Paul DelPonte – Consultant; two term Commissioner on Aging in Montgomery County, MD; Author-Will You Still Treat Me When I’m 65?

Paul DelPonte- http://www.seniornet.org

Paul is a strategic communications consultant focusing on aging and public policy areas. He served two terms as Commissioner on Aging in Montgomery County, Maryland, helping the county gain recognition by the World Health Organization as an age-friendly community. In the 1980s, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Alliance for Aging Research, where he spearheaded Project Independence for Older Americans which led to more than a $1 billion increase in federal aging research. He also authored, Will You Still Treat Me When I’m 65? And Medical Never-Never Land: Ten Reasons Why America is Not Ready for the Coming Age Boom, two landmark reports on discrimination of older people by the medical establishment. As a consultant, he has worked for the nation’s mostprominent health and aging organization’s including AARP, Pfizer, Johnson& Johnson, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and others. He is the recipient of multiple awards for his communications and health work. These have included Inside PR’s campaign of the year, Health Care Website of the Year, and the Thoth Award for Public Service for the Men’s Health Campaign featuring Morgan Freeman. He isa frequent speaker and workshop presenter. His work has been part of the Community Organizing Institute at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, the annual Beeson ScholarsSymposium, and is an advisor to Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, where he was student body president.