There are 38.6 million people in the U.S. over age 65. Of that population, nearly 40% have some type of disability. Those numbers are expected to grow considerably as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age and live longer than previous generations.

Dee Childers, MA, SPHR – Founder of Life Changes Elder Care ConsultingDee founded Life Changes Elder Care Consulting after experiencing the challenges of helping her parents move from an independent lifestyle to assisted living due to infirmity and memory loss. She saw very clearly what many others have seen — the lack of readily available information and resources for helping a senior family member. It became clear to her that with our aging population, many others would also find themselves feeling clueless and overwhelmed with the responsibilities of senior care giving.

Her training and background in both counseling and human resources management and first-hand experience with her changing role in family inspired Dee to turn her experience into a way to help others in similar situations. Life Changes Elder Care Consulting was founded to help those needing guidance and support on senior care issues by providing professional geriatric care management that helps with planning and coordinating the care of the elderly to improve their quality of life and maintain their independence for as long as possible. Life Changes works with families around the country to assess, select and manage the specific needs of our elders while giving family caregivers the professional help you need to manage and support the needs of those they love.

Dee received a BS from the University of Utah and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Phillips Graduate Institute Therapy.  She comes to this profession from 30 years in corporate America as a Human Resources Executive with extensive experience in interpersonal dynamics, crisis management, conflict resolution, mediation, benefits, and health and safety. She worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist for six years. She has been a caregiver for several years to her parents and others, and personally understands the demands and emotional turmoil of caregiving and the tolls it takes on you, your aging loved one and the family.  She is a court ordered Guardian and Conservator, experience with the legal and medical system.  Dee also serves/ed on the board of Friend in Action; a non-profit provider of respite caregiving; Idaho Guardians and Fiduciary Association, and JAVA, the Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults. She is a member of the Aging Life Care Association™  and Healthcare Associates Providing Professional Education and Networking (HAPPEN).