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Jul 25, 2014, 17:04 ET from ProfNet

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What Baby Boomers Can Learn From the Greatest Generation to Prepare for Retirement
Mary Miller
Chief Financial Officer
Front Porch
"Plan for both the early and later years of retirement. Most of our residents are in their early 80s and they tend to be planners. That has made it possible for many of them to transition comfortably from a stage of retirement when they spent time and energy on travel, dining out, socializing and even working, to a more sedentary stage of life where health concerns demand more of their attention."
Miller is the chief financial officer of Front Porch, a not-for-profit support system for a family of companies that serve individuals and families through full-service retirement, active adult communities, affordable housing communities, and related management and development services. In her role of CFO, she has contributed greatly to the success of the organization, leveraging her expertise in strategy development and execution, capital markets, team development, and driving consistent revenue and margin growth.
Miller is an avid SCUBA diver and enjoys exploring marine life around the world with her husband Joel and volunteering at hospitals and senior homes with her certified therapy dog, Remy.
Media Contact: Chris Navalta,

Mobile Programs That Can Improve Your Mood
Dr. Dave Sharar
Managing Director
Chestnut Global Health
"Preclinical and clinical depression taken together represent a costly and significant problem in the workplace. At least 19 million Americans suffer depression each year, while many more experience seemingly unprovoked mood changes that negatively affect well-being, cloud judgment and impair performance. While corporate wellness programs have been incorporating mobile biometric apps to promote and track physical activity, i.e., FitBit, there's been scant attention given to apps or approaches that address mental health -- most likely because the ones available lack scientific validation."
Dr. Sharer brings a behavioral health perspective in discussing the emergence and efficacy of mobile mood management tools, and can convey what employers ought to look for in evaluating such tools, i.e., MoodHacker, a scientifically validated mobile intervention program. He would discuss how employers can optimize the efficacy of tools such as MoodHacker by incorporating it into a broader program of anxiety and depression counseling.
Dr. Sharer is managing director of Chestnut Global Partners (CGP), a provider of international employee assistance/well-being, expatriate support, and crisis intervention abroad in over 120 countries. He is also a research scientist with Chestnut's Division of Commercial Science, where he deploys scientific methodologies to help EAP firms and other workplace-based health programs evaluate their effectiveness. He has published more than 70 articles in peer reviewed journals and trade magazines on topics related to EAP effectiveness, outcomes, pricing, ethics, quality, purchaser education, delivery models, and reform in the field. He is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, and the board of directors of the Employee Assistance Research Foundation. He also co-chairs the "EAP Group" for the National Behavioral Consortium, serves on the review committee for EAPA's Journal of Employee Assistance, and is a long-standing member of EASNA's Knowledge-Research-Transfer Committee. In 2011, he received the received the "EAPA Member of the Year Award."
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