Leaders: Ann Myers and Lynn Shumaker
Sessions: 90 minutes
Every other Tuesday
Upcoming sessions: 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26
Time: 8pm eastern/7pm central/6pm mtn./ 5pm pacific
Women with ADD/ADHD are often diagnosed later in life. As adults we are at risk for divorce, single-parenting, unstable finances, not completing college, eating disorders, drug or alcohol abuse, and under employment. That said, common ADD traits also include, above average intelligence, the gift of gab, an adventurous spirit, high-energy, and creativity.
Join us as we share our experiences, fears, and hopes, explore our strengths, and draw inspiration from each other.
Women 50+ ADDA Virtual Peer Support Group provides a safe place for women with ADD/ADHD to give and receive advice, support and encouragement.
Group Leader Information
Ann Myers Bio
Like so many diagnosed as adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, Ann’s education and work history is checkered. Her very first job as a teenager was a Midwestern rite of passage, detasseling corn in Iowa for a hybrid seed corn company. As an adult she served as an elected Town Clerk in rural New Holstein, Wisconsin, and when she finally got to the “city,” worked ten years as a legislative aide at the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin. A career change there resulted in her working for 15 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor with a chronic and homeless population.
She has a BA in English, graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s Substance Abuse Counselor Training Institute and completed a year of Case Management study at UW Milwaukee. After a cross country move to Oregon, in 2012 she enrolled in the ADD in the Spirit coach training program, taught by two pioneers in the field of ADD coaching, Madelyn Griffith- Haynie and Peggy Ramundo, coauthor of You Mean I’m not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?
Through her own participation in peer support groups and also her professional work with recovering clients, Ann has witnessed the validation and emotional identification that occurs among peers who share common problems. From that foundation, participants can problem solve and encourage each other to move forward. She can hardly wait to be in a group with other “mature” women who have ADD.
Lynn A. Shumaker MS ED, AAC ADHD Coach & Speaker
I have experienced ADHD in my family and classroom. I too, am the inattentive type, discovered in my 50’s. I use my passion to educate the world about ADHD, by sharing information, strategies, and the strengths within each of us. ADHD is a trait, just like being nearsighted. You will always be nearsighted, but you learn how to adapt and do what works for you! And you know what? I always thought being super nearsighted meant that I couldn’t see anything a foot from my face. That was the deficit side! But I never knew that I really had super close vision! I could see things up close like I had a magnifying glass! Well, ADHD is like that too! That is the gift of a deficit. A super power that no one knew existed. Super sensitive, cries too easily or just very empathetic and caring! Not able to focus, not true when stuck on something of interest, then it’s hyper-focus!
I am a graduate from Attention Deficit Disorder Coach Academy. I have attended CHADD National conferences, and ADDA to learn many new strategies that guide people to use their strengths with their struggles. I love working with adults and parents who are looking for a compassionate partner to support them through this journey. My training in Relax Kids allows me to bring a hands-on approach using mindfulness and meditation to my coaching practice. Children and parents learn how to calm themselves when in stressful situations. I am particularly skilled at helping adults achieve success in testing situations. We don’t cure traits we are born with, but we learn how to adapt and use our strengths to fulfill our purpose in life. What is your purpose and how are you going to reach it? I love using my compassionate and creative side! I love to coach, it gives me a great purpose! I really enjoy being connected with my clients and learning from your life experiences! Come meet me at one of ADDA’s virtual support groups or call me for a conversation by phone. I’d love nothing more than to be able to chat and have you share with me about how your life is growing with each challenge.