Elinor Ginzler is currently the senior director of the Center for Supportive Services at the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA), in Rockville, Md.
With senior staff responsibility for an array of community-based programs serving vulnerable older adults, she oversees a medical adult day center, a social day program for adults with early stage memory loss, caregiver education, outreach and support, senior transportation services and mobility management programs.
Prior to her position with the JCA, Ginzler was with AARP for more than 14 years, most recently as the vice president for the AARP Health Portfolio, directing strategic planning and monitoring for AARP's integrated health work, including advocacy, consumer education and outreach, programs, products and services. She also served as senior vice president for livable communities strategies in AARP's Office of Social Impact, spearheading the association's work on housing, community services and mobility options.
Ginzler joined AARP in 1998, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in program management and development at the national, state and community levels with public, private, nonprofit and community-based organizations.
Ginzler has been a lead spokesperson for AARP on housing, health and long-term care, older driver safety, mobility options and caregiving. She has been featured on national news outlets, including the Today show, the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. In addition, she is coauthor with Hugh Delehanty of Caring for Your Parents — The Complete Family Guide, from Sterling Publishing.
Ginzler did her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and her graduate work in counseling at the University of Maryland.
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