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As a radio show host, author and in-demand keynote presenter, Kari Berit understands first hand the ups and downs of taking care of our aging parents. She has 20 years teaching and directing programs for older adults. From this experience, she saw a need to help adult children re-connect with Mom and Dad as they age and assist baby boomer “children” with caregiving skills and knowledge of aging issues. The goal of her weekly radio program is to equip informal and family caregivers with smarts. “The Unexpected Caregiver” can be heard on KYMN AM 10-80 Thursday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 10 AM CST, and streaming online at www.kymnradio.net. Her radio show motto sums up her philosophy: “If you’re a caregiver, Be Smart; Ask for Help.”

Author of The Unexpected Caregiver and Mental Fitness Instructor’s Guide, Kari has also developed a series of one-minute educational video and radio segments to help raise awareness of family and informal caregivers.

Kari’s lifework is to change our perceptions and beliefs about the aging process and our roles as caregivers. She often tells family caregivers, “We don’t have a rulebook for aging and are not trained as caregivers. We don’t have to do this work alone; in fact, we’re not meant to.”

For more information about Kari, read her story in “Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy.”