Thriving in the Middle

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Photo of Kathleen and her motherLast week I taught CAPS in the Albany, NY area.  One of the attendees, Kathleen Cleary, a Certified Senior Advisor, has an interesting and helpful business, Thriving in the Middle.  This business name refers to the concept “sandwich generation” describing adults (typically women) caring for their own families while simultaneously caring for their aging parents, and usually working outside the home.  I was taught this concept by the amazing Phyllis Moen, one of my mentors when I was an undergraduate design major, minoring in gerontology.

Kathleen’s Thriving in the Middle business offers consultations, coaching, and a caregiver’s concierge service.  Please visit  Thriving in the Middle for resources such as informative links, a content rich newsletter, and a free report to help you balance your responsibilities.  Look for “10 Easy to Find Resources to Help Mom & Dad Age Safely in their own Home.”  

One thing which really impressed me about Kathleen is that she applied for and received a grant to further her education and pursue the CAPS–Certified Aging in Place Specialist designation.  Kathleen is a member of the Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s Club.  As a member, she is entitled to apply for the grant from the Educational Assistance Fund of the Massachusetts Federation of Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, which generously awarded Kathleen the grant.  By pursuing her CAPS, Kathleen and Thriving in the Middle will provide even more resources to her clients by having a keen awareness of the role of the built environment in enabling independence and aging in place, the value of modifying homes for aging in place, and how to work with a team of experts including Occupational Therapists and building contractors to create a home that makes aging in place safe and successful.

What resources are available to you for your professional continuing education?