Dianne McCaughey & Debi Pillarella

Debi Pillarella _ Dianne McCaughey

About Dianne McCaughey

Dianne McCaughey Ph.D. with a concentration in Gerontology is an international speaker, author, consultant, master trainer and presenter who has traveled the world touching lives and emphasizing optimal wellness of the mind, body and spirit. As a gerontologist, her expertise is successful aging in all domains. The two books she has authored are designed to coach individuals on mental and emotional wellness, as well as physical health to help them age with grace and vigor. Her mission and purpose is to educate, inspire and empower people to be the best they can be.

About Debi Pillarella

Debi Pillarella, M.Ed. - Debi has over 30 years of experience in the health, fitness, and wellness industries. She is currently completing a doctorate degree in Health Sciences at The University of Indianapolis, studying, motivation and quality of life in the older adult population. Debi holds multiple certifications from The American Council on Exercise, as well as through the Functional Aging Institute. Debi is an adjunct faculty member at Purdue University Northwest and an advisory board member, curriculum specialist, and master trainer for the Functional Aging Institute (FAI). She co-developed the Functional Aging Group Exercise Specialist certification program for FAI.

The Power of Leaving a Legacy

In this session, we will discuss various methods of leaving a legacy and show short videos of those living who have left a legacy and those that have received one from living individuals as well as deceased individuals. Attendees will have time for various insights and discussions about legacies as well as time to give thought to leaving some kind of legacy and sharing with a partner and or the group.


1. Attendees will become familiar with numerous types of legacies and various ways to leave them.

2. Attendees will discover coaching methods to discuss legacies and how to help clients get started on leaving their legacy.

3. Attendees will recognize that the physical aging process is only one small part of the aging process, and that the emotional and social aspects can be even more important in successful aging.


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