Women's Champions November Spotlight
Susan Doyle - Class of 2018
When Susan Doyle and her husband Paul launched Oasis Senior Advisors in May 2016, they were inspired to help other families navigate senior living options after they were confronted with their own family crisis.
“Paul and I became trusted advisors for family and friends after having to deal with the complex issues that we faced in our own family: Live-In home care for an aunt, nursing home placement for an uncle, homecare and hospice for Paul’s dad, and the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease for Paul’s mom,” according to Susan.
In 2018, Susan received a well-deserved nomination to become a Women’s Champion for the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter. Her commitment shines as a Walk Committee planning member from 2016-18 and she and her husband’s team, “Joan’s Backhand” continue to raise funds for the Norwalk Alzheimer’s walk. Sadly, Paul’s mom Joan passed away this fall and Susan plans to continue her annual team fundraising efforts in honor of her memory and all of those who have this disease and their caregivers.
Susan found that there is no “How To” manual to answer questions about health care, senior living, and the myriad of issues that we deal with as members of the “Sandwich generation.” Our parents generation (Seniors) are living longer with more complex health issues and we have our own family challenges, so we are caught in the middle.
Susan’s passion to help families navigate senior living options goes above and beyond her professional Oasis networking activities. For over 15 years Susan and Paul have coordinated the Midnight Run homeless ministry for their parish where they organize donation drives, clothing sorts and provide food, clothing and supplies to the homeless of NYC.
Over the past two years, Susan has dedicated countless hours to becoming an active volunteer in senior and dementia-related organizations. She is a member of multiple senior provider networks and hospital coalitions which address issues facing our aging senior population and ways to keep them safe at home and prevent hospital readmissions.
In Connecticut, Susan has trained to become a Dementia Friend and Dementia Champions facilitator, she is a member of the nascent Aging 2.0 Greenwich Chapter, a Board member of the Connecticut Geriatric Society (2018-2020), and volunteers as a Dementia volunteer at Stamford Hospital.
Susan and Paul have been married 29 wonderful years and have four children- Kelly (27), Sarah (24), Trey (21) and Willie (18).