About Lynda Shrager
Lynda Shrager began her journey on the day she and her daughter were simultaneously diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions more than 23 years ago. After successfully negotiating the dual crises and not cracking up along the way, she realized it was her organizing skills that she had called upon to get her through. By the time her mother was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer, Lynda had become the expert in organizing all the tasks that needed to be done to both simultaneously manage a serious illness and keep up with life. The Organized Caregiver was born.
Lynda received her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University’s Sargent College and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Albany.
She has practiced in the medical field of geriatric rehabilitation for over thirty-seven years. Occupational therapy practices the art of taking seemingly overwhelming tasks and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable bite sized pieces. Social work practices the art of empowering people to draw from their inner strengths to overcome adversity.
Lynda is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). This certification focuses on evaluating and understanding the unique housing needs of people as they age, including home modifications, common remodeling projects, and solutions to common barriers. A CAPS professional is versed in the strategies and techniques for designing, renovating and building aesthetically pleasing and barrier-free living environments.
Known as “The Organized Caregiver”, Shrager is the only member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) who specializes exclusively in the area of organizing health information.
Author * Blogger * Columnist
Organizer * Keynote Speaker * Educator
Lynda’s new book Age in Place – A Guide to Modifying, Organizing and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home (Keep Them Safe – Keep YOU Sane) was created to help seniors remain in their own homes in the face of declining physical and/or cognitive abilities.
Her first book Otherwise Healthy® – A Planner to Focus Your Thoughts on Organizing Life after Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer was written to help fellow breast cancer survivors organize information they needed to navigate the cancer journey.
Lynda also created MedInfoToGo, a complete medical chart that fits in your wallet.
In 2009 Lynda became a featured blogger for Everyday Health (everydayhealth.com), one of the country’s leading online consumer health web sites. Lynda’s blog, The Organized Caregiver, is available to millions of unique monthly visitors. For nine years her newspaper column, Mom’s Rx, was published in the Hearst daily Albany Times Union and appeared in countless newspapers across the country including the Miami Herald, San Diego Union-Tribune, Detroit Free Press and the Dallas Morning News.
For 15 years Shrager orchestrated an annual Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) patient education conference bringing together area patients and national speakers on a variety of subjects. Lynda was the founder of “Breast Friends,” a self-help support group for breast cancer survivors and has mentored hundreds of patients dealing with various life threatening illnesses. She was also the creator of Organize Your Medical Information Month. A description and promo appears yearly in CHASE’S Calendar of Events.
Lynda has presented numerous lectures and workshops in the area of senior health and wellness, caregiving, organizing techniques and processes, breast cancer treatment and survivor issues. She was the keynote speaker for the America Cancer Society Relay for Life, The New York State Nurses Association and various other community organizations and has served as a patient educator for Pfizer Pharmaceutical and the Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan Wellness Series. She combines organizing techniques and topical and timely health and wellness tips in an innovative approach to teach consumers methods to successfully negotiate the health care system.
Daughters of Sarah Housing – The Massry Residence Board of Directors
Albany County Long Term Care Council
Capital Region Caregiver Coalition
Medical advisory board of the American Cancer Society
Ask Me 3 Health Literacy Community Forum
Capital Region Patient Advocacy/Navigation Education Project
Board of Trustees of the Make-A-Wish Foundation
Board of Trustees of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany, NY
Northeast Health Women’s Health Initiative
VP of Education – NENY Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center Board of Directors
National Public Radio’s (NPR) Round Table
WNYT (NBC affiliate) channel 13′s Health Forum
Time Warner Cable’s YNN Health Matters with various health segments
CCTV-America, a world-wide Internet news broadcast station
Honors and Awards
2011 – 2012 – 2013 finalist for the SeniorHomes.com Best of the Web Blog
2011 recipient of the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center’s Pillars of the Community Award
2005 featured in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s OT Practice Magazine
2004 to present – National Cancer Survivors Day Speakers Bureau
2002 recipient of the Breast Cancer Awareness Award given by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and BMW of North America
2002 recipient of the President’s Award from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Upstate/Northeastern New York Chapter