While in-home caregiving services aren’t new news, Ben Lewis and his company, Engage As You Age, are. In 2005, Ben realized that one of the largest groups in our society–senior citizens–were sitting home alone, yearning for companionship and stimulating conversation. Fast forward four years, and Engage As You Age has built a network of over a hundred talented people, called Activity Specialists to fill that need.
Ben is a go-to expert in the Bay Area on the subject of aging in place and technologies that keep families connected. He regularly speaks and leads panel discussions at churches, synagogues, public libraries, YMCAs and senior professional associations, and has been a featured guest on the CBS show “Start-Up Spotlight” and as an “Aging Innovator” on GilbertGuide.com. Before founding Engage As You Age, Ben worked as a teacher and as a volunteer in India, Zimbabwe, Taiwan and Bethesda, Maryland. He has also held a variety of managerial positions in the educational, telecommunications and Internet industries. He graduated summa cum laude from Washington University and has an MA in History from Yale University.
CBS 5 recently profiled Engage As You Age:
Paula Goldman, Ph.D.
Paula Goldman is a social entrepreneur, anthropologist, speaker and writer. She is Founder and Director of the award-winning Imagining Ourselves project at the International Museum of Women, and has lived and worked in over a dozen countries focusing on human rights and poverty issues. Whether working on reconciliation projects in Bosnia, or initiating educational opportunities in India that forge professional paths for rural high school graduates, she finds satisfaction by creating opportunities that result in improved lives. She has been profiled or featured in magazines, newspapers and broadcast media including O, the Oprah Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and CBS News. Speaking engagements have taken her from Northern California and New York to Ghana, Thailand and Spain. She holds an MA from Princeton University, a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and was a fellow with the Human Rights Committee of the American Anthropological Association. Her first book, Imagining Ourselves, was published in 2006, and she is currently based in San Francisco, working on her second. She teaches at UC Berkeley and Mills College.
Hal Ersner-Hershfield, Ph.D.
Hal Ersner-Hershfield has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. Ersner-Hershfield researches issues related to longevity, with a special focus on long-term decision-making and retirement planning. His recent work considers solutions to the paradox that Americans are living longer, but saving less. Hal graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 2001 with a degree in Psychology and English.
Benjamin Cokelet is a global trade union organizer with over ten years of experience advocating for human and labor rights. Currently he is completing an MA in international business and politics at NYU, where he is a recipient of the distinguished Reynolds Graduate Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship. In 2008 Ben started a consulting business focused on eliminating corruption as well as economic, workplace, social, and environmental rights violations in Latin America.