Developing a Backup Plan

Hands-On VIRTUAL Follow Up Workshop for MN Solos - The Emerging Challenge


Planning and communicating is key, no matter what your family circumstances.

Without kin in a position to help,

advance planning becomes even more critical.

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 “solos," this demographic's ranks are growing: 22% of people 65 and over are either a solo or at risk of becoming one, according to one research study out of Northwell Health in New York. 

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.

This workshop is a follow up to the MN Solos - The Emerging Challenge Forum with Linda Camp, where attendance is not required but recommended! 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:

  1. Assess how well equipped you are right now to handle health events
  2. Identify some of the potential things you may have overlooked
  3. 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.

We look forward to seeing you online! Choose one of the following sessions.

Date: Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 (Option One)

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Online with Zoom

Price: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members

Date: Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 (Option Two)

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Online with Zoom

Price: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members

Register early. Seating is limited for these interactive, hands-on events.


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 is known for creating environments that enable individuals and teams 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. Certified facilitator for Advanced Care Planning, Patsy’s primary focus is on serving as a resource and subject matter expert for people in the second half of life.

Please note that this is STEP ONE of a TWO-STEP Registration Process.

Step One: Register for the Event using the button below.

(But don't click the button yet, read the entire set of instructions first)

Once you click on the button below and register, you will see both a confirmation page AND our booking system will send you a confirmation message to the email you used to register with us.

Step Two: The ZOOM link shown on the confirmation page and within the confirmation email will take you to a second page, which is the registration process for our ZOOM Virtual Meeting Room. That page will ask you to re-enter your name and email to confirm. This second registration will then generate an invitation email containing your UNIQUE MEETING LINK AND PASSCODE for logging in to the workshop.

Yes, we realize that a double registration process can be a bit frustrating. However, the goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and private online workshop experience.

Thank you for your patience with this extra SHIFT safety process.


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
  • You register but do not attend
  • You attend but leave early
  • You do not attend all sessions of a multi-session course

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When you give to SHIFT, your donated funds are used to run the year-round programs that support our mission of providing support, education and workshops to people in midlife navigating work or life transition. The bulk of the money we receive goes directly to these initiatives. A portion is also used to serve day-to-day needs and operational expenses so we can continue to offer these programs to our members. Thank you for your generous support.


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