Meet Aging Solutions
Terri Abelar - CEO and Founder
Since 1988, Aging Solutions’ founder and CEO, Terri Abelar, has been one of California’s leading consumer advocates helping older Americans. She has designed or helped design pioneering programs and services for seniors, and has given expert testimony on elder care issues to legislative committees in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. She has helped thousands of seniors and their adult children deal effectively with the emotionally draining issues that arise when seniors’ needs are changing and their need for services increases; she has also helped families recover millions of dollars in property and assets.
Her expertise on elder care issues is sought by medical and legal professionals and the media, and she is an effective and powerful speaker to groups on contemporary elder care and elder abuse issues. Before founding Aging Solutions, she was a social services supervisor at the Riverside County Office on Aging, where she specialized in elder abuse prevention, and helped develop The C.A.R.E. Program for interagency partnerships that in its first years, saved taxpayers millions of dollars. As part of California’s insurance advocacy program for seniors, HICAP, she counseled and fought on behalf of seniors seeking benefits denied to them by managed care health corporations, and those baffled by Medicare’s ever-changing policies and rules.
Tiffany Fischer, RN - Nurse-Care Manager
Tiffany Fischer first began thinking about nursing as a career while in the Marines, doing a job about as far removed from nursing as you could get—loading bombs and other explosives onto combat aircraft. However, her duties at a Southern California base also included helping to get wounded soldiers out of aircraft arriving from Iraq and Afghanistan and ensuring their quick transfer to military medical facilities. The injuries and trauma she witnessed in that job inspired her to enroll in the nursing program at Nazareth College in upstate New York, from which she graduated four years later. Nazareth’s nursing program emphasized not only medical knowledge and skills but also the skills necessary to provide patients “culturally congruent nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities in and across all environments.” This component of Tiffany’s training makes her an especially valuable member of the Aging Solutions team, allowing the company to assist families across the cultural spectrum. Tiffany also knows well the value of teamwork–another skill acquired courtesy of the Marine Corps.
Kaiva Dahrian, MS, MFT - Care Manager
Kaiva Dahrian was born in Queens, New York and grew up in New York and New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MA in counseling psychology from San Rafael’s Dominican University of California. Before joining ASI, Kaiva was serving Marin and Sonoma County residents in programs at several local mental-health organizations, including the HOPE Program at Marin County Community Mental Health. She also has nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare and has served several San Francisco hospitals in a variety of roles, including physician liaison, information and referral coordinator, and healthcare advocate. Kaiva has worked on projects that focus on preventive healthcare, consumer education, and advocacy. Kaiva has also worked in the role of coach to seniors, to help slow the progression of cognitive decline. Her passion is empowering individuals who are experiencing personal challenges and life transitions.
When not working with ASI clients, Kaiva enjoys hiking, gardening and traveling.
Helen Sandeman - Director of Client Services
Helen Sandeman offers an extensive managerial background focusing on client support and services. Helen provides continuity for our clients and their families, coordinating with our care managers and trusted providers to get you the assistance you need quickly and successfully. She is also a skilled graphic designer.
Roberto Roman - Clinical Liaison
Mr. Roman brings over 15 years of experience working with older and disabled clients in multiple settings. From clients living at home, to clients in medical crises requiring emergency medical attention and including clients living in assisted living or board and care environments.
Roberto has held the positions of a Volunteer Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Technician and Care Manager for non-medical home care agencies in the past.
His well-rounded experience brings a wealth of professional and practical experience, and deep knowledge that benefits not only our clientele, but our team as a whole. We find Roberto's willingness and ability to jump in and manage challenging situations a great asset, and know the benefit it brings to our clientele.