Kari Berit brings years of experience and a passion for the subject of aging and caregiving.
An author, speaker, radio show host and regular column contributor, Kari is known for her wit, energy, kindness and insight. She is, as KPNW radio hosts proclaimed, “bubbly, effervescent fun.”
Kari Berit recognizes that caregiving is a concern for the millions of family caregivers in the U.S. and around the globe. Through her speaking engagements, books, articles and past radio shows she gives simple, commonsense tips and tools to help caregivers. She also works 1:1 with families who need support and guidance.
Some of the topics she discusses include:
- Understanding senior housing options
- The S.A.N.E. Method of self care
- The emotional cost of aging and family caregiving
- Normal aging vs. aging with disease
Kari looks at herself as a catalyst to create a comfort zone for adult children and their parents. “I make it safe to talk about ‘elephant issues’ in a positive setting,” she says. “This enables families to have an open dialogue about issues that affect their lives, and as a result we can make a difference in their lives.”
Kari’s experience and credentials include:
- Public speaker on a national and international level since 1997
- Host of the radio show, The Unexpected Caregiver, 2009-2014
- Director of senior housing, dementia-care specialist, and assisted-living manager in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado
- Over 25 years of experience teaching and directing programs for older adults in settings ranging from community meetings to national conferences, and classrooms to churches
- Past director on Good Samaritan Society National Board
- M.S. in Continuing and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
- B.A. in Psychology and International Health Care from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
In 1996 Kari Berit launched Age In Motion with the goal of reaching the many people who work with older adults and the older adults themselves, instilling in them that aging is not inherently a negative stage of life. While working in the senior housing field, Kari created a visionary activity program for Marriott Senior Living called “The Life Enrichment Philosophy in Action.”
Under the Age In Motion brand she has developed numerous programs that serve older adults’ needs. As a consultant, Kari Berit works with organizations to create better older-adult-friendly programs, train senior-friendly sales staffs and educate corporations on the differences between the generations. She has also developed and led over 60 Elderhostel (Road Scholar) programs that include mental fitness.
In 2005, Kari Berit’s Mental Fitness Guide was published. It serves as an invaluable resource helping anyone who leads older adult programs to include the very important element of mental fitness.
Recognizing that caregiving is a huge concern for a large majority of the 78 million Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), in 2007 Kari published a book, The Unexpected Caregiver (Attainment Company, Inc.), that supports both day-to-day and longer-term issues of caregiving for one’s parents.
Kari has now updated and revised The Unexpected Caregiver (Attainment Company, Inc., 2016), presenting her S.A.N.E. Method, helping caregivers stay Supported, Appreciated, Not Guilty and Energized. She has included new chapters on current caregiver issues. Order her book here.