Chuck learned to entertain as a youth in the suburbs of Los Angeles, under the tutelage of the Kingston Trio. He was singing and playing guitar at the age of eight and with his own trio, was signed to appear on the Steve Allen Show. Moving to Connecticut three years later, he continued his entertaining endeavors throughout school; acting and modeling followed in his teens. After his business degree, his entertaining expanded to the hotel “lounge circuit”, executive-level corporate affairs and becoming “The Stetson Man” for a major cosmetics firm, in addition to various modeling assignments that included billboards and magazines.
Drawing upon his business education and degree, Chuck then focused his energy to the human resource industry concentrating on helping workers who have been laid off through no fault of their own. (outplacement) His first published book, When the Pink Slip Comes Home, was a multi-media package that included a handbook, tapes and workbook for job search tips & techniques. This project gave him international recognition. As a result of his activities and accomplishments during this phase of his career, he became an Advisor to the President’s Council on Hiring Workers with Disabilities.
Chuck was a caregiver for his aging parents for about ten years. This experience greatly enhanced his understanding of aging and the challenged faced by many families, that of caring for aging loved ones, especially in their own homes. As a result of his personal oversight of his parents’ care, Chuck has written two books, MAKING YOUR HOME SENIOR-FRIENDLY, (2004) and his most recent, YOUR HOME, YOUR CASTLE. (The first text prepares families for homecare and the second one advises them of the lessons Chuck learned over the years.) Soon after his first book, he was invited to join two committees at the United Nations pertaining to aging. To compliment his advocacy and efforts as a writer and speaker, Chuck has been commissioned a Stephen Minister (specialized training on grief and loss counseling internationally).
He has written numerous articles on recruitment, diversity, aging, job search, recruitment, workforce violence prevention and others for a variety of publications and websites including those of the American Management Association, Prentice-Hall, USA Disabled, the Progressive Grocer and others.
Overview—After the initial entertainment phase of his career, Chuck concentrated on making an impact on three populations: workers with disabilities, displaced dislocated workers and most recently, senior citizens and those who support them.
- Author, three books on job search and aging
- WHEN THE PINK SLIP COMES HOME
- MAKING YOUR HOME SENIOR-FRIENDLY
- YOUR HOME, YOUR CASTLE (2014)
- Former actor, model and entertainer
- “The Stetson Man” for Coty Cosmetics
- Opening Act for the Kingston Trio
- Numerous billboard, television and print assignments
- Outplacement consultant, coach and trainer
- Published in diversity, recruitment, job loss, aging and other areas
- Prentice-Hall, the American Management Association, USA Disabled and others
- Engaging speaker for aging and job loss subjects
CREDENTIALS AND AFFILIATIONS (current and past)
- Member, the Communications Coordination Committee at the United Nations
- Former, “Champion for Change” at the CT State Capital (recently offered an advisory position at the CT State Legislature)
- Member, the Committee on Aging at the United Nations
- Former Adviser, The President’s Council on Hiring the Disabled
- Author, Making Your Home Senior-Friendly (2004)
- Author, Your Home, Your Castle (2014)
- Author, When the Pink Slip Comes Home
- Former Member, Steering Committee, the CT Coalition for Culture Change for Long Term Care
- Member, the Connecticut Coalition on Aging
- Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, CAPS, the National Association of Home Builders
- Miss America Pageant MC and Judge in CT
- Stephen Minister commissioning, 2013
Testimony (from new book, YOUR HOME, YOUR CASTLE)
“Chuck’s compassionate and pragmatic reflections on caring for older adults reveal deep understanding and uncommon sensitivity, gleaned from his own experiences caring for aging parents. His sensible, real-world insights are invaluable for anyone – family, friends, and policy makers alike—who endeavor to enable older adults and caregivers to navigate their journey together with dignity and respect.”
Julia Evans Starr, Executive Director
CT Commission on Aging
“For all persons of all ages and here, focusing on seniors, this slim but sage volume is an attractive and compelling “must” to own, read, share and apply. The text is universal and the illustrations warm and inviting. The book is person-friendly, as promised by the title, and helpful both conceptually and for practical aspects of living.” Dr. L. D. Misek-Falkoff, “Respectful-Interfaces Programme” of the Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations; Member, Sub-Committee on Older Women, U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
“Making Your Home Senior Friendly by Chuck Oakes is easy to read, full of great recommendations on making a home senior friendly and safe and provides some great resources. This book should be a “must read” for seniors wanting to stay in their own homes, and for their friends, families and caregivers. Kudos – Chuck Oakes for identifying these issues and writing about them.” Shelley Ludwick, Director of Clinical Programs, Visiting Nurse Association of America, VNAA (Visiting Nurse Association of America)
“Chuck knows exactly what we face when we start to help care of our parents. His book is perfect in helping caregivers to understand their position as a family member that has, or will begin to assist aging parents. Functionality is great, but Chuck’s discussion on attitude, helpfulness and creating the right environment for our parents is fantastic! This book is refreshing and can help to set the right tone to the future ahead. Just maybe the “golden years” can be golden with love and understanding.” Daniel A. Uitti – Author, Keep Your Computer Alive
“I am not a regular home renovator or handy person. I am renovating the family home now with a general contractor. My eighty eight-year-old father will also move in. My contractor and I found the book: Making Your Home Senior Friendly informative, useful, easy reading and entertaining. We used many of the recommendations in the book.” Sheldon Craig Lubin, Homeowner
“I just finished reading, for the third time, Chuck’s delightful and enlightening book, Making Your Home Senior Friendly I find his tips about simple adaptations and changes that one can make in a home, practical and financially very feasible. In my opinion, this instructive little book is a “must read” for all homecare professionals, Senior Center staff members and anyone coping with aging parents. For the elderly who choose to stay in their own home, this book is a definite must!” Bradford Case, President, South Windsor Super Sixties Sportsmen Club