Exhale First® is dedicated to family support for eldercare: supporting people navigating how to best take care of ourselves when mom or dad (or another relative) is sick as we simultaneously take care of their medical, financial, legal, household and ongoing matters…the emotional, personal and practical realities of an often overwhelming journey. Sadly, statistics show that we can potentially lose up to 10 years off our own lifespans due to caregiving and the emotional physical, emotional turbulent tolls it takes.
We’re on a mission to inspire, educate, and connect millions of women and men during an otherwise most troubling time. We must remember to put our oxygen masks on first.
About Our Founder
Vicki Salemi, Founder & CEO
Chief Exhale Officer
Hanging out in the West Village in New York City, sipping wine with a friend on a crisp September evening in 2015, Vicki Salemi got a voicemail no one wants to get at 10:30 pm. Instantly, her gut knew something was wrong. Her mother was in the emergency room an hour away! Instantly, her vibrant life changed.
Dropping everything the following day to hop on a bus to the suburbs, she was suddenly thrust into the eye of a hurricane caregiving chapter no one really talks about, let alone prepares you for.
That was over five years ago and a most turbulent journey, feeling super isolated, depressed and overwhelmed. The intensity of constantly toggling between NYC and NJ with no preparation for what can happen next propelled her into action.
With an intense longing for information and connection, she built Exhale First® to fill a void in her own life. She’s passionate about helping adult daughters and sons live (instead of barely survive) and elevate the conversation about taking care of your elderly parent. She recently got certified as a caregiver by the American Caregiving Association.
Vicki Salemi is a nationally recognized career expert, spokesperson and published author of books including Big Career in the Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York. She’s written about careers for outlets here and abroad including The Chicago Tribune, The Cut, Forbes and The New York Post and has appeared on national television shows including TODAY, ABC News and The Scripps Network. In addition, her advice has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, USA Today and many more outlets. When she’s not immersed in the caregiving trenches, she’s dreaming of returning to Sicily.