Leaders in Elder Care: Michele Nuzzo, Midlife Transitions and Retirement Coach

Every one of us goes through transitions in our lives.  Sometimes, external factors such as caregiving impacts our ability to get through those transitions smoothly.  And if caregiving isn’t enough, a stress of coming retirement can really put you out of alignment.

In this Leaders in Elder Care interview, we meet Michele Nuzzo.  Michele is midlife transitions and retirement coach – someone who can help you get untuck when you are least able to make progress.   What I really like about Michele’s approach to coaching is her use of time-tested assessment tools as part of her care.  These tools are objective, disarming people who might otherwise be defensive or reluctant to open up to new ideas.  Michele has a very soothing demeanor which is a perfect fit for a coach.

Congratulations to Michele for being a Leader in Elder Care.

About Michele Nuzzo

Midlife Transitions and Retirement Lifestyle Coach Michele A. Nuzzo is the founder of Midlife Menu. Michele empowers baby boomers to find their own path to a more conscious and joyful life as they juggle careers, caregiving and planning for retirement. She inspires them to reinvent themselves and ignite the spark of passion and purpose in their second act of life. On a personal level, she has been involved with chronic and acute caregiving issues for more than 15 years.

Michele is a certified life coach and a certified retirement coach. She earned her life coaching certification from Coach Training Alliance. She is also certified by Retirement Options to administer and interpret their proprietary assessment tools, the Retirement Success Profile® and LifeOptions Profile®.

Michele graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in English literature, a paralegal certificate, and a designation in journalism with a specialization in print journalism.

She also earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. Before launching her coaching practice and freelance writing career, Michele served as a human resources representative /senior benefits and policies adviser for a major corporation and as director of development and communications for several nonprofit organizations.

Contact Information

To learn more, visit http://www.midlifemenu.com

Follow Michele on Twitter at http://twitter.com/michelenuzzo

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/michelenuzzo

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/michelenuzzo

Podcast: Leaders in Elder Care – Dr. Richard Taylor on Alzheimer’s- The Farthest Thing From the Long Goodbye

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your support for promotion of the Leaders in Elder Care Series. I had many, many requests to integrate the series into Inside Elder Care.  I’m kicking it off with on my my favorites, so enjoy!

Once in a while, you have the unique pleasure of meeting someone that just stuns you.  While it is certainly their words that enter your ears, it is their demeanor that ignites their message.  For me, Richard Taylor is one of the people.  For me, Richard Taylor is nothing short of a hero.

There are volumes written about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but I’ve yet to find one that delivers its message with the character and courage that Richard does.  In our interview, Richard conveys such courage and leadership in his battle with Alzheimer’s that it has fundamentally changed the way I think about the disease.

This interview is a bit longer than our others (45 mins), but I highly recommend it for families grappling with dementia.  I also consider it a “must list” for people who have yet to spend much time with people affected dementia.  Enjoy!

How Richard Describes Himself

Richard Taylor, a retired Psychologist, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-type dementia in 2001 at the age of 58. Now 65, he is a champion for individuals with early-stage and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and author of the book Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out (Health Professions Press, 2006). He serves on the board of the Houston and Southeast Texas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and has started over 50 chat rooms worldwide for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their loved ones.

Richard lives in Cypress, Texas, with his spouse Linda, and his Bouvier des Flandres (dog), Annie. His son and family live across the street from him. He now spends his days playing with his two grandchildren, gardening, and writing. Originally, he started to write to better understand for himself what was going on inside of him. When he isn’t out speaking, he writes for two or three hours every day. Even as the disease progresses, he thus far has maintained his ability to look at and attempt to understand himself.

Richard is a passionate advocate for several issues concerning the involvement of people living with a diagnosis of one of the diseases of dementia. He was a moving force in the establishment of the Dementia Advisory Committee of the U.S. Alzheimer’s Association, looking at how to better integrate individuals living with the diagnosis in the leadership, program development, and delivery functions of the Association and its local chapters. He now serves as the chair of a similar committee he helped to establish for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. He continues to be a sought-after speaker at various professional conferences, assisted living and memory care communities, and public programs. He is constantly looking for new audiences, especially of professionals who work in the field of dementia, to help them with getting to know the people they serve.

Richard is an articulate, thoughtful, and thought-filled speaker to caregivers. Hundreds of them have used his insights as the basis for conversations and insights into what might be going through their loved one’s minds. Many Alzheimer’s chat rooms, across the United States and worldwide, were created in large or small part with his support. He publishes his own newsletter of, by, and for people with dementia, which you can sign up to receive.

While Richard still leads a vibrant life, control of his concentration is sometimes elusive. His language facility is still mostly intact, although he increasingly searches for the right word. His granddaughter Christina is learning to read and sometimes reads to him. His garden becomes smaller and smaller each year; he plays bridge (with a cheat sheet) once a week and is halfway through editing another book of his writings.

Contact Information

Richard’s website
Richard’s book – Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out

New Podcast Series: Leaders in Elder Care and Howard Gleckman

We are in the midst of a massive generational shift.  Much has been written about the demographics of Baby Boomers and how it represents the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of the world.

But not much has been written about the non-economic impact of Baby Boomers and how our system of elder care must adapt to care for them.

Regardless of whether you prefer home care, aging in place, independent living or assisted living, Baby Boomers require a new way of thinking.

They are living different lifestyles and have different preferences.  They are technology-savvy and more connected online.

There exists a small and growing group of individuals who are driving the change in elder care required to serve the Baby Boomer generation.  They are the authors and advocates, executives and lobbyists, professors and politicians.

They are the faces behind the change.

They are the Leaders in Elder Care.

What is Leaders in Elder Care?

Leaders in Elder Care is a new web site dedicated to sharing with you the leaders behind the change in elder care.  And we’re doing it in a way that celebrates their leadership, their ideas and their drive to make things better for a new generation of seniors.

We’re interviewing each one of these leaders, learning first hand their vision, their motivation and their contribution to making this Baby Boomer generational shift a reality.

Introducing Howard Gleckman

It is with great pleasure that I introduce our first guest Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents.  Howard has covered long-term for many years, including several for Business Week where he was senior correspondent in the magzine’s Washington bureau.

In this 31 minute interview, Howard and I discuss the motivation for his book and the personal stories of several families  he interviewed during his research.  Howard also introduces several different models of elder care that are beginning to show real promise.  As a journalist who has covered the Washington beat for many years, I couldn’t let him off the hook with his predictions for health care legislation.

It turned out to be a great interview.  Take a listen!

Do you know a Leader in Elder Care?  Nominate one.