Meet our Geriatric Care Management Team:


A.G.E. Consultants was established in 1998 by Barbara Applegate and Jeane Thorne (retired) to offer their extensive experience and skills to support families providing loving care to aging relatives. In 2009, P.E.A.C.E. with A.G.E. was added to offer home care services consistent with their team approach and high standards. A.G.E. Consultants serves the Greater Phoenix area.


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Barbara Applegate,

MSW, ACSW, a Geriatric Care Manager Social Worker and the owner of A.G.E. Consultants, Inc.  As a member of the Geriatric Care Management team, she offers over 35 years of experience working with adult children and their aging parents in the field of geriatrics, healthcare and mental health. From the beginning of A.G.E. Consultants, Inc. Barbara has implemented the unique model of Geriatric Team Care Management by blending the skills of both the nursing profession and social work profession to provide the best oversight of the issues of eldercare. Under Barbara’s leadership the team advises the families about elder life issues and care needs. This team helps both the family and the client in understanding and planning for the eldercare needs.

Barbara holds a Master’s of Social Work and post masters certification in Gerontology from Arizona State University. Barbara has been a past board member of the National Council on Aging, and is currently an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Barbara is the co-author of Parent Care: A Survival Guide for Adult Children of Aging Parents.


Sylvia Post,

RN, BSN has worked as a Geriatric Care Manager at AGE Consultants since 2006. She received her RN Degree in Nursing at Hinsdale School of Nursing and completed her BSN at the University of Phoenix. Sylvia has a great deal of clinical experience and skills. Her clinical experience includes: home health care with transplant patients, Hospital care on the med- surg unit, Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Dept. Sylvia also has many years of management experience: While in Corpus Christi Sylvia was the head nurse in a hospital for over 4 years and requested to set up their Coronary Care Unit. While living in Texas, Sylvia was a Director of Nursing of a 100 bed Community hospital in Kingsville. This just touches the surface of the depth and knowledge that Sylvia brings to her role as a Geriatric Care Manager.



Marilyn Heinrichs,

Marilyn Heinrichs, RN, BSN, CDE has worked with A.G.E. Consultants as a Diabetes Nurse Consultant and Geriatric Care Manager/RN since 2014.

Marilyn is an Honors graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Nursing. She holds RN licenses in Arizona and California, and a National Certification in Diabetes Education, since 1998.

Marilyn’s clinical experience, which spans more than 35 years, includes acute care, neuro/ortho rehab, community and home health nursing, case management, integrated care, nursing leadership, administration, diabetes education, and chronic disease management.

Marilyn is a passionate advocate for clients and their families. First and foremost, she enjoys working directly with patients, families and communities. She became intrigued with Community Health, Wellness, Disease Prevention, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management while working in acute care, and caring for so many patients with end stage diabetes complications and cardiovascular disease. Believing there was a better way, she began her professional path as a Community Health Nurse, at the county and state level. She developed and implemented new programs to promote wellness, early disease detection and intervention, preventative care programs, transitional care and
diabetes education programs. She implemented processes to assist the elderly and those with chronic diseases through care coordination, case management, health education, problem-solving, goal setting and empowerment.

Marilyn and Barbara Applegate met professionally over 28 years ago, when they both worked together in an innovative community-based health program. They discovered that they shared a common vision of advocacy and empowerment in supporting the elderly in their least restrictive environment.



Patricia Smith,

RN, BSN  is a Nurse Consultant, on call for AGE Consultants, Inc. Patty graduated from North Iowa Area Community College in 1986 in Nursing. Patty moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University and received her BSN in 1990. Patty has worked in a variety of nursing positions with adults, pediatrics and in psychiatric settings. Patty says; “I find personal and professional satisfaction using my 30 years of nursing experience as a nurse consultant at A.G.E providing nursing services and care for the senior community. “I believe that assisting and advocating for seniors is necessary and fulfilling to support a population of people who truly are the Greatest Generation.”

Patty grew up in Iowa and was influenced to pursue a career in Nursing from her Grandparents.  Her Grandfather was a small town doctor and her Grandmother a nurse.  Patty has been married for over 26 years to her high school sweetheart and they have 3 adult children. She enjoys hiking, hot yoga, cooking, traveling, reading and walking her dog.  She has spent many years involved with National Charity League (2005-2013) and Boys Team Charity (2009-2015), volunteering at St. Mary’s Food bank, St. Vincent de Paul, Foundation for Blind Children and many other Phoenix area charities.


Gina Mercer,

Gina Touch Mercer, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in Geriatrics since 1996. She became a geriatric consultant at A.G.E. in August, 2017, conducting geriatric assessments and facilitating family and caregiver meetings to enhance our clients’ quality of life.

Dr. Mercer received her M.S. degree in Family Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. She trained at the Baylor Department of Family Medicine and Arizona State University Counseling & Consultation center before completing a fellowship in Geropsychology from the Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.

Before relocating to Arizona in 2003, Dr. Mercer was Director of Mental Health in Aging at the Behavioral Medicine Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. She also worked in Louisville, Kentucky to ensure geriatric health and psychiatric well-being, and in Nashua, New Hampshire to integrate physical and behavioral health across the lifespan.

Dr. Mercer is currently the Behavioral and Social Sciences Theme Director at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix, and was core faculty at the Arizona Professional School of Psychology for over 10 years before moving to graduate medical education. Dr. Mercer appreciates A.G.E. Consultant’s interdisciplinary approach to geriatric care, and hopes to train health professionals and caregivers to enhance the dignity and compassionate care of our elders.



Greg Novak,

supports the administrative staff with his skill and knowledge in computers, marketing, customer service, and mechanics. Greg has both an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from ASU. Prior to Eldercare, for 35 years he was a Technical and Product Marketer and Computer Engineer at Honeywell, Motorola, and Adtron. His business and technical background help in creating solutions to problems and assisting the staff with a variety of concerns. He enjoys working with the elderly, has been a valued volunteer for over 25 years, and continues to provide care for A.G.E clients as he has done for over 8 years.





Emily Thomas,

began her entrepreneurial career in 2005. She is a young professional with much experience working with individuals and teaching in group settings. After completing Art School where she studied Music and Movement, Emily enrolled and graduated from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts here in Tempe, AZ. Emily has a well respected history of teaching, providing services & management in the healing arts: spa therapies, sports rehabilitation, stress management, yoga instruction, nutrition and professional care giving. She has joined AGE Consultants, Inc. to provide assistance in the new revisions to Parent Care, A Survivors Guide to Adult Children of Aging Parents. She also is Barbara Applegate’s assistant in assuring that AGE Consultants, Inc. continues to provide the highest quality of care to the elderly population. Her passion and lifestyle are in promoting wellness and providing support to others in need of care and nurturing.





1947 – 2019 We will always keep AL in our hearts. AL was the Administrator for A.G.E. Consultants since 2009. We appreciate all that he offered A.G.E. Consultants employees and clients, alike. We miss you.