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Friday, November 4, 2011

Virtual Interview with Author Carolyn Brent

Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 3 of the Virtual Blog Tour of author Carolyn A. Brent whose book Why Wait? The Baby Boomers' Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death launches on Amazon on Tuesday November 15, 2011.

Author Carolyn A. Brent, M.B.A. is a former clinical educational manager in the pharmaceutical industry. She is an avid activist and advocate working with the U.S. Congress for the purpose of creating change to protect seniors and veterans from financial and medical abuse. She has appeared on many local and national TV and radio shows, and is a sought-after keynote speaker.

Yesterday, Carolyn visited Lynn Serafinn at , where Lynn shared with you a summary and live interview recording with Carolyn.

Today, I'd like to share with you a recent interview I had with Carolyn when I got to ask her some important family questions around support and being prepared. I hope you enjoy it.


Yvonne Perry: I know that end-of-life issues are very important, but this is one of those topics most people don’t like to discuss. What do you think are some of the crucial emotional conversations parents, and siblings?

Carolyn A. Brent: Thank you for this wonderful question. You are correct people do not want to have these types of conversations.  However, if a family avoids talking about the emotional things such as money, hospitals, the "what if" and wait until there is a sudden unexpected emergency, all hell can breakout due to emotions running high.  So, it is best to be prepared for your parent’s end-of-life physical, mental, and emotional challenges and ultimate death, by having the conversation early rather than later.

Yvonne Perry: My mom is a caregiver for her 95-year-old mother. I would like to see my mom taking better care of her own self and asking for help when she needs it. Do you have any tips about how to get some help when other family members can’t/won’t step in to relieve the full-time caregiver?

Carolyn A. Brent: Reach Out for Support!  It is critical that you reach out for support for your mom.  You can support your mom by asking extended family members and friends to contribute in any way to take some of the pressure off your mother. If your family members can’t/won’t step in to relieve your mom, REACH OUT and get RESPITE CARE for your grandmother. Respite Care will allow your mom to get a week or so off from her 24 hours a day 7 days a week from the work of a caregiver. You want to help your mom avoid caregiver burnout….
Also, take your mom to a day spa, you can offer your mom a day off, a week off, but simply do your best to assist in any way you can to let your mom know that she is not alone.

Yvonne Perry: At what point should a family decide to choose hospice care for an ailing loved one?

Carolyn A. Brent: Hospice care is appropriate when a person will no longer benefit from curative treatment and life expectancy is approximately six months if the disease runs its normal course. The decision for someone to enter a hospice program will be a joint decision between the person, his or her family members, and his or her primary care physician and the hospice medical director.


I hope you enjoyed this interview with Carolyn A. Brent and that you’ll check out her book Why Wait? The Baby Boomers' Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for a Parent’s Death at

Here Are Two Reasons Why:

When you visit the page at the link above and request a "launch reminder", you will automatically receive a FREE pass to Carolyn's 3-day "Why Wait? Telesummit", with a panel leading experts preparing emotionally, financially and legally for the death of a parent.  You can listen to the telesummit online in the comfort of your own home, and even ask questions during the broadcast.

This telesummit is a completely free
"no purchase necessary" gift from Carolyn
To register, go to

When you buy Carolyn's book on Tuesday November 15, 2011, you can ALSO receive a complete library of beautiful personal development gifts from authors, speakers, coaches and other enlightened professionals from around the globe including one from me:

MP3 audio book of More Than Meets the Eye ~
True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife

To claim your 3-Day Pass and read about the free gifts, go to:

Thanks for reading! As usual, please feel free to share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.

AND… be sure to follow Carolyn tomorrow when the next stop on the Virtual Blog Tour is Kathleen H. Wheeler, who will be interviewing Carolyn on understanding various different family relationships and what to do/expect.  To visit that "stop" on the tour, go to

For more information, you might enjoy reading my book, More Than Meets the Eye True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife. Purchase paperback on It's also on Amazon as an e-book for those who have Kindle or Sony Readers. The audio book is now available!
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1 comment:

Joyce Joneschiet said...

Interesting interview with Carolyn on her new book! I can't wait to read it when it comes out. I encourage everyone to start a conversation with their own parents!
Come visit me on day 9 of the virtual blog tour and leave me a comment!
All the best,