Shannon Downs, CLPF
I'm a native of Sacramento and graduated from CSUS. I'm married and have two young daughters. Prior to becoming a professional fiduciary, I worked in the legal industry for 13 years. When my father became ill, and I took on the role of caretaker, I discovered how little I knew about the needs of the sick and elderly. The complexities of managing health care, insurance, Medicare benefits, and assisting with day to day living, while caring for my own family and career, were overwhelming. Almost overnight, I became the "parent" to my parent. Without any experience in this area, I had to do my own research and gather information along the way. It was a slow and frustrating process, exacerbated by stress and conflicts among family members about treatment plans. At times I felt alone going through this process, but the fact is that I wasn't alone. Our population is aging. The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060. This means that most of us will have a parent or relative that we will need to care for as they age. As our aging population grows, so does the need for professionals who can help. Through my experiences with my father, I learned about professional fiduciaries and how they could have helped me. I enrolled in the necessary courses and passed the licensing exam and other requirements for my professional fiduciary license, so I can assist others. People often use the phrase that "it takes a village" to care for our families. I want to be part of your "village" and use the knowledge, experience and training to help you.