Geography Covered/Area We Serve:
Greater Metropolitan Washington DC area (MD, VA, DC)
The Chesapeake Life Planning Network (CLPN) covering the Metropolitan Washington DC area began in August 2008 as an emerging LPN organization. We are a vibrant group of professionals from the diverse fields of Financial Planning, Psychotherapy, Care Giving, Organizational Development, Executive/Career/Life Coaching, Education, Real Estate, Communications, Lifelong Learning, Elder Law, Positive Aging, Spiritual Care, and Human Services.
Along with building relationships, knowledge and skills over the past two years, CLPN has carried out three Community Projects. In November 2008 we collaborated with community partners to host a Simulcast of the Second Positive Aging Conference from Minnesota. More than 100 professionals and public attended.
Out of that initiative, CLPN partnered with like-minded professionals to form the Positive Aging Coalition (PAC). Through PAC, CLPN membership provides expert content and facilitation services to community programs for people 50+ as they design the rest of their lives.
For two years CLPN has sponsored a booth at the Jewish Community Center's Positive Aging Fair. Our members discuss life planning and distribute educational materials to attendees. We also interact with professionals who are potential CLPN members and who can round out the diversity of the disciplines we represent.
At our Quarterly In-person Meetings members take turns sharing their areas of expertise so we grow professionally and become more knowledgeable about each other's work. Through our Special Interest Group on Business/Career Development we support our professional efforts. As occurs naturally, Joint Ventures are born among members who see the value of offering holistic life planning services to the public.
While we are a young group, we share an enthusiasm for creating pioneering information and collaboration that will establish and promote the benefits of the Life Planning and Positive Aging Movements. We welcome other professionals to join our efforts in becoming the new thought leaders of these emerging fields.
President - Elizabeth Mahler
Treasurer: David Grau
Program Chair: Jan Booth
Membership Chair: Dorothy Keenan
Communications Chair: Eileen Caroscio
Past President: Candy Spitz
Meetings normaly held in person for two hours in January, April, July, and October.
Committees meet by teleconference.
"Highlights from the 2009 Positive Aging Conference;" "Getting the Most out of Social Security;"
"Re-invention & Renewal at Midlife;" "Jewels for Seniors: Recalibrating our Personal GPS Systems;"
Good Gracious: Providing Financial Balance in One's Life;"and "The Big Shift."
Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST
Location McLean Government Center
1437 Balls Hill Rd.
McClean, VA 22101
Topic: What Really Matters: Coaching as a Valuable Positive Aging Tool
You asked for it at our last meeting - so here it is: More Dynamic Conversations That Matter!
- What key skills you currently use to support your positive aging work
- How coaching skills might intersect and add value to your work in the positive aging field
Come join in a dynamic conversation led by a panel of seasoned coaches from our own CLPN community who will showcase valuable coaching ideas and skills to add to your positive aging toolkit.
Dee Casio, Eileen Caroscio, Kevin Flood and Shela Turpin-Foster will share foundational information on coaching, as well as coaching tips, tools, techniques and exercises to support your work with positive aging.
You will come away with worksheets, exercises, and resources to use both personally and professionally.
Join us to learn more about how coaching skills can support you both personally and professionally.
Dee Cascio, LPC, LMFT, BCC founded the Professional Counseling and Life Coaching Center in 1986. She is a licensed psychotherapist, certified coach, author and workshop presenter, helping individuals, couples, and groups make successful life and work transitions, with a focus on retirement.
Eileen Caroscio, RN, MSN, CSC, founder of Passageways Coaching, LLC is a multi-certified Life Coach and consultant of over 10 years specializing in using creativity, goal work and life planning to help individuals in midlife transition renew, retool, repurpose and be more resilient.
Kevin Flood, M.Ed, received his coach training at Columbia University and has been coaching for over 15 years. His background is as a business manager and executive and his coaching focuses are on life as well as executive coaching, business consulting, and entrepreneurial start-ups.
Shela Turpin Forster, J.D., M.A.L.S. C.J.T.C. is a professional coach who started coaching individuals in job search and career development in the late 90â€™s after three careers of her own. Shela has since expanded her coaching to the areas of creativity and age/change transitions. Located in Arlington, VA and online, she now operates as Creative Life Transitions, LLC.
Registration is required and guests are welcome.
For program questions please contact Jan Booth
Friday, January 13, 2017 - Member Only Meeting
Topic: Celebrating our Contributions to Positive Aging
The Positive Aging and Life Planning movements prepare us for a life well lived.
We held our first ever CLPN members-only meeting to explore and share our personal and group contributions to the Positive Aging Movement.
We discussed how our life work advances positive aging education and practices, leading to increased knowledge about and interaction with fellow members.
Given the variety of professions represented in CLPN, we learned how positive aging practices impact different issues on LPN's Wheel of Life.
Friday, October 14, 2016 - Fall In-Person Meeting TBD
Topic: Increasing Personal Resilience
One of the paths to personal enrichment and well-being is our ability to be resilient. Studies show that more resilient people recover from trauma and/or
loss better and faster than less resilient people. By enhancing your resilience in healthy ways now, you can increase your capacity to manage everyday stresses and even find transformative experiences as you meet the unpredictable but inevitable challenges that life may have in store for you in the future.
In this practical and interactive session, we assessed our resilience and identify skills and practices we can use to enhance your personal resilience strategies with simple,
Our program was co-facilitated by Nancy Reller (left), President, Sojourn, Communications, and Barbara Beizer (right), LPN member and certified Leadership and Life Coach.
They are the co-creators of Increasing Personal Resilience, a new Signature Program of The Transition Network.
July 7, 2016 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: Legacies of the Heart: A Touchstone for Conscious Aging
The Chesapeake Life Planning Network welcomed LPN Founder Meg Newhouse.
Meg is a nationally known pioneer in Third-Age LifeCrafting and is a seasoned group facilitator, teacher, coach, and curriculum/program designer.
Most recently, she is author of Legacies of the Heart: Living a Life That Matters,
which provides an unconventional compass to discover and shape your legacies.
Marc Freedman, Founder/CEO, Encore.org and author of The Big Shift called Legacies of the Heart
"Poetic and pragmatic...a joy to read...a blueprint for making the most of our time on earth."
Meg guided us to an expanded and nuanced understanding of legacy and its relationship to conscious and positive aging, and how her approach
could enrich our work and life.
In both her professional and personal life, Meg has sought to call out "passion and purpose"
in her students, coaching clients, and even friends/colleagues.
April 1, 2016 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: The Encore Movement - Changing the World, One More Time
Demographic, economic and social trends mean that Americans in their 50s, 60s and 70s are experiencing a new phase of life between
midlife and old age that’s longer, healthier and often motivated by social purpose.
Our generations are pioneers in defining this new "encore" lifestage, acting as role models and developing support structures for society,
organizations and individuals to benefit.
Many efforts across the US showcase the value of this longevity dividend and counteract the "silver tsunami" narrative.
Betsy Werley, Encore.org’s Director of Network Expansion, discussed this topic and what’s happening in the encore movement.
January 29, 2016 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: Strength and Flexibility for
Body, Mind and Spirit
An panel of three expert practitioners - Michael Ward (Tai Chi), Cathy Turner (senior fitness), and Seena Dabas (yoga).
October 29, 2015 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: Memory and the Brain
CLPN members, Mary Belanich and David Grau, discussed articles that appeared in the latest LPN-Q quarterly journal on Memory and the Brain.
LPN-Q contributors created an illuminating library of articles about brain health. Discussion centered around:
Memory Training: An Effective Tool Against Mental Decline with Aging (Dana SteinovÃ¡, Dipl. Ing.)
Memory Preservation Nutrition: A practical evidence---based program for brain health (Nancy B. Emerson Lombardo, PhD)
Music Is Brain Food, The Evidence of the Benefits to Well-being of Listening to Music Continue to Mount (Joshua Berrett and Lynne Berrett)
Avoiding Overgeneralization in Caring for Elders with Memory Loss, Dementia, and Neurocognitive Disorders, How labeling undermines potential independence and well-being (Marge Brown)
July 30, 2015 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: Aging Well - A Community Education Model
Aging well doesn’t just happen for most people -- it takes intention, education, and inspiration to take charge of our lives as we age.
Many people want to know how to find accurate information about healthy food and exercise, financial and legal issues, or navigating the health care system -- and would also like to learn about those topics together with other people, in community.
Iona Senior Services in Washington, DC launched its innovative Take Charge/Age Well Academy™ in April 2013. Designed specifically for healthy and active Baby Boomers, the Academy is a person-centered educational program within Iona.
Through a robust curriculum of workshops and seminars, participants learn how to navigate the opportunities and challenges of aging through a variety of presentations.
The Academy’s curriculum is based on extensive evidence-based research, trials, and focus groups. Participants learn how to navigate the opportunities and challenges of aging through presentations from Iona’s aging-in-place specialists. The specialists offer expert advice, wellness coaching, guidance on critical decision-making, and information on planning for the future.
CLPN member and Iona’s Director of Community Engagement, Lylie Fisher, discused creative ways to bring together best practice, evidence-based research, and inspiration in educational programs for aging adults.
April 9, 2015 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: Improving Difficult Family Conversations About Aging Issues
The program featured Jeannette Twomey and Cheryl Beversdorf who demonstrated "bad" and "good" conversations among adult siblings and their older relatives.
Jeannette Twomey, JD, and Cheryl Beversdorf, RN, MHS, MA, explore professional services such as mediation, facilitated family meetings, and conflict coaching.
They also offer self-help tips that enable families to address aging transitions related to driving, living arrangements, personal care, financial management, estate planning, and medical decisions.
Ms. Twomey specializes in elder mediation and conflict coaching. She is a Virginia Certified Mediator and conflict resolution trainer with more than twenty years of experience. Ms. Beversdorf is a trained mediator and health care and communications professional.
Janaury 23, 2015 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: Creative Expression and Aging
Gay Powell Hanna, Ph.D., M.F.A., discussed the importance of the arts and creative expression in the lives of older adults.
Dr. Hanna is the Executive Director of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), an affiliate of George Washington University.
NCCA is an interdisciplinary nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and the quality of life for older people regardless of ethnic, economic status or level of physical or cognitive functioning.
It provides professional development and technical assistance including service as a clearinghouse for best practices, research and policy development to encourage and sustain arts and humanities programs in various community and health care settings.
October 24, 2014 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: How Talking About Dying Can Save Your Life
Epicurus wrote that "the art of living well and the art of dying well are one."
Over many years of working as a nurse in hospice and palliative care, Jan Booth has learned valuable lessons from patients and families.
It turns out that looking right at the suffering involved with aging, illness and dying is the key to living mindfully and with gratitude for the life we have.
Talking about our wishes for the end of our lives is also a significant gift we give our families and friends. Join us to discuss this vital topic.
Jan Booth, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is a longtime hospice and palliative care nurse, now moving into new work as an Integrative Nurse Coach around issues at end of life. She supports people in navigating serious illness, helps families to talk more openly about end of life priorities, and provides health coaching for both professional and personal/family caregivers.
She aIso serves as co-faculty for an 8-month course in the DC area called Sacred Journey: Being Present with Aging, Illness and Dying (in conjunction with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington); and associate faculty for the International Nurse Coaching Association.
July 17, 2014 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: Finding your own Second Wind
CLPN members Drs. Lois Tetrick and Elizabeth Mahler discussed Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, More Connected Life, by Dr. Bill Thomas. The book dives deeply into a
"second coming of age" that is occurring in today’s world as older adults remain healthy and live longer.
It not only details the history of this 21st century phenomenon by discussing the back story of the Baby Boom generation,
but the author also explores the behaviors and attitudes that nourish this unique journey and the potential developmental opportunities open to older
adults who courageously embark on it.
Lois Tetrick (Ph.D.) is a University Professor at George Mason where she heads the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Program.
Dr. Tetrick has
over 25 years of teaching experience in higher education. Her expertise is in the areas of occupational health and safety,
occupational stress, the work-family interface, and positive aging.
Elizabeth Mahler (Ed.D) spent the past twenty-five years within continuing education, higher education, and K-12 educational environments,
leading program/product development and strategic and resource planning efforts.
She is a Sr. Faculty Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at Northeastern University and a part-time faculty in Human and Organizational
Learning at George Washington University.
April 3, 2014 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: Up to the Minute Trends in Positive Aging: Bringing the 2014 Conference to You
January 9, 2014 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: Creating the Future in Today’s Economy:
Financial and Health Care Considerations
What is the impact of the recent economic downturn and recovery relative to financial, health and long term care plannning? Our panelists, Patricia H. Velander and Howard Pressman, presented
information and strategies clients need to know in order to thrive from a financial and long term care perspective.
Pat Velander is an agent with New York Life specializing in helping clients protect assets from the financial devastation associated with long term care.
She is a Registered Nurse with a MS in Health Care Management from Marymount University in Arlington, Va and began her work with long term care insurance in 2000 after a
personal experience with Alzheimer’s. She works with clients in a consultative manner in order to determine an appropriate solution for their particular situation.
Pat is a member of The Long Term Care Coordinating Council of Fairfax County and has worked with Aging Up in Mclean as well as "Mclean, A Community for All Ages."
She has provided educational programs for civic and community groups and is available to speak on the topic of long term care as well as various types life
insurance and retirement options.
Howard Pressman is a Certified Financial Planner ™ practitioner who has been helping families plan to meet their financial goals for 16 years.
Howard is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Financial Planning program and has held the CFP® designation since 2005.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Association’s National Capital Area chapter. Formerly with a large Fortune 500 company, he
left in 2009 to join a small, independent financial planning firm in order to better serve the needs of his clients. Howard has been a lecturer and teacher,
most recently with Fairfax County Public Schools in their Adult and Continuing Education program. He has written numerous articles on financial related topics for
publications such as The Hill Rag, the CFP® newsletter, The Financial Planning Association’s newsletter and Podiatry Management Magazine.
October 17, 2013 - In-Person Meeting
Topic: Realizing your Potential through Dynamic Networking
We discussed how traditional networking doesn’t encourage us to move outside the existing concepts of our work.
and built an experiential environment to envision and expand an alternate vision of our
We also exchanged business cards to help us accomplish our goals.
Barbara Beizer, B2Works, is a certified Life and Transition Coach, facilitating individuals and groups engaged in life and career changes. With over 30 years of experience in organizational development, leadership, and consumer advocacy, she leads workshops and retreats for women in transition and helps leaders accelerate effective change in their organizations with inclusive, whole-scale change management processes.
Dr. David Grau is a change management consultant and executive coach with 15 years of experience in leadership and management coaching, organization development and assessment. He is certified in MBTI, conflict resolution, Lominger leadership competencies and 360-degree assessments.
September 6, 2013 - Teleseminar
Defining Second Adulthood Together, Part 2
In March 2013, Dr. Elizabeth Mahler facilitated the first of a two-part teleconference focused on intentionally differentiating the emerging developmental stage of second adulthood from the stages of younger adulthood and old age.
Using the ten life domains of the Life Planning Network’s Wheel as a framework, this initial teleconference elicited responses from participants on four key domains:
Paid Work, Non-paid Work, Lifelong Learning, and Family Relationships. Results are published in the LPN Newsletter.
In Part 2 Elizabeth focused on the domains of Housing/Lifestyle (to include leisure/travel), Finances/Legal, Spirituality, and Health/ Fitness.
and participants shared personal experiences about your own transition into or out of second adulthood.
Elizabeth, a member of the Chesapeake Life Planning Network, spent the past twenty-five years within continuing education,
higher education, and K-12 educational environments, leading program/product development and strategic and resource planning efforts. She is a teaching fellow in the Doctor of Education Program at Northeastern University and a part-time faculty member in Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University.
Click here for the document that accompanied the teleseminar.
To hear the teleseminar click here.
July 18, 2013 - Quarterly In-Person Meeting
WHO NEEDS YOU? Incorporating Family and Friend Caregiving into your Retirement Plans
Cathy Tompkins, MSW, PhD, George Mason University Associate Professor shared research on how retirees are coping and
adjusting their plans due to caregiving responsibilities.
Click here for the Caregiving Plan presentation.
April 19, 2013 - Quarterly In-Person Meeting
Topic: Keeping the Psychiatrist at Bay
We focused on age 50+ mental health Issues, risk factors for mental illness and dementia, and the challenges of caregiving. How many of us wonder about our brain health and that of our loved ones? We can take action now to impact future wellness.
Two local experts Pat Williams and Larry Spoont, CLPN Members, shared research and resources for clients and their caregivers.
Larry Spoont, MD, practices geriatric psychiatry at the Arlington County Senior Adult Outpatient Services. While working in various psychiatry settings, he has focused on older adults with mental illness since 1996. Dr. Spoont is board certified in general and geriatric psychiatry. In 2008 he received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from NAMI and in 2012 the Outstanding Service Award from Arlington County.
Pat Williams, M.A.T, CSA is a social entrepreneur who enjoys bringing bright people together to solve community needs. In 1994 Pat created GraceFul Care, the area's first home assistance/companionship organization. As a Certified Senior Advisor, she particularly enjoys counseling families whose senior members are in transitional stages of life. Among her awards, Pat has received the Leadership Fairfax Community Trustee Award, the Herndon Rotary Citizen of the Year Award, and the AARP Community Partner Award.
Click here for tips from Dr. Spoont’s presentation.
Cick here is another resource on Alzheimer’s.
March 20, 2013 - Teleseminar
Topic: Defining Second Adulthood Together
In her June 2012 teleconference and follow-up article in the LPN newsletter entitled, "Are We Ready for Second Adulthood?"
Dr. Elizabeth Mahler facilitated a discussion on the challenges of combining all individuals over 50 into "senior" or "elder"
aging categories without acknowledging and differentiating between the emerging developmental stage of second adulthood and old age.
Dr. Mahler argues that it1s time to purposely acknowledge second adulthood (also known as encore, third chapter or third age)
as independent from old age, and begin to explore it as an emerging developmental stage in its own right.
Using the LPN's Wheel (see below), which consists of 10 life domains that may begin to shift during second adulthood,
participants discussed how to more intentionally clarify the differences between these
two life stages.
Dr. Mahler, a member of the Chesapeake Life Planning Network, spent the past twenty-five years within continuing education,
higher education, and K-12 educational environments, leading program/product development and strategic planning efforts.
She is a teaching fellow in the Doctor of Education Program at Northeastern University and teaches adult learning and
instructional design courses for George Washington University.
Click here to listen to the recording.
to review the handout.
January 25, 2013 - Quarterly In-Person Meeting
Topic: It takes a Village: Models for Aging in Your Community
We welcomed a panel of experts who shared Village Model for aging in place, what exists locally and ways to get
involved professionally and personally.
Patricia Rohrer, Fairfax County's Long Term Care Program Developer, Vicki Doff, Geriatric Care Provider and CLPN member,
and Isabelle Schoenfeld, Aging in Place Specialist gave an overview and lead us in a vigorous discussion of what factors are
primary when creating a vital living environment.
Click here to read the article about defining Village models.
Click here to read about Villages in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
October 19, 2012: Quarterly In-Person Meeting
Topic: "Live Smart After 50! The Experts Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times"
Chesapeake LPN's October meeting highlighted all the latest news and tools available to our members as a result
of the soon-to-be-published LIVE SMART AFTER 50! book.
Eileen Caroscio enthusiastically lead the presentation utilizing many of the colorful slides produced
by the marketing team showing the history of the book, samples of the slides for community presentations and
highlighting a multitude of ways that the book can be used as a platform for member businesses.
Members were encouraged to connect to the book's
Twitter handle,@LiveSmartAftr50, and develop further connections in the positive aging community. Using an exercise in the book,
Lois Tetrick facilitated a very engaging and lively discussion on how members can collaborate in
helping their clients and their businesses thrive. Members and guests shared their excitement about the business tools and several
guests were interested in becoming members.
September 12, 2012: Teleseminar
Topic: 10 Must Have Conversations for the Second Half of Life
We are living longer and the concept of retirement is changing. Many people can't afford to retire and
others don't want to stop working. Our belief is that it's less important what you're retiring FROM and
more important to figure out what you're retiring TO.
Finding solutions can be more complicated for couples who may have different values, interests and
priorities. Here are some critical conversations: if, when and how to retire, changing roles and identity,
expectations of time together and apart, finances, health and wellness, relationships with family, where to
live and how to find community and purpose.
Roberta Taylor and Dori Mintzer shared their book's model and lead a discussion of how these
conversations can be helpful for yourself and/or your clients. We also explored ways we can play
advocacy roles in helping people at midlife begin to focus on "what's next?" and become more intentional
in planning their next stage of life.
Dori Mintzer, M.S.W., Ph.D. BCC and Roberta Taylor, RNCS, M. Ed, BCC, co-authors of The Couple's
Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of Life, are both
psychotherapists, coaches, consultants, writers and speakers. Both are members of the National Speakers
Association and the New England Life Planning Network. Although written for couples, the book is
structured to be helpful for individuals, since each person needs to "puzzle out" the issues for themselves.
Click here to listen to the recording of our program.
Articles by Chesapeake LPN Members
Elizabeth Mahler, Chesapeake LPN President
Defining Second Adulthood Together, Part 1
Defining Second Adulthood Together, Part 1 (Continued)
Defining Second Adulthood Together, Part 2