Did you know that #Caregiving or #Caregiver are two heavily used hashtags on twitter? By clicking on these hashtags, Caregivers can connect themselves with resources, experts, and even with other Caregivers. If you’re a Caregiver that is new to twitter, or considering creating an account and unsure of where to start, Amy Goyer, Kathy Birkett, Shelley Webb, Brenda Avadian, and Denise M. Brown are five of the best Caregiving experts we’ve found for advice, support, and inspiration.
Amy Goyer is an author, speaker, consultant and expert in aging and families, specializing in family caregiving, grandparenting, and multigenerational issues. She has authored numerous publications, including the books, AARP’s “Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving” and “Things to Do Now That You’re…a Grandparent”. Amy has been an advocate for older adults, children, and families for more than 30 years at the local, state, national, and international levels. In addition to being AARP’s family and caregiving expert, Amy has as a “Taking Care” YouTube web series with actionable tips for caregivers and a vlog about her personal caregiving experiences.
Kathy Birkett is Senior Care Corner’s co-founder and expert on the care of senior adults and caregiving. Kathy has over 25 years of experience working with seniors, families, and caregivers in both their professional and personal lives. In her profession as a dietitian, Kathy gets to know elderly adults and their families closely in learning about their specific needs and situations, helping them find solutions to their issues. In doing so, she works closely with other healthcare professionals and has a broad understanding of seniors’ needs.
With over 30 years of nursing experience, Shelley Webb is an award-winning blogger, speaker, and social strategist. After becoming a Caregiver for her father, Shelley created The Intentional Caregiver– a blog that supports caregivers of aging parents and loved ones. Shelley has also been an expert contributor for several online publications including ConsumerAffairs, Dr. Oz, and Sharecare.
Brenda Avadian is an award-winning speaker, national spokesperson for family and professional caregivers, author, and founder of The Caregivers Voice. She became a full time caregiver in 1996, three years after her mother died and her father began showing signs of dementia. An advocate for the continuum of care, Brenda encourages families to take advantage of community resources including in-home care, adult day services, support groups, geriatric assessment, elder law services, clinical studies, residential care, assisted living, skilled nursing, and hospice. Brenda writes over 100 articles annually for U.S. News & World Report and other leading sites and serves as an expert for Caring.com.
Denise M. Brown
Denise M. Brown is an author, speaker, and founder of Caregiving.com. Denise began working with family caregivers in 1990 and started her own business to help them in 1994. She regularly speaks about the family caregiver experience and her insights have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Time, and Chicago Tribune. Denise is also a professional caregiving coach, working with family caregivers and professionals to find the meaning in their journeys.