Words from the Wise

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LeadingAge is celebrating 10 living legends whose life-altering achievements are changing the world.  Meet 3 of them at our Words from the Wise Stage inside the EXPO and learn about all 10 and their words of wisdom at our Public Ageism Exhibit at City Hall.  


Joanne Prince
Longtime Boston community activist Joanne Prince has fought tirelessly for the safety and well-being of older adults living in the city’s Mattapan and Roslindale neighborhoods, where she lives.  
Meet Joanne on Monday at our Words from the Wise stage @ 12:30pm, 1:30pm or 2:30pm

John Staehlin
Octogenarian John Staehlin of Westminster, Maryland, has spent his life solving problems through engineering and inventing. He holds 33 patents and more than 400 invention disclosures.  
Meet John on Tuesday at our Words from the Wise stage @ 1:00pm, 2:00pm or 3:00pm  

Linda Abel
Linda Abel of Fort Worth, Texas, a retired nurse, serves as president of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth, an effort to educate the community about dementia and memory care.  
Meet Linda on Wednesday at our Words from the Wise stage @ 9:45am or 10:30am 

Judith Mayotte
Throughout her life, Judith Mayotte, PhD, of Seattle, traveled to war zones to gather first-hand information, so she could tell the story of refugees, their struggles and what led them to leave their homes. 

Frank Caro
After retiring, Frank Caro of Brookline, Massachusetts, has remained active in research and community service through volunteerism. He has spearheaded and directed an impressive array of accomplishments that improve the quality of life not only for older adults but for residents of all ages in Brookline.

Robert Savage
An advocate and social change agent for people affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia, Robert Savage of Plantsville, Connecticut, actively challenges social perceptions and stigmas about the condition. 

Joanne Niswander
Writing has helped octogenarian Joanne Niswander of Buffton, Ohio, cope with the stressful times in her life, including when her husband developed symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. She continues writing, bringing messages of hope and optimism to others aiming to “age positively.” 

Ron Compton
When Ron Compton of Bloomfield, Connecticut, retired as chairman and CEO of a major insurance company, he turned his lifelong photography hobby into a second career, publishing books and displaying his images in galleries. 

Sister Joyce Meyers
Sister Joyce Meyers, a member of the Mount St. Scholastica, Benedictine Sisters of Atchison, Kansas, has dedicated her life to mission work, influencing many lives. She continues volunteering and recalls having a great life and having a great time doing the things she wanted to do. 

Carol Penney
A former music educator Carol Penney of Walkertown, North Carolina, developed an intergenerational music-making program, after noticing her husband, who has Alzheimer’s disease perked up when making music with their grandson. She continues to volunteer at the local adult day center and promotes the program nationwide.