Like so many other women, Dr. Woodson juggles several roles and tries to drop only the rubber balls. She is a wife, mother, doctor, businesswoman, educator, and an author. She has earned a 2nd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is an experienced family caregiver who navigated her mother’s 10-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease. She is also an entertaining, informative and inspiring speaker whom the New York Times called “a frank and funny woman.”
Dr. Woodson helps all adults AGE EXCELLENTLY!TM, focusing on heart health, preventing illness, managing weight, stress and the miracles of maturity. She helps family caregivers meet their seniors’ needs without destroying their own health, finances or relationships. She is especially dedicated to arming clergy and other community leaders with the information they need to guide their members through difficult decisions about health, eldercare and the end of life. Dr. Woodson helps health care professionals and administrators “Surf the Silver Tsunami”TM, maintaining financial viability while giving excellent service to America’s growing senior population. She helps businesses attract senior clients, benefit from the experience and work ethic of the mature work force, maintain a senior- friendly environment, make Human Resource benefits relevant to senior employees, develop Employee Assistance programs for caregiving employees and execute Risk Management protocols that address impaired employees and clients. She also helps legislators enact health care policy that respects the way Americans age TODAY.
Almost 30 years teaching and practicing Geriatric Medicine has included faculty appointments at both The University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical Schools and developing a community- based assessment program where frail older adults and their families receive Level of Care Prescriptions (LOCRx TM) and where adults of all ages can learn to avoid the health issues that challenge their seniors . Dr. Woodson also hosts “Sterling Silver,” TM a free community seminar series for people who have been blessed to be on the planet more than 40 years.
Her many honors include fellowship in both the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. A 2004 American Medical Association training film and the August 2009 profile in the Aetna African-American History Calendar on Health Literacy showcased Dr. Woodson’s commitment to effective patient-doctor communication. Because of her service in eldercare advocacy, Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. appointed Dr. Woodson to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and she has been honored with several community service awards
After publishing several textbook chapters and academic articles, less formal pieces in national magazines and newspapers, Dr. Woodson began to write fiction about mid-life women who struggle to find the courage reach for their dreams once life lifts the veil of caregiving. A non-fiction title, TO SURVIVE CAREGIVING: A Daughter’s Experience, A Doctor’s Advice serves family caregivers and the professionals who counsel them. This practical resource shoots from the hip and from the heart to help families give excellent eldercare without destroying their own physical, financial, emotional and spiritual health. TO SURVIVE CAREGIVING is also available in a 5-CD audio set (read by the author) and later this year, it will be released in eBook format. Follow Dr. Woodson on Facebook and Twitter, link to her blog, or schedule a presentation.