Caregiving and Self-Care Must go Hand-in-Hand

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“Caregiving and Self-Care Must go Hand-in-Hand.” – Carolyn A. Brent

Carolyn A. Brent cared for her father for many years. After his passing she realized there weren’t enough resources out there to assist her through the process. Since then she has written 8 books in hopes of providing tools for other caregivers and to help them live the healthiest and fullest life while look over others.

Everything you need to know to ensure that your elderly loved one is being properly cared for. 

Everything you need to know to ensure that your elderly loved one is being properly cared for. 

People today are not only living longer, they are also living sicker—making aging and caring for elderly loved ones more complicated than ever before. In this extensive guide, caregiver advocate Carolyn Brent outlines a step-by-step process so caregivers know what to do and what to ask in every situation that may arise, including: 

• Signs that your loved one needs more assistance 

• What to look for in a retirement home 

• Caretaking in your own home 

• How to ensure wills are in order 

• How to manage difficult family relationships 

• Ensuring you are getting the help and care you need 

Brent leaves no stone unturned, provides personal stories and scenarios for context, and includes other references and resources in this complete guide to caregiving.

AMAZING GRACE...A Father’s Lost Letters and Teachings. A Daughter’s Rediscovered Christian Faith. An extraordinary file of her father’s written work had been lost for over 30 years before Carolyn A. Brent discovered it hidden in a long-forgotten file cabinet. Inside were the teachings of her beloved father and respected theologian, Pastor William L. Brent, Th.D. Pastor Brent was the guiding light throughout Carolyn’s difficult childhood and physical and emotional trials as an adult. He was the man who inspired her to become a leading caregiver advocate and author of multiple award-winning books. Now he was once again in her life through his powerful writings, guiding her on the road to Jesus and God’s Amazing Grace. Come join them on a journey of love, faith, and forgiveness as Carolyn and Pastor Brent share testimony and provide a roadmap to the healing glory of Our Father.

About The Author

Brent is the founder of Grandpa’s Dream, program that provides vital information for the care and welfare of sick and disabled people and supports the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of caregivers.
Brent is a nationally acclaimed author, speaker and caregiver advocate, and she has dedicated her life to preparing the elderly and their caregivers to face end-of-life issues. She is the founder of Caregiver Story, a nonprofit organization that provides free medical and legal resources to the public through a powerful website that attracts up to over one hundred thousand visitors monthly. She is also a former member of the board of directors of Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay, an organization serving families in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Carolyn Brent travels throughout the United States, lecturing about the importance of adult siblings and their parents having what she calls “crucial conversations” in preparation for the end-of-life issues they may face. One of her special skills is helping families avoid being torn apart and helping families come together as a much stronger family unit. As a result of her work, families have the opportunity to create the type of supportive, loving environment their parents need in order to depart this world with dignity.
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“Not limited to addressing the needs of Alzheimer’s patients, this compact manual from Brent, founder of Caregiver Story and Grandpa’s Dream, two nonprofit organizations geared toward providing comprehensive support for caregivers, walks readers through the crucial issues of moving their aging loved ones into an assisted-living facility as well as discussing emotional, medical, legal, and financial issues with them. Checklists are provided for gathering important information. A particularly helpful chapter delves into the frequent dilemma of dealing with the loved one’s resistance to even talking about these issues.VERDICT An excellent, comprehensive guide to everything both new and seasoned caregivers need to know.” –Library Journal 

About Carolyn Brent

Dr. Carolyn A. Brent, is an award-winning bestselling author and a National Physique Committee (NPC) Masters Women's Figure Champion at age 60. She is an expert on both self-care and caregiving; she is the founder of Across All Ages and two nonprofit organizations, CareGiverStory Inc. and Grandpa's Dream. Carolyn's research and extensive collection of published works have made her a notable figure in her field. For seventeen years, she worked for some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies and has worked as a volunteer at various assisted-living facilities. Her award-winning books include The Caregiver's Companion: Caring for Your Loved One Medically, Financially and Emotionally While Caring for Yourself and The Caregiver's Legal Survival Guide: Navigating through the Legal System.

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