JUNE 2012 Newsletter
It’s been awhile since we connected and so much has happened during this time. For the first time since I started this journey, I can say that I feel good about the rights of caregivers in this nation. There are new ideas in the air and we are spearheading ground breaking legislations in this country. It seems that my life’s work is finally bearing fruit.
Now for some good news. In California, I will be a speaker at a legislative oversight committee hearing at our State Capitol in Sacramento, California on September 2012. I was asked to testify regarding my experience involving vexatious legislation. The hearing has been entitled “Why Wait?” based on the information provided by my bestselling book Why Wait? For those who don’t know what vexatious legislation is, it is a baseless legal action which is brought on solely to harass or subdue an adversary. Those who have read my book know that I was a victim of such a malicious lawsuit myself and one of my goals has been to put an end to such frivolous actions. I hope to close the gap that I identified between the state and federal authorities, by making it harder for long-time caregivers to be displaced by siblings who have not been involved in the care of their elderly parents. The aim of this hearing is to place a bill on the 2013 California ballot which will protect victims of vexatious legislation. I was also selected to be a board member of Alzheimer’s Association where I will get a chance to meet and interact with like-minded individuals who are passionate about the rights of caregivers.
I recently attended the “Innovations In Aging 2012” conference in Maryland as a guest speaker. This event was hosted by the State of Maryland Department of Aging Long Term Care. It was exhilarating to see over 8,000 seniors from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia attend this thought-provoking event. There were professionals in health care, home health, aging networks, caregivers, as well as baby boomers and mature adults seeking encore careers. During the “Innovations In Aging 2012” event, I was also interviewed by the very gracious and popular JC Hayward of Channel 9.
Impressed by the potential of an event of this magnitude, I came back and wrote a letter to the California state lawmakers expressing my desire to see the State of California implement such thought-provoking events for caregivers in California. What I love about these events is that they not only help protect our seniors, but provide them job opportunities as well.
On Mother’s Day, I was interviewed by Dr. Brenda Wade on caregiving and the show was aired on CBS-Black Renaissance TV. The topic was “Learn the ‘Art of Aging Gracefully.'” A list of my recent videos and interviews are below. I have been invited back by JC Hayward of Channel 9 to be a guest on her news special on June 13, 2012. Please keep an eye out for that event.
I invite you to be my companions on this incredible journey. Please feel free to interact with me through my website and my blog. Also ask your friends and loved ones to sign up for this valuable newsletter by going to my website.
News and Happenings
- CBS: Learn the “Art of Aging Gracefully” with Brenda Wade
- Women Changing Lanes
- The Importance of Knowing your Parents Wishes
- The Dove TV: Crucial Conversations >>more videos
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John W. Sandifer, JD: Protecting our Parents
Denise M. Brown, Caregiving
Paula Tarrant, Inspired Women Work
Allison Maslan, Blast-Off International
Gunther’s Grades, Finding Quality Care
Glenn M. Smith of Sensitive Self Help
Joe of Aging Parent Rescue
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ADHD – find the passion & meaning in your life
The art of aging gracefully
Wisdom about preparing ourselves emotionally, financially and legally
SAVE THE DATE
06-13-2012: Interview with JC Hayward, Channel 9
Crucial Financial Conversations
Dear Carolyn, talking about money makes my siblings uncomfortable, why are financial conversations so critical for families to have?
Carolyn: Money can be a sticky subject. Some poeple tend to be open about their pocketbook, others feel ashamed about the condition of their finances. However, when it comes to planning for the future needs of an aging parent, conversations about housing payments, and medical and care bills are crucial. The cost of care at the end of life can often be massive. Ponder on this: all of your parent’s assets could easily be wiped out with just one-month stay in a hospital if they were paying for it exclusively through private insurance. Get over the hesitation and have the conversation. Know this that without insurance and a well-thought out plan on how your family intends to handle the different contingencies, you could be setting yourself up for problems down the road. Have these financial conversations early and make a written plan on how these should be handled. Make sure each sibling gets a copy of the plan and has a valid role to play in the caregiving process.
Do you have a question? If so, please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will answer it in the next issue. Your confidentiality will be protected.
Carolyn A. Brent, M.B.A. is a former clinical educational manager in the pharmaceutical industry and author of the book Why Wait? The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for the Death of a Parent. She is an avid activist and advocate working with the U.S. Congress for the purpose of creating change to protect seniors and veterans from financial and medical abuse. She has appeared on many local and national TV and radio shows, and is a sought-after keynote speaker. To learn more, visit www.caregiverstory.com, www.babyboomersguide.org, or email Carolyn at email@example.com.
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