Meet Jacqueline Marcell, Caregiving Expert

Patient Expert

Author of the best-seller "Elder Rage" and radio host of "Coping With Caregiving" shares her insights on how to manage the challenges of Alzheimer's disease.

Jacqueline Marcell is a former college professor and television executive, who was so compelled by the experience of caring for her elderly parents (both with the beginning of Alzheimer's which was not properly diagnosed for over a year) she has devoted her life to eldercare awareness and reform. Her passion resulted in a bestselling book, Elder Rage; a popular radio program with over 700 archived interviews, "Coping With Caregiving"; hundreds of radio/television appearances; media including CNN, TODAY, Woman's Day, Prevention, and the cover of the AARP Bulletin (circ 22 million); and over 100 keynotes, including replacing Maureen Reagan at the California Governor's Conference for Women. She's also spoken for numerous chapters of the Alzheimer's Association, the Alzheimer's Foundation, Area Agencies on Aging, Family Caregiver Support Programs, Case Managers Society of America, Hospice, Young Presidents Organization, National Security Agency, Florida House of Representatives, to name a few.

"Thank you so much for your superb presentation at our Alzheimer's Research Seminar. The audience included dementia specialists, senior neurologists and neuropsychologists, basic scientists, nurses, fellows, residents, medical students, clinical research staff, and family caregivers from New England who came specifically to hear you. And, what a fabulous presentation it was! Your ability to combine humor, personal insight, wisdom, and critical meaningful guidance to all of us involved in the web of care for those with dementia was sensational. Each gained useful tips and tools that will enrich our professional practices and personal experiences."

--Robert Stern, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Clinical and Research Program, Boston University School of Medicine

"Elder Rage" is a Book-of-the-Month Club selection (the first time a book on caregiving has ever been selected) and is also being considered for a feature film. The Addendum by dementia specialist, Dr. Rodman Shankle, makes it valuable for healthcare professionals (including doctors), and helped make it required reading at numerous universities for courses in geriatric assessment and management. Over fifty endorsements include: Hugh Downs, Regis Philbin, Dr. Dean Edell, Johns Hopkins Memory Clinic, and the National Adult Day Services Association--who honored Jacqueline with their Media Award. She also received "Advocate of the Year" from the National Association of Women Business Owners (Orange County, CA) at their Remarkable Women Awards. Also a recent breast cancer survivor, Jacqueline advocates that everyone (especially caregivers) closely monitor their own health.

Jacqueline's missions are to: help improve our eldercare laws; enlighten healthcare professionals how to better help the families they work with; provide solutions and hope to families; encourage funding for Alzheimer's and Breast Cancer research and bring awareness to early diagnosis importance; expose elder abuse, neglect and exploitation; encourage long-term care insurance/planning; bring attention to funding needs for Adult Day Services, which she says saved her parents' lives as well as her own. She's testified before the Assistant Secretary on Aging and is featured in an upcoming PBS documentary.