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Using Technology to Keep Seniors Social & Safe

Summary: Learn the significant impact technology can have on someone who lives alone but still enjoys being social.
Air Date: 6/15/17
Duration: 21:46
Host: David Friedman, DC
Guest Bio: Leeza Gibbons
Leeza-GibbonsEmmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her impressive background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving. She is also a wife, mother, businesswoman, EMMY award winner and a New York Times bestselling author.

The spectrum of Leeza’s career in entertainment and news media is diverse and impressive. Her on‐camera hosting dominance in the entertainment‐news and talk‐show arenas, ranges from the most popular entertainment news show in history, Entertainment Tonight, to her award‐winning daytime talk show, Leeza.

More recently, in 2013, Leeza published her first NY Times Bestseller, Take 2, a personal growth guide designed to help people recreate themselves and hit the reset button on their lives.

Later that year, Leeza won the 2013 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host for the PBS show My Generation.

This past spring, Leeza was crowned the winner of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Having raised over $700,000 for her foundation, Leeza became the second woman ever to win the long-standing competition show. This season also reignited the storied franchise for NBC as the show delivered their highest overall ratings in nearly five years.

Recognized as a social entrepreneur, Leeza has become one of the leading voices for issues facing family caregivers. When her mother and grandmother were struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, she created what she wished she and her family had and started the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation. Her training as a journalist united with her compassion and business savvy when she opened the foundation’s signature programs Leeza’s Place and Leeza’s Care Connection, offering free services for family caregivers encouraging them to call on their courage and summon their strength for the long journey ahead.

Over the years, Leeza has become known as a trusted girlfriend, valued confidante, and source of inspiration and information, empowering women to show up for their lives with confidence and pride. Whether it’s her scrapbook line honoring the value of memories, her jewelry collection to symbolize transformation, or her cosmetic products to reveal inner and outer beauty, Leeza develops programs and products to help women claim their strength and rewrite the story of their lives.

Recognizability, Relatability and Reputation... that and more is what you get with Leeza’s as she uplifts, empowers and motivates audiences and viewers to get more out of life and business.

Leeza currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Steven Fenton. She has three children, daughter Leksi and sons Troy and Nate.
  • Book Title: Take 2
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialLeezaGibbons
  • Guest Twitter Account: @LeezaGibbons
Using Technology to Keep Seniors Social & Safe
While he still actively fishes, dances and enjoys socializing with friends, Leeza Gibbons' father, Carlos, was recently diagnosed with heart disease.

This prompted her to give him Philips Lifeline’s medical alert service with 24/7 access, since he lives by himself.

It was a decision that got him the help he needed after a heart attack and showcased the significant impact technology can have on someone who lives alone and still enjoys being social.

Leeza joins Dr. Friedman to share her father's story and how services like Philips Lifeline can save lives.

She also discusses an AARP study, which shows isolated seniors have a 59 percent greater risk of mental and physical decline than individuals who are not lonely. Technology enables seniors to stay connected to family, travel and maintain their social circle by keeping aging adults close to resources that allow them to remain independent and safe.

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