AgeSong with dr. gelardin & carolyn a. brent

Live & recorded tele-interview moderated by Dr. Sally Gelardin, interview with Carolyn A. Brent, on her experience with her dad, and siblings regarding end-of-life issues.  Please click on link to review the entire interview. Click here:  World -wide interview 

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CLICK HERE To Listen to audio interview with Carolyn BrentCarolyn A. Brent, MBA, , author of the number one bestselling book Why Wait? The Baby Boomer’s Guide to preparing Emotionally, Financially & Legally for a Parent’s Death, will spark a discussion at AgeSong, Bayside Park, on “crucial conversations” in preparation for the end-of-life issues families may face. This event is open to the public.
Bio Carolyn travels throughout the United States lecturing about the importance of adult siblings and parents having what she calls “crucial conversations” in preparation for the difficult discussion of end-of-life issues they may face, so that instead of being torn apart, they can come together as a strong family. Book ReviewWhy Wait? The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially & Legallyfor a Parents’ Death,
Carolyn Brent This is a book that is long overdue and is a must read for those who have aging parents as well as for the aging parents themselves.
This book is filled with the wisdom about caring for aging parents that comes from experience and with the compassion that comes from love. Brent walked the path first and then wrote about it in an effort to help others avoid some of the pain, confusion and pitfalls she had to experience in caring for her aging father.Our society has kept the subject of death and dying hush-hush. It wasn’t a subject we talked about as if not avoiding it would keep it from happening to us or our loved ones. Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross brought it to the forefront with her revolutionary book, On Death and Dying in 1969. Since then many books about grief and grieving have been written and many websites are dedicated to the subject of grief.There is little available, however, on how to prepare for your care when you begin to decline – becoming unable to totally care for yourself. Furthermore, there is little available to help your loved ones prepare for your decline and death. Carolyn Brent helps you find ways to do this kind of planning together BEFORE it’s too late to have a viable discussion. It isn’t ever pleasant but it is absolutely essential. Brent covers such subjects as finding an acceptable long term care facility and what is expected from them and what they expect from you. She details caring for them in your home. She helps you approach the discussion about money issues, end of life directives, and care for the body after death. She talks openly about family upheavals, jealousies, interference and ultimatums.
She gives encouragement to the caregiver and offers great tips on how to be a caregiver without ruining your own health in the process. In fact she touches on all those difficult and delicate issues that we don’t know how to deal with or how to approach discussing them with the ones we love. She bravely bares her own soul and emotions to describe personal experiences to make it real to you and help you see the necessity of addressing these painful subjects with all who are affected.Why Wait? is well written, speaks to the issues without beating them to death, holds your attention and addresses critical information in an understandable way. I recommend that anyone approaching their older years read it and give it to their children. I recommend it to the children of aging parents. I recommend it to caregivers everywhere and I urge every Senior Center and geriatrics practitioner to have a copy of this book available. If you don’t have a copy, Why wait to get your copy of Why Wait?
-Dr. Irene Conlan-


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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 A Free Resource

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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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