Meet our featured contributors!

Peggy McKinnon

Peggy-McKinnon Peggy has worked in the healthcare industry for 38 years, yet has gained her greatest insight into aging, illness, and the benefit of nursing homes as a caregiver for her mother, who lived with multiple sclerosis for over 40 years. Now a grandmother herself, Peggy is furthering the conversation about the challenges and joys of caring for loved ones—and how nursing homes can help.

Challenged by a professor to write for publication, Peggy published her first article in 2010 and her mother’s memoir, Life in the Slow Lane: I live in a Nursing Home and I like it, in 2017. She learns daily from her writing coach and is currently writing her own book, which will tell the triumphal story of her mother’s struggle with MS, from a daughter’s perspective.

Peggy and her husband Steve live in Florida with their dog Kaci. She can be reached at misurpa@gmail.com or:

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Adrienne Gruberg

Adrienne New Adrienne Gruberg is one of the millions of baby-boomers now in the middle of the caregiving crisis. After six years caring for her husband and mother-in-law, Adrienne founded The Caregiver Space, an online social network and resource library, catering exclusively to a caregiver’s needs. The Caregiver Space is a non-profit organization committed to giving caregivers a space to find support, comfort, connection and relief.
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Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW

headerIris Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW is the author of Role Reversal How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents. Role Reversal is the winner of 5 major book awards. Ms. Waichler has been a medical social worker and patient advocate for 40 years. She has done freelance writing, counseling, and workshops on patient advocacy and healthcare related issues for 16 years. Find out more at her website http://iriswaichler.wpengine.com/ or on Twitter: Iris Waichler
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Trish Hughes Kreis

Trish Hughes Kreis May 2014 Trish Hughes Kreis works as a full-time Legal Administrator and is a freelance writer, blogger and videographer who advocates on behalf of her disabled youngest brother, Robert. Robert lives with intractable epilepsy, has an unwavering faith and a delightful way of declaring everything excellent.Robert has lived with Trish and her husband, Richard, for three years and they do their best to keep him happy, healthy and, well, excellent.

Trish’s advocacy work includes working to expand the definition of family to include sibling care under the California Family Rights Act and Family and Medical Leave Act. Trish has also participated in a number of interviews on managing life as a working caregiver.

Trish also does her best to navigate the maze of social services and government programs available to help Robert and keeps him entertained with an endless supply of word search puzzles and game shows.

Trish is the author of Forever a Caregiver, 365 CaregivingTips: Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers and 365 Caregiving Tips: Travel and Respite. She can be reached through her blog www.RobertsSister.com

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Andrea Frayser

Andrea Frayser Andrea Frayser is a Doctor of Naturopathy, student of Herbal Pharmacology and Holistic Nutrition and an award winning authority on plant based personal care and wellness. She is the author of “The Ultimate Juice Fasting Detox Plan”, “The Pennywize Vegetarian: The “How-to” Guide For Better Eating on a Budget”, and Deliciously Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes”. Andrea lives in Hagerstown, MD with her husband and three children where she enjoys the arts, nature, shopping and cooking for her friends and family.
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G-J Heins

GJ-Heins G-J Heins is a caregiver, wife, mother, volunteer, speaker and author. She has been caregiver for her husband since his diagnosis with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) at the age of 55 in December 2009. Prior to that, she was her dad’s caregiver for two years. She teaches Keep Your Brain Buff at the Senior Center, speaks and teaches for the Alzheimer’s Association, co-authored the book “After the Diagnosis” and 365 CaregivingTips: Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers and has contributed to the Caregifters book series.