2014 Speakers


9:30 – 11:00 am
9:30 – 10:15 am
Salon E & F

Humor – the FREE Solution to Stress
Dr. Susan I. Mathieu, Ed.D., RTC/CTRS

Dr. Susan I. MathieuLaughter can remove some of the negative effects of stress. Dr. Mathieu will offer helpful and humorous suggestions on how to identify stressors and master life changes that lead to a happier life. In addition, humor increases one’s outlook on life resulting in rationale and kind behavior. We all need more “nice” in our lives.

Dr. Susan Mathieu has been listed as a Who’s Who Among America’s Women and Teachers, received “Outstanding Therapeutic Educator Award” from the National Recreation and Parks Association. Dr. Mathieu has presented papers addressing mental health and wellness of older adults at training workshops and professional conferences, including regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Mathieu’s research is on Reducing Stress with Aging Adults. She currently is an Adjunct Professor, Florida International University, Department of Leadership and Professional Studies, and Coordinator Senior Adults & Program Director, Active Adults Community Connection (Grant Archstone Foundation), Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach.

9:30 – 11:00 am
10:30 – 11:15 am
Rickenbacker Room

Choosing a Nursing Home & Signs and Symptoms
of Elder Abuse in a Nursing Home

James M. Morgan, Lanzone Morgan, LLP

James M. MorganWhen an elderly loved one or a relative faces abuse due to neglect on part of a nursing home facility, you owe it to them to take action. Learn how to Choose a Nursing Home and recognize the signs and symptoms of Elder Abuse.

James M. Morgan, Esq. is a founding partner of Lanzone Morgan, LLP. His practice is primarily dedicated to representing injured people and their families who have suffered injuries or death due to elder abuse and neglect, especially at the hands of nursing homes or other care custodians. Mr. Morgan also handles personal injury and wrongful death cases arising out of automobile accidents, construction accidents, or other accidental injuries or death. Mr. Morgan does NOT represent large corporations or insurance companies.

Lanzone Morgan, LLP is an Exhibitor at the expo.

10:30 – 11:15 am
Salon E and F

Mystery of the Brain and the Color of Thought
Mary Thoits, Director of Senior Studies Center,
Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus

Mary ThoitsLearn new concepts about the Brain, the Mind that controls it, and the FIVE ways help and maintain a healthy brain – demonstrations included. Remember the Brain does not know age!

Ms. Thoits has been involved in brain research, meditation, and mindfulness, both at the college and in the community. She is passionate about providing seniors with opportunities to be active during retirement and walks the walk and talks the talk, keeping active on a daily basis.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Rickenbacker Room

Aging Care Costs: Now’s the Time to Plan!
Laura Bromlow, Lanzone Morgan, LLP

Laura BromlowOne out of two people will need long-term care at some time. Seventy percent (70%) of those over the age of 65 will need some kind of long-term care. The fact is that each year our likelihood of needing assistance increases due to our aging bodies and minds. The costs of assistance can devastate most middle class families unless they have implemented a plan to pay for the unexpected. This session will cover the looming costs of assistance and how and why to plan for these costs.

Laura L. Bromlow, Esq. practices Elder Law. Her practice emphasizes estate planning with a specific focus on the senior population and their needs. She is versed in Medi-Cal, Veterans benefits and Special Needs planning. Her practice also includes probate, trust administration and conservatorship. Ms. Bromlow provides warm hearted counsel to her clients and is passionate about her practice.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Salon E & F

Medicare 101 – Understanding Your Medicare Plan Options
Presented by HealthCare Partners
Matthew Fletcher, AGA Broker CA License #OF77752

Matthew FletcherMedicare options can be confusing for those approaching 65. Mr. Fletcher will help to answer and clarify questions and concerns about when you are eligible, what are parts A, B, C and D, advantages and disadvantages, and guidelines for signing up. Being educated on all available options will help you make the best choice.

Mr. Fletcher is a local, licensed and trained Medicare expert. He is certified with top Medicare Advantage & Prescription Drug Plan carriers in California. Representing most major companies with a Medicare contract, he is qualified to answer any question you may have.

12:30 – 1:15 pm
Rickenbacker Room

New Technologies in Eye Care
Dr. Carlos Martinez, Eye Physicians of Long Beach

Dr. Carlos MartinezDr. Martinez is excited to share the new technologies in eye care for many common eye problems. With the use of technologies such as iStent, intraocular pressure in patients with mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma is reduced. iStent is FDA approved and is the smallest device developed for glaucoma therapy. Lasers are now offering a precision based solution for cataract surgery. This is a bladeless, computer-controlled laser surgery planned and performed to exact individualized specifications which are not attainable with other surgical methods. The Implantable Microscope Technology (IMT) is the first-of-kind telescope implant for treating patients with end-stage macular degeneration.

Dr. Carlos Martinez is a highly respected and accomplished Ophthalmologist, as well as one of the leading physicians and surgeons in Southern California. In addition to having earned numerous honors and awards, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The California Medical Association, The International Society of Refractive Surgery and the Los Angeles County Medical Association. Dr. Martinez has over 16 years of experience in the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases. He is proud to have successfully completed almost 10,000 procedures. As a result of his dedication and reputation, Dr. Martinez has become the doctor other doctors prefer.

12:30 – 1:15 pm
Salon E & F

There is always room for laughter…
Anita Milner, Comedian
Marty Ross, Comedian

Anita MilnerAnita Milner – “America’s Slowest Rising Young Comic”
Being a septuagenarian with several spinal issues hasn’t kept Miss Anita from living life to the fullest. At 78, she performs comedy several times a month all over Southern California, appearing regularly at Aces Comedy Club in Murrieta and Pechanga Comedy Club in Temecula. And, as a licensed California attorney, she also has an active legal practice, focused on Trusts and Estate Planning for Seniors. (www.anitamilner.com)

Marty Ross
Marty Ross – “The Wrinkled Rebel”
They call Marty Ross the “Wrinkled Rebel” but if that’s true, he says he’s “going down fighting.” According to Marty, “The truth is everyone ages but no one tells you what you’re in for when you’re “freakin’ old” so that’s Marty’s mission. Whether it’s sex, drugs, Medicare or dating, this senior has plenty to say about what it’s like to be older in America. Marty is now single, older, still very much alive and delighting audiences all over the Western United States and on the Las Vegas Strip. Last year he recorded a pilot for Vin Di Bona Productions and he has just launched his first comedy CD, “Wrinkled Rebel: Going Down Fighting, But First, A Nap.” (www.martyross.com)

Anita Milner and and Marty Ross are brought to the Successful Aging Expo with the assistance of Bonnie Barchichat, Executive Producer with “Senior Comedy Afternoons” (www.seniorcomedyafternoon.com).