I do not refer to myself as an "expert". Others have and perhaps I should? But there are many reasons I decline to describe myself that way and one of the main reasons is all that I continue to learn from and with others. Certainly no disrespect is intended to those who do refer to themselves that way; to each their own. Here's my thinking on the matter ....
~It feels like ego to me, which goes against my personality. I refer to others as experts, I say I have "expertise" related to aging/dementia/caregiving issues. I have 10+ years of personal/professional experience, including a Master's Degree, etc, but still refrain from labeling myself as an expert. Hhmmm ...?
~Personal stuff (pesky being human!): sometimes lacking faith in myself, forgetting things I've learned, feeling uncomfortable "selling" myself, residual caregiver guilt/sadness feelings related to Granny.
~My training and personal experience say that if you have to tell others that you are something (fill in the blank), perhaps you are not .... If you are THAT thing, it will speak for itself. My training also reinforced that those I serve are truly the experts in THEIR situations/strengths, etc. I have the training/experiences, and so on, but they have been them their whole lives and I am new to their scene. Somehow folks have managed for their whole lives!
~Resources change all the time! Things come and go - also I recently was reminded by a colleague of a resource publication that may feel less overwhelming to recommend to folks. This person also informed me about the recent Home Share movement (look into this for possible goodness-of-fit for you!).
~A current client has devised and executed her own cognitive exercises that I never thought of! Another client told me about an inhaler with essential oils her PCP recommended (Relax2theMax) that eases her anxiety and aids sleep. A caregiver reminded me that you can have the gas shut off to just the stove to keep folks safer who have had prior cooking "incidents".
Maybe it's all really hair-splitting: to be an expert or not to be .... and at the end of the day, labels aren't too important. What is important: keeping an open mind, a tamed ego, a big ol' heart, love and humanity, strive to gain knowledge, and to do our best. Whatever that latter looks like at any given moment. And I promise to continue to give you my best and just be my human self. We'll figure out the rest!
Take good care,