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About Lynda

About Lynda Shrager

As an occupational therapist (OT), Lynda practices the art of taking seemingly overwhelming tasks and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable bite-sized pieces to make them easier to accomplish. As a social worker, Lynda empowers her clients to draw from their inner strengths to overcome adversity. As a certified aging in place specialist, Lynda excels in evaluating and understanding unique housing needs of people as they age, including home modifications, common remodeling projects, and solutions to common barriers.

Lynda Shrager is a registered Occupational Therapist (OT), holds a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and has practiced in the field of geriatric rehabilitation for over 30 years.  Lynda is the only member of the National Association of Professional Organizers who specializes in organizing health information.

Through her blog on Everydayhealth.com that she wrote for nine years, Lynda is nationally recognized as “The Organized Caregiver,” and has given many interviews that have appeared in various publications.  She has also appeared on countless live radio and television talk shows across the country and Canada discussing her new book Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home, and the very important caregiving topic of “How to Have the Talk with Your Parents,” in a way to tactfully and successfully broach the subject of aging in place.

Lynda is the owner of At Home for Life, a business that conducts residential assessments to help seniors, as well as those with disabilities, to age in place and remain in their own homes longer, more safely, comfortably and independently. As we age it is important that we take proactive steps to facilitate making independent choices and maintain control over our lives.

Lynda has presented numerous lectures and workshops around senior health and wellness, caregiving, aging in place, organizing techniques and processes. She has served as a patient educator for Pfizer Pharmaceutical and the Capital District Physician’s Health Plan Wellness Series.

 

Community Service

Current Affiliations:

Board of Directors – The Massry Center at Daughters of Sarah

Albany County Long Term Care Council

Board of Directors –Congregation Beth Emeth Sisterhood

 

Prior Affiliations:

Medical advisory board of the American Cancer Society

Capital Region Caregivers Coalition

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

VP of Education – NENY Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center Board of Directors

 

Media Appearances

SiriusXm Doctor Radio – Healthy Aging with host Dr. Michael Perskin, geriatrician

National Public Radio’s (NPR) Round Table

Time Warner Cable’s YNN Health Matters with various health segments

WDIY Lehigh Valley, PA Take Charge of Your Life with Eleanor Bobrow

Roundhouse Radio Vancouver, BC – Midday with Jody Vance

KRLA Los Angeles, CA Talk America – A Touch of Grey – The Talk Show for Grownups

WNZK Detroit Michigan – The Brighter Side of Aging with Ike Engelbaum

Channel 13′s Health Forum NBC affiliate WNYT

CCTV – America, a world-wide Internet news broadcast station

Health Beat with Benita Zahn – NBC affiliate WNYT

Forum with Asa Stackel – NBC affiliate WNYT

 

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