Brenda Avadian, Founder of The Caregiver's Voice


Since 1996, Brenda Avadian, MA, has helped family caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer's and dementia gain knowledge and strength through hope and humor.

Her personal attention to caregivers catches many by pleasant surprise. And her energy and enthusiasm, combined with her detailed approach, keeps her in demand as a caregiver expert speaker.

A spokesperson for the full range of caring options -- including in-home, adult day, residential, assisted, and skilled nursing care -- Brenda Avadian advocates the Continuum of Care Options based on each family's unique needs.

She writes over 100 articles a year for 4 websites including TheCaregiversVoice.com, since 1998. She is the co-author of a new book, STUFFology 101: Get Your Mind Out of the Clutter - a valuable resource for caregivers helping Mom and Dad downsize.

Why I care

"As a family caregiver to my father with Alzheimer's, I was one of the first family caregivers willing to write and speak nationally about caregiving. My memoir, 'Where's my shoes?' My Father's Walk through Alzheimer's, gained international prominence and continues to inform, comfort, and strengthen families and the professionals who serve them.

"My caregiving experience changed how I live my LIFE; as a result, I'm planting the seeds of joyful caring. I edit the Finding the JOY series of titles and invite you to submit your joyful story or photo. I'll help you to survive, thrive, and even find the JOY in caregiving."


Recently Published on Caring.com

Is the cost of Assistant Living for an Alzheimer's patient tax deductible? — Sep 30, 2015
It depends. If the doctor were prescribing Assisted Living for medical care, then yes, medical expenses would be tax deductible. However, there are different eligibility r...
When do I seek medical help for dad's Lewy Body Dementia? — Aug 30, 2015
You write that your father has been showing signs of dementia for about 4 years and that he's been diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. You added that he was taken to the ER...
I'm concerned about wandering. Is there an ID bracelet that would be next to impossible for her to remove? — Aug 30, 2015
An excellent response, Kathryn Pears, MPPM Consider your options down the line. We used adult day care as well... but the time will come for other care options. Until then...
How can we convince mom she needs more care then we can give her? — Jul 08, 2015
You're in a bit of a predicament as live-in caregivers for your boyfriend's mom. When you stepped up to provide care, you likely did as so many of us have, with good inten...
Am I responsible for older disabled sister's care? — Jun 09, 2015
Anonymous, You are obviously a caregiver with a conscience. In this case, your conscience will get you into trouble. You don’t deserve to be involved with your elder sist...
How do I get my parents to acknowledge that they have Alzheimer's? — Dec 10, 2014
PATIENCE is foremost what you need. Next, you need to imagine... to really imagine that you were diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It's unbelievable to even imagine, isn't it? ...
Can I be sued if my elderly mother causes an accident? — Dec 10, 2014
Your liability depends on the laws of your state and the level of your and your mother's assets. It's sad that I even mention the latter. Since you have fiduciary responsi...
How to document when mom reimburses me? — Oct 12, 2014
As your mom's Attorney in Fact (with a DPOA), it's important for you to keep track of your/her expenses and share these with her heirs (your siblings). Whether you hire hel...
If my father with dementia gets into a car accident, will his insurer cover it? — Oct 12, 2014
This is one of those questions we fear to face but in just asking the question, we become liable. Well, maybe not in this case, because the caregiver asking is anonymous. ...
How do I force an adult child to take responsibility for his/her parent? — Oct 12, 2014
Caregiver to Many, you and your husband should not be responsible for his disabled sister or brother if you choose not to be. Likewise, you cannot force anyone to step up t...