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Jennifer Talbert-Miller

Aaron Blight has written a must read guide for anyone about to embark on the journey of caregiving. Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing Aaron speak knows his ability to capitivate his audience while he delivers valuable information. This book is much like sitting in the room with Aaron, full of practical advice that is delivered in a relatable style. I wish I had this book when I became a caregiver.

Jennifer Talbert-Miller
Co-Founder and Board Member, Beloved Foundation

Zachary White, PhD

Aaron Blight brings to this book a rare breadth of first-hand and professional perspectives with caregiving. He invites family caregivers into a deeper and more humane understanding of their journey that will facilitate the process of reflection that caregivers need and deserve.

Zachary White, PhD
Co-author of The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver

Peggy Uchno

This book is relatable, and that is a big thing. I saw my personal and family experience with our mother in these pages. I can connect to all the topics, but most importantly my “aha” moment was the historic relationship discussion and my thoughts were, “If only we had known this earlier…” I also found the reflections a great asset for pondering what was discussed and saw how writing down thoughts and experiences can be cathartic.

Peggy Uchno
Family Caregiver

Jeannie Lopez-Smith, RN, BSN

Wow! I have never read anything on caregiving that was so complete, informative, comforting, and rewarding. When Caregiving Calls is personable, practical, and very effective. The book has left an impression on my heart, as I am sure it will for others who delve into its wisdom and advice.

Jeannie Lopez-Smith, RN, BSN
Hospice Nurse and Family Caregiver

Jennifer T. Martin, RN

When Caregiving Calls is written with passion and wisdom. Aaron Blight provides us with reassurance and hope as we better understand the role of caregiver. Personal and professional caregivers, this a must-read!

Jennifer T. Martin, RN
Certified hospice and palliative nurse, and Chief Nursing Officer, Blue Ridge Hospice

Amy S. D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CPCA

Written in a gentle, open-hearted style that makes it hard to put down, When Caregiving Calls offers powerful questions, resources, and practical suggestions that will transform the caregiving experience and mine the meaning and depth caregiving can add to our lives. Highly recommended!

Amy S. D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CPCA
Founder, Life Transitions by Dr. Amy, Inc.

Clare L. Stacey, PhD

When Caregiving Calls is a rare find—a book that is engaging, practical, and informed by cutting-edge research on care. It considers aspects often overlooked, such as the rewards that come from caring and the challenges families face when navigating America’s health care system. When Caregiving Calls is essential reading for those providing care, as well as for policy makers and social scientists interested in this critical issue.

Clare L. Stacey, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology, Kent State University, and Author of The Caring Self: The Work Experiences of Home Care Aides

Charles Senessie, MD, MSc, PhD

When Caregiving Calls is a masterpiece—a well-written book that highlights the author’s personal experience of caring for a loved one, which was a changing point in his life. Readers of every background all over the world can learn a lot from Aaron Blight’s captivating work.

Charles Senessie, MD, MSc, PhD
Founder and President, Afro-European Medical and Research Network

Karen Lake, BN, RN

Aaron Blight’s lived experiences as a caregiver and as the operator of a care agency allow him to offer a heartfelt, authentic, and empathetic perspective that will be reassuring to caregivers who may be feeling alone on the journey.

Karen Lake, BN, RN
Caregiving Consultant and Care Navigator

Rhonda J. V. Montgomery, PhD

This easy-to-read book provides family caregivers with valuable insights, guidance, and affirmation that reflect empathy and respect for their role. Dr. Blight’s poignant stories will help both family caregivers and the professionals and other family members who support them.

Rhonda J. V. Montgomery, PhD
Internationally Recognized Expert on Family Caregiving

Amanda LaRose, LCSW

When Caregiving Calls validates the experiences of caregivers, providing a unique explanation how their roles change during the caregiving journey. Aaron Blight’s strategies drawn from his personal caregiving experiences, education, and business make this a book I will highly recommend to clients for years to come.

Amanda LaRose, LCSW
Licensed clinical social worker and certified advanced social work case manager

Martin J. Schreiber

This book is an important road map from one who has journeyed as both a family caregiver and a professional caregiver. His guidance can help others have the best chance to survive and maybe even thrive while carrying the burden of caregiving.

Martin J. Schreiber
Former Governor of Wisconsin and author of My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Robert Mastrogiovanni

No family caregiver should be without this book. In clear and concise chapters, it covers all the topics caregivers need to understand the journey they are on and provides a reference source to be revisited again and again.

Robert Mastrogiovanni
President, Well Spouse Association

Donna Thomson

When Caregiving Calls is unique among family caregiver guidebooks—an intimate conversation between Dr. Aaron Blight and the reader, offering insight and reassurance through guided reflections and pivotal questions. Presenting even the most challenging ideas in simple, yet profound ways, this book will ease the path of anyone caring for a parent, spouse or older relative.

Donna Thomson
Co-author of The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation From Loved One to Caregiver and author of The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I've Learned From a Life of Caregiving

BookLife Reviews (Editor’s Pick)

Expert Aaron Blight explores the daily realities of caregiving and offers candid, practical advice to help family caregivers cope with their many challenges. . . . This outstanding guide will be a lifesaver for anyone saddled with these immense responsibilities and seeking peace of mind.

BookLife Reviews (Editor’s Pick)

Hi there, and welcome to my website.

I’m Aaron Blight, Ed.D., the author of When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative.

I’m an average guy whose life happened to be redirected by caregiving.

There was a time I never could’ve imagined writing a book for caregivers. However, after more than twenty years of being a caregiver, supporting caregivers, and studying caregiving, I realized that I had to write this book.

I wanted to create a book that is easy to read, relatable, and profound. A book that actually makes a difference.

If your life has been touched by caregiving, I hope that you’ll read it.

If you read it, I’d love to hear what you think!

Aaron Blight, Ed.D., is an international speaker 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.

Aaron’s passion for supporting caregivers is rooted in his personal experience as a family caregiver; his professional work as the owner of a large home care company and as a leader at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and his study of caregiving as a phenomenon of social science.

Aaron serves as an Adjunct Professor at Shenandoah University, an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association, and an advisory board member of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore, and a doctorate degree from The George Washington University.

Aaron and his wife, Jessica, live outside of Washington DC, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. They have four children and two grandchildren. Aaron enjoys exercise, music, travel, cats, and ice cream.

Dr. Blight speaks with groups all over the world about caregiving. In workshops and conference talks, he invites participants to think deeply about the meaning and significance of their individual caregiving experiences. He attends caregiver support groups to facilitate discussions related to his book, When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative.

Caring for an aging or infirm parent, spouse, or relative is one of the noblest human activities. It’s also one of the most stressful, posing challenges that can be painful, confusing, and deeply rewarding — sometimes all at once. When Caregiving Calls is an invitation to a deep conversation about caregiving and its meaning for you.

Honors & Awards

Honorary Board Member
International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare
Corporate Philanthropist of the Year
Founder’s Award
Administrator’s Achievement Award
Founder’s Award
Dynasty Award
Legacy Award
Hallmark Award
Service Hours Per Senior Award