Elaine Northcutt

My family:   Evelyn Dalton, Betty, Earle and Theresa.
my grand-mother in-law, my mother, my father and my mother-in-law.  
c. 2004, El Cajon, California.

My name is

laine Northcutt. I am—an eldercare planning consultant.

Transitions in Aging was born out an a desire to find and share the wisdom from the lessons I learned caring for aging parents.  All the planning, preparation, resources and assistance in the world cannot prevent catastrophic events. 

I learned so much about our society, our social and family systems, the problems with diagnosing dementia, the character of dementia, (generally), the limitations and shortcomings of depending on the advice of licensed professionals, the importnace of care and advocacy. These are qualities that immeasurably impact quality of life. 

I learned that I could meaningfully help others in their aging journey.

My experience and my story resonated with friends and colleagues.  Family relationships are often the unintended collateral damage that frequently occurs with the aging, decline and passing of parents that nobody talks about.  It is . . . a failure of the imagination to consider how horrible things can happen.  

To those who worry, feel overwhelmed and confused by it all I say: complacency is not an option. Denial of aging is not an option. Fear is not an option.  Responsibility is a choice. Education is essential. Planning and preparation, critical to protect your quality of life.
To better help others I am in the final stages of becoming a licensed private professional fiduciary in California. I am also currently enrolled in a Spirituality and Aging certificate program through the New Theological Serminary of the West.

Understanding our core values and beliefs, the search for meaning and purpose becomes more pressing in the second and third stages of life. Helping people discover or re-discover their voice and their story significantly elevates the quality of life of older adults.

My interests lean towards the creative including reading, journaling and writing, art, mentoring young adults, cooking, archiving family history, needlepoint and sewing— landscape photography.  Above all I love meeting people, making and nurturing friendships.