About the Authors

Maria Meyer has been a long-time advocate of social causes, beginning with her work as co-founder  of the Society for Abused Children  of the Children’s Home Society of Florida and founding executive director of the Children’s Foundation of Greater  Miami. In  1993,  when  her  father-in-law  suffered  a stroke,  Maria became aware of the need for better information about how to care for an aging parent,  a responsibility  shared  by millions  of Americans. That  experience  led Maria  to  found  CareTrust  Publications  and  to  co-author  the  award-winning guide,  The  Comfort of Home® A  Complete Guide for Caregivers—now in  its fourth  edition—earning  the  Benjamin Franklin  Award in  the  health  category and  Finalist in  the  Book of the  Year  award  by ForeWord Reviews. Maria has co-authored   a  caregiver  guide  series—including   the  MS, Stroke,  Parkinson, Alzheimer’s,  Chronic  Lung Disease, Chronic  Liver Disease and Chronic  Heart Failure—editions.  She is a keynote  speaker and workshop  leader on caregiver topics  to  health  care  professionals  and  community  groups,  as  well  as,  the Northern  California  Caregiver Community Action Network (CCAN)  volunteer for  the  Caregiver Action  Network  (formerly  the  National  Family  Caregiver Association). For more than 10 years, Maria has practiced Taoist Tai Chi® and is a Beginning Instructor  of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, Inc. Maria and her husband live in San Francisco.

Paula Derr has been  employed  by  the  Sisters of Providence  Health  System for over 37 years. The past seven years she has been working  in the Quality Management office as Quality Coordinator.  She is author  of emergency medical services field guides for emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, and nurses and has co-authored numerous  health care articles. For Paula, home care is a family tradition of long standing. For many years, Paula cared for her mother and grandmother  in her home while raising two daughters and maintaining her career in nursing  and health  care management.  Her personal  and professional experience adds depth to many ch