Brenda Avadian began full-time caregiving in 1996, three years after her mother died and her father began showing signs of dementia. She served as a pioneering voice for caregivers while caring for her father with Alzheimer’s.
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 helps families confidently and knowledgeably navigate a confusing maze of choices.
Family caregivers and professionals gain, hope and strength during Brenda Avadian’s speeches and one-on-one coaching as she shares poignant recollections of her and other caregivers’ stories.
One person can make a big difference in people’s lives.
Her actions are inspired by:
To the world you may be one person,
but to one person you are the world.
Instead of saving for her own retirement, she donated her book sales proceeds, caregiver speeches, coaching and consultations, contributing Over One Million Dollars to caregiver and dementia organizations. An eternal optimist, she didn’t expect the economic downturn to turn into a crisis. Now, she has to shore up her own retirement!
Before caregiving, Brenda helped corporations develop better leaders and communicators. She also served as a college professor for nearly a decade.
After setting a goal at age 33 to run her first marathon at age 50, she finished the Los Angeles Marathon in March 2011 – running 26.2 miles during one of LA’s worst storms. It even hailed in Santa Monica! These days, she enjoys hiking on forest trails and mountain climbing. Click on the photo to view a series of short (15-30-second) YouTube clips of this climb.
Writing over 100 articles, annually,
She serves as an expert for Caring.com.
Brenda writes a quarterly column for Homewatch Caregivers
Brenda is a Diamond Author for EZineArticles.com and featured in the Expert Author Showcase.
She served on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association and has been an active member holding various officer roles (President, VP of Education and Membership, and Treasurer) at High Desert Toastmasters since 1998.
She is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association and the UWM Chapman Society.
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