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SpeakingDr. Vicki Rackner Helps You Choose Health

Would you like to bring a hopeful message to your next meeting?

Whether you’re planning an event for family caregivers, health care professionals or members of a service organization, we’re here to help. Participants leave Dr. Rackner’s presentations with concrete ideas about what to say and do to get measurable results.

Dr. Rackner guarantees an optimistic content-rich presentation sure to educate, entertain, enlighten and empower. Here she is in action:

Pain Staking Truths: How to Plug into People in Pain without Shorting Out

No one teaches children –or adults–how to respond to a person in pain. That’s why former surgeon Dr. Vicki Rackner created The Connection Prescription with a distillation of the best practices she witnessed over the years.  Participants leave this session with:

  • An understanding of the brain changes in pain.
  • 7 simple steps that form the most effective helping mindset.
  • Common obstacles to effective helping, and how to overcome them.

The Boomer Brain: A Magnificent Mind 

Brains, like fine wines, get better with age.  While itʼs true that senior brains arenʼt built for speed, mounting research shows that the overall brain performance continues to improve with age, peaking in the 70ʼs.  Participants leave this session with:

  • Three qualities of maturing minds.
  • Differences between a normal aging brain and a diseased brain.
  • Strategies to promote brain health at any age.

From Waging War on Death to Waging Peace with Life. How to nicely share the hospice mindset to people who don’t get it.

You’ve heard eye-rolling stories about the crazy hospice misperceptions.  How do you graciously replace false assumptions with reality so you can serve more patients?  Surgeon Dr. Vicki Rackner shares her own personal stories that influenced her evolving relationship with palliative care.  Participants learn how to help others evolve:

  • A compassionate understanding about why people resist hospice care
  • Some words that communicate your value when people ask, “What is hospice care?”
  • Some strategies to respond to misperceptions about hospice care.

Health Lessons I Learned the Hard Way: A Surgeon’s Story of Personal and Professional Transformation

As a practicing surgeon I defined health as the absence of disease; through my personal experience I have come to understand health is not about being perfect; it’s about being perfectly you. I tell my own story that drove the transformation, and offer a concrete step-by-step plan for hanging onto hopes and dreams when life does not unfold as expected.

They Used to Call ‘Em Doctors’ Orders: How to Persuade Patients to Get On Board with the Plan.

Why do nice patients and upstanding citizens politely ignore their doctors’ advice, and then tell their doctors little white lies? This presentation uncovers the forces that drive non-compliance and then offers some simple, common-sense strategies to help patients make better choices.

Caregiving without Regrets: How to Care for Aging Parents with an Open Heart.

Learn how to graciously transfer family leadership from parents to adult children.  Get concrete ideas to help parents “live and die on their own terms.”

Memorable Joy: How to Bring More Joy to Loved Ones with Memory Problems

It’s easy to focus on the losses when a loved one has dementia.  Learn how to bring more joy into their loves!

Modern Medical Manners:  How to Talk About Personal Topics without Dying of Embarrassment

Some topics are hard to talk about.  I call them the 5P’s: peeing, pooping, procreating, primping and paying.  Learn to graciously conduct challenging conversations.

These talks offer practical systems solutions, and use real stories to illustrate how the ideas can be put into action today.  You can expect a content-rich experience that empowers, entertains, and educates.