Memory Guides™ = Peace of Mind


How it all started…

Three generations of Marshall’s parents on their 60th anniversary in Iowa in 2013.

In the fall of 2012, while Marshall Stanek’s father was moving some things around in their new winter home in Arizona, he tripped and fell onto a plate rack on the floor. He broke all the ribs on one side. At 78 years old, doctors didn’t expect him to live. Marshall, who lived in San Diego, didn’t know what to do. His father had been caring for his mom who had health issues, so no one had prepared him for what to do when that arrangement was interrupted. After driving to Phoenix to step in, Marshall realized he was starting from scratch to learn what needed to be handled, as well as anticipating various options. What if his dad didn’t make it? What if he recovered? Who would take care of Mom now that Dad couldn’t do it?

This process of long distance caregiving continued for months and years. After recovering from the rib injury, his father subsequently fell and broke a hip, then broke the same hip again, then broke the other hip, and had even more falls after that. All of this while Marshall was working on solutions to make sure mom was still being cared for while at a distance.

It was during this time that a friend asked Marshall to consider how he could take the experience he had from 25 years of leading corporate teams and apply it help other families become better prepared for their aging journey. After working briefly for a non-profit that served families dealing with dementia, he saw how this added even more complexity to the planning. While there were many resources available, learning about and navigating through all the options to get the right information, at the right time, and in a coordinated fashion, just wasn’t being done.

Challenge accepted

Realizing the best way to understand the needs of older adults, and their families, was to meet and talk with them. Learning of the success of Memory Cafés in Europe, Marshall started five of them in San Diego County. These gave him a chance to serve those looking to do all they can to stay functional while developing direct evidence of what issues were of highest importance. He could see that no one was providing comprehensive plans nor staying involved with the families along the aging journey to guide them along the way.

Life Resource Planning

After evaluating various planning systems and tools for over two years, Life Resource Planning was chosen as the most comprehensive and supported. By conducting a broad assessment of current conditions and comparing that to a variety of possible scenarios, clients receive a plan that anticipates various crisis conditions, with the hope that none of them occur. Then, by networking with various professionals of diverse expertise and coordinating how they communicate with the families, Memory Guides is showing the best outcomes for the clients. Families have a much higher peace of mind and can focus on how they want to build a legacy that remains after they are gone.

This is especially valuable for people wondering about, worried about, or starting to have cognitive decline by giving them and their families a safe way to learn and prepare.

We’re about helping families plan a successful aging journey & leave a memorable legacy!

Who qualifies to be a part of the Memory Guides™ team and meet with you?

  • They have their own experience of caring for someone who has gone through an aging crisis.
  • They are collaborative by nature and united in helping families prepare themselves to avoid what they have struggled through.
  • They are holistic in seeing all areas related to a person’s quality of life.
  • They are committed to the belief that “no matter your resources, you should know your options.” Even people with no money have options and a plan they can follow.
  • They believe EVERYONE benefits from a comprehensive life plan for their aging journey and that sooner is much better than later.

How can we help you or others you know?

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Learn about Life Resource Planning or reserve a spot at a Memory Café.

call (858) 412-7337