Donna Fedus found her passion for the field of gerontology in her 20s. Now, more than 26 years later, she is still inspired to create innovative programs, services, and training to benefit older adults and the dedicated family caregivers, professionals, and organizations that support them.
When Donna launched her own company in 2007, she named it Borrow My Glasses. The name reflects her deep belief in the importance of bringing new perspectives to work with older adults and caregivers. At times, Borrow My Glasses means encouraging families facing eldercare challenges, or organizations creating new programs to seek the perspective of an expert in gerontology, geriatric medicine, nursing, social work, care management, pharmacy, etc. At other times, it means encouraging each person in a family to borrow the other’s glasses to understand their perspective, to enhance empathy and to increase their capacity to find effective solutions.
Borrow My Glasses offers innovative training, consultation, new program development, video production, project management, and caregiver coaching. We cover a wide range of topics, with special expertise in dementia education and family caregiver issues.
As Gerontologist & Founder of Borrow My Glasses, Donna has developed dozens of continuing education workshops. She is a frequent presenter at regional, state, and national conferences, and a guest lecturer at multiple Connecticut colleges and universities. She is an adjunct professor, teaching Sociology of Aging online at Middlesex Community College, and a new course she developed called Social Issues in Family Caregiving at Quinnipiac University.
Donna was honored with the Employee of the Year award at The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine, where she served for nine years as Director of Elder Programs. She was honored with the Einstein Award at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where she served for six years as Director of the senior membership program Premier Years.
Donna is a Contributing Editor for Grandfamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, and has reviewed manuscripts for Journeyworks Publishing and Health Professions Press. She is an Advisory Council member of the Area Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut. She is a Corporator for Connecticut Community Care, Inc. (Class of 2016). Donna was invited to serve on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Geriatric Society, with her term to begin July 2017. Donna earned her Master’s degree in social gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lehigh University in 1987, with a minor in public relations.
Lauren Lewis is a producer who is most interested in people and their stories. She brings experience as a project manager, writer, and attorney with a passion for teaching and learning to each endeavor. Projects range across the life span from teaching kids to read through the Emmy-winning PBS TV series Between the Lions, to creating innovative multimedia programs that Disrupt Aging with AARP CT.
Lauren co-founded Borrow My Glasses, a company that creates interactive programs offering a new perspective on aging and caregiving. Previously, she spent 10 years in television production, 10 years running a not-for-profit in the youth leadership space and over 10 years creating live corporate training events, e-learning initiatives and apps to track performance. In each of these worlds, Lauren focused on the most effective ways for people to learn. She and her teams utilized innovative storytelling techniques, multimedia approaches to engage audiences, effective materials, solid management, and fresh creative ideas.
In aging, Lauren is creating innovative Disrupt Aging curricula with AARP CT. She produced, wrote and directed two videos for Revolutionize Aging: A Call to Action, and co-produced the half-day event with AARP CT and Quinnipiac University, featuring Dr. Bill Thomas. Additionally, she is developing Living With Palliative Care, an educational program that shares stories of people with serious illness and educates people who could benefit from palliative care.
In television, Lauren produced, wrote and developed several Emmy award-winning PBS television series and multimedia brands. Typically, she spent half of her time on the business affairs and intellectual property side developing projects and ancillaries, and the other half on the creative side writing and producing videos. She also created a database for WGBH to track assets and pay union residuals to performers, musicians, writers and directors.
In not-for-profit, Lauren led the We Are Family Foundation founded by the legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers. As Executive Vice President, Lauren amplified the voices of young people who are changing the world through two major initiatives: Three Dot Dash which empowers Global Teen Leaders from over 40 countries who believe peace is possible if basic human needs are met; and TEDxTeen which provides a platform for young people to share their ideas worth spreading. These projects have positively affected millions around the world.
In corporate training, Lauren produced high-level product launches, live training events, and e-learning initiatives for clients such as Hilton, Heineken, Sanofi, Lilly, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca, among many others. She also worked as a technical producer, creating training apps that increase engagement and measure performance.
Lauren earned her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey. She earned her B.A. in international relations from Lehigh University with double minors in law and philosophy.