Shannon Martin, MSW, CMC

Shannon Martin, MSW, CMCShannon Martin serves on the panel of senior living experts for the 2013 Best Senior Living Awards.

Shannon serves as Director of Communications for Aging Wisely, LLC and EasyLiving, Inc., handling public relations, community education and communications via various channels including the web and social media.  Shannon received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from Wake Forest University. She then went on to complete her Master’s in Social Work and graduate gerontology certification from the University of Georgia in 1997. Shannon has achieved the Care Manager Certified (CMC) designation.

Shannon became interested in the many issues facing older adults and their families during her college career and volunteer work. While attending graduate school, Shannon coordinated activities for residents with dementia at a local nursing facility and conducted research on caregiver and grief issues. After receiving her M.S.W., Shannon served as social services director and admissions coordinator in an assisted living/skilled nursing facility. Shannon also worked as a social worker and volunteer coordinator for a large hospice.

Shannon feels that the biggest contribution she can make is to educate professionals and the public about the resources available to help family caregivers and older adults. Bringing together her gerontology background and communications skills, Shannon hopes to ensure families know where to turn when help is needed.

Shannon takes an active role in community education and awareness by participating in numerous organizations and committees. She has served on the board of The Pinellas County Estate Planning Council and the Executive Committee of Morton Plant Mease Foundation Financial Counseling Services. Shannon is a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers where she served on the Editorial Committee of Inside GCM and the Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association where she chaired the Public Relations Committee. She is a member of the Tampa Bay Financial Planning Association and Better Living for Seniors. Shannon has served as co-chair of the Florida Coalition for Optimal Mental Health and Aging-Suncoast Chapter and the Pinellas Partnership for End of Life Care. Shannon graduated from Leadership Pinellas, Class of 2006. She is a past board member of the Dunedin Committee on Aging and assisted in founding the Pinellas County Falls Prevention Coalition.

Shannon developed and taught a course on Eldercare as an Adjunct Professor at Eckerd College.  Shannon provides education throughout the community and has presented to groups such as the Tampa Bay Financial Planner’s Association, the Florida Banker’s Wealth Management Conference, the Florida Conference on Aging, The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, St. Pete College Paralegal program, and numerous professional and civic organizations.  Shannon has authored many articles on topics related to eldercare and aging, for publications such as, Florida Banking Magazine, Trust Talk Newsletter, and often serves as a contributing expert.

Shannon enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with family and friends.  Shannon and her husband enjoy travel and maintain a blog, “Two Who Travel” about their experiences.

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