Aging Masterfully: Having it your way, even when you can’t speak for yourself

Aging Masterfully: Having it your way, even when you can’t speak for yourself


Austin has one of the nation’s fastest growing populations of older adults. AustinUP and Austin Public Library have partnered to present this in-person seminar series featuring professionals who will guide attendees through the issues and solutions to help prepare our community for the future of aging. 

The Seminar topic for September 20 will be “Having it your way, even when you can’t speak for yourself.”

Time: 10:30 AM-12 noon
Location: Old Quarry Branch of the Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin, TX 78731
Admission: Free, but advance registration appreciated


About Our Speakers

Ginny Erboe of Hospice Austin has been a registered nurse for 25 years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Texas Woman’s University and her Masters in Nursing Administration at the University of Texas. Ginny has been doing hospice for 19 years, with 17 of those years at Hospice Austin as an admissions RN.  Prior to that, she was at Seton Medical Center on the cardiac floor and in the electrophysiology lab. Ginny’s passion is to serve and help others.

Kat Closmann is a Facilitator for the Hospice Austin GIFT (Giving Instructions for Tomorrow) Project, which is funded by the St. David’s Foundation.  The purpose of the GIFT Project is outreach education on advance care planning.  A chaplain and former attorney, Kat received both her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a Certificate in Chaplaincy from the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she also completed a master’s level thesis titled Death Acceptance Ritual to Increase Effectiveness of Advance Directives. Kat was ordained as a chaplain by Roshi Joan Halifax, the abbot, founder, and head teacher of the Upaya Zen Center.  She also earned a Certificate in Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.  Early in her career, Kat worked for Texas legislative agencies, including the House Research Organization and the Sunset Advisory Commission.  She was the Executive Vice President of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation from 2004 to 2010.

Please register for each seminar topic separately.

  • August 16: Aging in place and preparing for emergencies
  • September 20: Having it your way, even when you can’t speak for yourself
  • October 18: Tips on communicating with your adult children
  • November 15: Living, dying, and leaving a legacy
Location: Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library
Date: September 20, 2022
Duration: 1 Day
Time:: 10:30 AM-12 noon