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PGSPN's Speakers Bureau offers a variety of knowledgeable and engaging speakers on topics relevant to the lives of seniors. These topics range from health and home care to legal and financial information. Please feel free to review our list of topics/speakers.

These speakers are available to present at your event, meeting or facility in and around Prince George's County at no charge. If you are interested in a particular speaker, please:

  1. Choose your desired topic and speaker. See list below.
  2. Contact the speaker directly via his/her provided contact information.
  3. Arrange logistics directly with the speaker.

PGSPN is committed to providing information and services relevant and helpful for seniors in Prince George's County.

Better Balance & Fall Prevention

Tahira L. Goldson, 301-965-0521, tgoldson@assistinghands.com

Enjoy an interactive demonstration of fall prevention exercises and techniques. Featured in People Magazine & CNN, these balance techniques are a series of movements and simple exercises that improve balance. The system is designed to reduce the probability of falls and fall-related injuries. The steps are easy and fun and can be practiced right at home. This workshop is for any senior or older adult, anyone who has fallen or has a fear of falling, anyone who wants to age in place and any caregiver for someone who has fallen or has a fear of falling.

Moving Mom and Dad 

 Jennifer Tilghman, 301-661-4472, jtilghman@kw.com

Those in a position of helping elder family members navigate housing choices, face big decisions and responsibilities.  While every move represents a unique set of circumstances, late-life transitions can pose distinct and often unexpected challenges.  In this presentation, you will find an overview of the five most common mistakes adult children of aging parents make when assisting with late-life moves.

Downsizing Made Easy

Jennifer Tilghman, 301-661-4472, jtilghman@kw.com

Somewhere between touring new homes, sorting through your possessions, choosing a new place to live, and deciding what to take and what to leave, it suddenly hits you: downsizing is a lot of work! Here are five easy steps to a successful move. Simplifying your life should leave you overjoyed, and not overwhelmed.

Breast Cancer

Sheila Craig Whiteman, PT, DPT, CLT,  240-510-1357

We have all heard that early detection gives better outcomes following a breast cancer diagnosis. Find out the latest information on breast cancer statistics, diagnosis, and treatment. This class is taught by a certified lymphedema physical therapist and a STAR certified oncology physical therapist

Safety Behind the Wheel

Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org 

Sensory limitations, functional decline and cognitive impairment can impact an older adult’s ability to safely drive. However, not all older adults are unsafe drivers. Find out about your rights as a driver and learn about common warning signs of unsafe driving. Explore the meaning of being behind the wheel from an individual and societal perspective. Resources will be provided.

Agony of de-Feet

La Vergne Andre, DPM, 301-323-5652, homefeetcares@gmail.com

Why do my feet hurt? What causes one to call the Podiatrist? Learn from a podiatrist common foot problems and how and when to get professional help.

Depression vs. the Blues

Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org

Everyone feels blue sometimes. How do you know when you are just “feeling blue” or if it is something more? Learn the difference between depression and feeling blue.

Virtual Dementia Tour®

Christina Wingate-Spence, CDP®           Certified Dementia Practitioner®   Cell: 410-463-2188

The Virtual Dementia Tour is a patented program of nonprofit organization Second Wind Dreams®, which uses patented sensory tools and training, making it possible for participants to experience the physical and mental challenges associated with dementia. This training is Ideal for professional and family caregivers, health care workers and community members, who have routine interactions with people living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive impairments. Christina is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and a trained facilitator of the Virtual Dementia Tour.

You, Opioids & Pharmacogenetics Testing

gLou Stevens       301-404-3532              pemfhelpsme@gmail.com

The average American is taking at least five (5) medications.  1 out of 5 prescriptions written to manage pain is an Opioid. For more than thirty years, Opioids have been a doctor’s “Number One” choice for managing pain.  The results of over prescribing Opioids - the Opioid Crisis in American.  Learn about how Pharmacogenetics Testing (PGx Testing) can help your doctor improve your health by providing a 2-minute test that tells them and you, their patient, which medications are helpful, harmful or have no effect.

A Better Way to Age

Arleen B. Joell and Alecia Chapman, 301-909-5600, asc@cafyonline.org

Most older adults want to remain in their homes and be active for as long as possible. Many must depend upon support from family, friends and the community. This workshop discusses aging in place and current successful practices that are successful in neighborhoods and states. You will learn strategies to maintain independence and identify common fears of aging in place.

Should You “Trust” Trusts?

Anthony Pasciuto, 301-464-7448, rpasciuto@byrdandbryd.com 

What is a trust? Which kind might you need and why? Here is a chance to learn about trusts and get your questions answered.

Maryland Relay – Making Communication Possible For All 

 Jennifer Pearson, 410-767-0969, jennifer.pearson@maryland.gov

Come and learn how Maryland residents can access Maryland Relay’s free public service that enables people, who are unable to use a standard telephone, to both make and receive phone calls. Additionally, through the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program, assistive telephones and devices are provided to qualified residents by the State. Come and learn how these assistive telephones can help individuals who have hearing loss, limited mobility, low vision, speech difficulties, are Deaf, Deaf & Blind or have cognitive challenges.

Don't just sit there, move your body!

Cynthia Barnes, 240-731-6488, cabcynth1980@aol.com

Come out and hear about senior exercises; learn about their health benefits, and set goals. Unique skills and gym membership are not required, nor is expensive equipment. Bring an open mind and a willingness to participate. Let’s have fun making your health a priority!

Ooops! Why me?

Sheila Craig Whiteman, PT, DPT, CLT  240-510-1357 swhiteman@interimhealthcare.com

Although it might be an uncomfortable topic, many people experience urinary leakage at some time during the aging process. Learn why it can happen and what to do about it. Leakage can be a little or a lot, but it can be treated and, in most cases, stopped. This class is taught by a physical therapist that specializes in pelvic health, pelvic health issues and treatment of incontinence.

“I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up”

Ashok Kapur, 301-918-1750, akapur@dhcmedicalsupply.com

Did you know 80 % of the falls seniors take are done in the bathroom? Learn what you can do to prevent and reduce your risk.

5@55: Are You Prepared?

Anthony Pasciuto, 301-464-7448, rpasciuto@byrdandbryd.com 

Do you know what 5 documents you need to have in place should an unexpected emergency arise? Elder law attorneys who have practiced in the field of elder law and estate planning for many decades have seen many clients who failed to plan ahead. The results were frequently disastrous. Led by an Elder Law Attorney, this 5@55 workshop is a guide to help you learn about the five essential legal tools everyone should have by the age of 55: Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will, Advance Medical Directive, and Digital Diary. If you are over 55, it is not too late to take action.

Meet Your Feet

La Vergne Andre, DPM 301-323-5652, homefeetcares@gmail.com

Come and hear some interesting “foot facts” and dispel some old wives tales regarding the feet. Do your feet wonder why your feet hurt? Here is your chance to ask the podiatrist.

Aging in Place

Cary Hithon, 240-764-5844, chithon@comforcare.com

The majority of seniors report they want to age in place. What are some of the important questions to think about now to help make that happen? What are the generational challenges? Who is there to help? Who and what do you ask?"


Cary Hithon, 240-764-5844, chithon@comforcare.com

Did you know Prince George’s County is working toward becoming a Dementia Friendly Community? Do you know what abilities remain and which ones are lost through the progression of dementia? Learn all about dementia and the different types and some of the important tools for dementia care?

Ooops! Why me?

Sheila Craig Whiteman, PT, DPT, CLT,  240-510-1357, swhiteman@interimhealthcare.com

Although it might be an uncomfortable topic, many people experience urinary leakage at some time during the aging process.  Learn why t can happen and what to do about it.  Leakage can be a little or a lot, but it can be treated and in most cases, stopped.  This class is taught by a Physical Therapist who specializes in pelvic health and the treatment of incontinence.

Alcohol and Aging: Facts and Myths

Christine Bitzer, 202-364-0020, cbitzer@seaburyresources.org

How does alcohol affect people as they age? This program will address the impact of alcohol and medication and the benefits and risks of alcohol consumption as we age.

Dealing with Behavioral Issues of Dementia

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

Behavior is communication!  Learn to identify many of the underlying causes of dementia-related behaviors.  Acquire the tools needed to respond in ways that are helpful.  Develop a plan to address the issues.

Assisted Living: What is it?

Charles Picard, 301-852-9310, charles.picard@carepatrol.com

Find out what assisted living means, what it provides, how much it costs, and who pays.

Use Your Voice 

Mark Asch, 301-255-0066, mark@rightathomemd.net 

Do you know how to advocate for yourself or your loved ones when hospitalized? Learn the hospital system and how and when to advocate. Know your legal rights! What happens when you are discharged? Learn about resources available for you upon discharge.

Low Back Pain:  How It Can Occur and Tips for Prevention

Sheila Craig Whiteman, PT, DPT, CLT,  240-510-1357,  swhiteman@interimhealthcare.com

Learn about what can cause low back pain, tips for prevention and ways to reduce symptoms.  Learn the importance of good posture, exercises to strengthen the core and back muscles to reduce pain.  Get your questions answered by a physical therapist who has treated many back pain patients.

Planning For Your Future 

Mark Asch, 240-994-3402, mark@rightathomemd.net

We all want to grow old gracefully and stay healthy. What things should you consider to help you do this? When should planning begin? How do you begin? Do you need professional help? How do you want to live in your later years? What will it take to get you there? Learn about (1) important legal issues to protect yourself, your partner and family, (2) financial issues to protect your assets and (3) medical and individual care when you cannot care for yourself.

Do You Know? Things You Should Know Before a Health Crisis 

Mark Asch / Panel, 240-994-3402, mark@rightathomemd.net

This workshop is designed for a large audience and includes a panel of experts, in each area of specialty regarding senior care and support. Topics covered include (but not limited to): home care, home health care, skilled nursing, assisted living, geriatric care, care advocates, hospice services, durable medical equipment, and options in long term care insurance.

Out of Harm's Way

Arleen B. Joell, 301-909-5600, asc@cafyonline.org

Crime is on the rise against seniors. Come and learn the warning signs of victims: isolation, depression and withdrawal. This education session will provide tips on how to engage seniors who may have become a victim, why they don't tell, and community based services available to help them.

When is it more than Forgetfulness?

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

At what point should you e concerned about forgetfulness?  When should you get help?  This seminar will hep you recognize the differences between normal aging and early signs of dementia.  The first step in getting support is knowing when and what to ask.

Aging Well Where You Dwell

Shaunda Bellamy,  301-358-2066,  spbellamy@pickettfences.org

Older adults want to remain in their homes and be active for as long as possible. Many must depend upon support from family, friends and the community. This workshop discusses those who want to age in place and practices that are successful in neighborhoods and states. Participants will be able to: Describe strategies to maintain independence; Identify common fears of aging in place; and list best practices of partnerships and collaborations to help older adults age well in their homes.

Preparing to be a Family Caregiver

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

This seminar will help you develop a road map to prepare for your caregiving journey.  For most trips, we plan at least a few months ahead.  Caregiving is more like planning for an overseas trip; you may even need to learn a new language!

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Shaunda Bellamy, 301-358-2066, spbellamy@pickettfences.org   

For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Cultural Norms: What All Caregivers Need to Know!  

Milton Lawler, 301-793-7971, sage@mdinlangtech.org

Do you understand the different cultural norms within the American Society? Learn how you can provide a better quality of care through understanding societal and cultural differences and expectations based on one’s cultural background. This session is designed for caregivers.

Cultural Norms: How to use Social Media to Bridge Cultural Gaps!  

Milton Lawler, 301-793-7971, sage@mdinlangtech.org

Can you navigate the different social media (FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST, LINKEDIN)? Learn how you can bridge cultural gaps using social media to communicate and stay in touch with friends and to enhance a better quality of care by understanding societal and cultural differences. Learn how to use language translation applications. This session is designed for care recipients and caregivers.

Tips for a Successful Doctor Visit 

Lou Stevens, 301-404-3532, dlcsupplies@gmail.com

Going to the doctor? Learn how to ask the right questions to get the most out of your doctor’s visit.

The Perfect Fit: Options for women with Breast Cancer 

Lynsha Hanley, 301-918-1750, lhanley@dhcmedicalsupply.com

What options are available for women diagnosed with Breast Cancer? What kinds of breast prosthetics are available? What is covered by your insurance? What about wigs? Swimsuits? Post-surgical compression garments? Arm sleeves?

Creating a Senior Safe Home Environment

Ann Craynon  301-218-0958   ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

Age related changes to hearing, seeing, taste, smell and touch are normal.  As the senses become less sharp, safety challenges arise  There is an increased risk of falls and an increase in social isolation.  This workshop will help you recognize the need for environmental adjustments and help you to identify simple steps you can take to keep your safe and engaged.

Wealth Management for Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals

Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This seminar introduces to entrepreneurs and business professionals the concepts of retirement planning, assets protection, and tax savings strategies. Discussion topics include Defined Contribution and Defined Benefits Programs and well as Executive Benefits and Bonus Plans.

Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers

Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This three part seminar discusses what Baby Boomers need to know about Medicare and Long-Term Care. Part one discusses Medicare Enrollment Process; Part two differentiates Medicare and Private Insurance; Part Three is on Planning for Higher Health Care Cost.

Women and Money – Taking Charge of your Financial Future

Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This workshop discusses some of the unique financial challenges women often face. Learn some of the steps women can take to save, invest, and plan for their financial future.

Will You Outlive Your Retirement Income? Financial Planning Basics

Jim Henderson, 301-459-3796, Jim@savanttaxhenderson.com

This presentation introduces the general financial planning process. While there's no such thing as a "one size fits-all" financial plan, this overview assists members in thinking about their particular needs.

Finding Your Inner Caregiver Resilience

Ann Craynon, 301-218-0958, ann@aceldercaresolutions.com

Learn about the various misconceptions or myths about caregiving that interfere with a caregiver’s ability to cope with the challenges faced when caring for a loved one. You will learn the steps needed to discover and maintain your inner caregiver resilience to withstand, recover and grow when facing adversity.

Stretch Out the Stress

Constance Kroll, 240-825-5824, krollc@futurecare.com

As we age our muscles become shorter and lose their elasticity. Aging can affect the structure of your bones and muscles causing pain and decreased ranging of motion in the shoulders, spine, and hips. Learn various stretching techniques that will leave you feeling relaxed and revived!

The Struggles with Making End of Life Decision - Understanding the MOLST Form

Karin Lakin, M/ Ed., Certified Master MOLST Trainer, 240-245-0616, klakin@seniornetwork.org

60% of all people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important, yet 56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes. 82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing, but only 23% have done so. Talking about end of life decisions is not something that comes easily. Understanding these often complex medical decisions is even more difficult. This presentation starts a conversation to get people thinking about their wishes, and how to convey them to their loved ones. The Maryland MOLST form is reviewed to help participants understand some choices around these complex issues.

Understand Advance Directives and Maryland MOLST

Karin Lakin, M/ Ed., Certified Master MOLST Trainer, 240-245-0616, klakin@seniornetwork.org

This presentation is tailored to the audience. Health care providers are given instruction on how to implement advance directives and MOLST in their health care setting. The lay public is provided with an overview of the different types of advance directives, their importance, and the difference between them and the Maryland MOLST form.

Once an Adult, Twice a Child

Karin Lakin, M/ Ed., Nationally Certified Dementia Trainer, 240-245-0616, klakin@seniornetwork.org

The journey through Alzheimer’s last long, and includes many unexpected twists and turns. This presentation reviews each stage of this disease, and offers guidance to caregivers on the important things to plan and prepare as the illness progresses.

The Challenges of Parenting Your Parent

Karin Lakin, M/ Ed., Nationally Certified Dementia Trainer, 240-245-0616, klakin@seniornetwork.org

Watching our parents change as they age can be difficult. Knowing when to step in and help is even harder. This presentation offers guidance to adult children on what to watch for, and when it’s important to intervene. Special emphasis is placed on how to offer help, and on where to find resources that may be needed.

When and Why should I file for Medicaid? 

Joshua Winger, 301-464-7448, jwinger@byrdandbyrd.com

Due to the ever-increasing cost of Long-Term Care, Medicaid's long term care benefit has now become "long term care insurance" for the middle class. A knowledgeable Byrd & Byrd attorney will explain basic guidelines and requirements of the Medicaid process and why it's important to plan now for unforeseen, yet unavoidable life events. Byrd & Byrd can take you through the whole process from early planning, lengthy applications and final approval.  Bring your questions with you for this information-loaded session!


Shelby Austin , 410-463-7912, Shelby@OrderlyAbodes.org

Discover how reducing the number of things in your life can help you to enjoy more, experience more and achieve more.  Reclaim your life through the process of decluttering.

Changing with the Seasons of Life 

Shelby Austin , 410-463-7912, Shelby@OrderlyAbodes.org

Are you living life on auto pilot, going to the same places, seeing the same people, eating the same foods? Accepting change and introducing intentional change can help you to increase the quality of your life and experience the vibrancy of living well.

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