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Aaron SmithContributing Writer

Aaron Smith is an LA-based content strategist and consultant in support of STEM firms and medical practices. He covers industry developments and helps companies connect with clients. In his free time, Aaron enjoys swimming, swing dancing, and sci-fi novels.
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Alex GanjizadehContributing Writer

With over 17 years of leadership experience, Alex Ganjizadeh is an accomplished long-term care and in-home care leader focused on building highly effective teams with strong ethical and integrity values. Alex currently serves as Operating Director for Cornerstone Caregiving overseeing in-home care operations for Texarkana metropolitan statistical area.
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Ben TaatjesPodcaster

Ben has been in the financial services industry for nearly two decades. He has worked alongside thousands of families and individuals while owning and operating Taatjes Financial Group, a retirement planning firm in west-central Minnesota. While Ben loves to work with retirees, his passion extends far beyond the numbers. This passion led to the publishing of his first book, Repurposed: The Untold Story of Retirement in America in 2017 as well as co-founding Retire Repurposed in 2019.

Bob CarlsonContributing Writer

Bob Carlson is the editor of the monthly newsletter and website Retirement Watch, the monthly video series, Retirement Watch Spotlight, and a weekly free e-letter, Retirement Watch Weekly where he provides independent, objective research covering all the financial issues of retirement and retirement planning.
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Bryan Devore
Bryan DevorePodcaster

Bryan has been serving the real estate needs of his clients since 2003. Working with both home buyers and home sellers, he ranks in the top ½ of 1% of all Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agents nationwide. Bryan specializes in guiding seniors who are transitioning from their homes and into smaller homes or senior communities. Realizing that these clients typically need additional levels of service, Bryan partners with other professionals who make the process simpler for his clients. He is the Director of the Senior Division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties and currently serves on the boards of two local non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of seniors. Bryan is a Certified Trust and Probate Specialist and was recently named one of San Diego Business Journal’s Influential Leaders in Real Estate for 2021. Bryan was born in Los Angeles and attended college at the University of California San Diego. When he is not serving his clients he enjoys spending time with his wife and their four combined children, hiking, and watching sports.
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Darrell ArmuthContributing Writer

Darrell Armuth founded Sensible in 1994. Since then, he has served hundreds of clients. Darrell is a Certified Public Accountant certified by the state of Nevada.
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Destiny ClarksonContributing Writer

Destiny Clarkson is a writer from Knoxville, Tennessee with a love for country music, poetry, and dancing in the rain.
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Diana ReillyContributing Writer

Diana is a health and wellness enthusiast and is a contributing writer for, the largest eldercare placement agency in Arizona.
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Don Hawkins
Don HawkinsContributing Writer

Don Hawkins, D. Min. is the Chief Content Officer for the Master Life Coach Training Institute and the President/CEO of Encouragement Communications. He hosts the Saturday evening call-in program “Encouragement Live,” and has authored over 25 books including Master Discipleship Today, Friends in Deed, and Never Give Up.

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Effie BarretContributing Writer

Effie is a health and wellness content creator who loves to share useful tips and tricks with her readers. She’s a contributing writer for, the largest eldercare placement agency in Arizona.
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Evelyn K. GrierContributing Writer

Evelyn K. Grier is a writer and editor with Springhive Web Design Company, where she currently writes for home health care clients.
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Jacqueline CoombeContributing Writer

Jacqueline Coombe has been a prolific reader since childhood, and now channels her love of the written word into writing content on a range of topics from business, marketing and finance to travel and lifestyle. Jacqueline is also a Principal Consultant specialising in Search + Content Marketing at international digital marketing agency Web Profits.
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Jaxon KimContributing Writer

Jaxon served as an editorial intern with Eagle Financial Publications and has contributed to and

Jerrid SebestaPodcaster

After spending 12 years as a TV meteorologist, Jerrid changed careers and moved into the financial services industry in 2014. Jerrid has a heart for teaching and continues to utilize his broadcasting background to inspire people to live with more purpose, impact, and freedom. Besides being the co-founder of Retire Repurposed, Jerrid is the Director of Business Development for Taatjes Financial Group.

Jim MillerContributing Writer

Jim Miller is the creator of Savvy Senior, a syndicated information column for older Americans and their families that is published in more than 300 U.S. newspapers and magazines.
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Jordan McDowellContributing Writer

Jordan McDowell is a writer and content strategist who specializes in technically-oriented B2B and B2C content for a number of companies including R&B Wire Products.
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Dr. Joseph Casciani
Dr. Joseph CascianiPodcaster

Dr. Joseph Casciani has a decades-long history in long-term care as a psychologist and manager of mental health practices.  He was awarded the first contracts from the California Department of Aging in 1982 to develop mental health training for the state’s nursing homes. For 16 years, he was the clinical lead for a large mental health practice where he oversaw mental health programs to patients in hundreds of nursing homes, in eight states.

He is the past President of Psychologists in Long-Term Care, and a former Board Member of a national consortium of geropsychology training programs. In addition, he is the author of the Handbook of Health and Behavior, along with an online program on reducing anti-psychotic medication in nursing homes, and other publications.

Formerly, he managed psychology group practices for nursing homes and is now a consultant, public speaker, and trainer. Concept Healthcare (also known as CoHealth) was his multi-state practice, named to emphasize the importance of behavioral health concepts in the care of older adults.

Lena ArmuthPodcaster

Lena Armuth, M.Ed., Candidate for CFP® certification is an Advisor with Sensible Portfolios and host of Retirement for Real, an investment podcast helping retirees make sensible financial decisions in retirement.
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Lori La Bey
Lori La BeyPodcaster

Lori La Bey is a passionate and inspiring keynote speaker and the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a Minnesota-based advocacy group and media outlet making an international impact by providing education and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
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Lucas SiegelContributing Writer

Lucas Siegel is the CEO of Harbor Life Settlements and Harbor Life Brokerage, which offers a life settlement auction site and an AI-powered life settlement calculator.
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Meredith Chen
Meredith ChenPodcaster

Meredith Chen is an AFAA-certified personal and group fitness trainer and the host of the popular YouTube channel and podcast, Senior Fitness with Meredith. She has been training for over 15 years, has been endorsed by healthcare professionals and physical therapists, and has shadowed top industry experts to continuously create the best and safest content for her viewers and participants.
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Robert FowlerContributing Writer

Robert Fowler is a retired blogger, previously the President of Retirement Media Inc. He has visited numerous 55+ Active Adult Communities over the years, sharing his experiences along the way with readers.
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Suzanne NewmanPodcaster

Suzanne Newman is the founder and CEO of Answers for Elders and host of the Answers for Elders podcast, supporting and assisting families in finding the best independent solutions in the world of aging.
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Tom GaruccioPodcaster

Tom Garuccio is a top-producing realtor based out of Cleveland, Ohio who believes in “relationships over transactions.” He doesn’t just sell houses – he builds relationships! Buyers, sellers, neighbors, and everyone in between are his people. Tom’s high level of service-based thinking has earned an exceptional rapport with his clients and peers, and a level of trust he doesn’t take lightly.

Toni KingPodcaster, Contributing Writer

Toni King is an author, columnist, and host of the Medicare Moments podcast. She specializes in Medicare, Social Security, and long-term care planning.
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