Shelley has been a registered nurse for almost 30 years, with experience in the fields of neonatal intensive care, dialysis, case management and eldercare. When her father came to live with her in 2005, the advantages of her medical experience became clear. Due to his dementia and congestive heart failure, her father was not able to care for himself alone any longer and so she took over these duties.
Having experienced the helplessness, frustration, overwhelm and even loneliness that caregiving for an aging parent brings, Shelley is well aware of the emotional and educational support that caregivers need and so she began The Intentional Caregiver website. With its weekly newsletter, educational articles and audio interviews of experts in the eldercare industry, Shelley strives to encourage and educate caregivers. This way they can be empowered to provide the best possible care for their aging parents and loved ones without forgetting the need to care for themselves as well.
Shelley has written numerous articles and has most recently spoken at New Frontiers in Dementia Care, a centennial celebration symposium sponsored by Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (DC). In her spare time, she enjoys ballet and swing dancing, gardening, wine tasting and raising chickens.