My family: Evelyn Dalton, Betty, Earle and Theresa.
My name is elaine 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.
Most of us who have served as primary family caregivers-- women in particular, would probably walk away from this kind of loss hoping to finally live in peace. I wanted to understand what happened.
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 are immeasurably impact quality of life. I learned that I could meaningfully help others in their aging journey.
My experience and my story resonate. Complacency is not an option. Denial of aging is not an option. Fear is not an option. Responsibility is not optional. Education is mandatory. Planning and preparation, essential.
To better help others I am in the final stages of becoming a licensed private professional fiduciary in California.
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.