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

Mom has dementia and memories, pictures and phone calls from friends disorient her. Should we keep these from her? — Mar 18, 2013
As dementia makes it more difficult for your mother to remember, she will get confused from old memories of her home. When dealing with challenges like this, I often put m...
How can I tell if behavior is related to depression or dementia? — Mar 16, 2013
These are just some of the struggles we encounter when loved one's depression or dementia causes off behavior. From what you describe, it is likely a combination of both"”...
Does moaning make someone feel better? — Feb 21, 2013
It's hard to determine if someone moaning feels better; especially, without knowing anything more about your husband. So, I'll give you a real-life example with more detail...
Is Alzheimer's more aggressive in a men? — Feb 14, 2013
I can't say I've seen any research to suggest that Alzheimer's is more aggressive in men. Instead, what seems to be happening is your dad has entered the paranoid stage of...
How to deal with resistance to in-home care? — Feb 04, 2013
Rose Mary, what a wonderful situation your friend has set up--a team of friends to help her despite her resistance to in-home care. From what you describe, I agree that sh...
My mother thinks I am stealing from her what do I do? — Jan 31, 2013
When you write "mom thinks I'm stealing" from her you are presented with two situations--one, a mom who is afraid and two, because she's trying to hold on. Sadly, when our...
Is it wrong to be involved with a man who has an invalid wife in a nursing home? — Jan 11, 2013
What deeply thoughtful considerate responses to the other woman's question re: being involved with a married man. This is a common question among caregivers that is often ...
My husband is being placed in a home. He has anger issues. Should I visit him? — Dec 30, 2012
Despite your husband's anger issues, you should visit him IF that's what YOU wish to do. You don't mention if his issues are a result of dementia or other illness. Those c...
To the deathbed of my estranged father -- go or no? — Dec 23, 2012
There is no simple answer to whether or not you should see your dad before he dies; however, these two perspectives should give you some grounding. First, the fact that yo...
How do I cope with the memory of discovering my deceased grandfather? — Dec 21, 2012
{{{YOU}}} need a (virtual) hug. Finding your grandfather already deceased is traumatic; especially, after you've been caring for him every day. Without knowing his conditi...