I'm a Stanford trained, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist.
I specialize with older adults and families and am bringing my expertise out of the therapy room and classroom and straight to YOU!
Caring for aging parents is overwhelming and complicated.
You may be helping your aging parents with painful medical conditions like dementia, cancer, or other chronic and severe illnesses. You might be helping your parent with mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, or substance use. And sadly, after all of this, you may be in the position of helping your aging parents with end of life concerns.
If you're caring for your aging parents, you probably have a million questions but don't know who to ask. You might be feeling out of your element, like you're giving more than you get, and just plain burned out!
You’re running between work, taking care of your own home, and managing unexpected challenges with your aging parents. You love your parents so much, but you are in a constant bind with balancing how to take care of your parents' needs and have your own life, too. Then you realize that you’re reaching the point of resentment that you’ve put your own life on hold to care for your aging parents.
You don't have the time to figure out where to turn for information and support you can trust. And, you need confidence in knowing that the information that you get about how to help your aging parents is information you can rely on.
There are millions of you out there in this really tough situation, but chances are you don't have access to an expert you can just call up. So, I thought...
I'm here to help! I care about you and your family, which is why each week in my Caring for Aging Parents Show I provide tips and resources that use the most up to date research, recommendations, and resources that you can trust. This is my promise to you!
Because you need peace of mind knowing that you're doing everything you can to help your aging parents live their best lives during the most difficult times... without giving up your own life in the process!
a Professor of Gerontology (that's a fancy word for the study of older adults and aging), and Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. I also work as a Clinical Psychologist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System in Atlanta, GA, where I provide individual, couples, and family therapy for older adults and their families.
One of my favorite things to do is teach! From medical residents and psychology pre-doctoral students all the way to senior level medical staff. Teaching is my passion. Every year I get the opportunity to present at conferences and discuss issues related to caring for older adults and their families. My personal teaching philosophy is: No topic is off topic, we just have to have a healthy way of talking about it.Read My OFFICIAL BIO
I, myself, am in the Sandwich. I'm in my 40s, married, and have 2 little kids. Between my husband and I, we have 3 aging parents and other older adults that we care deeply about
I'm dedicated to my family and to helping others! Here's what I mean.
In 2016 & 2017, I won two innovation grants to develop family/couples services at the Atlanta VA Health Care System, where I work.
I wrote one of these sitting at the bedside for a week in the pediatric ICU of my (then) 17 month old who had pneumonia. I was also 6 months pregnant at the time!
My little one made a full recovery AND I got the grant to build a family and couples program! Hooray!
I have little kids (2 and 3 years old), so I'm addicted to my morning cup of coffee, I use dry shampoo too many days in a row, and my clothes are always stained!
I still keep in touch with my middle school teachers, Mr. & Mrs. Johnson. And, when I was 11 years old, I was matched with a Big Sister in the Big Brother/ Big Sister Program. And... Guess What? We're still together! More than 30 years later!
I'll send you tips & resources for caring for your aging parents.
I'll never share your email. Cross my heart!