Cheryl Kuba, Gerentologist
Cheryl's book, Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want, is the result of research Cheryl conducted about care receiversthe dependent elderly who are cared for by a family member, friend or a stranger. Cheryl's extensive professional experience includes a master's degree in gerontology; working with the Illinois Hospital Association and serving as executive director of a Chicago-based retirement community. She has also served as the regional marketing director for a national retirement housing corporation, marketing director for a skilled nursing facility and as a home care consultant.
Cheryl's personal experience with her own parents fuels her passion. During the last seven years of their lives, she was care manager for her elderly parents as they transitioned from independent living through retirement living, 24-hour assisted care, skilled nursing care and finally, hospice care.
A frequent media guest and speaker on the challenges family caregivers face, Cheryl was recently featured on the Christian Broadcast Network's TLN Live! and Living the Life. Cheryl is also a member of the Horizon Hospice Ethics Committee and is vice chair of the church and ministry committee for the Chicago Metropolitan Association. Cheryl was named 2005 Humanitarian of the Year by the National Speakers Association and honored with a Quality First designation for her presentation to the Illinois Health Care Association.