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Florence R. Klein

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Florence R. Klein

“Traveling across the country, I have listened to many seniors express frustrations with the Internet and with the scams targeting seniors. Hoping to empower more seniors to communicate and interact more effectively in today’s highly technical world, I envisioned a company that would serve the everyday needs of the ever-growing group of seniors, as well as protect them from scams. So, I reached out to the professionals in the areas of healthcare, finance, retirement living, and entertainment, with the idea of creating an ultimate resource guide for seniors. Receiving an enthusiastic reception and offers to help from across the globe, I formed a core group to transform this vision into reality. In this way, we created a trusted online resource for persons over 55 years: MySeniors/Silver Planet!”

Florence R. Klein is a knowledgeable investment professional with over 42 years of diversified experience. She is president of her own NASD firm, American Classic Financial Company, and is one of the few women-owned licensed Broker-Dealer firms in the United States. She was previously a vice president with Kidder Peabody & Company, Prudential Bache, and Gruntal and Company. Florence has worked with an impressive roster of public and private clients, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Maryland. She has successfully transformed her creative ideas into sound business solutions across the country.

In addition to her brokerage career, Florence Klein is a highly regarded independent real estate developer. She has acquired and developed four historically certified luxury apartment complexes in the East and a land package in Colorado. She has also planned innovative intergenerational housing. Florence has structured and syndicated her own real estate projects throughout the United States. Her expertise in the financial world includes successful financing through limited partnerships, UDAG grants, and tax exempt municipals.

Her board affiliations include the Center for Prevention of Domestic Abuse, AIDS Information Network, and Hadassah. She has also established several successful women’s self-esteem and financial independence programs for incarcerated women in Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Ms. Klein holds a BA degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Rita Files

Rita Files of the Veteran Files

Rita Files

Rita Files, LPN, CALA, is a nationally recognized expert with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with the elderly. She has over 30 years of experience in eldercare. Rita’s background includes program development for many leading providers in the senior living industry.

Rita Files committed herself to help veterans age with dignity. Rita’s commitment fueled her desire to pursue credentials as an accredited claims agent through the Department of Veteran Affairs. Her mission: to honor those who have served and make sure they too are served. From this foundation, Rita provides powerful advocacy and resources to veterans and their families.

In addition to her nursing experience, Rita Files holds both state and national certifications in assisted-living administration. She is a founding member of the Senior Veterans Service Alliance. Her other memberships include the American Society on Aging and the National Care Planning Council. Rita. founded Veteran Files LLC one of less than 150 accredited VA claims agents in the United States. Rita serves as the Executive Director.

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Carol Bradley Bursack

Carol Bradley Bursack

Over the span of two decades, author, columnist, and speaker Carol Bradley Bursack cared for a neighbor and six elderly family members. As a result of this experience, Bursack wrote Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories, a portable support group for caregivers.

Minding Our Elders is used as a college text for gerontology and nursing home administration classes as a way to humanize, for students, the family caregiving experience. Bursack’s award-winning Web sites, and, include links to helpful agencies, articles rich with information and comfort, links to chat groups, and resources for caregiver, boomer, and senior needs.

Bursack’s eldercare newspaper column, “Minding Our Elders,” runs weekly, in print and online. She is editor in chief of, an expert blogger and community leader on, and the forum moderator and a regular contributor to Bursack has been interviewed on many national radio shows, including Mr. Eldercare, Today’s Author, The Ron Ross Show, and Kevin Skipper’s The Parent Care Show. She has been interviewed and quoted in magazines and newspapers around the world, including Family Circle, Quick and Simple, North Jersey Media Group, the Leader-Telegram, Tampa Tribune, and the Sydney Morning Herald. She also speaks on caregiving issues to groups of all sizes.

Bursack is a member of AARP, CAPS (Children of Aging Parents), the National Caregivers Advisory Panel (NCAP), the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), and the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP). As an expert in her field, she is featured in Montclair’s Who’s Who in Health and has written hundreds of articles for national publications. Bursack is also a contributing author to The Media Librarian’s Handbook (Facet Publishing, UK 2008) and to Dementia: Frank and Linda’s Story: New Approaches, New Understanding, New Hope (Lion-Monarch, March 2010).

Find other articles by Carol in our Caregiving library.

Rabbi Richard F. Address

Rabbi Richard F. Address

Courtesy of Jewish Sacred Aging

Rabbi Richard F. Address is the director of the Department of Jewish Family Concerns for the Union for Reform Judaism. The mission of this department is to work with congregations to create “caring communities” that have as their foundation a theology of sacred relationships.

A major part of Address’s work has been in the development and implementation of the project on Sacred Aging. This project has been responsible for creating awareness and resources for congregations on the implication of the emerging longevity revolution with growing emphasis on the aging of the baby boom generation. This aging revolution has begun to impact all aspects of Jewish communal and congregational life.

Rabbi Address was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati (1972) and served congregations in California before joining the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) in 1978. He directed the Union’s Pennsylvania Council from 1978 through 2000. In 1997 he founded the Department of Jewish Family Concerns and went full time in New York in January of 2001.

Rabbi Address received a certificate in pastoral counseling from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in 1998 and his doctor of ministry degree from HUC-JIR in 1999. He also received his honorary doctorate from HUC-JIR in 1997.

In January of 2007 he was awarded the “Sherut L’Am” award by the Kalsman Institute for Judaism and Health. He teaches classes in Jewish Family issues and Sacred Aging at the New York campus of HUC-JIR and is scheduled to teach classes on Spirituality and Aging at Hunter College-Brookdale Center.

Find Rabbi Address’s articles in our Spirituality & Life section