In the first half of the August 5 Boomer Generation Radio program, Rabbi Address chats with Sherri Samotin, author of Facing the Finish: A Road Map for Aging Parents and Adult Children, about having conversations about aging.
In the second half of the program, sponsored by Kendal Corporation, Rabbi Address and Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United, speak about the organization’s mission to improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs for the enduring benefit of all.
About Our Guests
LifeBridge Solutions, founded by Sheri Samotin, helps individuals and families prepare for the turbulent times in their lives by providing solutions for simplifying life’s passages. Its solutions range from assessment of clients’ present situation to the creation of a sound transition strategy for the future.
As an avid reader of the science sections of major publications and industry newsletters, Sheri Samotin’s imagination caught fire. She realized how combining her interests in business and technology could put her at the forefront of a new frontier — the burgeoning health care field. Sheri earned a degree in economics from Wesleyan University and went on to gain a master of business administration (MBA) from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.Recognizing the growing need for resource services as the population aged, Sheri founded LifeBridge Solutions, LLC and has helped hundreds of families deal with the challenges presented by aging ever since.
Sheri is able to help her clients as a life transition coach and certified Professional Daily Money Manager. A member of the Alliance of Professional Helath Advocates, Sheri is also a board member of the American Association of Daily Money Managers. She is a member of the ElderCare Matters Alliance, California and Florida chapters, and serves as the co-State Coordinator for California.
Her work with hundreds of families allows Sheri to follow her passion and use her talents and expertise to ease some of the burdens of families facing one of the most stressful transitions in life. When people call Sheri, they are often overwhelmed by the challenges they face and often say they don’t know what they would have done if they hadn’t found her.
Sheri is a nationally recognized expert in the field of aging, writes a monthly newspaper column for the Collier Citizen and for AgingCare.com, authors the Life Transition Blog, and is a sought-after speaker who addresses groups nationwide. Sheri is the author of Facing the Finish: A Road Map for Aging Parents and Adult Children and its companion workbook and is working on an online course to teach others to assist Older Adults and their families through the tough transitions they face.
Donna M. Butts
Donna Butts is the Executive Director of Generations United, a position she has held since 1997. For more than 30 years, Butts has worked tirelessly to promote the well-being of children, youth and older adults through nonprofit organizations across the country and around the world. She began her career in her home state of Oregon as a youth worker with the YWCA, where she worked one-on-one with teens and saw the positive effects of intergenerational programs firsthand.
Butts has held leadership positions with Covenant House, a New York-based international youth serving organization, and the National 4-H Council. She served as the Executive Director for the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention before taking the helm of Generations United.
An internationally sought-after speaker, author and advocate, Butts frequently speaks on intergenerational connections, grandparents raising grandchildren and policies effective across the lifespan. Her commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal. She has been interviewed on the TODAY Show, National Public Radio and ABC News, and was invited by the United Nations to sit on four expert panels most recently on intergenerational solidarity and social cohesion in preparation for the 2014 20th anniversary of the International Year or the Family.
In 2004, Butts was honored with the National Council on Aging’s Jack Ossofsky for Leadership, Creativity, and Innovation in Programs and Services for Older Persons. She served as a 2005 delegate to the White House Conference on Aging. A respected author, she has written countless articles, chapters and publications regarding the welfare of children, youth and older adults.
Butts received her undergraduate degree from Marylhurst College and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. She is a former chair of the board of the International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP) and serves on the boards of the National Human Services Assembly Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. She was recognized twice by The Nonprofit Times as one of the Top 50 most powerful and influential nonprofit executives in the nation in 2012 and 2013, and received the Seabury Leadership in Aging Award in 2014.
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