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Effective and consistent communication are key in any industry, especially the older adult realm. People simply don’t know what they don’t know. And, to make matters worse, that realization typically comes in the midst of a crisis which can cause them to emotionally check out; costing time and money.

After having worked with individuals and their families for nearly 20 years, Cathy knows and understands that all too well.

That is why she has devoted a good chunk of her time educating others on issues that pertain to aging. Audiences include residents in senior living communities, their families, caregivers, insurance and financial advisors, attorneys, colleagues, administrators in training, and high school and college students.

Each presentation is tailored to the group with whom she is speaking.                                                  

She draws from her professional and personal experiences as a broadcast and print journalist, senior care manager, long-term care navigator, resource and support group facilitator, and oldest daughter living closest to home.

Possible Topics

A Caregiver’s Journey
Alzheimer’s Disease: The Elephant in the Room
BINGO: A Real Game Changer
Family Dynamics
Long-Term Care Planning
Marketing Senior Living Communities
Presentation Skills
Social Isolation
Time Management
Volunteer Appreciation


Christopher Kelly, Ph.D. Department of Gerontology, UNO

Cathy Pacholski has been a valued friend and colleague of mine for over a decade. I had the privilege of being interviewed by Cathy for her radio program “The Art of Aging” and I have worked with Cathy on several projects promoting successful aging in the Omaha community, most notably the Aging with Passion and Purpose conference.

I was glad to connect Cathy with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA) Senior Companions program; this was a perfect fit, given Cathy’s strong working relationship with ENOA’s leadership and her shared commitment to improving the lives of older adults. It is no surprise to me that her presentation to the Senior Companions volunteers was well-received; as Chair of the Senior Companions Advisory Council, I hope we have the opportunity to work with Cathy again.

I have been teaching an Assisted Living Administrator class for almost 12 years now. I cannot remember a class that Cathy was not present as a guest speaker. The diversity and wealth of information that she brings to the class is enriching.

The goal of the class is to train people to work in the realm of leadership by helping seniors and others with disabilities such as mental illness to promote dignity and wellness. Cathy has positively impacted the lives of these students and mine too.

Each time I hear her speak I get to experience her passion and dedication to people and for that I thank her!

Lola Butler, LPN Prime Home Care, LLC

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