Psychologist Dan Lobovits had a satisfying career helping people and communities deal with the emotional impact of trauma. An accomplished athlete, he logged more than 40,000 marathon miles.
Recently, he expanded his focus to include the challenges of aging. He did post-doctoral work at University of Southern California, earning an additional degree in gerontology, the science of aging.
Dr. Dan Lobovits brought a unique perspective to his work: a natural sense of optimism; an admiration for survivors of trauma and their lessons of resilience; an acceptance of aging as a part of life’s journey. His entrepreneurial inclination helped him see that people’s need to juggle illness and well-being created new opportunities for psychological services.
He shifted the scope of his professional practice to create a business called LifeSpan Health Services: helping seniors make the most of their abilities while integrating the inevitable changes that emerge as they age. By balancing illness and well-being, people could find a profound sense of satisfaction and meaning at every stage of life.
Who could have imagined that this athlete and mid-career professional would become the very role model of resilience when faced with his own diagnosis of a deadly neurological illness?
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Balancing Illness and Well-being
This interview was recorded in January 2012. At this broadcast, in March 2014, Dan’s struggle with fast- onset Parkinson’s disease is in its critical stage. You can honor Dan’s journey by making a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation so it can continue its vital work http://tinyurl.com/kx2g9ho
Dr. Dan Lobovits founded Lifespan Health Services, whose mission was to help people live well longer and age gracefully, by providing brain health assessment and training, individual and group counseling and community lectures, through a network of strategic partnerships with clients and families, academia and private healthcare providers. He served as a psychologist in private practice for 30 years.
Dan received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from St. Louis University, where he was the recipient of the NIMH Distinguished Student Award.
In 2011, he received the Outstanding Scholarship Award, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California.
His Twitter profile describes his interests as “ loving my work, wife, kids, dog, gardening, bread making, beach walks, and of course, yoga”.
The summer of 2013 included his anniversary of his marriage to Michelle Wasch Lobovits; his 60th birthday; the first birthday of his newest grandson, and “arguably my happiest Fathers Day ever”.
Our friend Dan Lobovits died at 4:30 am on Sunday October 13th, 2013. May his memory serve as a blessing.