Michelle Seitzer Discuss Forgetfulness and Cognitive Impairment
Michelle Seitzer has worked in elder care for 20 years, but her compassion for older adults started even earlier — through a foundational relationship with her maternal grandparents.
Early in her career, she served in various positions at several East Coast assisted living communities and continuing care retirement communities. During her tenure as the Public Policy Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Chapters of the Alzheimer's Association, Michelle was in charge of the Association’s grassroots advocacy efforts and served on a stakeholder group convened by the Department of Public Welfare to formulate language and provisions about dementia care for the state's new assisted living regulations.
In 2008, she started blogging for SeniorsforLiving.com, a senior living search site, and also served as their social media consultant until 2019. As a full-time freelancer in the elder care space, Michelle co-founded #ElderCareChat in 2010, one of the first Twitter chats for caregivers and senior living professionals (the chat still runs on a monthly basis). As moderator, she recruited guest panelists from IBM's Accessibility Division and the National Center on Elder Abuse, among others. Representatives from the National Council on Aging and the National Library of Medicine's caregiving division attended the chat on a regular basis.
Michelle has written thousands of articles on health care policy, technology, aging, caregiving, finance, Alzheimer's, and more, with bylines on Chase bank’s blog, Readers Digest, AARP, GreatCall, and McKnight's Long Term Care News. As a research assistant and aging generalist for a private healthcare consulting firm, she has compiled numerous annotated bibliographies and policy papers. She was also the lead writer on a March 2015 Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) report on Dementia Friendly Communities and a recent ADI report, “Promising Practices in National Dementia Plans.”
Michelle is on the Master Reviewer list for the Administration on Aging's ACL (Administration for Community Living) division and has reviewed grant applications for the Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program for two years. She is currently one of several moderators for #CareChat, a Twitter community and real-time conversation focused on caregiving issues across the lifespan, and recently launched a blog,Voices: the untold stories of elders, the unseen army of caregivers, and undiscussed issues in aging.
Michelle is now a parent-caregiver to her young daughter with special needs and provides caregiving support for her grandmother, whose speech and mobility was affected by two strokes.
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