Wednesday 22 March 2023
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Care Giving with Denise Brown

Care Giving with Denise Brown

CareGiving with Denise Brown

TODAYS GUEST  Denise Brown, Founder and CEO,

We are pleased to begin our series on Care Giving with a great conversation with Denise Brown.  She provides so many great stories on  Specifically, we discussed the following with Denise:

  1. (2:52) What inspired you to launch in 1996?
  2. (5:10) What innovative services do you offer?
  3. (8:17) From your perspective, what are the biggest challenges facing those who care for a family member?
  4. (15:00) How do your services solve these problems?
  5. (17:13) What solutions are still missing in the caregiving space?
  6. (20:06) Why are start-ups so important in the caregiving space?
  7. (21:32) What recommendations do you have for our listeners regarding the best way to get started to benefit from

About Denise Brown

Denise launched in 1996. was the first website to add online caregiving support groups, daily caregiving chats and blogs written by family caregivers. Through its blogs posts, podcasts and video chats, holds one of the largest online libraries of caregiving stories.

Denise hosts a National Caregiving Conference every November and developed training programs for current and former family caregivers including the Certified Caregiving Consultant and Facilitator programs.

Next Avenue named Denise a 2017 Influencer in Aging, one of “50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts who continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older.” Denise hosts podcasts which delve into discussions about caregiving issues and organizes a weekly Twitter chat for family caregivers and former family caregivers.

Her insights have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, US News & World Report, USA Today,, Time magazine and Chicago Tribune.  She is the author of several books including The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey, Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers and After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again.


(from introduced one of the first online support groups for family caregivers in the fall of 1996. In 2009, became the first site to include a collection of blogs written by family caregivers. In 2011, added a chat on Twitter (#carechat) to its stable of support groups. In March 2011, Denise launched CareGifters, an initiative which funds caregiving solutions, one family caregiver at a time. Through CareGifters, Denise raises money to send money to family caregivers in need.

In 2016, Denise organized and hosted the National Caregiving Conference which now takes place annually. In 2017, Denise organized and hosted Caregiving and the Workplace Summit, which now takes happens during the National Caregiving Conference. The next National Caregiving Conference took place November 8-11, 2018, in Chicago.

In January 2016, Denise debuted the Certified Caregiving Consultant™ training program which helps former family caregivers launch a business to help current family caregivers. The program also helps professionals who work with family caregivers communicate effectively and offer the right resource at the right time. She developed and launched a workplace training program, Caregiving Sensitivity Training for Employers and Managers, in 2017.

Throughout the years, its mission remains the same: To become the destination for family caregivers and former family caregivers to read interesting and informative content; learn about new services and products; meet and share with other family caregivers; and engage in meaningful and insightful discussions about the caregiving lifestyle. We strive to make the day of a family caregiver better.


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JOE LAVELLE is a Healthcare Management and Technology Consultant with a record of successfully meeting the business and technology challenges of diverse organizations including health plans, health delivery networks, and health care companies for 25 years. Joe worked his way up through Cap Gemini and Andersen Consulting to the partner/VP level of at First Consulting Group, Technology Solutions Group and Santa Rosa Consulting. After running his own company, Results First Consulting, for 12 years Joe Co-Founded intrepidNow with Todd Schnick to create incredible content to dramatically improve the sales and marketing efforts of their clients.