Aging Forward - A Talk by David Dunkelman

At present, America does not have the financial and human resources for aging. The challenge is not chronological age but frailty correlated with older age.

The reason for our current situation is our health delivery system is not designed to address a frail grandmother’s stockpile of chronic conditions that require multiple interventions from many dimensions of life. It mostly battles acute and infectious diseases through isolated, single-purpose approaches.

Attend this Aging Forward talk and learn why we need something fundamentally different.

To register, provide information and click "SEND RSVP." The RSVP email you receive has a link to click and complete a Zoom form to receive Zoom meeting login details. 

Register and attend the Zoom talk to learn -

  • Through stories, how we got here, the underlying dynamic actually at play.
  • The new healthcare delivery system we need is network-based and delivers services at home to meet all needs of the aged.
  • How the new delivery system will arrive and function.
  • What it means for providers, educators, AgeTech, insurers, government, communities, and older people.

One of the authors, David Dunkelman, will be the only speaker. After the talk, we will conduct a moderated Q&A to answer your questions.

Talk Agenda

  • 7:00-7:10 Start. Welcoming Statements, Ground Rules, Updates, and Introductions.
  • 7:10-8:00 Talk
  • 8:00-8:30 Q&A, Thanks, Closing Statements, End.

About the authors


David Dunkelman, MS, JD, Upon graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, David Dunkelman, traveled around the world for year, hitchhiking and using public transportation, visiting 26 countries and three war zones, and observing many ways that people live and die. He left the United States an angry young man and returned a patriot, after seeing how so many other societies functioned. After graduating from Law School, he helped his family’s apparel company grow to an organization that distributed to 5,000 retailers nationally. The company closed when computers suddenly disrupted the nation’s centuries-old clothing supply chain, an ominous preview to what would also happen to aging in America.

Mr. Dunkelman then completed a Master’s Degree from the Center for Studies in Aging at the University of North Texas. After two internships, he moved to Buffalo, New York where he was, for 30 years, the founding President and CEO of one of the state’s largest, and most multifaceted campuses for older people. The campus was the first organization for older people to be a winner of the national Peter F. Drucker Award for Innovation in Nonprofit Management.

Among his many individual awards are the Community Leadership Award from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, Buffalo, NY(2013) and the Dr. Evan Calkins Meritorious Service Award, for “lifetime contributions to the field of aging,” presented by the Western New York Network in Aging, Inc. (2007).

Using creative problem-solving techniques developed at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he has consulted nationally with over 25 communities, helping them to develop strategic approaches to facility and programmatic design for older people. He writes and speaks about aging in America.


Martha Dunkelman, Ph.D., is a writer and editor who has written numerous articles, reviews, and brochures, as well as serving as book editor for an online periodical. She has also written and edited materials for the Educational Testing Service and the College Board. She credits her father, Dr. Maurice Levine, with teaching her to write in her teenage years, when she was not always the most willing student.

After graduating from Wellesley College, she received a PhD from New York University under the wise and kind guidance of H. W. Janson, and spent many years as a professor at Wright State University, the University at Buffalo, and Canisius College.

She learned about the care of older people from decades of bearing witness to the struggles and achievements of her husband David.


Where to Order the Book


Aging Forward: A New Path for Health, Technology, and Community


Health Professions Press (HPP)




May 04, 2023 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Zoom Video Conference


Ben Nneji, President, Columbia University Club of Fairfield County


Will you come?