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Joan Garbow, MSW, LCSW, CCM

Director of Aging Life Care Planning

Joan joined the firm in June of 2024 as our Director of Aging Life Care Planning. Her day-to-day includes supporting aging clients with complex healthcare challenges to improve quality of life, and proactive planning for all clients interested in learning about aging options, resources, and aging well.

Prior to joining GYL, in 2007, Joan founded Garbow & Associates, LLC, a private Aging Life Care Management firm serving clients throughout Fairfield County, CT. Through direct clinical practice, over 16 years, Joan has provided care management services and advocacy to hundreds of older adults, managing personal and medical care, solving complex care needs, and providing assistance to their families. Prior to her private practice, Joan was a hospital case manager and medical social worker in a variety of settings including acute care, homecare, inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation, and family services.

Joan received her Graduate Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. Additionally, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Certified Case Manager.

Joan is the past President of the Board of the Connecticut Geriatrics Society, past co-President of the Aging Life Care Association TM New England Chapter, and Vice President of the Gloria Gray Foundation.

Outside of work, Joan enjoys traveling with family to areas of natural beauty, gardening, hiking, yoga, and knitting. Joan has been a lifelong CT resident.