Meet Kathleen

Greetings! I’m Kathleen.

For over 16 years, I cared for my aging parents while running four successful small businesses, managing a home, writing a book, volunteering in the community, AND raising 3 sons.

Life has always been very, very busy. Perhaps you can relate? I often refer to myself as the ‘Queen of Transitions’. Despite the daily craziness, I have remained healthy, happy, productive and married (not a small feat when you own and operate a restaurant and then a retail store with your spouse!)

Michael and Kathleen Cleary

Dad was a non-ambulatory multiple stroke victim and I helped Mom and some home health aides care for him so he could remain at home for close to 9 years. I’ll never forget the day I first crossed that dreaded threshold – from ‘Cared-for’ to ‘Caregiver’. I simply had never anticipated taking care of my brilliant Harvard Business School-graduate Dad’s every need.

Mom had severe COPD (chronic pulmonary obstructive disease) and I became her primary caregiver, helping her cope with life on oxygen 24/7 for two and a half years. It wasn’t easy to watch her shrivel away in her final year but I am very grateful for the many gifts and memories I have of our time together.

It doesn’t matter what illness or condition of aging your parents are experiencing, the emotional toll of caregiving and eldercare can be massive. And it can affect your own health if you let it…

Are Stress and Overwhelm Stealing Your Joy?

I worried often with many questions– you probably have done the same:

  • Where do I begin?
  • Who do I turn to for answers?
  • Am I helping my folks make the right decisions?
  • Am I providing care in a way that keeps them feeling in control?
  • Am I aware of all the resources in our community to help us out?
  • How will I ever find time for my family and myself?
  • Did my own family feel like I was giving too much time to my parents?

As you can see, I had a lot going on as do all of the professional women I meet who are thrust into caring for their parents.

One of the most common problems my clients ask about is how can they handle all of their responsibilities—their career, their home, their family AND caring for their parents without going crazy?

After all, no one taught us how to care for our parents—they’ve always cared for us.


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I am thrilled to be a contributor to the following books:

   “OMG! My Parents are Getting Old!”  by Faye Levow and “Passport to Priorities, Your Road Map to Balanced Living” by Kathleen Barton.

Cover of                                                  Passport to Priorities by Kathleen Barton


book cover: If This is Heaven, I am Going to be a Good Boy, the Tommy Leonard Story, by Kathleen Cleary

I love to research and write and I thoroughly enjoyed writing and publishing the inspirational biography, “If This is Heaven, I am Going to be a Good Boy, the Tommy Leonard Story” which shares the untold childhood and celebrated life of one of Boston’s legendary bartenders and Founder of the Falmouth Road Race.

I am a member of the following groups:

  • Berkshire Business and Professional Women, Western Massachusetts
  • Berkshire Business Builders
  • Society of Certified Senior Advisors®

photo of our 3 sons

I am the proud Mom of 3 terrific (and successfully launched) sons and wife to my husband of 31 years, Michael.

When I am not coaching or consulting with clients or writing articles and researching helpful resources for caregivers, I can be found enjoying our active lifestyle in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts—hiking, biking, kayaking, taking fitness classes as well as spending time with family and friends.

I’d love to chat and see if I can help you keep your sanity as you travel on your caregiving journey. To schedule your complimentary 20-minute “Caregiver’s Consultation” strategy session, click here.