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd. She earned her B.A. degree from the College of Wooster and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. She has been named as a Super Lawyer for 2019 and 2020. Additionally, she is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation (approved by the Commission on Specialization of the Supreme Court of Ohio) and by the Ohio State Bar Association. She is also an Accredited Attorney for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veteran benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Ms. Steiner is a frequent speaker on Elder Law, Medicaid/Disability Planning and Estate Planning topics to both professional groups and civic groups. Her practice is focused on life care planning, elder law, estate planning, and probate. In addition, Ms. Steiner is a current contributing author to Boomer and Beyond Magazine and Aging Answers, Supplement to Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She is the past host of the recently canceled television show for the 50+ crowd, Golden Opportunities, which aired on Sunday mornings on WKYC-TV3 in Cleveland, the local NBC affiliate for 20 years. Ms. Steiner is a member of the Cleveland (Estate Planning Probate and Trust Section), Akron, Ohio State (Probate and Trust Law Section) and American (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section) bar associations, the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the Cleveland Estate Planning Council. She joined the law firm of Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd. when it was formed in September 1993, and previously was associated with Hahn Loeser & Parks.

Sonya Edwards, Aging Successfully Without Losing the Family Home

Sonya Edwards is the Director of Financial Counseling for Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), a subsidiary of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.   She is responsible for all strategic and operational outcomes for ESOP’s innovative and holistic Senior Financial Empowerment Initiative.  This program touches over 5000 older adult clients annually; with the goal of helping them achieve and maintain financial wellness and housing stability.
Sonya has over 20 years of experience in housing counseling and social service case-management.   She also presents across the nation on topics like: Financial Exploitation, Financial Security and how to create integrated programming to address issues that affect older adults. Sonya holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Mark McConville, Program Moderator

Mark McConville PhD is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Beachwood, specializing in adult, adolescent, emerging adult, and family psychology. Dr. McConville is a senior faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and has lectured and taught widely on the subjects of child development, parenting, and counseling methodology.

His book Adolescence: Psychotherapy and the Emergent Self (Jossey-Bass, 1995) was awarded the 1995 Nevis Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Gestalt Therapy theory. He is the author of the Counseling Feedback Report, an innovative and widely used adolescent assessment tool, and is co-editor of The Heart of Development: Gestalt Approaches to Childhood and Adolescence, vols. I & II, (The Analytic Press, 2001). His book about the transition from adolescence to adulthood, titled Failure to Launch:  Why Your Twentysomething Hasn’t Grown Up and What You Can Do To Help, was published this year and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People.

In addition to his private clinical practice, Dr. McConville serves as Consulting Psychologist to University School and Hathaway Brown School.
Sponsored by the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools, and University School.

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