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Ron Roel, Board Member

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Ron Roel is a veteran writer, speaker and radio show host who specializes in “successful aging strategies,” providing useful information, pragmatic solutions, and compelling stories to help people explore rewarding experiences throughout life. Ron has developed a special expertise in family caregiving and is the author of the recently published Caregiving Navigator: How to Plan, What to Do, and Where to Turn When Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones…And Yourself, a comprehensive guide for family caregivers on Long Island. Ron spent 20 years as a writer and editor at Newsday, Long Island’s daily newspaper, helping to found Act 2, the paper’s weekly section for readers aged 50-plus.  He now hosts a national internet radio show, “45 Forward,” exploring a wide range of topics each week to help prepare people for their journey through the second half of life. Ron has written extensively on aging topics and has spoken at numerous conferences, and on radio and TV shows, including  the recent Caregiver Summit at Hofstra University. He has been an active advocacy volunteer for AARP, serving as a member of AARP’s New York State Executive Council and participating in New York’s ongoing Master Plan For Aging, as well as AARP’s Age-Friendly Glen Cove Advisory Board. Ron also serves on the Board of the Gray Panthers NYC and volunteers for the Long Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association as a Community Educator. He is a member of the National Aging in Place Council Long Island Chapter, the Senior Umbrella Network, the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce and the Inter Agency Council of Glen Cove. He earned a B.A. degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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