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Dear Readers

I hope it has been a wonderful summer for all my readers and their families. What a great journey it has been this year of creating, sharing, exploring, exchanging, reaching out, and touching each other’s lives! I could not have done any of this without your support and faith in my work..

The following is an update for September 2012, and the exciting upcoming new projects just around the corner.

Upcoming oversight hearing: Yom Kippur is on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.  In observance of this holiday, the upcoming oversight hearing which was originally scheduled on that day at the California State Capitol has been postponed until the first quarter of 2013. 

Some of the topics will include: 

  •    A Matter of Life and Death—What are the Choices
  •    Crucial End-of-Life Conversations
  •    End-of-Life Planning
  •    Doctor-Assisted Suicide
  •    Planning, Protecting and Paying for the future of Caregiving in California

I will keep you posted with the new date and time. 

Also at the oversight hearing, I will be testifying as to why it is important to have “Crucial End-of-Life Conversations” with family members. In addition, I will share my experience involving vexatious legislation.  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. 

Thank you for supporting the caregiver’s, senior’s and loved ones around the world. 

Carolyn A. Brent 

Speaking Coaching Workshops

Carolyn inspires and motivates audiences from all walks and in various stages of life regarding end-of-life issues. Whether it’s in a church or corporate setting, speaking   to families, adult siblings, singles, women’s groups, hospices, long-term   care, assisted living, and senior organizations. Call today and receive a FREE 30 minute consultation with Carolyn.


Carolyn, “America’s   Caregiver Empowerment Strategist”  has discovered a common theme:  “People need to be empowered with knowledge and strategies on how to prepare for end-of-life   issues.  And, the importance of adult siblings and parents having   what she calls “crucial conversations” in preparation for the end-of-life issues they may face.  Instead of being torn apart, they can come together as a strong family.”


Carolyn customizes her talks for each audience and is passionate about delivering life changing principles that assist in achieving the desired outcomes. She is flexible to deliver her messaging for keynotes, workshops, seminars, training   programs, or retreats. 

Past topics include:

  •   Anti-Aging Movement Vs. discovering “The Art of Aging Gracefully”
  •   What to Do When Your Parent Can No Longer Live Alone
  •   Moving Your Parent into an Assisted-living Facility or Nursing Home
  •   Emergencies, Life-or-Death Decisions, and Hospice Care
  •   Crucial Emotional Conversations
  •   Crucial Financial Conversations
  •   Crucial Legal Conversations
  •   Taking Care of Yourself When You Are a Caregiver
  •   Programs and Services to Help Caregivers
  •   Resources for Caregiving and Caregivers
  •   Crucial Conversation families MUST have 

To view previous television appearances click on our YouTube Channel. 

Whether it’s before   thousands or in an intimate setting, Carolyn brings a message that is   passionate, thoughtful, transparent, enriching, engaging, and relevant. She was a featured keynote speaker at “The Innovations in Aging” in Washington   DC, sponsored by AARP . Her presentations have been featured on nationally syndicated television and radio shows.   

To contact Carolyn and book her for an interview or hire her for a speaking engagement,   please visit: CareGiverStory and fill out the request for service form.

John W. Sandifer, JD
Director of Public Affairs


Why Wait? Is a   timely, thought provoking page-turner that should be considered a desk   reference for caregivers and those who would be caregivers of all ages. Thank   you, Carolyn Brent!”
  —Rawle Andrews, Jr., Esq., Regional Vice President, AARP 

“Carolyn Brent’s book is a   personal, compelling account of not only her own story but also the stories   of other family caregivers faced with difficult sibling issues. It is   thorough, accurate, and highly credible. Brent has taken her own painful   experience, summarized what might have been done differently as a lesson for   others, and put it all together with compassion and understanding. Her   straightforward advice can serve as an excellent help to anyone in the   situation of working with siblings on parent care. She teaches us all through   her own, well written story. I highly recommend it!”
  —Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, R.N., attorney, author of The Boomer’s Guide to   Aging Parents 

“As a pastor, former pastor   to pastors, and a counselor, I endorse Carolyn Brent’s book as an excellent resource.   Also I recommend it for inclusion in all church libraries, in the homes of   people who are caregivers for loved ones, and in the offices of pastors and   others who work with people who care for aging parents and others. This book   will change the lives of family caregivers and it will provide essential   information for those who make the lives of loved ones as comfortable as   possible. Carolyn shares her soul, her heart, and herself with the world in a   way that will bring about crucial, positive change in the lives of those who   take care of family and friends.”
  —Rev. Dr. Mary Newbern-Williams, Pastor, Cote Brilliante Presbyterian   Church (St. Louis, Missouri)

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Ask Carolyn & John

Preventing a Sibling War Over Caregiving

Dear Carolyn, for the most part my brothers and sisters get along fine, but every now and then we   get into heated arguments when it comes to issues concerning the care for my   aging parents. How can I ensure that the long-term care of my parents does   not become an all out war between us siblings? 

Carolyn: When a family gets along, they can get together and   put the necessary paperwork stating legal decisions themselves and then   submit it to any federal, state and county officials required. The cost   associated with that is generally minimal. However, when there are a few   disagreements, ask a mediator who can be a mutual friend or a relative, to be   present and work out the issues. When all communication fails, it is time to   bring in the big guns. Hire a geriatric attorney to protect the well-being of   your parents. I also advise families to get a sibling contract drawn up to   protect the caregiver who has been caring for the ill parent all along. Also,   if you know or suspect that a caregiver is abusive, be sure to collect proof   of abuse and then file a report.

Do you have a question? If so, please mail me at carolyn@caregiverstory.com   and I will answer it in the next issue. Your confidentiality will be   protected.

 About Carolyn

  “America’s Caregiver Empowerment Strategist” author Carolyn A. Brent is a former clinical educational manager in the pharmaceutical   industry. She is an avid activist and advocate working with the State   and U.S. Congress for the purpose of creating change to protect seniors   and veterans from financial and medical abuse.  Since 2008, Carolyn has   volunteered her services to Congress, working toward making the Veterans   Administration responsible for upholding the decisions that veterans have   made about the appointment of a financial fiduciary and medical   representative in the event of their disability and protecting those whom   they select.

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   or email Carolyn at carolyn@caregiverstory.com.   


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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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