Chad Federwitz is a Social Gerontologist, dementia care advocate, and currently the Manager of Senior Services for Pitkin County in Aspen Colorado. He holds master degrees in Gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado, a masters in Religious Studies from Naropa University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago. Before joining Pitkin County, Chad worked many years of direct care service for older adults with Alzheimer’s and Dementia in a number of different capacities. Chad currently serves as adjunct faculty at Colorado Mesa University/ Western Colorado Community College in the Gerontology program. He also serves on Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging (FORSA) Council, a Constituent Group of the American Society on Aging (ASA). In 2018, he was appointed to the Colorado Commission on Aging, by Governor Hickenlooper. Chad has spent the last number of years researching and educating on the subject of the spiritual care of older adults with memory loss and has presented his work at national and international conferences. He continues to be an advocate for older adults particularly in rural Colorado. He has a passion of Gerontological education and increasing awareness of the discipline. His research interest areas include: Spiritual care of older adults with memory loss, local and state aging policy, Age-Friendly Communities, Spirituality in later life, Aging and Ethics, and Senior Centers.