Invite Susan

Author, speaker, and prize-winning teacher, Susan Rava reads and speaks at events from coast-to-coast. Boomers, seniors, friends and family bring their caregiving concerns and questions to her presentations. They welcome Susan Rava’s honesty and humor about her own experiences and discoveries. Susan tailor-makes each presentation for the audience and venue. She uses her memoir, SWIMMING SOLO, as a springboard for topics such as family decision-making; working with professionals; and caring for caregivers. She welcomes audience response.

Audience members say:

  • “Loved the excerpts you chose”
  • “Your talk. . . was profoundly moving.
  • “A gifted and engaging orator”

Reading & Discussion Venues include:

  • libraries
  • church groups
  • senior residences & centers
  • book clubs & lunch groups
  • academic institutions including the G. W. Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, MO; the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN; the School of Theology & Ministry, Seattle University, Seattle WA

To listen to Susan Rava’s St. Louis NPR Interview, click here:
To view Susan discussing SWIMMING SOLO, click here:
To invite Susan Rava, click here:

For a sample 45-minute presentation, read more:

  • explanation of title & reading from Ch. 1
  • question-and answer
  • 2nd reading & discussion, for example, family-decision making, from Ch. 4
  • question-and-answer
  • closing: humorous reading as reminder of how personality endures even with Alzheimer’s disease

For the most Frequently Asked Questions culled from Susan’s presentations, read more

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