St. Barnabas Senior Services is proud to present the Discovery Series: an exploration of the issues, challenges and changes we face as our population ages.

The Series will include quarterly programs led by experts and thought leaders in the study and advancement of services for older adults, with opportunities to learn about best practices, innovations and new research that can help all of us Live Well, Feel Well and Age Well.

The Discovery Series is generously supported by

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2019-20 Series Calendar


Tuesday, August 20, 2019: Navigating the Healthcare System

Medicare, Medicaid, MediCal, Plan Providers, Qualifying, Supplemental, Long-Term Care, HSA’s, Parts A & B… 

Whether you’re working, planning for retirement, caring for someone else or trying to take care of yourself, there’s a lot to consider to make sure you get the healthcare you need.

Program Moderator

Andrea Leeb is a Registered Nurse and an Attorney with over 35 years’ experience in the health care industry. First as an Emergency Room Nurse and then (for the last 25 years) as Health Care Attorney. Andrea has focused her practice on Medicare, Medi-Cal and issues related to patient privacy including HIPAA. She currently serves as Vice President of Legal Services at SCAN Health Plan. Andrea is also a member of the SBSS Board of Directors.


Aileen Harper is the Executive Director of the Center for Health Care Rights (CHCR). CHCR is a non-profit health care advocacy organization. CHCR provides Los Angeles County residents with free Medicare and related health insurance education, counseling and advocacy services. Ms. Harper has more than 20 years’ experience developing and managing health care advocacy programs. Ms. Harper has a BA from UC Berkeley and a masters’ degree in health administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mona Marcos was born and raised in Egypt. She came to the U.S. at the age of 17 with her parents. She went on to have two daughters, then lost her job at the Postal Service, after surviving domestic violence. With her only source of income gone, she would have been HOMELESS/, if it wasn’t for her parents’ mental and financial support. Mona started a new career in the Insurance business thanks to her current husband who introduced her to Aflac. Starting with sales, which lead her to great success, Mona enjoyed her work so much that she was asked to step into a Regional Manager. She then channeled her passion and experience into starting her own business and now works as a Medicare broker.

Dr. Boules Salib is a Board-Certified physician specialized in Geriatrics. In addition to his medical training, he obtained an Executive Master Degree in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York City, where his focus was on transition of care and hospital systems. Dr. Salib has served on many committees working on issues of palliative care, rapid response, pharmaceuticals/adverse effects, and transition of care in different settings and health care institutions. He pioneered programs to decrease readmission of heart failure patients at different institutions. Dr. Salib is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCLA, and is currently President and CEO for Mobile Medical Providers, a geriatrics practice.



Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Social Isolation and Loneliness

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019: Family Caregiving

Registration Closed

This program addressed the current issues surrounding family caregivers with a panel discussion. The expert panelists discussed the latest research, provided tips and suggestions, and analyzed the latest trends in caregiving. They acknowledged that caregivers often face numerous challenges that can leave them anxious and overwhelmed.