Elder Guru was founded in 2009 as a means to make aging-related information available to professionals working in the field (social workers, long-term care administrators, case workers, etc.). Since that time, the focus has shifted some toward also helping non-professionals, from people wondering about their Medicare benefits to caregivers seeking information for their loved one to older adults seeking the best life possible.
You can reach us by email at elderguru @ gmail.com. If you are interested in joining the team of writers, visit the Write for Us page.
Derrick Grant – Founder and Editor
Derrick began his professional career working as a social worker in a nursing home, helping residents and families navigate the world of long-term care. He then worked as the Social Services Manager at an area agency on aging where he oversaw Information and Referral and programs such as Alzheimer’s Respite, Matter of Balance, and Meals on Wheels eligibility.
After that he became the Director of an Adult Day Care at an Alzheimer’s care facility and served on the board of the Maine Adult Day Services Association. Derrick then went to work for the State of Maine as a Research Analyst at the Office of Elder Services. He presently works as a Program Manager on Medicaid policy. Follow Derrick on LinkedIn.
Dr. Donna Schwontkowski
Dr. Schwontkowski is a retired chiropractor and has a master’s and bachelor’s in Nutrition and master’s in Herbology. She has taught classes on vitamins and minerals, diatomaceous earth, and how to store and use them in crisis situations at a California survival school.
With her hands-on training and a 30-day guided use of how to use DE, participants lost weight, dropped blood sugar and high blood cholesterol, got rid of bedbugs, prevented gum transplants, and made a big difference in bone strength.
Zac Martin – Contributing Writer
Zac is an exercise physiologist who has spent years working with older clients with a scope of conditions. He is familiar with the physical issues older adults face as they age and has worked with them in strength building and recovery.
When he’s not writing, Zac can be found trying to catch his escaped chickens. He enjoys reading biographies, studying World War I, growing new varieties of tomatoes, and attempting to keep his honey bees alive.
Virginia Fidler – Contributing Writer
Virginia is a freelance writer and former caregiver. She has experience working with people who have Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. She has also been involved with hospice care.
Virginia’s passions include writing about healthy aging, finding resources to help older adults and caregivers, and travel.
She has written for various publications, including fiction stories and the Wall Street Journal. Now, she is a freelancer who enjoys writing about a variety of interesting topics.
Mal Harrison – Contributing Writer
Mal writes on topics relating to sexual health and related topics that pertain to older adults. Find her on LinkedIn.