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Pooja A. Patel

DrOT, OTR/L, CDP, CFPS, CGCP

About

I help individuals and families age meaningfully through proactive care planning. Topics: retirement, emergencies, long-term care, and end-of-life.

Bio

Hi there! I'm the founder/owner of Aging Together, LLC. It's a care consulting practice where I help individuals and families age meaningfully through proactive care planning for retirement, emergencies, long-term care, and end-of-life.

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More About Me:

After nearly seven years of experience working with older adults in a variety of practice settings as an occupational therapist with specialty certifications in dementia, fall prevention, and geriatric care, I left full-time inpatient care to split my time across settings. While I continue to practice inpatient on a per diem basis, I now also dabble in academia as an Adjunct Assistant Professor and guest lecturer, in leadership through various volunteer board positions, and in private practice through my own consulting firm. I also host a podcast titled Aging Together which educates the public about various age-related health and wellness topics.

After navigating the many gaps within our healthcare system, as a provider and as a consumer, I grew a passion to help older adults and their families understand their options when it comes to long-term care and end-of-life. I now help individuals and families create proactive care plans for emergencies, long-term care, and end-of-life so they don't have to make those decisions when emotions are high. Instead, they can be present with their loved ones.

About Aging Together, LLC:
Aging Together, LLC is a private care consulting practice helping individuals and families age with a plan, offering virtual family consultations and care planning sessions nationwide. The main care planning bundle offers proactive care planning for emergencies, long-term care, and end-of-life. Add-on services include private in-person home safety assessments (in the Chicagoland area only) and retirement planning for those nearing or planning ahead for retirement.

About the Aging Together Podcast:
The Aging Together Podcast explores the challenges and opportunities of caring for aging loved ones. In this podcast, I interview guests who are experts in their fields or can share their experiences with caregiving. Together with the guest speakers, I dive into a wide range of topics including health and wellness, care planning, caregiving, and more. The Aging Together Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, and YouTube.

Current Roles (2024): 

  • Founder/Consultant: Aging Together, LLC
  • Host: Aging Together Podcast
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor: Delaware State University
  • Mentor: ILOTA Leadership Development Program
  • Gerontology SIS Coordinator: ILOTA Full Board
  • Productive Aging SIS Standing Committee Member: AOTA

Qualifications

Licensed in: Illinois

Listen to Pooja A. Patel on the OT Potential Podcast

  • OT and Falls Prevention