Fern Pessin, Author/Caregiver
In 2016 Fern Pessin left her business in New York/Connecticut to move south when her parents became full-time residents in Boca Raton, Florida. She wanted to leave the cold weather, sure, but her mission was to support her parent’s well-being as they aged, surrounded by love while protecting and maximizing their resources.
Fern used her skills as a writer, event planner, fundraiser, public relations and promotion expert to learn what needed to be done and to act as an advocate for her parents. She became certified as a Home Health Aide, attended conferences and classes, read and watched materials, interviewed experts, attended caregiver classes and weekly support groups and more, to ensure understanding of what to look for and do for her parents both physically and emotionally. She collected a team of experts to guide her and her siblings through the financial, legal, and medical requirements of securing her parents well-being over the long term.
As a Board Member of Senior Services of Stamford (now Silver Source), Fern used her skills to raise funds to help improve the quality of life for Fairfield County, Connecticut seniors and support their family caregivers. She worked to raise funds for Alzheimer’s organizations and Stamford Hospital. She spent fifteen years in the fitness business working to improve quality of life for people of all ages.
I’ll Be Right Therewas written to remove the overwhelm of the caregiving role and support families on the caregiving journey; to help people know what they didn’t know they needed to know when they find themselves in the role of helping a parent.
As a former educator, corporate trainer, consultant and international speaker, Fern is committed to visiting communities to help caregivers and their family members find support, recognition and joy. Her passion is to share communication strategies that help families make it through challenging experiences.
Fern enjoys travel, meeting diverse people and experiencing varied cultures. A pet sitter, she loves animals of all kinds. Fern escapes day to day stress by listening to books while hiking, exercising, or driving on road trips. Swimming provides moving meditation and journaling daily clears brain clutter. You can find Fern at home in Boca Raton or, soon, on the road in her Class B RV.
I'll Be Right There: A guidebook for Adults Caring for their Aging Parents
I'll Be Right There is a map for caregivers on how to assess their parents, learn how to help parents stay home for as long as possible, improve the ability to communicate with parents and siblings about difficult topics, along with managing all the day to day responsibilities of taking care of self, one's own family and parents.
Learn more about I'll Be Right There at https://illberightthere.com/
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