Beth Witrogen McLeod
Journalist, Author, Speaker, Consultant
Caregiving and Aging issues
Beth Witrogen McLeod is an award winning journalist, author, speaker
and consultant on caregiving and aging issues. Her expertise grew out
of personal experience caring for her parents who were simultaneously
terminally ill 1,200 miles away. With a father dying of a rare form
of cancer and a mother with Lou Gehrig's disease and dementia, McLeod
learned first hand about the traumas and blessings of this mid-life
rite of passage.
She turned her experiences into a passion for public service, first
writing and producing an award-winning newspaper series, "The
Caregivers," for the San Francisco Examiner in 1995. It was nominated
for a Pulitzer Prize. She developed a weekly column for The Examiner
that often appeared on the New York Times Syndicated Web site. Honors
for the series included National Hospice Organization, Pew Charitable
Trusts, American Legion Auxiliary, Society of Professional
Journalists and many regional and local service organizations.
McLeod left The Examiner to write her book, "Caregiving: The
Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss and Renewal" (John Wiley & Sons, May
1999), which has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in general
nonfiction. Her articles on elder care and related issues have been
published in Good Housekeeping, SELF, Family Circle, Intuition,
Cooking Light, Take Care!, Health and the Noetic Science Review. She
has led an on-line caregiving support chat for five years and
lectures frequently around the country on the practical and emotional
aspects of family caregiving. She is a columnist and consultant for
ThirdAge.com and WebMD and continues to write a column for The
Examiner called "Focus on Aging." She is a contributing writer for
McLeod teaches a course on caring for aging parents through the
University of California Extension system, and will be offering a
similar course on-line through ThirdAge.com.
In August 1999, she was interviewed by Katie Couric for the "Today"
show's "Forever Young" segment. In August 1999, "Caregiving" will be
published as an "E-book." It has been accepted into the Prevention
Book Club. A paperback version will be out in 2000.
Women's International Center presents the Living Legacy Award 2000 to
Beth Witrogen McLeod in enthusiastic acknowledgement of her
contributions to those who are empowered by her words.
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