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Interviews from Ron's Radio Broadcast

ABOUT ROELRESOURCES.com


Life is enhanced when we’re prepared.


Thanks to advances in medicine and health, most of us are just at half-life when we reach our mid-40s, with many potentially productive years ahead. But there’s no road map to prepare us for this period. That’s where RoelResources.com comes in.


This website is designed to provide you with strategies to shift from the old “waiting-for-retirement paradigm” to a journey of continuous, compelling life chapters. It offers practical advice and provocative articles that help us experience life to the fullest, combining key components of health, finance, family and friends, housing, work and personal pursuits into a cohesive, integrated plan. The site aims to instill confidence, and hopefully some comfort, amid the stresses of our daily lives.


Fear of the future is not knowing how to prepare for it. Roel Resources will not prescribe prefabricated answers, but will help you shape your own life through unique information, resources and inspiring stories.




ABOUT RON ROEL


Ronald E. Roel is president of Roel Resources, a New York editorial consulting firm that provides information services specializing in aging issues. He a veteran journalist who spent a wide-ranging career covering business, politics and social issues, focusing during the last two decades on the blend of diverse life skills he defines as  “successful aging.”


Ron has written extensively on aging topics, spoken at conferences, radio and TV shows, and launched several entrepreneurial ventures. He spent 20 years as a writer and editor at Long Island’s daily newspaper, Newsday, helping to found Act 2, a weekly section for 50-plus readers.


He is active in several programs, events and organizations that support seniors, including AARP,  the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Aging In Place Council and the Senior Umbrella Network. Ron has developed a special expertise in family caregiving, as one of four brothers who took care of their mother for almost 25 years.


His forthcoming book for family caregivers on Long Island, The Caregiving Navigator: How to Plan, What to do, and Where to Turn When Caring for you Aging Loved Ones. And Yourself. is scheduled for publication in early 2021.


Ron has been an instructor at several local universities, recently teaching “News Literacy” and “The History and Future of the American Press” at Stony Brook University’s Journalism School.


He is a graduate of Yale College and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Caregiving Navigator is a dynamic interactive tool designed to help hundreds of thousands of Long Island families who provide vital care for their aging parents, relatives and friends. Along with a print version of this guide, the Navigator spells out for caregivers and their loved ones how to plan along the way, what to do, and where to turn for the most useful resources and services.


Caregiving is a continuum, and by following the navigational tabs on this site, you can address family needs at each step of the caregiving journey, from Preparing a Plan to Managing Long-Term Care—and all the while, taking care of yourself!


Each area of caregiving offers a compendium of tips, checklists, key questions to ask, resources, and strategies. Our goal is to save you time and energy, to streamline your to-do list, instead of endlessly searching the internet to find what you need, when you need it. And our focus is local—helping people find accessible community resources and services as close to home as possible.


We know that many caregivers are stressed out—physically, emotionally, and financially. Researchers say that that nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s are part of the “Sandwich Generation,” caring for both parents and their own children; and nearly 60% of caregivers either work or have worked while providing care. At the same time, many seniors are reporting that they need care, but aren’t getting it, whether at home or in community facilities.


Family conversations about caregiving start around the kitchen table, and our mission is to grow these intergenerational conversations into a nationwide Quality Caregiving Movement. We want to not only support seniors and their caregivers today, but to prepare the next generations, encouraging adult caregivers think about their own future and make things easier for their loved ones to take care of them when the time comes.

Listen to Ron's radio broadcast every Monday at Noon Pacific / 3 p.m Eastern time: