More than 11 million Americans provide care for a family or friend with dementia.

Nearly 60% experience very high emotional and physical stress…but you don’t have to do it alone

Families need physical and emotional support when caring for older loved ones – from decision-making to managing daily care tasks. Dealing with caring for an older adult in a very fragmented health and long-term care system is enough to stress anyone out.

I’m now offering two different options for family caregivers to work with me to get the answers, support, and connect with the resources you need and/or are looking for.

Caring & Sharing with MelissaBPhD

Caring & Sharing with MelissaBPhD is an online community that provides comprehensive support designed to assist family and informal caregivers who are providing day-to-day care to individuals of any age living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia.  The program is led by Dr. Melissa Batchelor, who offers professionally-developed education and guidance to caregivers in their caregiving journey.

This program aims to enhance caregivers’ abilities in various areas, including decision-making, planning, conflict resolution, problem-solving, innovative solutions, negotiation, and succession planning. By participating in both the educational components and the peer support network, caregivers can gain a well-rounded set of skills and insights to navigate the complexities of providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

Want to attend an upcoming information session?

1:1 consultations


Are you overwhelmed trying to care for your aging parents? Are you tired of finding conflicting information online and just need clarification?

That’s where I can help.

I can make sure you’re well-informed about topics related to aging, caregiving, dementia, and related issues. Having a solid knowledge base will help you provide accurate and helpful information.

Caregivers often need someone who can listen and understand their challenges and concerns. I genuinely care about your journey and want to help you find the answers.

I can provide information to connect you to relevant resources, such as support groups, local agencies, medical professionals, and when to get legal advice.
Connecting caregivers to the right resources can make a big difference.

Remember that the issues caregivers face can be sensitive and personal. Meeting 1:1 is a safe and confidential space for you to share their concerns and questions.

It’s important to recognize your own limitations. If you encounter situations that require local professional expertise (medical, legal, financial), I can help you identify the appropriate professionals in your area.

Many caregivers experience high levels of emotional and physical stress. Let’s make sure you have your own support network and self-care strategies in place.

Remember that caregiving can be a complex and difficult journey. Your willingness to provide support can make a positive impact on the lives of those who are navigating these challenges. If you have any specific questions about caregiving or want to discuss any related topics, set up a time to meet with me one-on-one.

Speaking Engagements

Found the podcast and would like for me to speak to your organization? Here are just a few areas of expertise.  Don’t see the topic you’re looking for? Contact me to see if what you’re looking for is something I could help you with (or recommend someone who could).

  • Aging Well – United States State Department Employee Wellness Program
  • Navigating life transitions – Library of Congress
  • How to talk to your older parents – NPR Weekend Edition, CNBC Make It, Nasdaq Employee Assistance Program
  • Social Determinants of Mental Health: Issues Touching Older Adults – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Optimizing Nutrition through Supportive Handfeeding –  Texas Long-Term Care Quality Symposium
  • Bettering Clinical Care for Alzheimer’s Disease – Maine Alzheimer’s Summit
  • Six Tips for Talking to Someone You Think Has a Memory Problem
  • Age-Friendly Communities
  • Age-Friendly:
    • Businesses
    • Housing
    • Health Systems
    • Employers
    • Travel
    • Marketing
  • Use of social media in building your professional brand and branding your science University of Chapel Hill
  • Media savvy in the modern age: Becoming a public thought leader in 280 characters or less – Johns Hopkins
  • You’ve Completed the Study…Now to Tell the Story – Children’s National Medical Center
  • Orchestrating a Career in Nursing: Bedside to Science and Beyond – Cleveland Clinic, Children’s National Medical Center

  • NOSH: Nurses Optimizing Supportive Handfeeding – Texas Quality Long-Term Care Conference, AHCA/ NCAL

  • Health Equity: Promoting Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health Equity for Children, Families, and Communities – National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine