Debra Levy – Geriatric Care Manager / Eldercare Pioneer

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It is with sadness that we recently learned of the passing of our good friend and a pioneer in the field of eldercare, Debra Levy.  At Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook we fondly remember passing Debra’s wonderful holiday poems around the office every year.  We will miss her very much.

Below is a statement from Debra’s colleagues and loved ones.  

debra levyIt is with great sadness that we report to you that Debra Levy, founder of Debra Levy Eldercare Associates, LLC (DLEA) and a pioneer in the field of geriatric care management for the last 24 years, has passed away.

For those of you who have been aware of her serious illness, we appreciate the expressions of concern and offers of assistance you have provided to our organization and the care team. To those of you who are hearing this news for the first time, we regret that you are hearing this news in this manner, but want you to know that Debbie was with family and friends in her final days.

To all, we want to let you know that the strong team of care management professionals and support staff that Debbie put in place over the years remains in place. We will continue DLEA’s quarter century tradition of personalized and comprehensive care management in the greater Washington DC area. We, the staff of DLEA, have supported each other and the family during Debbie’s illness, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with you to provide exemplary care and service.

Long-time Director of Care Management Susy Elder Murphy will continue leadership of the practice, as she has during Debbie’s illness. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Susy directly at 301-593-5285, or your assigned care manager.

 Debra Levy

Debra Levy was the founder and president of Debra Levy Eldercare Associates, a private geriatric care management company located in Silver Spring, Maryland since 1988. Debra started her professional career as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist serving the elderly and disabled in home care and other health care settings. She was a pioneer and an exceptional leader in the field of geriatric care management. She joined The National Association of Professional Care Managers (NAPGCM) in 1991 and served on the NAPGCM Board of Directors, was the former national secretary, served as co-editor of the national newsletter, Inside GCM, and on numerous committees for the association. She was acknowledged by her peers at the national level with the prestigious Adele Elkind award for her exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the field of care management at the national and local levels.

Debra was one of the founding members of the NAPGCM Mid-Atlantic chapter and was selected for the outstanding Chapter member award. She was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Alzheimer’s Association Speakers Bureau, and the Grass Roots Organization for the Well-Being of Seniors.

Debra’s colleagues were inspired by her professional knowledge, creativity and generous spirit. Debra was a published writer and poet. Her poetry was widely appreciated by her peers. She generously supported community organizations that are dedicated to the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities.

From the Washington Post

Debra Gail Levy
On Saturday, October 6, 2012 of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved and loving wife of Edward Levy; beloved mother of Elliot (Erin) Levy of Brooklyn, NY and Shira Levy of Washington, DC; devoted daughter of Florence Guggenheimer (nee Grunstein) of North Bethesda, MD and the late Charles Guggenheimer and the late Danny Sheelds (nee Shalowitz); beloved sister of Dr. Robert (Maureen) Shalowitz, Ellen (David) Dagold, Barbara (Rick) Bolt, Janet “Gee Gee” (Tommy) Edrington, Charles Michael Guggenheimer and Mindy Smeal; beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews including Marni Corsaro, Yonah Levy and Sara Shalowitz. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 10 a.m. at Temple Emanuel, 10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD 20895. Interment Judean Memorial Gardens, Olney, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be directed to the Jewish Social Services Agency Hospice,, 301-816-2676 or the National Brian Tumor Society,, 1-800-770-8287. A foundation is also being established in Debra’s name. The family will be observing Shiva following services through Sunday evening excluding Friday night at the Levy residence. Arrangements by HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME, INC under Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington Contract.

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