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Linda Jackson Cocroft
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Linda Jackson Cocroft’s personal and professional background is motivated by her passion to inspire others, advocate women’s issues, and enhance the overall quality of life for humanity.

Beginning with the inaugural issue of her publication in 2003 - Black Women 50+ Health and Lifestyles Magazine - Linda has been dedicated to educating women to adopt responsible lifestyles. Black Women 50+ are the most reliable source for reaching the entire Black population. Content is developed to motivate informed, life changing insights on a variety of subjects including finances, relationships, travel, housing, spirituality and others.  Prevention-treatment-management of disease is also a primary feature. Each issue explores the joy and pain of aging while revealing essential strategies and resources to make this the best time of life.

Linda’s relationship to Alzheimer’s is deeply personal. Her great grandmother, grandmother, and uncle, were all diagnosed with the disease. For reasons unclear to scientists, Black women are disproportionately affected by this disease. Through her commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association mission, Linda has pledged to instigate dialogue that heightens awareness and understanding of this disease and the resources available to assist families. 

She honors her mother’s legacy of service though BW50+ MAGAZINE and membership on civic boards and charitable organizations including: Blood Center of Wisconsin; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Alzheimer’s Institute; Black Women’s Network; Interfaith Older Adults Programs of Wisconsin; and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library Friends.
Motivational Statement

“I wholeheartedly subscribe to the philosophy that service is the rent we pay for room on this earth. And I am humbled to be associated with this effort.”


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