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ISBN 978-0-977017-6-6
"But I Don't Want Eldercare!"
is the recipient of a 2010 Caregiver Friendly Award and the JPX Media International Book Award in the category of Health and Aging.
To purchase this book at a discounted price please visit the website for the Legal Center of Denver, Colorado.

Current Affiliations

Public Speaking and Seminars:

Terry Lynch tailors his speeches, seminars, and training events to the particular interests of his audiences. His themes reflect the mission of his independent-aging work: remaining self-reliant and in control of our lives, even into old age.

“Your life is important, too” is the core of his presentations to overloaded family members who are providing help to their parents or to other loved ones.

Terry does not lecture or work from a detailed script. Each presentation is lively, informative and engaging. He illustrates his messages with absorbing, provocative and often humorous anecdotes taken from his life and the experiences of others. Terry also draws on current research related to aging, healthcare and independent living.

Terry's Recent Presentations Have Included:

  • Shaping the Future: It Has to Be You
    (Florida Association of Care Givers - Orlando, Florida)
  • Growing Older, Needing Support and Still Doing Well
    (Northern Bridges Long-Term Care Providers Conference - Hayward, Wisconsin)
  • Aging and Civil Rights: Beware These Hazardous Myths
    (Aging and Disabilty Providers' Consortium Keynote - Kenosha Wisconsin)
  • What Children of Aging Parents Need to Know
    (Lincoln Lutheran)
  • Strategies for Independent Aging - In Spite of Disability
    (Post-Polio Association of Colorado - Lakewood, Colorado)
  • Reaching the "Senior Market" - It's About Empowerment, Not "Long-Term Care"
    (Presentation for Northshore Aging Network - Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • Living Long, Living Well: Preventing and Overcoming the "Inevitable"
    (Presentation for "The Big Event" International Conference on Independent Living - London, England)
  • Set It Then Get It: Maintaining Self-reliance throughout the Retirement Years
    (Keynote: State Conference, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association of Wisconsin)
  • Preserve Your Self-reliance — Conserve Your Assets
    (Seminar, Presentation, Jordan Financial Services - Kenosha, Wisconsin)
  • Avoid the “Quantum Leap” : Making Informed Decisions Under Pressure
    (Seminar for Family Caregivers’ Conference Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Wisconsin)
  • Work Effectively with Families, Improve Your Outcomes
    (Seminar presentation, Conference for Service Providers, Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin)
  • It’s Your Life Too - Keys to Managing Family Caregiving Overload
    (Families’ Conference, Alzheimer’s Association of South East Wisconsin)

Consultation and Training Services:

  • Helping families prevent and overcome crises related to aging
  • Developing individualized plans to support independent aging
  • Assisting attorneys and financial planners to conserve elders’ assets
  • Educating caregiving employees on helping parents long distance
  • Developing problem-solving support groups for caregiving employees
  • Improving the self-advocacy skills of elders and their family members
  • Assisting service providers to support family caregivers
  • Improving family caregivers’ life management skills
  • Assisting state managed-care programs with consumer-directed services options
  • Assisting state advocacy organizations with public policy strategies

Terry also has given presentations for:

  • National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
  • Head Start Bureau, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Wisconsin Bureau on Aging
  • AARP Wisconsin
  • Financial Planning Association of Southern Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee County Department on Aging
  • The Arc of Wisconsin (a state disability rights organization)
  • Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee)
  • Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
  • Racine County Long-Term Care Workforce Alliance

Audience Member Comments:

"Very real!! Hated to have him stop."

"A person like me listens better when it is coming from someone who has lived through it"

"Great enthusiasm. Clear advocacy message of respect for and listening to the older person. Good use of humor and practical suggestions"

"Thank you for reminding us why we do the work we do."

"Delightful and helpful with great, funny, poignant examples."

"Terry is an inspiration for me. Tremendous!"

"Everyone gave him the highest rating possible - with one exception. The highest rating was a 4=excellent. One person crossed it off and wrote in a 10."

Terry’s fees are negotiable and are determined by the nature of the event and the kind of presentation desired.

To schedule Terry Lynch for a presentation or training event, or to discuss his fees, please contact us at:

Terry Lynch Aging Strategies
was a finalist in the
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  • Terry is excited to be speaking at an international conference on self determination and aging in Glasgow, Scotland in March 2015.

    More information coming soon...
  • Terry was thrilled to collaborate on planning Wisconsin's first statewide conference on Self-Determination and Aging, held in June 2014.
  • Terry's guide to staying safe during hospital stays is essential reading for all families. It was co-published by The Management Group and the Centre for Welfare Reform.
  • Terry Lynch was honored with a Fellowship by the United Kingdom's Centre for Welfare Reform.
  • Ground Breaking Guide Offers Unique Strategies for Avoiding Parent's Premature Dependency on Eldercare Services - and on Their Children
  • Avoid the Quantum Leap: Make Informed Decisions Under Pressure.