Serving Senior Communities for Over 25 years
Celebrating 25 Years of Healthier Living For Seniors
 Celebrating 25 Years of Healthier Living For Seniors  





Our Corporate Office:

The ElderCare Companies

35 Beaverson Blvd.

Suite 8C
Brick, NJ 08723

(732) 722-8248 phone

(732) 722-8252 fax

Our Leadership Team

Paula Smith


Ms. Smith is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the ElderCare Companies. - - having previously served as Executive VP of ElderCare, Chief Operating Officer of the Senior Citizens Home Safety Project of America, Vice President of the Corporation for Housing-Based HealthCare and Vice President of Norcross, Inc.


Ms. Smith, a Geriatric Care Manager and fall prevention advocate, has: administered geriatric fall prevention programs in Florida and Pennsylvania; contracted with two national Medicare HMOs to provide geriatric preventive services; provided strategic planning and implementation consulting services to ten hospitals and nine nursing homes.


Nationally, Ms. Smith: • is a recognized authority on health-related geriatric fall-related programs; and • has provided liaison services with Fortune 100 companies which includes leaders in health and health-related hospitality industries.


Ms. Smith is also coeditor of Catching Our Parents Before They Fall: An Annotated Anthology of Readings on Geriatric Fall Prevention and Housing-Based Healthcare (in progress).

Julie Schafer


Julie is presently Chief Business Officer of The ElderCare Companies, Inc.  She has served as ElderCare's Senior VP of Operations, Vice President of Community Liaison for the Corporation for Housing-Based Healthcare, Director for the Senior Citizens Home Safety Project of America and Special Projects Manager for the Senior Citizens Home Safety Project of New York and New Jersey, Marketing Director and Sales Executive for Excerpta Media.


Julie has been responsible for business growth and operations providing one-on-one services to over 163,000+ elders.  She has provided geriatric consulting and training services to over 30 hospitals and hospital systems as well as national HMOs developing fall preventive programs for their Medicare HMO divisions. Julie has also provided administration and operations for a community-based geriatric fall prevention program in New York. As a Geriatric Care Manager, she has established strong relationships with social services in national charitable organizations (Catholic Charities, JASA, etc.), county and municipal governments including housing authorities, area agencies on aging, senior centers, senior nutrition sites, meals-on-wheels programs, etc. and continues to work with those entities on senior health-related issues.


Julie has collaborated on the development and implementation of geriatric training programs, home modification programs, customized home modification and senior safety-oriented fall-risk assessment programs for ten hospitals throughout New Jersey.


Julie has received her public health and gerontological education through Rutgers University and the University Affiliated Program of New Jersey, UMDNJ, Rutgers University.

Dr. Karen Cascardi


Karen A. Cascardi, PhD is the Chief Strategy Officer with primary responsibilites in developing, communicating, executing and sustaining corporate fall prevention initiatives.  She had worked as a consultant and educator for ElderCare for 10 years prior to becoming the CSO.


Dr. Cascardi recently retired after 20 years of service from South University as Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapist Assisting (PTA) Program in West Palm Beach, FL.  She worked at the university since 1997 and is still an Assistant Professor at the University in an adjunct capacity.  Dr. Cascardi has been lecturing on Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation nationally since 2001.  For several years she worked closely with the Your Aging and Disability Resource Center (YADRC) PSA 9 and the Florida Injury Prevention for Seniors program (FLIPS) Department of Elder Affairs developing Fall Prevention Community Education programs. She developed the Balance and Vestibular rehabilitation program at Martin Memorial Health Systems in Stuart FL in 1997, where she also secured a $42,000 grant for the program.  She was the coordinator of Education and Community Programs there until June 2001 when she moved on to South University. 


Dr. Cascardi completed her B.S. in Education degree from Ashland University, PTA program from Lynn University, received her M.S. in Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine from Indiana State University, and her PhD in Health Sciences Education & Research at Touro University International.


Dr. Cascardi has served as PTA Director on the Board of Directors for the FL Physical Therapy Assn (2014-2018), Vice Chair (2013-14) and Chair (2014-15) of the Advisory Committee for YADRC.  To date she has dedicated 18 years of service on various committees to the National Physical Therapy Examination section of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 


She has worked on a variety of fall prevention initiatives and is published. She is currently writing a therapeutic exercise textbook for physcial therapist assistants with a coauthor that is expected to be published in 2020.

Dr. David C. Schwartz


Chairman and Co-Founder of the ElderCare Companies, Inc., Dr. Schwartz is an internationally recognized leader in the field of preventive geriatrics.


Presently, Dr. Schwartz is:

  • Professor of Medicine, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami (Voluntary Faculty)
  • Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Community Health at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Adjunct Clinical Professor of Geriatrics, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY, NY 10027
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, National Housing Institute Trustee and Former Vice President, National Housing Conference
  • Past Board Member and Past Board Chairman, National Housing Institute
  • Past Director, American Affordable Housing Institute
  • Past Member, U.S.E.P.A. Advisory Board on the Environmental Impact of Housing Programs

Dr. Schwartz has been: a consultant to states, counties, cities, housing authorities, Fortune 100 Companies, lenders, developers, hospitals, HMOs, nonprofit corporations and labor unions.


Dr. Schwartz’s research (comprised of more than 30 research projects on which he has been Principal Investigator) includes work funded by: NSF, Ford Foundation, Huntington Health Fund, Earhart Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Prudential Foundation, HUD, Farmers Home Administration and many others. Dr. Schwartz is author of five books and more than 50 scholarly articles. He is now engaged in co-editing Catching Our Parents Before They Fall: An Annotated Anthology of Readings on Geriatric Fall Prevention and Housing-Based Healthcare (in progress).

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