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Carolyn A. Brent, M.B.A., author of WHY WAIT? THE BABY BOOMERS' GUIDE TO PREPARING EMOTIONALLY, FINANCIALLY, AND LEGALLY FOR A PARENT'S DEATH, is the founder of Grandpa's Dream LLC, as well as Caregiver Story (www.caregiverstory.com), a non-profit organization that provides free medical and legal resources to the public. Her personal mission is to enhance the lives of family caregivers and their aging parents. As a speaker, she travels throughout the United States lecturing about the importance of adult siblings and parents having what she calls "crucial conversations" in preparation for the end-of-life issues they may face, so that instead of being torn apart, they can come together as a strong family. As a result, they can create a supportive and loving environment that a parent needs in order to depart the world with dignity.
Carolyn's passion for her subject started when she was caring for her own father, who was diagnosed with dementia in 1997. From that experience, she found that neither she nor her family truly understood not only the medical challenges related to aging and chronic illness, but also the financial and emotional weight these bring to bear on a family. In 2009, she founded her business, Grandpa's Dream LLC, and the non-profit organization Caregiver Story for the dissemination of information through books, speaking engagements, and a web-based info portal, with the hopes of them becoming instruments of positive change for other families experiencing the same pain and heartache she experienced, and who were being challenged by the need to plan for their aging parents' medical, financial, and legal well-being.
Carolyn's professional background gives her rare insight into the medical side of these complex issues. For seventeen years she worked for some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. She served as a clinical education manager for Pharmacia, in which capacity she worked with some of the leading and key opinion leaders in the medical field. In her role as a senior therapeutic sales representative for another major pharmaceutical company, she provided information to doctors and staff on a variety of subjects, including medical healthcare plans.
Carolyn has worked as a volunteer within different assisted-living facilities, including the San Joaquin Behavioral Health Evaluation Center. Since 2008, she has volunteered her services to the United States Congress, working toward making the Veterans Administration responsible for upholding the decisions 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. Her goal in life is to empower caregivers and their family members with knowledge of possible challenges they might face together while caring for an aging parent.
Carolyn received a B.A. in Business Administration from National University in Los Angeles, California, and an M.B.A. at the University of Phoenix, in Pleasanton, California. She currently resides in Northern California.