Dr. Kevin O’Neil Helps Keep Your Brain in Shape

In this Leaders in Elder Care interview, I had the privilege to speak to Dr. Kevin O’Neil.  I first met Dr. O’Neil at Brookdale’s Brain Symposium a few months ago at UCLA, where I left quite impressed with the his approach to brain fitness and brain health.  Dr. O’Neil combines a deep understanding of both the science behind brain health and the practical advise that non-doctors require to do something about.  Congratulations, Dr. O’Neil, for being a Leader in Elder Care.

I hope you all enjoy the interview.

About Dr. Kevin O’Neil

Dr. Kevin O’Neil is the Medical Director for Brookdale Senior Living (BSL), the largest senior housing provided in the United States. Dr. O’Neil practiced and taught geriatric medicine for over 27 years (seven years in Massachusetts and 20 years in Sarasota, FL).  A graduate of Boston College and Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center and his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  He was formerly an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Aging at the University of South Florida.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a member of the American Geriatrics Society and the American Medical Directors Association.

Dr. O’Neil is co-editor and a contributing writer to Optimal Aging Manual, which Art Linkletter has called “the great master book for the boomers.”

New Podcast Series: Leaders in Elder Care and Howard Gleckman

We are in the midst of a massive generational shift.  Much has been written about the demographics of Baby Boomers and how it represents the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of the world.

But not much has been written about the non-economic impact of Baby Boomers and how our system of elder care must adapt to care for them.

Regardless of whether you prefer home care, aging in place, independent living or assisted living, Baby Boomers require a new way of thinking.

They are living different lifestyles and have different preferences.  They are technology-savvy and more connected online.

There exists a small and growing group of individuals who are driving the change in elder care required to serve the Baby Boomer generation.  They are the authors and advocates, executives and lobbyists, professors and politicians.

They are the faces behind the change.

They are the Leaders in Elder Care.

What is Leaders in Elder Care?

Leaders in Elder Care is a new web site dedicated to sharing with you the leaders behind the change in elder care.  And we’re doing it in a way that celebrates their leadership, their ideas and their drive to make things better for a new generation of seniors.

We’re interviewing each one of these leaders, learning first hand their vision, their motivation and their contribution to making this Baby Boomer generational shift a reality.

Introducing Howard Gleckman

It is with great pleasure that I introduce our first guest Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents.  Howard has covered long-term for many years, including several for Business Week where he was senior correspondent in the magzine’s Washington bureau.

In this 31 minute interview, Howard and I discuss the motivation for his book and the personal stories of several families  he interviewed during his research.  Howard also introduces several different models of elder care that are beginning to show real promise.  As a journalist who has covered the Washington beat for many years, I couldn’t let him off the hook with his predictions for health care legislation.

It turned out to be a great interview.  Take a listen!

Do you know a Leader in Elder Care?  Nominate one.