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.

In addition to teaching at Duke’s School of Medicine, School of Public Policy and Center for Documentary Studies, I’ve performed for the Monti, Pecha Kucha Raleigh and in the “Listen to Your Mother” show.

I’ve presented to the Duke Dementia Family Support Program, the Duke Palliative Care Program, Lion’s Club of Raleigh, the NCSU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Wyrick-Robbins Law Practice, Glenaire, Searstone, The Cypress of Raleigh, the Cary Senior Center, the Five Points Senior Center, The Fischer Clinic, Regional Conference, for Human Resources, National Aging in Place, Cameron Commons, Raleigh Village East, WRAL Broadcast, and other places.

I lead a monthly class at my church for seniors. You can view all the talks we recorded during the pandemic here:


Liisa Ogburn, Elder Consultant


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