"50 Is the New 70"
“50 Is the New 70” is a humorous, yet informative talk about life experiences and aging, particularly relevant for women, who frequently become caretakers for elderly parents. Susan’s presentation has practical advice for advance planning documents for health care/end of life decisions. Only 29% of Americans have a living will, which doesn’t speak well for how we plan our futures. Make one of your new year’s resolutions to change that in your family! As a take-off from an organization called “Death Over Dinner,” which encourages these discussions over dinner, perhaps this talk should be called “Life Over Lunch.”
Susan Sexton is a former circuit judge in Tampa, Florida. When first elected in the 1980s, she was the youngest circuit judge and also the first woman to be elected circuit judge in Tampa, Florida. As a circuit judge, Susan served in all divisions of the court: Probate, Guardianship, Mental Health, Civil and most recently Criminal and Family Law. She has also served by special designation as an associate judge on the Second District Court of Appeal.
Susan created the award winning Elder Justice Center, a unique court program designed to provide elderly and developmentally disabled individuals full access to the court system. This program has been a model for similar programs around the United States and has been studied by various entities. For her efforts on behalf of the elderly and the developmentally disabled, Susan received the Distinguished Judicial Service Award in 2011. The Elder Justice Center has received the Justice Achievement Award from the National Association for Court Management and the Governor’s Peace at Home Award.