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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SCSA Announces the 2013 Service to Seniors Award Winners

Every year hundreds, perhaps thousands, of CSAs take time from their busy practices to make a difference in the lives of seniors. The Society of Certified Senior Advisors believes it is important to recognize the outstanding achievements of our CSA's who are helping to improve the lives of seniors through their volunteering efforts.

Compassion, creativity and a “can doattitude make CSA volunteers an incredible asset to the seniors they serve and to the local non-profit organizations that serve the senior industry. CSA's are problem-solvers, fundraisers, facilitators and friends. Volunteering with seniors is a passionate attribute to the personal and professional services provided within their communities.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Service to Seniors Awards program.

2013 CSA Trailblazer:  Lisa DeMascio 
  • Founder of Out and About Day Respite Services
  • Certified Senior Advisor®
  • Dementia Advanced Care, essentiALZ
  • Dementia Related Behavior, essentiALZ
  • Certificate in Behavioral Interventions and Disturbances of Dementia, VCU
  • Certificate in Invaluable Service, VSNC
Established in September 2011, Out and About Day Respite Services is an innovative service providing socialization for seniors that live at home and in care communities to get "Out and About". Out and About offers participants with varying levels of dementia, independence and a chance to explore the vast array of opportunities and local events, while stimulating the senses intellectually and reconnecting outside their permanent, secured setting.

In addition, Lisa adds communication and support for caregivers by offering in-home care coaching.

Lisa earned a $500 donation to the charity of her choice, donating proceeds to The Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Virginia Chapter.

2013 CSA Community Citizen:  John D. (Skip) Frenzel
  • Certified Senior Advisor®
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Chartered Mutual Fund Specialist
  • Certification in Long Term Care
  • Member of Senior Round Table, Santa Clara Chapter
  • Member of Aging Services Collaborative, Silicon Valley
  • Member of AGEnts for Change 
Living by the motto “It’s all about the love”, Skip is indeed a valuable contributor to the senior community, volunteering with many organizations. The list below represents a mere drop in the bucket:

Agape Long Term Care
Conducts free seminars to the public on senior related subjects.

Los Altos United Methodist Church 
Plans senior activities, events and services for seniors in the church.  Creates educational programs, seminars, lectures and workshops dealing with senior related topics.

Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS, Senior Resource Center
Planning the establishment of a senior center to serve as source of information for seniors and caregivers.

AGEnts for Change 
Assists with the organizations mission to build a cohort of constituents, caregivers, and stakeholders engaged in advocacy and social action to improve the ability of seniors to live independently.

Skip earned a $500 donation to the charity of his choice, donating proceeds to Heart of the Valley. 

2013 CSA Samaritan:  Sandy Archdale 
  • Certified Senior Advisor®
  • Certified Paralegal
  • Life, Health and Disability Insurance Agent
Sandy has been a Certified Senior Advisor for over 10 years. She has more than 40 years as a certified paralegal as a solid foundation. She has also been a life, health and disability insurance agent since 1995.

Sandy first decided to become a CSA when her mother became seriously ill in 2001. She was very active in her mother's care issues and working with her various medical providers. The "to-the-point" quality training offered by SCSA to see issues from the senior's perspective is what attracted her to the organization in the beginning.

As a CSA, Sandy works with seniors on many of their needs, but specializes mostly in Social Security and Medicare issues. Her primary emphasis is how these issues, specifically Social Security, affect women and their financial future. She has successfully helped many women obtain increased Social Security benefits above what they were previously receiving.

Sandy earned a $500 donation to the charity of her choice, donating proceeds to Senior Services of Snohomish County.
Congratulations, Lisa, Skip and Sandy!


CSAs are professionals in various fields who have supplemented their individual licenses, credentials and education with knowledge about aging and working with seniors. The CSA designation alone does not imply expertise in financial, health or social matters. Among other designation requirements, CSAs agree to adhere to the CSA Code of Professional Responsibility, which is enforced by the CSA Board of Standards. For
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