Aaron Blight, Ed.D., is an international speaker, author, and consultant on caregiving, aging, and healthcare. He is the founder of Caregiving Kinetics and has been recognized as a “Top 100 Healthcare Leader” by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare.
Dr. Blight’s book, When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative, comes after more than 20 years of leadership as a caregiving provider, policymaker, and researcher. Dr. Blight supplements his book by speaking with groups all over the world about caregiving. In workshops and conference talks, he helps family caregivers and healthcare providers alike to understand and appreciate their roles.
Having been a consultant to home care companies, senior living providers, hospice agencies, technology companies, and institutions of higher education, he has served as a trainer of direct care staff; an executive coach for leaders of care organizations; a researcher of caregiving experience, strategy, and innovation; a facilitator of focus groups for medical providers and third-party payers; and a subject matter expert for a university’s healthcare administration degree program.
His expertise is derived from a history of caregiving leadership positions. At the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, he developed national healthcare policy and regulations for the Medicaid program. He was the President of Tailored Care Enterprises, a firm that uses an evidence-based approach from applied gerontology to target effective supports for family caregivers. Dr. Blight owned two home care companies and ranked among the highest performing Home Instead Senior Care franchisees in the world. He also conducted original academic research on factors affecting the engagement of paid caregivers and presented his findings in industry and academic conferences.
Academically, he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management and Public Health at Shenandoah University. He holds a Doctor of Education (Human & Organizational Learning) degree from George Washington University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Blight is an honorary board member of Well Spouse Association, and he serves on the advisory board of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.