News & Media
On Nov. 12, 2023 I presented "Hiring a Travel Companion/Aide: All You Ned to Know" at the World on Wheels on-line travel seminar. I was thankful for the opportunity to provide advice to disabled travelers and their families, and to give them options for safe and comfortable travel!
Extra! Extra! Associated Press reporter Terry Tang interviewed me about airports and my work with dementia travelers and the article was published Thurs., Aug. 31, 2023: https://apnews.com/article/dementia-friendly-travel-airports-labor-day-alzheimers-1a69e61fbec6e5a98bcf8a60d50aa840. Check out the photos at the Phoenix Airport! The day after that I was interviewed live on Scripps News on the same topic. Live TV is hard to do! Then on Sept. 6, an MPRNews article featured one of the AP photos of me atop an interview of my DFAWG colleague Sara Barsel: https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2023/09/05/airports-arent-always-dementia-friendly-a-minnesota-org-is-working-to-change-that
Finally, on Sept. 26 I was interviewed on Streamyard by Dr. Carol Sargent, head of Sargent Group Consulting and an expert in British dementia-friendly holidaying: https://www.linkedin.com/video/live/urn:li:ugcPost:7112847156704600064/ We recognized World Tourism Day and Alzheimers Month together!
I had the privilege of speaking at Travelability's Emerging Markets Summit on Aug. 18, 2023 in Savannah.
I was part of the InnovatAble program and enjoyed my weekend learning about disability travel and what the hospitality and airline industries are doing to accommodate travelers. I met the best people, including influencer Cory Lee!
I was recently mentioned in the class notes of the Mitchell Hamline newsletter!
Here is an updated article about me in the local Sun Sailor!
I have been chosen by AARP Minnesota and PollenMidwest as one of the 50 most accomplished and inspiring Minnesotans over the age of 50! The award is a great honor, and I am humbled to be among some great individuals who are "shattering myths about aging and changing their communities for the better." bit.ly/202250over50
My thanks to Sarah Barsel of DFAWG for nominating me in the business category. Join me for the celebration on Oct. 25, 2022 at: https://lnkd.in/e-Njyrnd
My article, "Adding Color to Life: Why and How to Travel with Persons with Disabilities" was featured in the MAGiC Journal (Minnesota Association of Guardians and Conservators) this summer. As a longtime member of the association and associate editor of the Journal, I was happy to contribute! See the Summer edition, volume 33.
I was selected as CHAMPION of the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce's first-annual Entrepreneur's Challenge, a Shark Tank-like showcase on May 21, 2022. My business pitch for Senior Travel Companion Services was selected by three celebrity judges to take home the grand prize amongst amongst 6 other finalists that afternoon.
Tuesdays with Ted - A spotlight on services for seniors. 4/5/2022 - Today we visit with Carol Giuliani with Senior Travel Companion Services. https://vimeo.com/695930705
On Nov. 14, 2021 I appeared on Access to
Democracy, a local TV show hosted by Allen Miller.
Watch my comprehensive interview at:
I was featured in the Minneapolis StarTribune on May 30/Memorial Day, 2021: "Her Job: Helping elders to travel"
by Neal St. Anthony in the Business section. http://strib.mn/3p2iIbx
...and again on May 5, 2021: "Easing airport anxiety How a simple badge is making flying more manageable for travelers with hidden disabilities." by Kevyn Burger in the Variety section. This is about the Sunflower Lanyards: https://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-airport-offers-aid-to-travelers-with-hidden-disabilities/600053390/
Nicole Christina of ZestfulAging had me on air for a comprehensive podcast interview on July, 17, 2021.
Listen in at bit.ly/zestfulagingpodcast.
As a volunteer member of the Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group (DFAWG), I participated in
Lori La Bey's Alzheimer's Speaks radio show about the work we are doing to improve the airport
experience for people with hidden disabilities such as Dementia, Autism and PTSD. We are proud to have achieved several successes, including the adoption of the Sunflower Lanyard program by MSP and distribution of our National Shift Brief.
Here is the link to the show: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/.../wow--dementia-friendly...
and the you tube: https://youtu.be/bv2AKdrhMBQ
The show was available on Nov. 19, 2020.
Finally, many of my Travel Tips on this website were incorporated into the Resources for Travel on the org's website: www.dementiafriendlyairports.com.
If you missed me on "Living Healthy and Aging Well" with Ken Haglind, June 6, 2020 live on AM950, you can hear our conversation at https://www.am950radio.com/?powerpress_pinw=14508-podcast.
It was a fun show and we covered a lot of ground, including traveling during this Covid crisis.
My most comprehensive interview yet! Jerry Winans and I discussed trips and tips during my Travel Like a Pro! Summit 2020 segment entitled Customizing Travel Planning for Older Travelers on April 7, 2020. Jerry put together 26 travel experts at this virtual online conference to talk about how to travel safely, affordably and adventurously. Go to www.travellikeaprosummit.com for more information.
On Sept. 9, 2019, I was interviewed on Channel 5 News in Minneapolis, discussing my business and how I tackle the challenges faced by senior travelers with cognitive disabilities. The news segment focused on the Dementia Friendly Airports Working Group (DFAWG), a consortium of individuals seeking to identify and remedy issues folks with dementia and their carers face when traveling by air. I've been an active member of DFAWG for a year. Click on https://kstp.com/news/full-newscast-5-eyewitness-news-at-10-monday-september-9-2019/5486297/ to see me at my messy desk!
After my trip to Ireland in June, 2017, I was interviewed by Stephanie Abrams, host of Travel 411 about my adventures. She made many recommendations for the trip and you can hear all about it at http://www.sabrams.com/onAir/chanels/travelers411/audioArchive/2017/07/2017_07_01a_t4_32k.mp3 which went on air on July 1.
Shawn Perry host of WCBY's The Senior Zone program (1340 AM) interviewed me on June 26, 2017 and introduced me to the seniors of the Washington, D.C. area. No wonder I am so popular on the East coast!
In June, 2017 I was featured in the Southwest Metro Magazine, with a photo on the contents page and an extensive article. See it at http://southwestmetromag.com/service-irons-out-travel-wrinkles-senior-citizens
On Dec. 5, 2016 Sue Webber wrote and article Published in the Sun Surrent/ Sun Sailor which went out to many of the metro communities. Check it out at: current.mnsun.com/2016/12/16/ourlife-shell-plan-your-trip-and-even-go-with-you-if-you-wish/
I was interviewed by Lori La Bey for her Alzheimer's Speaks radio program. Lori is a Purple Angel Ambassador and was honored by Maria Shriver as an Architect of Change. Her program has been recognized as the #1 influencer online for Alzheimer's by Sharecare and Dr. Oz. We had a fun conversation! You can tune in at: https://www.spreaker.com/user/sbarnard4/attorney-turns-travel-companion
An article entitled "Bringing Families Together For Life's Big Events" featuring yours truly and STCS was published on 1/31/17 in the Eden Prairie Magazine: My thanks to Nancy Renneke for her excellent writing: http://www.edenprairielifestyle.com/2017/01/25/senior-travel-service/
An article I wrote in Dec. 2016 with Holly Hanson of Bright Star Care called Worry Free Winter Travel for Seniors! appeared in the Eden Prairie Newspaper and is on the Eden Prairie Professionals In Aging (EPPIA) website.
On Jan. 20, 2017 I was featured on the Aging Boomers podcast which appears on iHeart radio, Spreaker, and on their app. Thank you Frank Samson and Kathy Quimby-Johnson of Senior Care Authority. Here is the link: https://www.spreaker.com/user/theagingboomers/the-aging-boomers-seniors-don-t-have-to-?utm_medium=widget&utm_source=user%3A7145323&utm_term=episode_title