Terri Tanielian is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Terri Tanieliam is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We welcome Terri to the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Caregiver Smile Summit Expert Terri is a senior behavioral scientist and a nationally recognized expert on veteran mental health. Her areas of interest include military and veterans health policy; military suicide; military sexual assault; psychological effects of combat, terrorism, and disasters. She has led multiple studies to assess the needs of veterans and to examine the readiness of private healthcare providers to deliver timely, high quality care to veterans and their families. She has also examined community based models for expanding mental health care for returning veterans and their families.

As the former director of the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, she spent a decade overseeing RAND’s diverse military health research portfolio. She was the co–study director for a large, non-governmental assessment of the psychological, emotional, and cognitive consequences of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan entitled Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery. She was also the co-director for RAND’s study Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers, the first representative study of military caregiving in the United States. She also recently completed a feasibility assessment examining the integration of DoD and VA purchased care approaches.

Tanielian has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and reports. She currently serves as a fellow in the Military Service Initiative for the George W Bush Institute. She was a member of the planning committee for the 18th, 22nd, and 26th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, which focused on mental health needs and recovery following September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively. She earned her M.A. in psychology from American University.

caregiver smile summitTerri’s’s session at the Caregiver Smile Summit is entitled: Military Caregivers: Who Are They and How Can We Help Them?

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Dr. Jill Bjerke is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Dr. Jill Bjerke is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

We welcome Jill to the Caregiver Smile Summit. Dr. Bjerke is an internationally recognized subject matter expert in aging/thriving at home, a senior safety expert, author and consultant and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).  She is CEO and Founder of Home Transition Solutions Group, which encompasses Cut the Clutter Co., LLC (downsizing, housing transition, clutter elimination and creating safe homes), Silver Spaces (aging in place and home safety inspections and assessments) and the mobile app she created for doing the inspections called SilverSpaces (Silverspaces.com). The app is now being used in 12 countries around the world and is the only one of its kind that addresses senior home safety and aging in place decision-making. She currently has a podcast call “Right Now” on the wholecarenetwork.com and is on the editorial board of the Certified Senior Advisor’s Journal. She also volunteers for animal welfare and hospice and sits on many corporate boards.

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Angela’s session at the Caregiver Smile Summit is entitled: Aging In Place: It’ Not What You Think

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Angelia Brigance is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Angela Brigance is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Angela is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Angelia had the privilege of growing up with her grandparents. As a result, she was able to truly understand the gift that the elderly are to us and the importance of treating them with dignity, respect, and love. This understanding grew into a passion for helping the senior community thrive, with a focus on helping people understand  and communicate with those who have dementia. She uses her heart for Seniors to fuel herself to continue to be a leader in the senior community.

For the last 26 years, Angelia’s career has been focused on navigating the many challenges that seniors face.  In addition to her years of on-the-job experience, she has an Associates Degree in Developmental Disabilities, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a Masters of Science in Counseling. She has also successfully completed studies in Geriatrics, Validation, and Neurolinguistic Programming. Angelia’s experience and education allow her to successfully coach and train professionals, families, and businesses in the senior world.

Angelia is a member of the Washington Athletic Club Speakers Bureau and is published in their magazine. She has also been published in other local magazines on issues affecting seniors and was interviewed on New Day Northwest. She has taught communications, conflict resolution, and leadership skills for a variety of companies, including Starbucks. Most recently she was a guest teacher at Northwest University.

In the last few years, Angelia has survived a ruptured brain aneurysm and Stage 3 Lung Cancer, which has motivated her now more than ever to help others feel gratitude and optimism in the face of their own personal life challenges. Angelia is married with two adult children, one grandson, and enjoys spending the weekends hiking with her husband and two dogs.

Susan’s session at the Caregiver Smile Summit is entitled: Who’s Watching? The Granny Cam Dilemma

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Susan Ostrowski is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

Susan Ostrowski is Participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit

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Susan is participating in the Caregiver Smile Summit.

Susan Ostrowski has received two master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University: one in Speech-Language Pathology and one in Remedial Reading.  Susan has a keen interest in older adults living with dementia.  The minimal resources available to older adults, and the all too common social isolation of this population, concern her deeply.

Unconvinced that people living with memory challenges lose their ability to read, Susan began several years ago exploring the relationship between dementia and reading. Her field studies have revealed that the automatic skill to read lies dormant and untapped in many seniors’ minds.  With the help of a multi-disciplinary team, Susan developed a collection of adapted books, a methodology, and an organization (Reading2Connect) to bring reading back to older adults who struggle with reading typical books, newspapers, and magazines.

Susan’s session is entitled: Reviving the Joy of Reading

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