Feb 22 Workshop: Solo Seniors – Developing a Backup Plan

Solo Seniors – Developing a Backup Plan


Many Americans are preparing to age without a spouse or adult children who can help them in their last half of life.  Often calling themselves “solo seniors”, this demographic ranks are growing: 22% of people 65 and over are either a solo senior or at risk of becoming one, according to one research study out of Northwell Health in New York.  Health and well-being are concerns for everyone, but they are often the core concern in the second half of life.

Planning for older age is key, no matter what your family circumstances. But without kin in a position to help, advance planning becomes even more critical, experts say.

A large portion of care-giving research, as well as available senior programs, assume that you’ll have a family to take care of you — but this is just not true for a growing percentage of Americans. However, the fact is that only 12% of the women who were 80 to 84 years old in 2010 were childless, but that number is expected to increase to 16% for that same age range by 2030, according to a report by AARP.

Existing planning tools tend to focus on the end-of life, but neglect planning for health decisions and events that will likely occur during the “long middle.” 

Planning is essential, but a lot of us don’t like to plan or know how to do it well. This workshop will introduce you to a new planning model and tool called “the Backup Plan.”  Designed with “solos’” in mind, it will help you to assess how well equipped you are right now to handle health events and some of the potential things you may have overlooked as you craft your personal health decision safety net.  There will be an opportunity to do shared problem solving and to form an ongoing peer support network.

Workshop Information

When:  Saturday, February 22, 2020
Time:  9:00 am – 11:30 am
WhereAARP Conference Room at the Mall of America
228 West Market, Bloomington, MN 55425
SHIFT Members: $15.00

Non-Members: $25.00




Your Workshop Facilitators

Susan Hawkins. Retirement Strategist at LifeBridging Transitions.  Susan is a Transitions and Career Coach focused on facilitating her client’s growth through life changes including careers and new life practices at any time of change. She focuses on working with business people and people entering retirement to identify and realize individual power, then determining strategies for moving forward.


Patsy Bartley.  Executive Director of SHIFT.  Patsy’s career encompasses leadership providing executive services to nonprofit and for profit entities through individual, group and organizational coaching and consulting.  Patsy is known for creating environments that enable individuals and teams the opportunity to identify, build on and value existing strengths, identify and address areas for further focus and improvement, and critically assess what is needed for sustainability long term in both their personal and professional lives.  Recently certified by The International End of Life Doula Association, Patsy’s primary focus is  on serving as a resource and subject matter expert for people in the second half of life.

Refund Policy

In the event that SHIFT cancels a program, you’ll receive a refund of your registration payment. SHIFT will not issue credits or refunds in the following circumstances: you cancel your registration, register but do not attend, or attend but leave early, or do not attend all sessions of a multi-session course.

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We’re looking forward to seeing you!!