Bio for Brenda Avadian, MA
Dementia Caregiving | Author | The Caregiver's Voice
Brenda Avadian became a caregiver 16 years ago. Today, she brings strength and tears of joy to caregivers with current information, first-hand stories, and humor.
Brenda Avadian, MA, is an award-winning speaker who has established herself as a national spokesperson for family and professional caregivers. An internationally acclaimed author of eight books, she served as a pioneering voice for caregivers while she and her husband cared for her father with Alzheimer’s.
Brenda advocates using all the resources available to caregivers within the caregiving continuum. This includes residential, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. She is also an advocate for the use of support groups, educational sessions, geriatric assessments, in-home care, adult day care, clinical studies and elder law services.
Brenda believes one person can make a big difference in people’s lives.
Instead of saving for her own retirement, she donated her book sales proceeds and services (speeches, coaching, and consultations) over a ten-year period. The amount? Over one million dollars. In hindsight she questions the wisdom of this. Despite tithing almost 100%, she believes (as has been written):
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you are the world.
Having depended on a wide range of services while caring for her father, she shares poignant stories of her own and other caregivers’ experiences to illuminate the caregiving journey while helping families confidently and knowledgeably navigate a potentially confusing maze of choices.
Before becoming a caregiver, Brenda helped others to become better leaders and communicators, first as a college professor and then as an organizational development consultant and corporate coach.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brenda earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She met her husband, David Borden in Milwaukee and now lives on five acres in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California.
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