There are 79 million Baby Boomers and 65 million caregivers in the U.S. according to recent estimates. As the population continues to age, the number of caregivers continues to rise. One statistic that does not seem to be changing is that 65 percent of all caregivers are women. Carolyn A. Brent has used her experience as a caregiver and advocate to write a book dedicated to this often neglected segment of the population. Her book, “Why Wait? The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially, and Legally for a Parent’s Death,” addresses important questions about aging and care.
Carolyn A. Brent used her own experience as a caregiver for her father to create a book that provides clear resources for others. “Why Wait? The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially, and Legally for a Parent’s Death” addresses questions that many are uncomfortable asking. Brent focuses on the decisions that caregivers must face while being responsible for someone else. Her background in dealing with siblings that objected to her taking care of their father has taught her the necessity of having paperwork in order. She has put together a guide that can be used as a reference to avoid questions and problems in the future.
Brent also founded A Caregiver’s Story and Grandpa’s Dream because of her role as an advocate and the lack of programs she noticed that could actually help caregivers. A Caregiver’s Story is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the right resources while Grandpa’s Dream provides educational materials. Both programs fill a void that has been noticed by previous studies on caregivers in the United States. Researchers have found that 23 percent of caregivers report issues with their own health as a result of the strain of taking care of someone else. Access to resources is another issue that is rarely addressed.
Caregivers are the silent parts of the population that provide $375 billion of free health support to their loved ones every year, yet they often lack the support systems enjoyed by others. Carolyn A. Brent has addressed the legal, medical and emotional issues that caregivers face by providing a convenient book of resources to guide them through the process.
About the Book
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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