On the January 24, 2017, the guests are William Benson, a principal in the Silver Springs, MD-based health benefits consulting firm, Health Benefits ABCs LLC, and Dorian (Dori) Mintzer, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and life coach, who is co-author of The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating An Amazing New Life Together.
About the Guests
Bill Benson has worked in aging and health for more than four decades. As former staff director for the Senate Labor Subcommittee on Aging, Benson oversaw the successful reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1992. Under his leadership, that year’s reauthorization included Title VII, Subtitle B–Native American Organization and Elder Justice Provisions — the first federal law created to address the issues of elder abuse and elder justice for Indian elders.
He established The Benson Consulting Group in 1998. In 2002 he joined with Sue Andersen to form Health Benefits ABCs (HBABCs), an independent consulting practice specializing in aging and health policy & services, program development, assessment and strategic planning, and training. Their clients include a number of national, state and private organizations, including n4a, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, the American Health Quality Foundation, National Adult Protective Services Association, American Society on Aging, the Population Association of America. American Planning Council, Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco, the Maryland Department of Aging, the New York State Office for the Aging, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, WISER and others.
From 1993 to 1998 Mr. Benson was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Administration on Aging (AoA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was the acting Assistant Secretary for Aging in 1997. Mr. Benson spent eight years in various capacities in the U.S. Congress including staff director of the Subcommittee on Aging of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, staff director of the Subcommittee on Housing and Consumer Interests of the House Select Committee on Aging, and with the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Mr. Benson played a major role in the 1987 and 1992 amendments to the Older Americans Act including the creation of Title VII, the OBRA ‘87 nursing home reform legislation, numerous Medicare and Medicaid provisions, women’s health, pension and other notable legislative initiatives.
Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Mr. Benson was with the California Department of Aging including serving for more than five years as the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
He is a past president of the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, president of the Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement & the American Association for International Aging, and chairs the advisory board to the Center on Global Aging at Catholic University of America’s School of Social Work. He is in his 13th season as host of First Person, a weekly series of interviews with Holocaust survivors before live audiences at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Dorian (aka Dori) Mintzer, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who provides Psychotherapy, Career/Life Transition Coaching, Couples Relationship Coaching, Executive Coaching and Speaking. She is a Licensed Third Age Coach and a 2Young2Retire Certified Facilitator. She facilitates workshops and speaks to community and professional groups on topics related to mid-life issues, retirement transition, psychology of money issues, spirituality, and positive psychology.
She is a member of The International Coach Federation, The American Psychological Association, The National Association of Social Workers, and The National Speakers Association. She is founder of the Boomers and Beyond Special Interest Group for interdisciplinary Professionals. She utilizes her life experiences and expertise in adult development and life planning in her work with helping individuals and couples navigate the second half of life.
Dori is also co-author of The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating An Amazing New Life Together with Roberta Taylor.
Over the past 40 years of working with couples, women and men individually, and facilitating groups, she has developed her own model of Interactive/Problem Solving which combines her understanding of people at all life stages with cognitive, behavioral, or systems techniques.
Dori has a practice in Boston, MA. She works with people in person and on the phone.
She is noted for her warmth, humor, and strong belief in the value of people and the importance of living life as fully as possible. She lives in Massachusetts
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