Taking Caregivers Beyond Survival

Imagine—your 25 year old son is NOW taking care of you at age—61?

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CareGiverStory, is proud to have as our very special guest, Kevin O’Brien — entrepreneur, filmmaker, son, brother and acaregiver to his father.  “The moment I spoke with Kevin —I immediately wanted to interview him, and his family to share their amazing story about MAKING CAREGIVING A FAMILY AFFAIR.” 

Born in 1989, Kevin O’Brien enjoyed 20 years in a healthy home, under the wing of his parents Sandra and Michael O’Brien. In 2009, at the age of 61, his father was diagnosed with early onset frontotemporal lobe dementia. As the year passed, Michael’s cognition decreased, and the caregiving responsibilities Kevin shared with his brother, Connor O’Brien, and his mother, increased. Those years also saw Kevin graduated CSULB with a degree in Political Science, work four years at the public affairs firm GrassrootsLab, and leap into the entertainment industry with a contractual position at NBCUniversal. Kevin now spends his time looking for his next professional avenue and working to produce The Trail, a short film that seeks to chronicle the period of time between his father’s diagnosis and his 5150, a psychotic break that his father experienced, one that required his medication and speed his need for round-the-clock care.

Kevin O’Brien
Phone: 562.256.5874
Email: kmobrien8989@gmail.com
Film Homepage: http://thetrail5150.tumblr.com/

on May 5, 2015

Taking Caregivers Beyond Survival

25 is a tender age to believe you know everything there is to know about caregiving. In 2009, my father, Michael, was diagnosed with early onset frontotemporal lobe dementia. Since then, my life and the lives of my mother and brother have revolved around caring for Michael. The years have been hard and even traumatic at times

As my father diminished, my relationships with my mother and brother strengthened as we struggled to support Michael and support one another. Our
survival left me with the notion that we had learned all there was to learn. In fact, we knew only what we needed to survive. The knowledge needed to go beyond survival, to flourish, can be found in this book The Caregiver’s Companion.

Author Carolyn A. Brent delivers straight forward suggestions evidence by her 12 years providing care for her father. These guidelines are gated with introductory sections illustrating those 12 years. I looked forward to the beginning of each new chapter, eager to read another experience that I could relate to. I read words that her father uttered in a frantic, dementia induced panic that I heard my own father
scream during his 5150, his psychotic break.

Upon finishing this book you will not only be better educated, you will also feel what I feel, that there is a person and people in this world that can relate to your experiences as a caregiver.

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Discover the step-by-step process that will help make caregiving a family affair.

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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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