Merle D. Griff, PhD, Founder and CEO of SarahCare Senior Solutions, is one of the leading authorities on the care of seniors in the United States.
Dr. Griff has served on numerous national boards and task forces including being the past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for NASDSA (National Adult Day Services Association), member of the INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD FOR CARF (Commission on the Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities) and a task force member for the study of adult day care in the US for the ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF PROGRAM and EVALUATION IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGING. She has been an invited presenter at both international and national conferences including the WORLD CONGRESS OF FAMILY AND CHILD AND THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATEURS.
Dr. Griff began her professional career working with children and youth as a play therapist. She developed therapeutic techniques that have been published and used throughout the world, namely Family Play Therapy and Intergenerational Play Therapy. As Director of the MCKINLEY CENTRE INTERGENERATIONAL PROJECT, she developed many programs that brought together children from babies through college-age with seniors.
Dr. Griff is the author of LINKAGES, a book based on research intergenerational programs, and numerous book chapters and journal articles on topics such as the role of grandparents in family systems.