President of Deborah Fins Associates, PC, Debbie is a licensed independent clinical social worker and certified Aging Life Care Manager®. Prior to establishing DFA in 1995, she was Assistant Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Worcester, Inc., where she co-founded their innovative, first-in-the-state guardianship program.
Debbie thoroughly understands the aging process and related family dynamics. She brings a personal touch to every situation, working creatively to provide comprehensive, cost-effective solutions to the daily problems that confront elders and their families. A Worcester resident, professional and community leader for more than 35 years, Debbie draws from a wide contact circle of attorneys, home care personnel, finance and medical professionals to create the right partnerships between families and elder care professionals.
In addition to her work as an Aging Life Care Professional®, Debbie lectures extensively on elder care topics, including elder care options, financing of care, planning for aging parents, caregiver stresses, and guardianship and related issues. A Fellow of the Aging Life Care Association® (ALCA), formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM), she serves on the ALCA National Board, chairs the National Standards and Ethics Committee and also served as Education Committee Co-chair from 2013-2016. Debbie is a past president of the New England Chapter of ALCA and has served on planning committees for several chapter projects. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, National and Massachusetts Guardianship Associations, the Worcester Area Geriatric Social Workers (WAGS) and Worcester Elder Networking Group (WENG), and is a Community Partner of Honoring Choices-Massachusetts.
An active community volunteer, Debbie is a past co-chair of the Worcester Alzheimer’s Partnership and an “Elite Feet” fundraiser for the Walk to End Alzheimers. She is a member of the Services Committee for Elder Services of Worcester (the local Aging Service Access Point). Debbie has also served as a community member of the Ethics Committee at Worcester’s Jewish Healthcare Center and was on the Community Education Committee for the demonstration project on Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Columbia University School of Social Work. When not engaged in her professional and community work, which includes serving as the 2014-2017 president of her synagogue, Debbie enjoys life with her husband and family, especially her young grandson.