Caregiver Series

Moderator Lynn Breuer, LMSW, CDP JFS Detroit, Director of Community Outreach and Wellness

Robin Hamilton-Morris CRS-A/D, MMAP, Area Agency on Aging 1B Resource Center Caregiver Resource Specialist

Barbra Giles, LMSW, ACSW Jewish Senior Life, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives

Norman E. Richards (“Gene”) Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C.

Becky Eizen MBA, CSA, CRS, CDP, CADDCT JFS Detroit Director, Resource Center

Meet Our Panel

Lynn Breuer, LMSW, CDP JFS Detroit, Director of Community Outreach and Wellness

Lynn Breuer, LMSW, CDP, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, a Health Coach and a New England Cognitive Center Master Program Trainer. As Director of Community Outreach & Wellness at Jewish Family Service, she oversees several programs within the older adult services department. She serves as adjunct faculty at Madonna University’s School of Social Work and is a member of the Board of Directors at The Senior & Caregiver Resource Network. A national speaker and passionate advocate for the importance of brain health, Lynn speaks to the impact of social isolation on brain health, as well as lifestyle factors that influence overall brain health.

Robin Hamilton-Morris CRS-A/D, MMAP, Area Agency on Aging 1B Resource Center Caregiver Resource Specialist

Robin Hamilton-Morris is a Caregiver Resource Specialist with the Area Agency on Aging 1B. She connects caregivers with resources to help them care for their loved ones and themselves. She is working toward becoming a Respiratory Therapist through Henry Ford College and in her free time enjoys painting, drawing and listening to music.

Barbra Giles, LMSW, ACSW Jewish Senior Life, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives

Barbara Giles, LMSW, ACSW, is the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit. She oversees the agency’s home and community-based programs in addition to finding innovative ways to serve older adults. Barbra has been with the agency for over 24 years and is a past winner of the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Award for Outstanding Professional Service. She is actively involved with LeadingAge Michigan and serves as the current Chair.

Norman E. Richards (“Gene”) Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C

Norman E. “Gene” Richards is a partner at the law firm of Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. He concentrates on elder law and estate planning. He gives clients personalized estate plans, helps senior adults access Medicaid and VA benefits to help pay for long term care, provides special needs trusts for special needs children, and obtains guardianships and conservatorships when appropriate. It is his mission to provide practical legal solutions for life’s distressing twists and turns.

Becky Eizen MBA, CSA, CRS, CDP, CADDCT JFS Detroit Director, Resource Center

Becky Eizen began her career in the field of geriatrics over 21 years ago. She developed and implemented a program for older adults seeking to house people and assist them so they could remain in their homes and live as independently as possible. As a Geriatric Care Manager, Becky has worked closely with clients and their families to make the best decisions possible. She is a Certified Senior Advisor, a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Alzheimer’s and Dementia Disease Trainer. Currently the Director of the Resource Center at Jewish Family Service, Becky received a B.A. in Sociology from Louisiana State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

Chronic stress is the number one danger to our lives and health. In companies, stress breaks down communication and challenges productivity. Many people teach simple breathing techniques that will stop the negative ravages of stress. The greatest challenge is real life integration. This program provides our trademarked “Breath Brake®” while motivating and providing incentive for management and staff to fully integrate these techniques in a meaningful way.

Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, lovingly known by thousands of children as Rabbi G., is the founder and director of Kids Kicking Cancer, a nonprofit organization that teaches martial arts to children battling cancer, as well as to those facing other serious challenges in their lives. He holds a First Degree Black Belt in the Korean art of Choi Kwang Do as well as a clinical assistant professorship in pediatrics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He has been featured in People’s “Heroes Among Us” page and has been named a Top Ten CNN Hero. A pulpit rabbi and police chaplain for twenty years, he now lectures around the world on the subjects of pediatric pain, end-of-life care, and issues of spirituality and health.


No one ever said it would be easy and it’s not. Caregiving for older people in our lives forces us to confront our own ageing and the fragility of life. That’s is just one of the many challenges. Together we’ll explore some of the challenges and some of the spiritual and emotional tools that can be helpful.  And that will help us discover the blessings.

Rabbi Laura Geller is the Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. She was twice named one of Newsweek’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America as well as one of the fifty 2017 Influencers in Aging by PBS Next Avenue. She is the coauthor of the book, Getting Good at Getting Older. She served as the Director of Hillel of University of Southern California for 14 years and as the Pacific Southwest Region’s Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress for 4 years. She served as a Fellow of the Corporation of Brown University from where she graduated in 1971. She serves on the boards of and the Jewish Women’s Archives. Ordained by Hebrew Union College in 1976, she is the third woman in the Reform Movement to become a rabbi.

“Who wants to talk about grief? Not me, I’m okay!”  This program offers reassurance that responses to loss are as unique as you are, and that it’s okay not to be okay. We will explore the many forms of loss, dispel the myths of mourning, and discuss ways that caregivers can find validation in their own losses, while supporting the grieving persons in their lives. Dr. Golden Moore will share how she learned to co-exist with grief and rediscover life’s possibilities in a presentation that incorporates poetry, musical interludes, and group discussion.

Dr. Micky Golden Moore holds a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech Communication, along with an M.S. in Hospice and Palliative Studies. After twenty years as a university instructor, she currently works as a hospital chaplain, at St. Joe’s Mercy Oakland, specializing in Palliative Care – a second career she chose after being on the receiving end of these services just before her dad’s passing. With a desire to give back to the organization that cared for her dad, she established the Volunteer Speaker’s Bureau training program in Public Speaking, for which the Karmanos Cancer Institute named her the Crystal Award Volunteer of the Year. She is the founder and facilitator of Beyond the Paw Print pet loss support group and the author of Tails from Beyond the Paw Print:  Twenty-two stories of love, loss, and lessons learned from our adored animal companions.


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