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Empowerment, Advocacy, Passion.

Meet the Force That’s Making a Difference for a Movement of Elder and Dependent Adults.

Meet Nicole Howell, the Executive Director of Empower Aging. For over a decade, she has worked in the non-profit community, with a majority of those years fighting for the rights and dignity of our senior communities. Nicole has been driving systemic cultural shifts throughout her career, inspiring cross-sector collaboration, resolving service gaps, and forging strategic partnerships that enable older adults across California to thrive.

At Empowered Aging, Nicole leads a team of people across multiple counties committed to all older adults and empowering families. This includes working with 29,000 residents in long-term care and community-based programs. Together as one, Nicole and her team educate, defend, support, and strive for change through legislative and systems work so that seniors can age with dignity and respect they deserve today, but also so we all can age with the dignity and respect we deserve tomorrow.

Do you need a speaker to shed light on the issues facing our seniors? To unearth the driving force of elder advocacy and elder justice in our area? Nicole and her team have had the opportunity to speak at dozens of organizations and various media outlets throughout the greater Bay Area and country. We would love to contribute and empower your audience too. Sharing what we know fuels our passion to keep growing, giving, and fighting for our elders every single day. Please send us a message. We would love to discuss your needs and your event.

Some of Nicole’s most popular appearances and presentations:

  • Elder Care
  • Elder Justice
  • Elder Advocacy
  • Residents’ Rights
  • Seniors’ Rights
  • Abuse Prevention and Intervention
  • Long-Term Care
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Social Justic
  • Empowered Aging Programming
    • Long-Term Care Ombudsman
    • Friendly Visiting and Telephone Reassurance
    • Healthcare Career Pathways – Certified Nursing Assistance Program
    • Elder Justice and Dependent Adult
    • Elder Justice Lunch & Learn
    • Residents’ Rights

About Nicole Howell

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A Las Vegas native, Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. On October 21, 2020, Nicole was chosen as Woman of the Year by Congressman Garamendi in recognition of her service and leadership in California’s third congressional district. As an avid speaker on all topics on elder advocacy and elder justice, she is honored to serve and be a part of the Solano Partners Against Violence as a Solano County appointed board member, a Chair of Legislative Policy for California Elder Justice Coalition, member of the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek Sunrise, a member of the Core Project Team for the Alliance to End Abuse, a member of the Council for Age-Friendly Communities–Alameda County, a board member for the Trinity Center–Contra Costa County, and 2020 Walnut Creek Chair for Wine, Women, and Shoes.

Apperances:

Long-Term Care:
Master Plan for Aging: Long-Term Services and Supports
California Department of Aging Weekly Check-In Call: Caring from Afar

Elder Justice:
VCAT TV Senior Moments: Fighting for Elder Justice Featuring Nicole Howell and Christy Timko

Leadership During COVID-19:
House Ways and Means Committee: Hearing Examining the COVID-19 Nursing Home Crisis
California State Assembly Subcommittee No. 6 Hearing: COVID-19 in Skilled Nursing Facilities
NBC Bay Area: Slow-Motion Train Wreck: Critics Say Long-Term Care Residents Falling Through Cracks in Vaccine Rollout
NBC Bay Area – We Investigate: Bay Area Nursing Homes and the Outbreak
NBC Bay Area Investigative Report: Can’t Visit Family in a Nursing Home? Where’s What you Should Know
KQED: A Year of Pandemic for Seniors
COVID 19 and Elder Care What You Need to Know Featuring Nicole Howell
Senator Glazer Coronavirus Town Hall: Are Nursing Homes Safe?
California Care Rationing Coalition May 6 Press Conference
Alameda County Public Health/Ombudsman Call with Long Term Care Facilities
Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse During COVID-19
Alameda Public Health/Long-Term Care Ombudsman Monthly Facilities Meeting 12/1/20
Influenza and COVID-19 Update – Alameda County Long-Term Care Facilities
COVID Conversations: Vaccine Distribution in Long-Term Care<
Alameda County Meeting for RCFE and ARF with Public Health and Long-Term Care Ombudsman 12/28/20
RCFE Vaccine Training Call with John Muir – Part 1
RCFE Vaccine Training Call with John Muir – Part 2
Alameda County Meeting for RCFE and ARF with Public Health and Long-Term Care Ombudsman 1/11/21
Alameda County Meeting for RCFE and ARF with Public Health and Long-Term Care Ombudsman 1/25/21
Contra Costa County Vaccine Rollout for Seniors
Contra Costa County: Vaccine Rollout for Seniors 02/10
Alameda County Meeting for RCFE and ARF with Public Health and LTC Ombudsman – 02/16
Alameda County Meeting for RCFE and ARF with Public Health and LTC Ombudsman – 3/1/2021
Alameda County Meeting for RCFE and ARF with Public Health and LTC Ombudsman – 3/8/2021
Contra Costa County – Update Visitation Guidelines – 03/12/21
Alameda County Meeting for RCFE and ARF with Public Health and LTC Ombudsman – 3/15/2021
Contra Costa County – Update Visitation Guidance – with CC County Public Health – Families – 3/17/21
Alameda County Meeting for RCFE and ARF with Public Health and LTC Ombudsman – 3/22/2021
COVID-19 Infection Control Webinar for Alameda County LTCF’s – 4/19/2021

Printed News:
The New York Times: Vaccination Campaign at Nursing Homes Faces Obstacles and Confusion
KQED: Coronavirus Isolates Californians in Nursing Homes, Long-Term Care Facilities
San Francisco Chronical: Coronavirus Patient Dies at Orinda Nursing Home as Cases Grow to 49
The Mercury News: How This East Bay Advocate is Fighting for Seniors’ Rights Amid Coronavirus
East Bay Times: At Least 15 Dead in COVID-19 Outbreak at Concord Nursing Facility
The Science Christian Monitor: How Could Nursing Homes Have Done Better?
Associated Press: Anxiety Grows as Long-Term Care Awaits COVID-19 Vaccines
California Healthline: Vaccines Go Mobile to Keep Seniors from Slipping Through the Cracks
GeriPal: Capturing Pandemic Lessons Learned for Local Health Departments and Long-Term Care Facilities

Want to Request Nicole Howell or an Empowered Aging Team Member?

Send us a message through our contact us page and we’ll reach out to you to discuss your special event or feel free to call us at (925)685-2070.