Lydia Manning, MGS, PhD

Dr. Lydia Manning is a distinguished gerontologist, educator, and entrepreneur, boasting a rich and diverse background in aging. Currently, Lydia serves as CEO of Circle Life Consulting, Inc., where her dynamic leadership contributes to pioneering advancements in the field. She previously held the esteemed role of Professor of Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago's College of Graduate Studies.

Lydia's academic journey led her to achieve a Ph.D. in social gerontology from the Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami University. Furthermore, she enhanced her academic prowess through a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University's Center for Aging, solidifying her as a thought leader in aging.

With a solid grasp of intricate aging-related concerns, Lydia's expertise centers around multifaceted issues concerning aging and well-being. Her research serves as a beacon, mainly focusing on resilience, complemented by exploring intersections between health and gender.

Beyond academia, Lydia is a dynamic gerontological consultant, employing her discerning "gerontological eye" to evaluate products, services, and programs for businesses and organizations striving to foster an age-friendly environment. Lydia also advises individuals as they navigate the terrain of growing older. This work encompasses advising clients on estate planning and her willingness to serve as an independent trustee. In a testament to her commitment to holistic care, she is a certified dementia practitioner (CDP) and an empathetic end-of-life doula.

Dr. Manning's passion and dedication to improving aging experiences for people growing older make her an invaluable asset to the field, individuals, companies, and communities she serves.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aging and Well-being 
  • Resilience 
  • Spirituality, Religion, and Health 
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods
  • Dementia 
  • End of Life/Dying and Death 

Professional Associations

  • National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) 

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