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Yes!  Senior Travel Companion Services, LLC has been in the news!  ​

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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 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.

I am pleased to announce that  Senior Travel Companion Services, LLC was granted  National Women's Business Enterprise Certification on Oct. 24, 2017 by the Women's Business Enterprise National CounciI. 

I was also certified as a Travel Hero by Depart Smart on May 9, 2018  and was interviewed  on stage at their Annual Gala on May 17, 2018 at the Golden Valley Country Club.  Check out this fabulous non-profit at DepartSmart.org.

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

I follow a Sam Adams beer commercial.  Please quaff one and have a listen!

I was featured in the Eden Prairie Lifestyle Magazine in June, 2017.  In that article, my colleagues Maria Maldonado of Trip4Care.com and Sheryl Hill from DepartSmart.org and I discussed adventure travel opportunities and safety concerns. 

So thank you to all of you who follow me, and let me know where you want to see me next!