NCC18 Keynote: Nicole Rochester


NCC18 Keynote: Nicole Rochester

Join Nicole for her keynote address during our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference:

The Transformative Power of Caregiving on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 a.m.
Dr. Rochester will discuss how being a caregiver for her dad initially seemed like the worst possible thing that could have happened to her, short of his death. Caregiving caused an abrupt interruption to a life it took her years to create. She thought she was living her best life personally and professionally, and could not imagine how she would care for her father while working a full-time job, being a wife and mother, and maintaining some semblance of a personal life. Caring for her father proved to be challenging. It was even harder than she thought it would be. She was most surprised by the difficulties she faced while attempting to navigate his healthcare. As an experienced physician, she thought this would be "the easy part". Instead, she realized that when she was in the hospital or exam room with her dad, she was a seen as a family caregiver, not a medical expert. Her input and opinions were often not valued nor welcomed. Ultimately, she learned how to use her medical background to get him the care he needed and deserved. With each frustrating medical encounter, Dr. Rochester pondered about the plight of other family caregivers. How did they advocate for their loved ones? How did they figure out all of the loopholes and barriers that stand between patients and appropriate medical care? She vowed to do something to make a difference but did not know how or what. After her father's death, Dr. Rochester got back to her routine and was enjoying her professional career. But she couldn't shake the feeling that she needed to do something. After many discussions with her husband and a lot of prayers, she left clinical medicine and started a health advocacy company. Dr. Rochester never thought any other career could give her the joy she received from caring for patients, but now she finds that same joy and satisfaction by helping others in a new way. She would have never discovered this new, rewarding career had it not been for her caregiving experience. Dr. Rochester believes that all of us are transformed in a positive way by our caregiving journeys. We really are our best selves and are sharpened by the fire and pressures of caregiving, just like diamonds.

Dr. Nicole T. Rochester is a board-certified pediatrician, Clinical Assistant Professor, and the CEO of Your GPS Doc, LLC, an innovative company that helps aging individuals and their family caregivers navigate the healthcare system. While helping to care for her late father, who had multiple chronic illnesses including dementia, Dr. Rochester witnessed the disjointed healthcare system from the other side of the stethoscope. Despite her medical expertise, she often struggled to ensure her father received the care he needed. She realizes most patients and families do not have access to this “inside knowledgeâ€ and has made it her personal mission to educate and empower others. Dr. Rochester was moved so deeply by her caregiving experience that she left clinical medicine in July 2017 to focus on being a professional health advocate, consultant, speaker, and business owner.

Dr. Rochester has written numerous blog articles on her website,, and also shares her knowledge and insight through social media, workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements. She has contributed to a variety of national online publications and has been interviewed on several podcasts, including AgeWyz, the On-Air Advocate, and On the Front Lines of Caregiving. Dr. Rochester received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Johns Hopkins University. She obtained her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Rochester serves on the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Health Education Institute, an organization devoted to developing health care leaders throughout the state of Maryland. She is a member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association for Physician Leadership. She is married and the proud mother of two daughters.

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We are so grateful to the following sponsors for making our conference possible:

~ AARP ~

~ Seniors BlueBook ~ Seniorlink ~ Henry Ford Health System CARE Program ~

~ Society of Certified Senior Advisors ~ Mindlight ~