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A Holistic Approach to Caregiving

Updated: Apr 30

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A Holistic Approach to Caregiving with Mary Jo Saavedra, Nationally Recognized Author, Gerontologist, and Aging Life Care Professional 

How can we transform care into a holistic journey that not only addresses practical needs but also integrates well-being, resilience, and comprehensive support systems to empower caregivers and enhance the quality of aging life?

Today, my guest is Mary Jo Saavedra, a nationally recognized gerontologist, author, and Aging Life Care Professional. With over a decade of experience in the aging and healthcare industry and walking alongside her mom who was living with Alzheimer's, Mary Jo founded Fireside Group, becoming a guide for care management services for seniors and their families. Grounded in values of compassion, innovation, and connection, Mary Jo's approach has deeply resonated with clients, families, solo agers, business professionals, and community members, establishing her as a trusted advocate and thought leader in the field.

Throughout our conversation, we look at Mary Jo's holistic approach to caregiving, discussing why it's essential and how it can be effectively implemented. We'll navigate through the often complex legal and financial challenges caregivers face and share strategies to prioritize health and wellness for both caregivers and their loved ones. From leveraging community resources to fostering emotional and social connections, addressing our own views on aging and sustaining caregiver resilience, we're covering it all. Plus, we'll get an exclusive insight into Mary Jo's resources including her HomeLife Design program and The Six Pillars of Aging Wellbeing, along with her latest passion project, the Soul Shift Journey Tours, and learn about her vision for the future of gerontology.

Thank you, Mary Jo, for supporting us in our holistic caregiving and for bringing Radical Amazement to us!


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About Mary Jo Saavedra

Mary Jo Saavedra is a nationally recognized author, gerontologist, and Aging Life Care Manager

with a distinguished career spanning over a decade in the aging and healthcare industry. As the

founder and owner of Fireside Group, LLC, established in 2012, Mary Jo has been instrumental

in providing exceptional Crisis and Care Management services to seniors and their families.

Under her visionary leadership, Fireside Group has evolved to offer comprehensive Life

Planning and Long-term Care Planning, coaching, master classes, and workshops, catering to the

diverse needs of older adults navigating the complexities of aging.

With a commitment to elevating the second half of life with quality and a growth mindset, Mary

Jo has developed innovative programs such as the HOMELife Design program and the Six

Pillars of Aging Well Being framework. Her Soul Shift Journey Tour and Master Class are a

favorite for pre/post-retirement offering transformative experiences that empower individuals to

embrace new chapters with confidence and purpose. Grounded in values of compassion,

innovation, and connection, Mary Jo's approach to life and care management and education

resonates deeply with clients, families, soloagers, business professionals, and community

members alike, making her a trusted advocate and thought leader in the field.

Fireside Group, LLC, co-founded by Mary Jo Saavedra in 2012, is a leading provider of innovative

aging and care management services dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seniors and their

families. Specializing in Crisis and Care Management, Fireside Group has expanded its oƯerings to

include comprehensive Life Planning, Long-term Care Planning, coaching, and educational

programs such as master classes and workshops. With a focus on holistic well-being, Fireside

Group has developed proprietary programs like the HOMELife Design program and the Six Pillars of

Aging Well Being framework, designed to empower individuals to navigate the complexities of aging

with confidence and a growth mindset. Committed to fostering compassion, innovation, and

connection, Fireside Group continues to be a trusted resource for adults seeking personalized care

solutions and transformative experiences to thrive in their second half of life.

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