As a hands-on caregiver for both of my parents (who lived to the ages of 89 and 98, respectively!), I know first-hand how rewarding, yet challenging it can be to care for an elderly family member.
My caregiving journey began the day I went to see my elderly parents for lunch and noticed my mom was slurring her words.
Fearing that she was having a stroke, we made a mad dash to the Emergency Room.
Four days and about a million tests later, she was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme.
That’s fancy medical-speak for a “terminal brain tumor.” Mom was given 4 – 6 weeks to live, but we were blessed to have her with us for almost more three months.
Our lives had upended in a matter of seconds, and I was woefully unprepared to assume a caregiving role.
I had no idea what resources existed for my parents, what future needs she or my then-93-year-old father would have, or how I was going to help her and Dad through her illness.
As they say, I jumped in with both feet and learned on the fly.
That’s why I am so passionate about providing practical information and useful solutions for seniors through SeniorSafetyAdvice.com.
I am a military wife (married to Mike – U. S. Air Force, retired, after 20 years of service) and the proud mom of two great (adult) kids.
I’m also a breast cancer survivor, a romance author, and a runner with one marathon and numerous half marathons under my running belt.
I’ve been in the dental field for four decades and have worked as a dental hygienist for more than twenty five of those years (which means I am also passionate about getting people to floss!).
In 2018, my life-long friend, Esther, approached me with the idea of co-founding SeniorSafetyAdvice.com and this website was born.
I’m excited to share what I learned while caregiving and eager to help seniors and their caregivers find answers to the numerous questions that come up during the aging process.
In 2019 I became certified as a Senior Home Safety Specialist through the Age Safe America organization, an AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Approved Provider.
In 2022, I became a certified CARES® Dementia Specialist™ (C. D. S.) through HealthCare Interactive®.
I am also proud to be certified in BLS (Basic Life Support), AED, and Adult/Child/Infant CPR for Health Professionals.