Linda Adler, MPH, MA, Healthcare Consultant and Professional Advocate


Linda Adler received graduate training in both health education and health communication. As the manager for the Shared Decision Making Project at Kaiser Permanente, she learned the value of assisting patients in designing treatment plans that reflect their personal values and preferences. Her extensive training in decision support while working at Stanford University helped her understand that every person undergoing a healthcare challenge and every caregiver who supports them must find their individual way through the crisis.

Why I Care

"The longer I work within the medical system, the more passionate I become about helping people navigate their way through it. I've seen the fear and anxiety that often accompany a medical diagnosis and the caregiving experience, and I understand the benefits that compassionate support can provide to both the patient and the family. I believe that when people are thrown into the unfamiliar waters of a medical crisis, the most important thing I can do -- to use the familiar metaphor -- is help them to find a boat and a good set of oars so that they successfully stay afloat.

I've been a caregiver to my elderly parents, so I also understand, on a personal level, the challenges that accompany this responsibility. I strive to hold my personal experience alongside my professional training in order to be offer the best support possible to each and every client."


Recently Published on Caring.com

What to do when your parent wants to die due to health problems? — Oct 06, 2015
I am so glad you reached out. There are some options for you to consider, especially some strategies that might help you to find some peace in this challenging situation. H...
I suffered PTSD after husband passed - don't have family support. Please help. — Apr 03, 2014
Shattered Heart, You certainly are facing some difficult challenges. My heart goes out to you. I understand that private counseling is expensive, but it does sound like y...
How to manage medication for an uncooperative patient? — Jun 09, 2013
Ah, now I understand better, not only your challenge but your desperation to fix it. You could certainly try Al-Anon, but perhaps NA (Narcotics Anonymous) would be more hel...
How to manage medication for an uncooperative patient? — Jun 04, 2013
Hi there, How about buying a pill box and organizing it weekly? Many of the caregivers I work with find that rather than trying to talk about this issue, just supplying an...
How do you deal with anger from a husband with COPD? He refuses counseling. — Mar 25, 2013
Hello, If your husband refuses to change his behavior (and if there aren't medical issues that are creating this), then perhaps you can look at some ways you can change yo...
How can I stop my mother from letting in stray cats? — Jan 31, 2013
Viola's Girl, What a challenging situation! I can imagine the toll this situation is taking on your family. It sounds as if you are doing everything you can to help, but I...
Private Professional Patient Advocates (PPPA) Explained — Jan 29, 2013
Most people who have been through a medical challenge will tell you that they wish they'd had the benefit of an advocate going into it. And it's becoming increasingly comm...
Is it wrong to be involved with a man who has an invalid wife in a nursing home? — Jan 12, 2013
Thanks so much for your update. One question: is she coherent and able to communicate in any way? If so, I wonder if your friend has ever asked her her feelings about how s...
What are approximate costs for care mediation? — Jan 11, 2013
Hello there, I'm so glad you recognize the importance of getting help with your situation! And the good news is that there are many options for finding this kind of assist...
Is it wrong to be involved with a man who has an invalid wife in a nursing home? — Jan 10, 2013
What a good question. I can appreciate what a difficult situation this must be for everyone involved. First, I'd like to suggest that you change the way you are thinking a...