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 is normal for a person to start dating 2 months after a beloved mate's death? — Jul 05, 2012
Whether or not it is "normal for a person to start dating 2 months after a beloved mates death" depends on the nature of the relationship before the year and a half of canc...
Why do dementia patients fidget and fix things in the middle of the night? — Jun 21, 2012
People with moderate dementia need to feel useful and purposeful like we do; so, you may observe them fidgeting and fixing things. Other times, they will pace and try to go...
Would a weekend at home be harmful for my father? — Jun 18, 2012
A weekend at home would not be harmful for your father. In fact, it may do the two of you some good depending on his condition. After a placement, professionals often advi...
My husband believes he often sees his father. Should I tell him it can't be? — May 09, 2012
If I may take a philosophical bent, how can you be sure it can't be that your husband believes he sees his father? The medical profession will label your husband seeing hi...
My mother with Alzheimer's almost died of dehydration twice. What could be the cause? — May 07, 2012
Dehydration can cause organ failure and death if ignored. There are 3 good reasons why your mother with Alzheimer's almost died of dehydration. First, she is not taking i...
How do I keep Mom from trying to leave house? — May 04, 2012
Here are a few more tips and resources to help you keep Mom from trying to leave the house. Schedule daily walks with her. Take turns with each of your family members so ...
How to deal with being cut off from inheritance? — May 04, 2012
How to deal with being cut off from inheritance is one of the difficult questions because the answers are not easy. A situation, like yours, is woefully unfair. Your desc...
How do I talk to my girlfriend about her feelings and the situation ? — May 03, 2012
When talking with your girlfriend about her feelings and the situation of her mother's placement in a nursing home, the best you can do is to ask questions then listen ......
Grandma begged us to move in. Our family thinks we're taking advantage of her. What can we do? — Apr 18, 2012
Even though your Grandma begged you to move in and your family thinks you and your significant other are taking advantage of her, you did what you could. It's time to move...
What does it mean when my husband clicks clicks his teeth? — Apr 18, 2012
When your husband clicks his teeth it could mean he is feeling nervous and this is the way he expresses it. My father had dementia and he clicked his teeth or hummed a tun...