The aging process comes with a number of changes, which can be physical and emotional, and these changes can be intimidating. One of the biggest fears related to aging is a loss of independence: being unable to do the things we used to do.1 Unfortunately, these changes are often beyond our control, but there are aspects of aging that we can control: how we prepare for these changes, and how we adapt and respond to them.

On Monday, October 26th at 12:00 PM ET, we are hosting a webinar where we will be joined by Aging Life Care Professional Joan Garbow and Michael J. Smith, Founder & CEO of LiveWell Dementia Specialists. Joan and Michael will discuss navigating the aging process and how a resilient mindset can help you maintain a good quality of life in your golden years. Specifically, we will cover:

    • Ways to stay healthy and maintain your quality of life as you age
    • The practical considerations that should be part of your plan
    • How to adapt to the physical and emotional changes that come with aging
    • The importance of having a plan if your physical or mental health suddenly decline

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Meet the Presenters


Joan Garbow, MSW, LCSW, CCM

Joan Garbow is a licensed clinical social worker, a certified case manager, and an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life Care Association. Joan received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. With over 25 years of professional social work experience in homecare, acute care, family services, and physical rehabilitation, combined with her ability to quickly assess and respond to critical situations, Joan has developed a unique and highly effective approach to Aging Life Care Management.

Joan is recognized by healthcare professionals as an extremely knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients. Currently in private practice, Joan works with clients throughout Fairfield County, CT, by assisting families with elder care issues.


Michael J. Smith

Michael has been the President and CEO of LiveWell and a thought leader in the field of dementia services for over 23 years. He is passionate about transforming our society’s thoughts about aging and people living with dementia. Michael is a nationally recognized speaker and consultant on the topics of transformational leadership in aging services and pioneering models of care for older adults, and he has taught graduate courses in Health Care Public Policy at Yale University and the University of Connecticut.

Michael served on LeadingAge’s National Not-for-Profit Leadership Cabinet, is a graduate of the National LeadingAge Leadership Academy and a past facilitator of Connecticut’s LeadingAge Leadership Academy. Michael is currently a board member of LeadingAge and a co-chair of the Alzheimer’s Association Harvesting Hope Gala.


Gerald Goldberg, JD, CIMA®

Managing Director & Senior Wealth Advisor

As CEO and Co-Founder of GYL Financial Synergies, Gerry provides consulting services to corporations, municipalities, self-insurance funds, non-profit organizations and high-net-worth private clients in areas that include investment policy, asset allocation and investment management selection and oversight. He also advises clients on the structure and development of qualified retirement plans. Gerry lectures and authors articles on various investment-related topics, and has served as an adjunct professor in the MBA Program at the University of Hartford.

From 2010–2016, Gerry was recognized six times by Barron’s as one of “The Top 1,200 Advisors” (formerly “The Top 1,000 Advisors”) in the nation. He was also recognized by Financial Times as being among the “Top 400 U.S. Advisors of 2014.”

1 Disabled Living Foundation, Losing independence is a bigger aging worry than dying. (Link)