Nashville, TN (PRWEB) July 30, 2013 -- The number of Americans serving as a caregiver for a vulnerable loved one continues to soar as "Baby-Boomers" step into retirement status and, beginning on July 30, AARP Tennessee is drawing upon the unparalleled experience of one of their own - to offer wisdom gleaned from three decades of caregiving by launching a new monthly blog feature.
As his wife's sole caregiver through a medical catastrophe that includes 78 surgeries, multiple amputations, 60 physicians, 12 hospitals, 7 insurance companies, and $9 million in health care costs - author/radio host Peter Rosenberger brings a wealth of understanding to the journey faced by millions of Americans serving as caregivers.
“There are experts, and then there’s Peter Rosenberger,” states AARP TN director of community outreach, Tara Shaver. "Peter left expert decades ago, and went straight to leading authority on the issues facing today’s caregivers. He’s able to get right to the heart of the challenges and offer practical advice with the calm assurance of someone who’s faced relentless battles.”
Coining the phrase, “The Delta Doctrine,” after hearing a Delta flight attendant share what has become the overarching message of his caregiver outreach, Rosenberger simply instructs fellow caregivers to do what flight attendants tell passengers to do in the event of cabin pressure loss: “Put your mask on first before helping others.” His blog postings will provide readers with detailed and easy to follow steps on what it looks like to ” …put the mask on yourself first.”
That message remains prevalent through his weekly radio show, which airs on Clear Channel’s 1510 WLAC in Nashville - and that same concept is peppered throughout his speaking events and his new book, Wear Comfortable Shoes - Surviving and Thriving as a Caregiver.
“AARP certainly recognizes the issues of today's caregivers, and I am grateful and honored they connect so well to my message,” Rosenberger shared. “Together, we're extending the helping hand of experience to those who are buckling under this strain - and providing them with a simple path to ease their burden, help them breathe a bit easier, and even lighten their hearts with a bit of laughter.”
“One of the most engaging factors of working with Peter is his terrific sense of humor,” adds Shaver. “His amazing comedic flair is in stark contrast to the tragic issues faced by his family.” AARP TN director of communications, Karin Miller, agrees. “He transitions seamlessly from deep empathy to hilarious moments that cause us to burst out laughing. That comedy and compassion, along with his vast reservoir of wisdom, will serve as drink of cool water to the weary and parched hearts of his fellow caregivers."
ABOUT PETER ROSENBERGER
Peter W. Rosenberger is the president of Nashville, TN based Standing With Hope - a nonprofit prosthetic limb outreach to Ghana, West Africa founded by he and his wife, Gracie following the amputation of both of her legs. The couple has a lengthy list of public appearances/performances and media credits including The TODAY Show, PEOPLE Magazine, WEB MD, The Republican National Convention (NY), performances for two US Presidents, inauguration of Tennessee's Governor, and multiple performances at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (and other military bases) for wounded warriors.
Peter is the author of two books as well as numerous articles on disability, caregiving, relationships, and suffering.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; http://www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a bilingual news source. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at http://www.aarp.org.
Mary Dawson, Standing With Hope, http://www.standingwithhope.com, (615) 481-9964, [email protected]