Aging Parents

Posted on 04/16/2014 at 11:44pm

As the baby boomers get older, more and more Americans are having to turn caregiver to their parents. There are around 75 million living in the US that need care now, and 65 million children who have turned into caregivers. But there’s a problem, that being most aren’t prepared to become caregivers. They don’t have the resources, or the support to care for their parents effectively.

 That’s what inspired Carolyn A Brent to write the bestselling book Why Wait? The Baby-Boomers Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death.America's CareGiver Empowerment Strategist 1 The book chronicles Carolyn’s turn as caregiver for her own father, and the journey she undertook caring for her father who was diagnosed with dementia in 1997.

 Brent discovered just how difficult coping with family illness could be, as she turned caregiver for the first time. The lack of support, and information out there was startling, and the road was very difficult as Brent would struggle to find the right resources to learn more about becoming a caregiver.

 That’s what inspired Carolyn A Brent to take on the cause of helping others care for their parents, and avoid the pitfalls and difficulties that Carolyn herself had to experience. In 2009 she created the Grandpa’s Dream organization. A non-profit dedicated to publishing books, creating a website, and even holding speaking engagements to provide an education to other caregivers.

 Brent’s unique insights helped influence the dissemination of information, because of her background in pharmaceutical medicine. Carolyn spent more than 17 years in the industry, and that gave her more of an insight into illness, and the care for someone suffering with one.

 The reality is most people will have to turn caregiver for their parents sooner or later. Grandpa’s Dream is all about helping those children find appropriate resources to aid in the care of their parents. Carolyn A Brent also established a website and online support network to provide even more help to caregivers and their parents. Including helpful resources and more in depth guides to help prepare families care for one another.

These resources both help family members provide a greater quality of care, but also ensure that the elderly can remain in their own homes for longer as well. Carolyn A Brent has been an advocate for elder care legislation for many years now, so helping others provide a higher standard of care is close to the heart. The resources she has worked hard to provide has already helped thousands of families with the resources they need to become exceptional caregivers.

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Posted on 02/21/2014 at 8:54pm

MaMaDott-002In 2011, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) reported a record breaking number of Baby Boomers applying for SSA benefits. This means that we, the Baby Boomer generation, who back in the 1960s referred to ourselves as “the younger generation” are now taking the place of our parents as the “older generation.”

But how much do we know about what is really important to think about as we age? Baby Boomers, have you ever thought having the “crucial conversations” with your adult children?

What do I mean by “crucial conversations”? I mean the kinds of conversations about end-of-life issues. The kinds of conversations no one wants to have, but absolutely must.

As we age, it is important that we and our children clearly understand:

  • If we get suddenly and unexpectedly ill, who is going to take us to the hospital?
  • What kind of care do we want?
  • Where are the finances for hospital, nursing care, long-term care going to come from?
  • And finally, what are our desires regarding our funeral? Who is going to pay for it?

If we as parents don’t have these discussions with our adult children, all hell can break loose when we are too ill to intervene, with everyone expressing different desires, often putting stress upon everyone involved.

So, stop and think about it.

Now is the time to have that family meeting and discuss your wishes regarding end-of-life issues. When a parent—or anyone, for that matter—reaches the stage of life that is the end of life, there needs to be a way provided for that person to die with dignity and in relative peace. For children, this can be a difficult transition, and confusion and strife are not optimal. However, when your family is prepared in matters of finance, medical care, end-of-life choices, this allows siblings to be good partners for each other and strong advocates for the wishes of the parents. 

You can listen to the current weekly broadcast or program archives. You can also download audio in the mp3 format (just click on the program title below) and take the Why Wait? broadcast with you wherever  you go. Receive Your Complimentary Grandpa’s Dream Video eCourse as my gift to you!

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9780615475011-Frontcover copyAbout the Book

Buy it Now

Amazon | B&N | Smashwords

Why Wait? The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death is a handbook that can spare caregivers and their families the stress of conflict at a time of grieving and loss. It provides an opportunity for them to mend fences and renew the connection and communication they once enjoyed with each other. Visit CareGiverStory.com A Free resource portal

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Posted on 12/10/2013 at 2:08am

Carolyn A. Brent, MBA Author, Legislation Advocate and Inspirational Speaker Helping Parents and Siblings Communicate about Painful End-of-Life Issues. CAROLYN A. BRENT, M.B.A., “AMERICA’S CAREGIVER EMPOWERMENT STRATEGIST” ™ is an American author and elder care legislation advocate. She is the author of the best-selling book, Why Wait? The Baby-Boomers Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death. Brent’s book covers topics in estate planning, sibling contracts, family legal and financial conversations.

She has been featured on ABC, NBC, and CBS, as a frequent media guest and expert advisor on the subject of caregiving and its related issues, Brent is featured in all forms of media, from print to radio and TV. Brent’s passion for her subject started when she was caring for her own father, who was diagnosed with dementia in 1997.

You can listen to the current weekly broadcast or program archives. You can also download audio in the mp3 format (just click on the program title below) and take the Why Wait? broadcast with you wherever  you go. Receive Your Complimentary Grandpa’s Dream Video eCourse as my gift to you!

 

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bookAbout the Book

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Why Wait? The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death is a handbook that can spare caregivers and their families the stress of conflict at a time of grieving and loss. It provides an opportunity for them to mend fences and renew the connection and communication they once enjoyed with each other. Visit CareGiverStory.com A Free resource portal

 

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Posted on 12/03/2013 at 12:22pm

CareGiverStory.com is proud to have as our special guest Florida attorney Julie Jo Adams Est.

Julie Jo Adams holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Barry University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University, and certificates of completion for course work from the American Banker’s Association Institute, the Florida Bankers Association’s Florida Trust School, and the Cannon Financial Institute’s National Trust School.In the legal community, she served as the 2011-2012 Chair of the Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee, a standing committee of The Florida Bar. 

In the people community, she teaches a class of teenage parents and parents-to-be the legal rights and responsibilities of being a parent through the Orange County Bar Association Legal Aid Society’s Teen Parent Project.  Further, she is chairing the Elder Law Committee of the Orange County Bar Association.

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bookAbout the Book

Buy it Now

Why Wait? The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death is a handbook that can spare caregivers and their families the stress of conflict at a time of grieving and loss. It provides an opportunity for them to mend fences and renew the connection and communication they once enjoyed with each other. Visit CareGiverStory.com A Free resource portal

 

Support the Project

A Caregiver’s Story is a nonprofit and a labor of love. An endeavor of this magnitude requires much commitment, time and resources to operate to its full potential. Please consider making a donation to support this worthy cause. To make an immediate donation, click the Donate button below and enter your donation amount.

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Posted on 11/18/2013 at 12:55am

We need your HELP!

Being a caregiver can easily turn into a full-time job. This is especially true for those who care for seniors over 65, for whom the average caregiver invests between 30 and 35 hours per week caring for their loved one according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.  For Carolyn A. Brent and nearly 33 million other caregivers (50%), this burden must be shouldered while working a full time job outside of the home.

Brent was recently one of the 65.7 million Americans who serve as caregivers for someone who is ill, disabled or aged. Representing nearly a third of the US adult population, unpaid caregivers such as Carolyn are the largest source of long term care services in this country according to the Family Caregiver Alliance.

Their services are valued at nearly half a trillion dollars per year.

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bookAbout the Book

Buy it Now

Why Wait? The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death is a handbook that can spare caregivers and their families the stress of conflict at a time of grieving and loss. It provides an opportunity for them to mend fences and renew the connection and communication they once enjoyed with each other. Visit CareGiverStory.com A Free resource portal

 

Support the Project

A Caregiver’s Story is a nonprofit and a labor of love. An endeavor of this magnitude requires much commitment, time and resources to operate to its full potential. Please consider making a donation to support this worthy cause. To make an immediate donation, click the Donate button below and enter your donation amount.

DonateNow

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