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

My mother is losing her memory. How can I get her to see a doctor? — Jul 06, 2014
It sounds like your mother is experiencing the hallucinations and paranoia characteristic of the early part of middle-stage dementia from your description. Beyond a "virtu...
How can I stop my husband with Alzheimer's from urinating in crazy places at home? — Apr 30, 2014
When a loved one has Alzheimer's, impaired judgment makes it increasingly difficult to redirect one’s urge to urinate in appropriate places. One pre-dawn morning I found m...
How do I get the state to leave my mother alone? — Apr 30, 2014
Justinian, it is certainly a challenge to face state intervention after losing your father a decade earlier. Please know, hoarding is a serious issue that affects 2-5% of ...
How Can Hospice Help a Person With Severe/End Alzheimer's? — Aug 16, 2013
Caregiving is challenging enough for one; with two who are deaf and of ill health, it's nearly impossible. Hospice plays a critical role in supporting your family while yo...
My Husband Falls While in Assisted Living. What Should I Do? — Jun 14, 2013
Your cause for concern with your husband falling while in assisted living is important. If his fall causes a fracture or worse, a broken bone, whatever quality of life he e...
What to do about elderly father who has alzheimer's and smokes. — May 31, 2013
Smoking and Alzheimer's don't mix; however, a habit is hard to break, especially if your father's been smoking for 58 years. First, there's the SAFETY issue. Depending on...
Does Alzheimer's cause insomnia? — May 20, 2013
Alzheimer's may not cause insomnia as much as the disease causes disturbances in sleep patterns. As the disease progresses, our loved ones find it more difficult to tell t...
How should live-in caregivers deal with my mom's paranoia? — May 20, 2013
Dealing with paranoia is hard enough when you're a family member, but this can prove especially troublesome for an in-home caregiver. First, make sure your legal papers ar...
What causes someone with dementia to tap on tables, when not occupied? — May 03, 2013
Actually, he is remaining occupied.Tapping on tables is likely a comforting way for him to be doing something, to be involved, and maybe even express himself. There is tru...
My 89 year old husband writes romantic letters to young women. What do I do? — Apr 12, 2013
I'm smiling as I read about your conundrum re: your husband writing love letters to young women. Why? A fellow caregiver encountered a similar problem in reverse. Her hus...