Specialist on Empowered Aging
Terry Lynch is the owner of Strategies for Independent Aging and has been engaged in long-term care advocacy for 30 years, including active participation in Wisconsin’s self-determination movement. He is excited to be part of Connections because of its unique approach to empowering IRIS participants and LSS’s long-standing commitment to social justice. He believes his work with Connections provides an exceptional opportunity to develop effective strategies for empowering older adults and enabling family caregivers to maintain the quality of their own lives.
Terry’s work activities have included: involvement in the de-institutionalization and community integration of people with developmental disabilities; involvement in Wisconsin’s long-term care reform initiative; consultation and staff training in the Family Care and IRIS programs; speaking and training at state and local aging-related events; and motivational speaking at family caregiver and direct care worker events.
Terry has served on: the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long-term Care and the Committee on Aging and Chronic Conditions (long-term care re-design); the Board of the Racine County Aging and Disability Resource Center; the Policy Advocacy Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association of SE Wisconsin; and various other long-term care-related boards and committees.
He is a resident of Racine, where he experienced what he considers to be the “most profound learning experience” of his life as his mother’s caregiver. This experience has set the foundation for his work on behalf of other older adults and their family caregivers.
Terry is a University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate, where he also received his master’s degree in history and education.