Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, Geriatrician, Author, Educator, Defining Elderhood

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, Geriatrician, Author, Educator, Defining Elderhood

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, Geriatrician, Author, Educator, Defining Elderhood

 
 
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We are living longer these days. What does ‘successful aging’ mean? We have childhood, adulthood and…? How about Elderhood?  Elderhood now can span forty years of our lives or more. Louise is the author of the New York Times bestseller Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life. Louise lets us in on breaking through some of the myths that surrounds age and numbers. It’s not a disease. Let’s debunk the myths. Let’s re-examine the meaning of aging.

A practicing geriatrician, Louise has served as director of the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center, is a Harvard-trained geriatrician and award winning author. Louise has recently appeared on morning shows including NBC’s The Today Show.

Lucy Dhegrae, Professional Singer, Producer, Composer, Animal Lover, Survivor of Rape

Lucy Dhegrae, Professional Singer, Producer, Composer, Animal Lover, Survivor of Rape

Lucy Dhegrae, Professional Singer, Producer, Composer, Animal Lover, Survivor of Rape

 
 
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“Vocal Versatility and an omnivorous curiosity.” – The New York Times

“Adventurous mezzo-soprano” and “raconteur” – The New Yorker

Is it possible to shrug off a trauma? Is it possible to silence yourself after you’ve been raped? That’s what Lucy Dhegrae tried to do. She was 19, in her sixth week as a college freshman when she was drugged and raped by a student athlete. Having heard and read about other victims who had been trashed after reporting having been raped by an athlete, she remained silent. Ten years passed before the effect hit her. She suddenly lost her singing voice.

Three years, a variety of therapies and $25,000 later, she can and does talk about it. Now Lucy is on a mission with her music, exploring how music can address the aftermath of trauma; Mind and Body. Lucy shares her story so that other survivors, especially college students, will have the confidence to believe in themselves. “We can’t continue to stay numb to this. We just can’t.”

Lucy is an Artist in Residency at National Sawdust for the 2019-2020 season, presenting a muti-concert project. She was the 2018 recipient of the University Of Michigan School Of Music’s Emerging Artist Award and among the first cohort fellows with Turn the Spotlight, a new mentorship program for young professionals. Lucy is an extraordinary woman.

Marni Amsellem, Ph.d, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Writer, Health Psychology Consultant and Research Consultant

Marni Amsellem, Ph.d, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Writer, Health Psychology Consultant and Research Consultant

Marni Amsellem, Ph.d, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Writer, Health Psychology Consultant and Research Consultant

 
 
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Can life transitions affect relationships? How can we tell the difference between anxiety and depression? Can we navigate relationships when bipolar disorder is involved? Marni helps us navigate these bewildering and sometimes traumatic times. What is negative self-talk and how do we manage to do this even when something wonderful has happened? Find out about the impact of our own unconscious sabotage. Marni is a graduate from Cornell with a B.S. in Human Development and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, specializing in health psychology, from Washington University in St. Louis. Marni is a frequent contributor to the Good Men Project, Fulfillment Daily (Science Backed News for a Healthier Life) and Memory Well.

Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, Author, Artist, Advocate, Mother of 6 year old Sandy Hook Hero & Victim Jesse Lewis

Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, Author, Artist, Advocate, Mother of 6 year old Sandy Hook Hero & Victim Jesse Lewis

Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, Author, Artist, Advocate, Mother of 6 year old Sandy Hook Hero & Victim Jesse Lewis

 
 
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What would you do if you walked into your kitchen and saw the words: Nurturing, Healing and Love? And they had been written by you 6 year old son who died a hero during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting? For Scarlett, it was to start the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. She began a journey to spread the message that Jesse left, those three words being the formula for choosing love and promoting social and emotional education in schools and communities. A journey that has turned personal tragedy into a positive impact in the world.  Scarlett is the recipient of the International Forgiveness Award, The Live Your Legacy Award and the Common Ground. Scarlett is the author of ‘Nurturing Healing Love’, the story of her journey.

Wendy Kaufman, ‘The Snapple Lady’, Television Personality, Pop Culture Icon and Recovering Addict

Wendy Kaufman, ‘The Snapple Lady’, Television Personality, Pop Culture Icon and Recovering Addict

Wendy Kaufman, ‘The Snapple Lady’, Television Personality, Pop Culture Icon and Recovering Addict

 
 
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How can a recovering addict finally get and keep the sparkle in her eye? You may remember Wendy as the face of Snapple Beverage during the 1990’s. What would you do if your job gave you so much free time that you were bored? How about replying to every single piece of fan mail that was addressed to the company. That’s how Wendy got to be ‘The Snapple Lady’. But how did Wendy get there? She was an addict, drugs, drinking and food. And Wendy was 13 when the addictions started. Wendy takes us back to the beginning and boldly and openly speaks about addiction, self-worth, recovery and that sparkle that she finally saw in her eyes. A sparkle that she has never lost.