I'm glad you stopped by.
I'm the creator of Talk-Early-Talk-Often.com. I intend this to be a growing, information and educational network for people with aging parents. This site is not About Dale; it's about all of us, and our challenges to prepare with our aging parents for the future.
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After 30 years as an ordained minister in the Church, including 4 years of Hospice Chaplaincy, I have witnessed many families in crisis because they didn't have conversations with aging parents to guide and direct some of the most important decisions of life.
I began this website to help gather resources and information about the critical choices that will need to be made along the way. This website is emerging as a resource for anyone with aging parents, siblings of special needs adults, congregations trying to support caregivers, or baby boomers looking to plan their own futures. Please use it in your own family and recommend it to others.
I, too, have aging parents and a special needs sibling. This work for me is both personal and professional.
I do family communication coaching. I'm a speaker, and workshop
leader. I've been interviewed for radio and the PBS Documentary,
Consider the Conversation.
I'm, also, certified as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator and Instructor, which means I've had training to guide people and families through a process to talk about and record their decisions about the end-of-life.
I use my training in Conflict Resolution and Mediation to work
with families, congregations, and organizations to help people prepare
for the hard realities of aging within our families.
Why did I start this project?
For years, as a local pastor, I got the phone calls after a crisis with someone's elderly Mom or Dad. When describing the problem, what people most often said was: “Help, we don’t know what to do… we never talked about it.”
Finally, when I was faced with the same kinds of issues in my own family, I realized it was time to step back and use my training, experience and research to help all of us with aging parents.
I'm creating these resources to help people become more at ease
when dealing that come along with their aging parents and elder
More about me
As the the oldest sibling of an adult brother with severe autism,
this work is for me, too. My extended family is scattered across the
United States. I live in Chicago where I enjoy reading, restaurants, the
theater and music. Currently, I enjoy singing and am a charter member
Sing to Live,
a community chorus created to support individuals and families affected by breast cancer.
I hope this website is helpful to you, and that you will find
something that may make this journey with your aging parents easier to
I look forward to talking with you often...