The Essential Guide to
Understanding and Funding Senior Care


Discover Resources for Funding Senior Care


Evaluate Senior Living Options for Your Loved One


Strategize a Smooth Transition into Care


Ensure Your Loved One’s Safety and Companionship

About The Author

Lauren Olson

Lauren Olson lives in Grapevine, TX with Russ, her husband of 30+ years. She is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and volunteers in the community through the Senior Alliance and Women’s Division.

Lauren studied Finance & Real Estate in college and is currently a licensed agent in Texas and Florida. She holds the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation from the National Association of Realtors. More importantly, Lauren received the “Senior Transition Specialist” certification from Mom’s House. They are an organization devoted to building relationships in the senior care community and helping families quickly access the equity in their homes when immediate care is critical.

Did you know that half of the adult children, on average, live 400 miles away from their parents? When Lauren’s mom was in need of critical care, she was over 1300 miles away. Because of this emotional experience, that many of us will likely have to face, Lauren is dedicated to helping seniors and their adult children. She is the co-founder of N.E.S.T. (Navigating Elderly Solutions Together) in Dallas-Fort Worth. They are a group of caring professionals that have come together to help seniors navigate their golden years. As a means to educate the public, Lauren also joined Ben Rao in the “Paying for Long-Term Care” initiative.

Lauren thrives on fitness, travel, learning languages, and spending time with friends. She visits her adult children in Miami and Seattle as often as possible.

Ben Rao

Ben Rao is an author, serial entrepreneur, business coach, philanthropist and senior care advocate who lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri (outside Kansas City, MO).

Ben experienced first-hand the emotional and financial struggle that families face when he was unexpectedly confronted with the reality of transitioning his own father into senior care. He was challenged by the lack of direction and resources available for a process that nearly all of us will eventually need to go through. That experience inspired Ben to use his personal and professional experience in the long-term care industry to help families transition their loved ones into senior care.

Ben enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, and outdoor adventures – he tries to visit at least two national parks every year. He lives with his wife, Rhonda, and their two children, Maddy and Charlie, in a renovated historic building that was once the Lee’s Summit Hospital and the Dayton Hotel in Downtown Lee’s Summit. He also developed Lee’s Summit’s first entrepreneurial incubator and shared office space in a formerly vacant post office. Ben works there alongside his trusty sidekick, Charlie dog, a border collie who has gone to the office with him every day for the last 10 years.