Dr. Lyndall Hare
I hold a social work degree (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa) and a Ph.D. in Gerontological Studies (Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH), as well as a Life Coaching Certificate (Institute for Life Leadership and Coaching). I've worked in the field of aging for thirty years, both in the United States and South Africa. My Concierge Gerontology Services include highly personalized Eldercare Coaching, helping to navigate the tricky landscape of elder-caring and the maze of aging services for loved ones. I work with many caregivers who are caring for someone with cognitive impairment/dementia.
As an Aging Consultant, I coach organizations that serve boomers and elders by providing innovative visioning and creative programming and planning. I offer Gerontology Training to professionals working in the field of aging, and conduct workshops and groups for those in the second half of life - life transitions, encore careers, caring for elder relatives, and the spiritual aspects of eldering using a "growth" rather than a "decline" model of aging. I believe that transitions into later life bring many losses as well as joys.
In my thirty years in the field of aging I’ve worked in a number of aging service organizations (adult day health care, stroke rehabilitation, community organizations for older adults, social work agencies) as a case manager, social worker, executive director, advocate, community organizer, and board member. My passion for advocating the needs of elders with memory impairment grew out of the work I did in my first job in the United States – establishing and running an adult day care center for seven years.
Prior to becoming a coach and consultant on issues related to aging, I established and was director of Central Piedmont Community College's Lifetime Learning Institute for the boomer population. This became one of the three models considered as a national model for the community college system. Before that I was the founder/program chair for the gerontology degree at CPCC. I co-designed and received approval for the Assisted Living Administrator Training program to be offered through the NC Community College System. I've been an adjunct professor at UNCC in Gerontology and Women's Studies.
I've authored various training manuals and professional journal articles, as well as a book In the Belly of the Beast: South African Women's Lives of Activism, Exile, and Aging (CPCC Press, 2003).
I'm a member of the American Society on Aging, American Counseling Association, Sage-ing International, and Hospice of Charlotte’s Mecklenburg End of Life Coalition.