Carolyn A. Brent is an American author, caregiver advocate, and founder of A Caregiver’s Story, a nonprofit organization that provides medical, legal and financial resources on caregiving. She is also the president of Grandpa’s Dream, a company that creates programs dedicated to educating care providers.
Brent authored Why Wait? The Baby Boomers Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially, and Legally for a Parent’s Death in 2011.
Early career and education
Prior to advocating for caregivers, Brent worked in the pharmaceutical industry. She served as a clinical-education manager for Pharmacia and later worked as a senior therapeutic sales representative. Brent received a B.A. in Business Administration from National University in Los Angeles, California, and an M.B.A. at the University of Phoenix.
In an interview with Connections Magazine, Brent said that although she had siblings, she was her father’s primary caregiver for twelve years after he was diagnosed with dementia in 1997. During that time, she “oversaw all of his needs, from taking him to the doctor to getting him into a long-term care facility so he could be watched over while she worked.” When her father required emergency surgery, Brent had to make a difficult medical decision that resulted in tension with her family members and ultimately lawsuits. Though her father had signed legal documents naming Brent as his caretaker and granting her power of attorney, one of Brent’s family members filed unfounded reports of abuse and falsified Federal documentation. These documents appointed the family member, and not Brent, as Brent’s father’s fiduciary and medical representative. Because the Veterans Administration did not verify the family member’s documentation, Brent’s legally appointed responsibilities for her father were taken away and awarded to her family member Eventually the family member’s legal claims were thrown out.
As a result on her experience, Brent now helps others who face similar situations. In 2009, she founded A Caregiver’s Story, a nonprofit organization that provides medical, legal and financial resources on caregiving. She also founded Grandpa’s Dream, a company that creates programs dedicated to educating care providers.
Brent has been working with Congressman Jerry McNerney and California State lawmakers with the aim of the United States Congress and the State of California passing a law that would make the Veterans Administration responsible for protecting disabled veterans' decisions about the appointment of a fiduciary representative in the event of their disability. In 2011, McNerney helped pass the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).
In 2011 Brent published her first book called Why Wait? The Baby Boomers Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially, and Legally for a Parent’s Death. Escapee magazine described the book as “interesting to anyone as the primary caregiver for an aging parent, or the parent wishing to set into place their personal medical, financial and legal desires and other end-of-life decisions so that the family understands and will be compliant with the parent’s wishes.” Rawle Andrews, Jr of the AARP, called the book, “a desk reference for caregivers and those who would be caregivers of all ages.”
National Association of Professional Women
Board member of Alzheimer's of East Bay
Brent lives in Northern California.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Mowatt, Allison (December 22, 2011). Aging: The Danger Signs. Connections Magazine. Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Berry, Katy (January 2012). Local Senior Advocate: Carolyn Brent. San Joaquin Magazine. Retrieved on 2012-05-20.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Eldercare. Bay Area Vista (November 2011). Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
- ↑ About Carolyn. Caregiver's Story. Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
- ↑ McNerney, Jerry. Congressman Jerry McNerney Letter to Carolyn Brent. Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Gauthier, Marcella. Books for All Ages. Escapee Magazine. Retrieved on 2012-06-22.
- ↑ Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specifiedBrent, Carolyn. .
- ↑ Board of Directors. Alzheimer's of East Bay. Retrieved on 2012-06-22.
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