Video: Sacramento & Company/ News10 ABC “Family Planning”

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As baby boomers age, so do their parents and with that comes the added responsibility of taking care of the needs of the immediate family– spouse and kids and making sure that the needs of aging parents are also addressed and taken care of. Elder care within a family can be the source of tension, stress and feelings of resentment amongst family members, however, those feelings can be exacerbated after the death of parents if matters are not planned out before they pass.

Author Carolyn Brent knows this first hand. As the primary caregiver for her father, Carolyn realized the importance of making sure that families prepare for the passing of a parent on all levels -emotionally, financially and legally. Unfortunately many families don’t know how to approach the topic while elderly parents are still alive and after they pass, it can be daunting and even impossible to protect their assets and carry out their wishes, especially if the surviving family is divided.

Carolyn wrote the book, “Why Wait,” to help families learn what it takes to prepare for the death of a parent and ensure their wishes are carried out, while the parent is still alive and able to participate in the planning. Carolyn talks about this issue with host Scott Moak. For more information or to find the book, go to 

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To find out more about how to buy the book, and receive all thWhy Wait? Coverese free gifts on November 15th, go to: On that page, you can sign up for a “launch reminder” so you don’t forget to come back and get the book and claim your gifts on November 15th.

This book gives you a comprehensive handbook for family caregivers, outlining a step-by-step process that can spare caregivers and their families the stress of conflict at a time of grieving and loss, and provide an opportunity to mend fences and renew the connection and communication they once enjoyed with each other.

Carolyn A. Brent, M.B.A., is a former clinical educational manager in the pharmaceutical industry. During her role as a panelist on many clinical studies, she developed a passion to inform the public about the many side effects of drugs, especially those used in the care of the elderly. When her own father became ill with dementia in 1997, she began to experience firsthand the frustration of not only coping with the medical world, but also the legal, financial, and, of course, emotional aspects of caring for her aging father. Today, Carolyn 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. She resides in Northern California.


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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