Is your group looking for entertaining and informative talks on growing older? Below are three of my most popular talks.
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.
What I’ve Learned About Caring for Elders from writing over 200 articles for WRAL’s Aging Well Blog From Adult Day Care to timing your tours of residential care, from technologies to keep mom at home to ways to smooth the transition into memory care, I have spent hundreds of hours understanding what is available here locally.
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.
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: https://www.wral.com/agingwell
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.
HELPING YOU CARE FOR THE SENIORS YOU LOVE
Liisa Ogburn, Elder Consultant
Author of Aging Well at WRAL.com