Presenters

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Helen C. Kales, MD

Dr. Kales is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and a Research Investigator in the Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR) and the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) in the VA Ann Arbor Health System. She is also the founding Director of the UM Program for Positive Aging (PPA), a multifaceted UM program established in 2009. The PPA promotes team science via national and international collaborations in order to improve outcomes for older patients with mental health issues or dementia and their families. Dr. Kales served as Director of the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry from 2009-2014, overseeing all clinical, educational, and research operations, and building the Section to include 10 geriatric psychiatrists, one of the largest academic concentrations of this specialty in the world. As a fellowship-trained, board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, her research program is directly informed by her clinical work and experiences with patients, families, providers, and systems to diminish the barriers to effective and high-quality care for older patients with dementia or with mental health issues. Dr. Kales has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and her research has been continuously federally-funded since 2004. She was named to the Lancet Global Commission on Dementia Care in 2015, and is recognized as an international expert in the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, depression in later life and in pharmacoepidemiological research related to the prevalence and risks of use of antipsychotic and other psychotropic medications in patients with dementia. In July 2019, Dr. Kales will become the Chair of Psychiatry and Joe Tupin Endowed Professor at the University of California, Davis where she plans to establish a center on positive aging.

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Tim Clue

A Top Keynote Speaker for All Events
This one of a kind keynote speaker is an award-winning writer, educator, and comic trained at Second City, with decades of stand-up comedy experience. Tim has distilled his speaking talents into a dynamic compound that increases an audience’s energy and connection in the best way.
Funny, dynamic, smart, and engaging; Tim has spoken before a former President George H.W. Bush and opened for Jerry Seinfeld and you may have caught his work with XM/Sirius Satellite Radio. His play “Leaving Iowa” was nominated Best New Play in the Country and is performed in theaters across U.S. and Canada. Tim was also the keynote speaker at the AMFT Annual Conference. He continues to wow large audiences with humorous keynote speeches that inspire.

Increasing trust, team and connection through laughter, this is Tim’s art form and passion. ‘We live in an attention economy, in a tangled digital age where connection, transparency, and trust are the new currency.

Tim Clue is reinventing conferences, meetings, and professional gatherings one funny, motivational experience at a time. His humorous and inspirational keynotes can change the dynamics of any conference. Shared humor, connection and engagement takes time to perfect and this guy’s got it down.

“Our ability to laugh together and collaborate builds trust and increases connection; that has value, this is what I do.”

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Joan Price

Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: “senior sexpert,” “the beautiful face of senior sex,” and—her favorite—”wrinkly sex kitten.” Joan has been writing and speaking about senior sex since 2005. Her books include:

  • Sex after Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality After Loss of Your Beloved, Joan’s newest book, coming August 2019.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Sex after Fifty: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life, her most comprehensive senior sex book.
  • Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex, winner of Outstanding Self-Help Book 2012 from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and 2012 Book Award from American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
  • Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty, Joan’s memoir celebrating the joys of older-age sexuality.
  • Ageless Erotica, a senior sex anthology which Joan conceived and edited.

At age 75, Joan Price continues to talk out loud about senior sex — partnered or solo – in speeches, workshops, and webinars, and on her zesty blog, NakedAtOurAge.com. Watch her entertaining, free webinar, “Safer Sex for Seniors,” at https://youtu.be/efGXHzf19Bs.

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Renee Balcom

Advocate and consultant to the family caregiver, Renee Balcom is the founder of the Raging Aging, #WETOO MOVEMENT, the Silver Lining Network & Directory and Renee & Company.  She is a passionate author and speaker who will entertain and delight her audience with a brutally honest delivery that will touch the heart of every listener.

After working with hundreds of people who are classified as age-ed, Renee came to realize that most of the information being provided to us about aging is wrong, most of our beliefs about aging is wrong, and her mission is to set the record straight.

Old people having sex? Ew! Why does the very idea invoke something close to disgust in so many? We need to open our minds to “senior sex”, get comfortable with the idea. Strive to be a part of the party and never abandon our sexuality for the stereotypical lonely “old man / or woman”. Overturn the conventional notions that are reinforced by advertising that sex is only for the young. At any age, adults have the right to seek out sex with other consenting adults without censure.