Nicole M. Clagett - Contributor for ABC11 WTVD
Specializing in social work, long-term care, education, business development, national replication, and healthcare administration. Experienced in social work in a clinical capacity and in a macro role working with systems by being a change agent. I am the co-founder of Guiding Lights www.guidnglightsnc.org in the (Triangle market known as Transitions GuidingLights, an affiliate of Transitions LifeCare) a charity that supports caregivers who are providing care to adults, typically older adults with chronic conditions with information, referral, education and support at no charge.

Serving as an advocate for individuals afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease and those suffering from chronic conditions is a passion of mine. As a member of the long term care community for over 20 years I have personally witnessed the impact (socially, emotionally, and economically) that caregiving has on families.

Working with older adults and their caregivers continues to be my focus and I believe in the 'law of plenty' as evidenced by breaking down the silos of health care organizations and creating and participating in consortiums of healthcare providers that actively discuss issues facing the older adults that they are serving and how this underserved population can have a better quality of life through education, resource sharing, and problem solving refuels my internal energy to continue my work.

Working with various media outlets through broadcast journalism by using my voice and expertise to educate by raising the base knowledge of the community as a whole is a gift that I am so grateful to have been given. The use of media empowers the community to know what options exist to support them in their caregiving roles.

My perspective on what it is like to be both a professional and personal caregiver (having cared for my grandfather and a friend) serves as a constant reminder of why I get up every day to continue to do the work that I do to serve our community.

When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my four children in our beautiful blended family living with my husband Todd. I can be found playing with our flock of chickens, checking on our bees, tending our organic garden, riding around on our ATV... gazing at the moon and stars, and can even at times be seen on the back of a motorcycle!

I look forward to supporting you during caregiving journey.

Nicole's Stories
Animal Assisted Therapy: Drawing out older adults
Animals have a unique way of drawing individuals out of their shells by bringing joy and connection.
Alzheimer's patients 'realistic' but hopeful with approval of new drug
"If it can even possibly slow the progression even just for a year or two I could get more time with my three kids and my grandkids."
Caregivers, what you can do when you feel too tired to care
Compassion fatigue results from physical, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion.
Your most important "life" documents
A carefully drafted durable power of attorney for health care is vital for every adult - young or old, healthy or sick, disabled or able-bodied.
May I ask care providers if they are vaccinated before seeking care
As the vaccine has become more readily available to the broader population, there is a growing hesitancy to allow healthcare workers to care for disease-vulnerable loved ones if the healthcare workers state they have not been vaccinated.
The financial toll of caregiving on African American caregivers
Most caregivers are surprised by the financial toll providing care creates on both the individual receiving care and the care family around them.
How to maintain your mental health while caregiving as the pandemic drones on
For the average American there is a great deal of anxiety, fear, and depression.
Rebuilding your life after caregiving
The constant attention to another's needs, over time, often becomes a core part of a caregiver's identity.
A Very COVID Holiday Season: How to safely celebrate with an aging loved one during a pandemic
The idea of Thanksgiving often conjures up pictures of big happy reunions, but this year how safe is it to make that a reality?
Caring for elders while juggling virtual school and a career
Juggling the kids' virtual schooling, elder care, and a career at the same time can be absolutely overwhelming.