Eleanor (Ellie) Gaccetta, MBA is an author, speaker and home cook/baker. Formally she was a legislative and policy analyst for the State of Colorado, the City and County of Broomfield, and after leaving government services she was a private contractor. Ellie’s almost forty-year career ceased when her mother fell and broke her hip at age 92.
Thus began Ellie’s own journey of being a 24/7 sole caregiver for her mother for the next nine and one half years. During that time her book One Caregiver’s Journey was born with personal memories, insight and advice for caregivers. The book is a snapshot of the realities, changes and challenges of caregiving. During the six months after her mother’s passing at age 102, Ellie journaled about her reintegration back into the world. “The biggest challenge to reintegration after nearly 10 years of isolation has been to not be an outsider looking into the world that passed you by.”
Ellie’s second book, Generations of Good food, wasn’t planned. It was a labor of love that consumed her time during the pandemic lockdown. It incorporates recipes, stories, and anecdotes from six generations of her Italian family. It is a book for the kitchen novice and seasoned cook and baker.
Today she lives in a suburb west of Denver where she enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, cooking, baking and gardening. During the pandemic she committed to remaining healthy, getting in shape and staying fit. After the pandemic she walks 2-3 miles daily and has become a gym shark.
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Photo by CDC The role of family caregivers can't be underestimated because they make life a bit easier for the elderly individuals that we love. Eleanor Gaccetta, author of One Caregiver's Journey, talks about quality in-home senior care and the nuances...
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Family recipes hold a remarkable influence as they can transport us back in time. Every bite takes us back to a time of cherished memories, connecting us to our roots. Family recipes as time machines carry the...
Photo by Negative Space Author Eleanor Gaccetta shares her thoughts on caregiving, caregivers, and the social media platform. My book, One Caregiver’s Journey, was written over nearly a decade of caring for my mother. It is a journal of the realities of the...