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Our writers and editors have spent thousands of hours researching, testing, speaking to medical experts, and reviewing products to ensure they’re providing the most accurate and helpful information possible. We’ve done the work so you can feel confident making the best choices for your health.

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With over six years of clinical experience in long term care and rehabilitation, Ayla is passionate about helping people age safely and with dignity. She is an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), licensed with the State Board of Nursing in Massachusetts, and holds a B.A. in Psychology. Through her education and work she has focused on combining practical health knowledge with the individual needs and desires of older adults to bring the absolute best care and content to patients and readers.

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Lauren Sherman, M.S., is a health content writer with a master’s degree in human genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, laboratory experience at National Jewish Health, and clinical experience at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has extensively researched products to help those wanting to age in place such as medical alert systems, walk-in tubs, adjustable beds, and oxygen concentrators.

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Contributors

Sara Lindberg is a freelance writer specializing in health, fitness, senior care and nutrition. With a master’s in education and bachelor’s in exercise science, she has worked as a personal trainer and group exercise specialist for older adults. Her work has appeared in several national print and media publications. In her own life, caring for a parent with health issues has allowed her to see firsthand how critical it is for seniors and their families to have accurate, compassionate, and relatable information as they make decisions about aging in place.

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Nicole is a freelance writer with a passion for wellness, nutrition, and healthy aging. Before entering the writing field, Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Organismal Biology from Scripps College and spent time as a nutrition coach. For the past seven years, Nicole has been a health writer for various wellness experts and publications, including Everyday Health, Health, and fitness icon Thomas Delauer. Much of Nicole’s research and writing work concentrates on healthy aging and sleep health. She uses her experience in biology and research skills to bring Aging In Place readers articles that improve health, wellness, and daily life.

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After a stint as an advertising copywriter in the early 2000s, Jessica Timmons began specializing in content writing. She’s spent the last 15+ years researching and writing about a range of topics in the health, wellness, beauty, lifestyle, parenting, and pregnancy circles. Her work has appeared in Everyday Health, Healthline, mindbodygreen, and Pregnancy & Newborn, among other outlets.

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Jenny Wisniewski is a freelance writer specializing in elder care as well as environmental issues and travel. She has written for national and regional magazines, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Her work includes dozens of articles, white-papers, blog posts, and consumer guides. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she holds a bachelor’s in English/journalism and political science.

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Corey Whelan is a writer, health care professional, and Brooklyn, New York native. She is a reproductive health advocate who has helped countless patients through the trials and triumphs of infertility and adoption over the past 25 years. Corey’s passion is sharing her knowledge of health and wellness through her writing, and no topic is off limits. She’s mom to two grown children and two rescue dogs who captured her heart.

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Annie Keller is a freelance medical writer in Lowell, Mass. She has worked for a variety of medical publications and organizations. She has written about chronic illness, medical technology and devices, medical issues in the news, skin treatments, sports medicine, and many different conditions.

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a former Marketing & Communications Director for continuum care facilities where she advocated for the quality care of elderly and disabled individuals living in independent and assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and specialized units for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. She writes extensively about eldercare safety, as well as the safety and efficacy of medications and medical devices designed to help seniors live more independent lives. Much of her research in this arena has focused on hearing aids, medical alert systems, and other devices that help seniors age in place safely and provide peace of mind to caregivers.

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Madeleine Burry is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health and wellness. She’s written for numerous online outlets, including Health, Women’s Health, Livestrong, and Prevention. Burry enjoys hiking and ’70s movies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their cat.

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Jenny McCoy is a freelance journalist specializing in health and fitness. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has nearly five years of experience writing for local and national media, with more than 600 bylined articles to date.

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Danielle Pagano is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner currently practicing Internal Medicine in rural Illinois. She has extensive experience in primary and long term care, including preventive medicine and complex chronic disease management. Danielle has participated in several medical mission trips, serving communities in Brazil, Kenya, and Ethiopia. As a working mother of three young children, Danielle appreciates spending her time outside connecting with nature while hiking or running, or relaxing with her husband.

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Brandi Marcene is an accomplished copywriter who specializes in writing eBooks and product articles. She has written about numerous industries, from oil and gas to architecture and banking. She has also written about—and reviewed—numerous bedding products and accessories.

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Shannon Cuthrell is a North Carolina-based freelance journalist with a background covering business, technology and economic development. She has bylines in a variety of print and online news outlets, including Business North Carolina magazine, WRAL TechWire, NewsBreak and EE Power, among other publications. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in communication journalism and two minors in English and psychology.

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Kalise Gartner is a freelance writer focusing on products and businesses that serve those in need, as well as mental health and technology. She worked in the home healthcare industry alongside her mother in the early stages of her career, scheduling nurses and therapists for elderly patients. Her work has been used in small and local business pages, enriching and supporting her community’s business opportunities.

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Lindsay Boyers is a functional nutritionist and editor with over a decade of experience in health, research-based scientific writing, and commerce writing. She’s written 15 books and her work appears on Forbes, CNET, U.S. News, mindbodygreen, Livestrong.com, Healthline, and CNN Underscored, among others. She’s also personally tested hundreds of consumer products, from mattresses to kitchen appliances to gardening tools. Lindsay holds certifications in holistic nutrition, functional nutrition, and professional food safety, as well as a B.S. in food in nutrition. She’s currently studying to become certified in sleep science.

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Judy Schwartz Haley is a Health and Wellness writer with hundreds of published articles to her name. She enjoys going on adventures with her family and writing about her travels. She is currently drinking coffee in Seattle and planning her next trip.

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Kelsey Sanders is a freelance writer, editor, ghostwriter, and book coach based in West Michigan. When she’s not working in the world of words, she owns a wellness company called ThriveWell, where she works with individuals and small local businesses to create customized wellness plans. She’s also a new mom and navigating working from home with a little one.

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Meagan Shank is a freelance writer based out of New Hampshire, specializing in unbiased web reviews, blogs, and how-to guides in the fields of health, fashion, and interior design. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational and Corporate Communications from the University of Texas at El Paso and is passionate about providing informative digital content that is easy to understand.

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Christina Montoya Fiedler is a Los Angeles based freelance writer with over 15 years experience writing about health and wellness. She obtained her journalism degree from Chapman University and her work can be seen in Good Housekeeping, Parents Magazine, Yahoo News, USA Today and more. In her spare time, she is taking Early Childhood Education courses to complete her teaching credentials for preschool school students.

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Heather Burdo is a freelance writer passionate about providing accurate and up-to-date health and wellness content. She has been featured in the Gluten-Free Living magazine, Beachbody, OpenFit, and more. When she’s not working, she enjoys diving into personal development and spending time with her family.

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Stephanie Silton is a health blogger and expert mango slicer who lives in Florida with her husband and two cats. She can be found taking long hikes in the Everglades or scrolling pictures of cakes on Pinterest.

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Linda Childers is a content health writer based in California. She graduated from California State University – East Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in mass communication. Linda is an award-winning writer with 17 years’ experience writing on health, finance, small business, and celebrity profiles. She has articles in both regional and national magazines including The Washington Post, U.S. News, Reader’s Digest, Arthritis Today, California Health Report, Health Monitor, New Physician, and many more. Linda also wrote a book on how healthcare professionals can successfully manage difficult patient populations. In addition to this, her work has appeared on websites including Nurse.com, NBC News, and CNNMoney.com. 

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Andy Beth Miller is a freelance writer and editor in chief with 20 years of experience publishing articles on various subject matter, including healthcare initiatives for all. Hiking, swimming, and running are her favorite activities, and helping individuals stay active and mobile –at any age– through her work gives her great joy.

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An experienced journalist and content writer, Julie Weingarden Dubin specializes in mental health, medicine, wellness, health and science. Dubin’s credits include Prevention, Newsweek, Time, WebMD, HealthCentral, Psycom, Well+Good, Health Monitor Network, Forbes, Arthritis Today, Reader’s Digest, SELF, Psychology Today, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Parents, Parenting, American Baby, Fit Pregnancy, Shape, TODAY and MSNBC. Dubin’s freelanced for Johns Hopkins Children Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baptist Health, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and HAP Balanced Living. Dubin received her journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

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Jill Waldbieser is a writer and editor with 20 years' experience in the health, wellness, and lifestyle space. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Oprah Daily, and Everyday Health, among other places. She is also the mother of a son with hearing loss, who lives with her and their dog in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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Kristin Luna has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and electronic media from the University of Tennessee and has worked as a journalist for the past 20 years. An expert in home renovation, she widely covers all aspects of home improvement, including what it takes for aging homeowners to live comfortably and sustainably. She also runs a public art nonprofit, DMA-events, dedicated to providing free and accessible art to all populations.

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Katherine Wessling is a writer, editor and reporter with over 20 years of wide-ranging experience in magazine publishing. She has also created how-to scripts and educational courses for various websites and written everything from books to newsletters to speeches. Katherine specializes in health, wellness and spirituality.

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Nicole Hernandez is passionate about empowering people to live their lives to the fullest. She is a licensed DPT (doctor of physical therapy) in Nevada and received her degree from Campbell University in North Carolina. Nicole has used her degree to treat patients, produce research, and publish online pieces regarding health and rehabilitation. Now, her primary focus is to produce evidence-based content for AgingInPlace.org to ensure people receive the most factual information available as they make important decisions regarding their wellness journey.

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