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

What to do while mom is out during Christmas break? — Dec 15, 2012
WARNING: The time passes quickly when you try to get a holiday rest from caregiving. So, what can you do? Answer: Not much. Here are some helpful TIPS to make sure you f...
How can I help my mom deal with being alone on Christmas day? — Dec 06, 2012
Rest in confidence that your mother will not be alone on Christmas Day. Even with mild dementia, your mother will be entertained by other families visiting loved ones and ...
How can I get my husband with Alzheimer's to visit the dentist? — Dec 03, 2012
Getting your husband to visit the dentist is a challenge that can be overcome. First, find a dentist in your health plan who is willing to work with a person with Alzheime...
Will moving severe Alz age 83 to new home shorten life? — Dec 03, 2012
Moving your mother with severe (late stage) Alzheimer's will shorten her life. Consider this--at this point in her life, she can no longer think enough to understand where...
How do I keep weight off during the holidays? — Nov 28, 2012
Good for you for focusing on your health after your parents moved into assisted living. While many of us try to stay thin(ner) during the holidays, most of us won't be suc...
How do we tell family about Mom's memory loss before they see her for Christmas? — Nov 28, 2012
Since you come from a large family, it might be easier for you and your sister to share with certain family members about your mom's memory loss before they come to visit. ...
Is talking to mirrors a behavior of moderate Alzheimer's? — Sep 01, 2012
That's a great point, alwysgayles. We can learn a lot about our loved ones if we slow down enough and just listen. Thank you for sharing.
How do you handle his fondling of his privates, sexual talk with care givers? — Aug 09, 2012
If there's one positive to this from your description, he does this in private in his own room. Still, dealing with his fondling of his privates and sexual talk with careg...
Is talking to mirrors a behavior of moderate Alzheimer's? — Aug 06, 2012
It's hard to say what normal behavior is when one has Alzheimer's, but my father used to talk to someone in the mirror, too. He'd stand in front of the full-length mirror ...
My mother is a toxic person and now she is dying. Do I go see her? — Jul 06, 2012
Penny, you raise an important question with a two-part answer on whether or not you should go see your mother even though she is a toxic person and dying. On the one hand,...