Are you concerned about an aging parent? Or have you already been helping your older parent navigate late-life health challenges?
Many aging parents need help and support from their children or others during later life.
But figuring out how to provide this assistance is often really hard…unless you get expert guidance on how to get through this stage of you and your parent’s life.
Because geriatricians see how important family support is to aging adults, Dr. Kernisan has always had a special interest how to help people get through the journey of supporting their aging parent. (Spousal caregiving is also very important, but is harder; Dr. K hopes to offer something specifically for spouses eventually.)
To support as many people as possible, she offers affordable online programs that provide ongoing access to her and experienced geriatric care managers, along with practical lessons, cheatsheets, and more.
These online programs are usually the only way to be able to get Dr. K’s direct input regarding your aging parent’s situation.
They are also the only programs we know of that combine access to a board-certified geriatrician with input from professional geriatric care managers.
Learn about the currently available Helping Older Parents programs below!
Helping Older Parents with Memory Loss
Has your aging parent been experiencing memory loss or thinking problems? Or even been diagnosed with a condition such as mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, or dementia?
If so, chances are that you’ve been struggling to address safety issues and getting your parent to accept help.
Dr. Kernisan’s memory loss program includes everything families need to learn to cope with dementia in an aging parent, especially those aging parents who are still living independently.
The course is especially designed to teach you how and when and how to step in, so you can help your parent be safer, especially if your parent is having difficulty accepting their condition.
It includes 12 weeks of live Q&A group coaching calls with Dr. Kernisan and her team of experienced professional geriatric care managers.
To learn more, sign up for Dr. Kernisan’s FREE training for families who have an aging parent with memory loss below!
Helping Older Parents Membership Program
The Helping Older Parents Membership is a unique and affordable program in which you get ongoing coaching and answers from Dr. Kernisan & her team of geriatric care manager experts.
Membership includes access to Dr. K’s signature Helping Older Parents Course, plus live Q&A calls with her, access to geriatric care managers in our exclusive members’ forum on Mighty Networks, and more.
What People Are Saying About the Helping Older Parents Program
“All of this was so helpful: legal issues to plan for, how to deal with driving concerns, how to care for an aging person, how to take care of myself, that it’s okay to take care of myself or have other priorities, that others have similar struggles, how to prioritize, how to build trust with my mom in her cognitive state…I can’t really think of one thing I would change. You made the format very user-friendly and professional.
I also received much-needed validation in terms of understanding that my concerns are part of a bigger picture that many are struggling with.”— Michelle T
“I’m not as anxious about my parents as I was before. In the beginning, I pretty much didn’t know anything and wasn’t sure what to do about my parents’ dementia diagnoses.
By the end, I was finally beginning to understand the bigger picture of my role as a daughter and caregiver, which is to understand my parents rather than just tell them what I think is best to do. It was also helpful to have the Q&A so I could ask questions specific to my situation.”— Annette T.
“I registered for the Bootcamp because I was burned out, confused, and floundering. The program helped me immensely, even though I wasn’t able to join all the sessions.
Dr. K provides information and a unique perspective that can’t be found anywhere else. I felt reassured, validated, and understood. I also got a well-needed reality check about some aspects of my mother’s condition that are unlikely to improve much.”— P.S.
“The Bootcamp gave me a road map to follow and helped identify things I have to get done now versus later. The advice on how to be proactive rather than reactive helped me. And I LOVED the cheatsheets. This program was excellent.”— Debra M.
“Even though it’s been tough to find time to review the materials and resources in as much depth as I would like to, I think this program has been extraordinarily helpful to me. Having access to the website is helpful on an on-going basis to get information or direction as needed. An ongoing monthly webinar would be helpful.”— Cathy B.
When Your Aging Parent Needs Help:
A Geriatrician’s Step-by-Step Guide to Memory Loss, Resistance, Safety Worries, & More
It’s not easy to help a reluctant older parent. But with the right plan, you CAN respectfully engage your parent, overcome common obstacles, and finally get them the care they need.
Dr. Kernisan’s book includes sample scripts to get you through difficult conversations, easy-to-use checklists, and free downloadable PDF worksheets to help you with assessing safety, getting a diagnosis, and more.
About Dr. Leslie Kernisan & Better Health While Aging
Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, is a board-certified geriatrician who believes it should be easier for older adults to have the best possible health and quality of life as they age.
Through Better Health While Aging‘s website and podcast, she provides practical information on how to address many common health problems that affect older adults. She also addresses common concerns and dilemmas related to helping older parents and other aging relatives.
Dr. Kernisan completed her internal medicine and geriatrics training at the University of California San Francisco, where she also studied healthcare quality improvement. She is a proud graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Princeton University.