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Choose from one of these workshops or have Lynda custom design one for your specific needs


Get Your Affairs in Order So Your Kids Don’t Have To

Take the time to organize your important paperwork and health information before a crisis occurs. Often times the disability or loss of a parent or spouse leaves the family ill prepared to carry out even the basic financial responsibilities of a household that we all take for granted.. Learn how to begin the process of decluttering and downsizing because “you can’t take it with you and your kids probably don’t want it!  Getting your “ducks in a row” provides a great amount of stress relief and prevents and reduces the angst for those who need to pick up the pieces and carry on in your absence.

This workshop teaches how to organize your papers, your health, and your home by learning:

• how to create a vital documents map and a paper trail
• where to store your pertinent records
• what should always be in your wallet (
• the three basic documents you must have
• how to locate missing documents and tie up loose ends
• the best way to start a conversation with loved ones to understand their future wishes
• the process of getting rid of stuff
• how to determine “who gets what” and whether they even want your possessions


Stay Safe at Home for Life – How You or Your Loved One Can Age in Place

Aging in place is the ability to continue to live in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. It means living in a familiar environment and being able to participate in family and other community activities. Research indicates that personal happiness later in life is highly dependent on an individual’s continued physical activity and involvement in activities of daily living.  One way to enhance that is to ensure that their home is more livable and safer so if physical limitations develop they will be still able to adequately function at home. This presentation explains what’s involved with an environmental residential assessment that focuses on evaluating both the exterior and interior of the home, and offers recommendations for necessary decluttering, potential modifications/adaptations, and organizing strategies to decrease potential for falls.

This workshop educates participants on:

• how physical and cognitive losses impact the ability to function at home
• how to have “the talk” with your parents about changes in their health and independence
• taking a walking tour of your home to focus on areas that may need modification
• gadgets and equipment that improve functionality and accessibility
• safety and fall prevention safety and fall prevention
• strategies to adapt to physical and cognitive losses


Negotiate the Health Care System and Organize the Chaos

Knowledge is power, and information is very strong medicine. Knowing how to acquire, understand, organize and appropriately act on medical information will lead to successfully taking charge of your health. You will maintain wellness longer, navigate acute illness more effectively, and negotiate chronic illness with much less stress if you are better prepared and armed with knowledge in advance. These organizational steps will make you a better health care consumer and result in less medical errors, shorter hospital stays, increased positive outcomes, and the motivation to seek preventive care and the skills to negotiate the health care system.

This workshop will teach you how to:

• create a health care notebook
• compile a complete health history
• prepare for a successful medical appointment
• get ready for surgery
• research “what you’ve got “on the web
• become an informed health care consumer
• understand the most common medical errors and how to prevent them
• managing your medications
• learn how to choose an advocate


Become the Organized Caregiver

Research indicates that those caring for aging or chronically ill relatives report higher levels of stress, poorer health and a greater tendency to engage in unhealthy behaviors to alleviate the stress. Every day countless people join the ranks of the nearly 65 million Americans who are providing unpaid care to family members or friends. It is hard to not become overwhelmed when juggling life, work, and caregiving responsibilities. Lynda, a/k/a the Organized Caregiver, will share tips on easing the job of caregiving.

This workshop will teach you to:

• know when your loved one needs help
• create a healthcare notebook to organize medical information
• maximize that 15 minutes of face time with the doctor
• manage medications
• handle long distance caregiving
• organize the caregiving team
• learn skills for how caregivers can care for themselves


Need a keynote speaker for your next event?

Lynda shares her story of the day she and her daughter were simultaneously diagnosed with life-threatening diseases and takes you on the journey she negotiated to learn the secrets of managing these illnesses while keeping up with life. Her insight, garnered from a professional and personal perspective, inspires her audiences to live healthier and more organized lives.

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