Is your group looking for entertaining and informative talks on growing older? Here is one I recently gave, “Aging in Place,” for Raleigh Village East via Zoom.

Aging in Place: Stories, Tools & Resources from Liisa Ogburn on Vimeo.

Here is a talk on the costs of Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing in the Triangle region.

Untangling the Options and Choosing Wisely More often than not, it is a crisis — mom breaking a hip or dad getting lost — that requires a family to find residential care for their parent. With over 100 options in the Triangle area alone, ranging in cost from $2,500/month up to over $10,000/month, how does one even begin to look, much less find the most appropriate option? Decisions made under crisis can have costly implications. In this presentation, I’ll help you better understand the options and how I approach helping families choose wisely.

Living to the Edge of the Frame, Even as the Frame Narrows As we age, our physical abilities may decline. However, our life need not become smaller. How do we continue to live a full life, even as the size of our frame decreases? This presentation will feature stories of local people in their 70s, 80s and 90s, who are doing just that — as a way to expand the imagination of those in the audience.

Liisa Ogburn came to elder consulting through the doorway of personal experience. While teaching at Duke and mothering three young children, she and her husband helped care for her mother-in-law as she declined from cancer and then her father-in-law in their home. She wrote a series about the experience for the New York Times that led to speaking engagements and work. Since she left Duke, she has helped over 100 families untangle the needs that arise during the last years of life and has written over 200 articles on this topic for her blog on WRAL:

Having taught at Duke in the School of Medicine, School of Public Policy and Center for Documentary Studies for a decade before becoming an elder consultant, I have learned to weave in lots of stories to make the information stick. I’ve performed for the Monti, Pecha Kucha Raleigh and in the “Listen to Your Mother” show.

I’ve presented to the Lion’s Club of Raleigh, the NCSU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Wyrick-Robbins Law Practice, Glenaire, Searstone, the Cary Senior Center, the Five Points Senior Center, The Fischer Clinic, a Human Resources Regional Conference, various Aging in Place organizations, and other places. I lead a monthly class at my church for seniors.


Liisa Ogburn, Elder Consultant


Author of Aging Well at

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