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“Where Should Mom/Dad Live”

Care for Aging Parents or Love Ones

Senior Living Options - The time will come when your parents or a love one will not be able to live independently and you may have to consider other living arrangements before the family is in a crisis mode.

Where we live in our later years is a personal and important decision, which is influenced by the vast array of options available in our market. From retirement communities; to age 55+ active senior apartments; to small-scale urban living and subsidized senior housing; to remaining in your own home; each option has benefits and pitfalls which must be considered.  Ask seniors where they want to live and most will tell you they want to age in place, but what is the best choice for you and your loved ones?

Our panel speakers will explore the housing choices that can benefit older adults as they age, and help you and your love one find the best option.



Kathleen--Allendale-CommKathleen Kelly Malaver, CALA
Executive Director
Allendale Community

Kathleen Kelly Malaver is a graduate of The College of St. Elizabeth, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. During her early years, she volunteered at Christ Hospital, in Jersey City, as a candy striper on the Geriatric Floor. This led to her passion of working with seniors.

She furthered her education at Eastwick College and last year, earned her CALA degree. As a certified assisted living administrator, Malaver has been named Assisted Living Executive Director, at the Allendale Community for Senior Living. She works very closely with residents and their families, insuring the quality care that the Allendale Community promotes in their promise, Care You Can Trust.

Panel Speakers

Janine Valentiner
Regional Director of Business Development
The Bristal Assisted Living

Janine Valentiner is the Regional Director of Business Development for The Bristal Assisted Living community, where she helps families understand and embrace the advantages of senior care communities and oversees the company’s community outreach initiative. Serving eleven communities in the metro-area, The Bristal has recently opened their first New Jersey community in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Janine is acting co-chair of the Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau County, Vice President of Gerontology Professionals of New York(GPNY) and is a steering committee member for a newly formed Caregivers Coalition. She is a frequent speaker at events and senior groups where she educates on topics to positively impact the lives of seniors and their caregivers.

Mary Wittleder Dotto, RN, MSN
Community Outreach Coordinator,
Senior Helpers of Bergen County and
Dementia Care Educator in Bergen County.

Mary Wittleder-Dotto received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland/Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing, and her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She then served in the US Army Nurse Corps for five years at Ft. Bragg, NC.

Mary’s focus is on caring for patients in the community where the majority of her nursing experience is post hospital care including visiting nursing services, case management for patients going to rehabilitation, and assisted living homes in New York and New Jersey.

Anne-Marie Gauntlett
Administrator of Family of Caring
Dellridge Health and Rehabilitation

Anne-Marie Gauntlett entered the healthcare industry in 1993 where she started her career in Long Term Care and served as an Administrator at various facilities within the states of Massachusetts and New Jersey.

In 2003 she became the administrator at Dellridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Paramus, New Jersey. Under her leadership, Dellridge has received countless awards including “Best of Nursing Homes” by US News and World Report for four consecutive years. Dellridge has also been awarded a Five Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, including the “Best of Paramus” award for rehabilitation services for six consecutive years.

In 2009,  Anne-Marie was named “New Jersey Administrator of the Year” by the American College of Healthcare Administrators.  Anne-Marie looks forward to educating the public on the importance of excellence in healthcare.

Taplynn H. Dugan,
Ridgewood Interiors, LLC

Taplynn Dugan earned her degree with honors from the prestigious New York School of Interior Design, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from East Stroudsburg University, and is licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse in the state of New Jersey, 

Taplynn is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is a contributor to the ASID New York Metro Chapter’s Monthly Newsletter. She is also a member of the Rehabilitation Nurses Association (RNA), and holds the designation of Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

She has thirty years of combined experience in the health care and design industries, and was Vice President of Account Management at Medco Health Solutions, where she was a two-time recipient of the President’s award for Leadership and Integrity prior to launching Ridgewood Interiors.

Taplynn formed Ridgewood Interiors, LLC in 2012 to meet the interior design needs of discriminating baby boomers. Her decision was based, in part on her experiences in overseeing the care of her elderly parents who decided to spend their retirement years in their home.

With offices in Ridgewood and Spring Lake, New Jersey, Ridgewood Interiors is a full service design company specializing in Universal Design and Aging in Place for both residential and commercial clients.

Alina M. VandenBerg DPM, MBA
Executive Director
Brightview Senior Living

Alina M. VandenBerg, DPM started her career as a podiatric physician and surgeon in 1991 when she opened her private practice in Rockland Co., NY.  She has practiced in New York and New Jersey for over 16 years.

Dr. VandenBerg served as an attending physician on the Medical Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital, Nyack Hospital, and eight Assisted Living facilities. She also retained surgical privileges at Orangeburg Surgery Center in Orangeburg, NY and Fifth Avenue Surgery Center in New York City, NY.  In 2007 she  decided to continue serving the seniors in a management role, as an Executive Director in the Assisted Living industry.

In 2013, Dr. VandenBerg joined Brightview Senior Living, a Maryland based Assisted Living provider, renowned for offering excellent service, creating vibrant lifestyle communities and building the best places to live. She will be opening Brightview Tenafly in early 2015, the first of many Brightview communities to be built in the tri-state area in the next few years.

Alina M. VandenBerg, DPM has dedicated her entire career to provide quality healthcare and to create an active, independent and worry free environment for the seniors.