January 8, 2016 – Engaged as Caregiver Support Group Facilitator for Windsor of Bradenton to Focus on Caregivers and discuss the challenges and risks faced by Caregivers.

January 2016-June 2016 – Feature Article in Seniors Blue Book January 2016- June 2016 on Caregiver Support, pg. 70


January 11, 2016 – National Council on Aging’s 10 Core Curriculum Aging Mastery Program at Aging in Paradise Resource Center.   Introduced the First Core curriculum, “Navigating Longer Lives”


Donna Dunnio, Executive Director at Aging in Paradise on Longboat Key, FL  sent me the following emails:

January 12, 2016 – email  “Hi Julie, thank you so much for getting our Aging Mastery Program off to such a wonderful start! The audience loved you – we’re snail mailing the Evaluations – they raved about you! Here are a few fabulous pix – thank you again!” Warmly, Donna


January 16, 2016 – email  “Hi All, here are a few pictures from our first of 10 National Council on Aging (NCOA) Aging Mastery Program workshops at AIP! The facilitator, Julie Cook Downing, got the highest evaluations – an outstanding program!” Warmly, Donna

March 30, 2016 – Autumn of Sarasota is hosting an event  at Temple Sinai for Caregivers and Julie is on the planning committee.

May 6, 2016 – Two-session Presenter at the LeadingAge Wisconsin “Be the Difference” Conference at The Wisconsin Dells.  This organization is a not-for-profit trade association representing a total of 188 not-for-profit organizations, and has  38,000 members who service compassionate care and service to over 48,000 individuals every day.

May 12, 2016 – Brookdale Niles (Illinois) Staff Training