I bring both life experience and authority to this field. I have a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Certificates in “Fundamentals of Gerontology” and “Managing Health and Chronic Conditions in Older Adults” from the University of Southern California at Davis. I am a member of the National Aging in Place Council, the American Society of Aging, the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants, and the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates. I have volunteered with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) at the Five Points Active Adults Center, as well as teach a monthly seminar called “Aging Well” at my church and speak widely and frequently to audiences across the Triangle. I came to this career through the experience of helping care for my father-in-law until he passed away, which I wrote about for the New York Times. I write frequently on elder issues for WRAL. (To read some of the 200+ columns to date, visit: https://www.wral.com/lifestyles/agingwell/ Prior to this, I worked and taught at Duke University for nearly a decade. I also worked in the tech industry in San Francisco prior to returning to North Carolina to be close to family.
We never could have done this without you. We appreciate all the time, research, and AMAZING report and the wise guidance on moving forward!
Because of Aging Advisors NC, we were able to make an informed, compassionate decision under true crisis. We will not forget Liisa’s caring diligence during stressful times. - P. Barbour
Liisa’s report was so tailored to our family’s specific needs, financial, geographic and health-wise, as well as individual desires. She enabled us to compare Continuing Care Retirement Communities apples-to-apples, revealing a difference in costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of our anticipated stay. In fact, there was a difference of over $600,000 in cost between the options we were most interested in. It’s an invaluable service. – J. Hearn
After another fall, I knew I had to move mom from independent to assisted fast. Liisa made it so much easier by quickly providing a report which compared three great options that met her needs with immediate availability. - R. Landers
Liisa enabled us to strategize ways to reduce private agency care for our dad, while also keeping him safe, saving our family $65,000/year. -MH
The hospital gave us 24 hours to identify which of six rehabs I should move mom to. Within two hours, Liisa identified the top three and outlined pros and cons for each. What a relief! - C. Rheams
Mom’s dementia took a sudden downturn. She was living with me, but I needed to keep working. Liisa identified two affordable options and walked me through what we needed to do to get Mom there. - K. Roche
I was in search of an assisted living facility for my 91-year-old mother, and I did not know where to begin or how I would have any confidence in my findings. Liisa Ogburn listened to my story, did the research, found a number of facilities that fit my parameters, and provided a clearly written multi-page report that answered all of my questions and included her findings, opinions, and recommendations. -P. Jones