Jane F. Potter, M.D., Home Instead Center for Successful Aging

Dr. Jane Potter—representing the Home Instead Senior Care Center for Successful Aging—is Professor and Chief of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

She has been a member of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) since 1980, and was a member of the AGS Board of Directors from 2000–2008, where she served as president and Board Chair. Dr. Potter is a past president of the National Association for Geriatrics Education and a former member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Test Committee. She is a Deputy Director for the AGS/John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative.

The Home Instead Center for Successful Aging at the University of Nebraska Medical Center represents a new model of care that encompasses the expertise of care providers from across the spectrum including geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, exercise science, and whole person wellness.

Providing education and preventive care is another important component of the center. Caregivers and seniors will find professionals to partner with them in their quest to live a full and successful life. The center includes research in its care mission with a focus on promoting independence and aging in place.

Sandy Markwood, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

Sandy Markwood is the CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the organization which represents the nation’s 629 Area Agencies on Aging and serves as a champion for the more than 246 Title VI Native American aging programs.

n4a is dedicated to build the capacity of its members to: advocate on behalf of older adults and their caregivers; take action to ensure that communities are equipped to support and enhance the well-being of older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers; and serve as the focal point in the community for answers on aging.

As CEO, Markwood is responsible for n4a’s overall management. She sets strategic direction for the staff, oversees the implementation of all policy, grassroots advocacy, membership and program initiatives. She also leads n4a’s fundraising efforts and engages corporate sponsors to support critical initiatives, including an aging awards/best practices program and the Leadership Institute for Area Agency on Aging staff.

Externally, Markwood forms strategic partnerships with federal agencies and organizations in aging, human service and health care arenas to enhance the role and recognition of Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI programs.

Harry “Rick” Moody Ph.D., AARP

Harry R. Moody Ph.D. recently retired as Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, D.C. He currently is Visiting Professor at Fielding Graduate University. He is the author of many articles and books, including Aging: Concepts and Controversies, now in its 8th edition.

A graduate of Yale (1967) and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University (1973), Dr. Moody taught philosophy at Columbia, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. From 1999 to 2001 he served as National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Faith in Action and, from 1992 to 1999, was Executive Director of the Brookdale Center at Hunter College. Before coming to Hunter, he served as Administrator of Continuing Education Programs for the Citicorp Foundation and later as Co-Director of the National Aging Policy Center of the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC.

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The National Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. Each Local Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $500 donation. All Winners will receive a certificate and a spot in the Contest’s “Wall of Fame” here on SaluteToSeniorService.com in recognition of their outstanding service.

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