OUR STORY

United We Age is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization established to serve the senior citizen population. Our goals and objectives are to:

  • Assure that every person experiencing quality of life decline due to aging has a social support network, especially people living alone.

  • Raise Awareness and Image Building for Senior Citizens

  • Assure that age is not a barrier to seniors participating in the online (internet) world.​

United We Age is based in Vero Beach, Florida.

 
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THE CHALLENGE

There is an alone crisis among the senior citizen population in the United States today. Quality of life and even life expectancy suffers tremendously for older people and people stricken with life-threatening disease living alone and lacking social support (i.e., a spouse, family member or caring friend). In the case of a life-threatening disease like cancer, social support (e.g., spouse) matters more than chemotherapy, studies suggest. Access to a social support network improves quality of life and life expectancy.

Almost 30 percent (12.5 million) of noninstitutionalized older people (65+) live alone in the U.S. today. Almost half of older women (46%) age 75+ live alone. Many of these seniors reported income at or near poverty levels.

 
 

Board of Directors

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David Lereah, PhD
President

David Lereah is the founder and Executive Director of United We Age. His passion to support senior citizens in need stems from his three-year volunteer work for the Meals on Wheels program of the Senior Resource Association in Vero Beach, Florida.

 

Dr. Lereah is a recognized economic expert in the financial services and real estate industries. Dr. Lereah is the former Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors and the former Chief Economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association. He has appeared in the national media, including CNN, CNBC, The Today Show, NPR, NY Times, Washington Post and the Wall St Journal and has given speeches on the financial and real estate markets across the globe. Dr. Lereah began his career on the faculties of Rutgers University and the University of Virginia. He earned his BA in Economics from American University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia.

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Joseph Wilson
Executive Vice 
President

Joe Wilson is the Chief Idea Officer and Principal of Creative Dynamic & Progressive, LLC based in Port St Lucie, Florida. The company is a consultant firm offering services to nonprofits and small business in management, fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and special event implementation. A spirited entrepreneur and restaurant marketing consultant. 

 

Currently, serves as the President/ Chief Activation Officer for Planet In Action. He is the former CEO for various national nonprofits, National Police Athletic League and Young American Bowling Alliance. He also served as Executive Director for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation, Texas Special Olympics and Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful. He is also the founder of the Games of Texas, a multi-sport Olympic style annual championship for youth and adults.

He worked in the software development industry developing solutions for sports and marketing. Clients included Jewish Community Centers, Disney, Intel and Special Olympics International.

He served on various nonprofit boards including the US Olympic Committee. He was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to the National Urban Community Forestry Advisory Council and served as the Chairperson for two terms.

Joe Wilson earned his BA in Public Administration from St. Edwards University and a BS in Sports Management from University of Texas. He earned certificates in Strategic Planning from the University of North Texas and Sports Management from Texas A&M.

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Dr. David Gillis
Board Member

Dr. Gillis is an attending physician in the emergency room at Mission Health Hospital  in Asheville, North Carolina. Dr. Gillis is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Gillis earned a BS Chemistry with honors at the University of Florida. He earned a medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated with Honors. Dr. Gillis did his residency at Mount Clemens General Hospital in Michigan.

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Robert Paxton
Board Member

Robert Paxton has been a leader in the real estate industry for the past 20 years. Prior to that, he served as an executive at Intel Corporation, helping the company navigate the halls of Congress. Throughout his career, Rob has volunteered and served on various nonprofit boards, including Culmore Clinic, Safe Haven, Volunteers of America, and The City of Alexandria. He earned his BA from George Mason University and MA from George Washington University.

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Barry Karet
Board Member

Barry Karet has been a business leader and senior executive for a number of companies throughout his career. Among his many positions, Barry was President and CEO of Legwear International, President of Dossier, Inc., and President of No Nonsense Factory Outlets, Inc. Prior to his business exploits, Barr served our nation as Captain in the US Army Military Police Corps, based in Korea. He earned a BS from the University of Wisconsin.

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Robert Sperling
Board Member

Robert Sperling is currently the CEO and President of East West Basics, Inc, based in both the U.S. and China. The company provides sourcing, product development and merchandising for both branded and private label consumer products to some of the largest retailers in the U.S. He is also CEO of Abington Lane, an E commerce company in the U.S. developing assorted home products that are principally sourced in Asia. Prior to his current position, Mr. Sperling was CEO and President of Excel Marketing, based in New York City. Mr. Sperling served for 8 years as the Chairman of the Board for Growth and Development Inc. and Camp Excel, a nonprofit organization that catered to emotionally troubled and financially stressed youth in the greater NYC area. The organization included mentoring programs, after school assistance, summer camp and social work. Mr. Sperling has volunteered his time to the Leake and Watts Mentoring Program, mentoring youth from the inner-city projects. Robert Sperling earned his BA in Marketing from American University.