BA, Oberlin College; AM, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Joan leads CJE SeniorLife’s Your Eldercare Consultants team with more than 25 years of experience in social work, including aging, mental health, family counseling, and staff development and training. Joan values a family’s stories, complex relationships and themes that recur across the generations to inform her practice. She has a keen interest in the management of Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative cognitive disorders. Joan sees resilience as a central element in positive aging, and believes that successful services build on individual and family strengths. Joan uses encouragement, pragmatism, resourcefulness and imagination – as well as her deep network of connections to leading lights in Chicago’s Jewish community, health care systems, and service providers – to come up with creative solutions for families. A natural communicator, Joan speaks regularly about aging issues to business, community and professional groups, and has written a monthly column for the Chicago Jewish News and numerous articles for CJE’s LIFE Magazine. Joan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds an A.M. from University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a B.A. from Oberlin College. In her spare time, Joan is an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She thanks the baseball gods for the multiple blessings of wonderful adult children, strength training, and the Cubs’ 2016 season..