September 2016 SPIN Meeting

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Monday, Date: September 26, 2016 from 3:00-5:00pm

Pacific University
711 SE Baseline Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97123

The Power of Place – Place has the power to enhance or hinder life quality and wellbeing for older adults. In this presentation, we will discuss the importance of place for older adults with dementia and develop appropriate place-based therapeutic interventions for dementia care. Specific topics will include improving person-centered care through effective design and environmental modification and practicing place-based reminiscence therapy.

Amber McIlwain, PhD(c) is an assistant professor and director of the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program at Pacific University. She also teaches in the Master of Healthcare Administration program. Before coming to Pacific, Amber spent two years as faculty in the School of Health Administration at Texas State University. Amber is a member of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and is actively involved with its educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).

Meeting host
Pacific University School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership offers competitive programs for highly motivated individuals seeking to advance their careers as the next generation of healthcare leaders.
• Bachelor of Health Science in Healthcare Management | BHS
• Master of Healthcare Administration | MHA
• Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Compliance
• Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Programs in the Pacific University School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership include rigorous coursework. You will study leadership and ethics, finance and operations, epidemiology and health policy, regulation and compliance, gerontology, and project management. Our programs are designed for working professionals. Courses are offered either fully online or in a blended format, with each course partially online and onsite. Online programs use a flipped classroom method, in which students follow lectures and interact with faculty and peers online, then engage in group work, case study analysis and discussion in the classroom or via web conferencing. Our on-site classes are conveniently located at our Hillsboro Campus, right on the MAX light-rail line.

Parking in Building 3, see map. Meeting entrance on SE Baseline side of building 3.

August 2016 SPIN Meeting

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Monday, August 22, 2016 from 3-5:00 pm

Town Center Village
8709 SE Causey Avenue
Happy Valley, OR 97086

Oral Health for Seniors – As we age, our medical & dental needs change as well. Dr. Brian Koch will talk about the importance of oral health, its connection to overall health, and specific topics that affect our senior population (dry mouth, oral cancer, osteoporosis, etc). He will also discuss oral hygiene and products.

Prime Geriatric Dental provider Brian Koch, DMD has been serving patients aged 55+ for more than 11 years and has acquired a lot of experience addressing their specific dental needs. Working in both clinical setting as well as making home visits, he travels daily to nursing homes, care facilities and foster homes, serving patients who were not able to visit our office.  Dr. Koch enjoys serving the unique needs of his patients and finds great joy in building relationships with patients and seeing them improve their oral health

Town Center Village, where vitality is our spice of life.  With events and programs designed to enhance lives and celebrate the excitement of living. Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Rehab. 

Parking Instructions: Shuttle service will be provided from the NW corner of Clackamas Town Center. Park in the lot near Nordstrom, close to the corner of SE 82nd and SE Monterey Avenues.)

July 2016 Meeting

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Monday, July 25, 2016 from 3-5:00 pm

Rosewood Park
2405 Southeast Century Blvd
Hillsboro, OR. 97123

The Transformative Nature of Failure
– In the fast paced and competitive world of healthcare where change is constant it’s not unusual to feel the sting of failure. Small or large there are always things that can go awry. Learn how to eliminate the fear of failure for you and your staff and use it for personal growth, culture change and reframing the perception of failure so it becomes a positive motivator and catalyst for creativity.

Mary Amick
has worked in many capacities in long term care over the past 35 years. Her experience includes education, marketing, and director of a charitable organization founded to bring quality of life to elders. She has held both an Administrators license and an ALF license. She obtained her graduate degree from OSU and is currently an Assistant Professor at Concordia University, Portland in the Department of Health Care Administration and working on her EdD at USC. Mary has recently developed a new degree program in Long Term Care Administration which is set to launch in the Spring of 2016. Her teaching goal is to challenge current beliefs and mindsets about aging and to develop empathetic and critical thinking leaders.

Rosewood Park Retirement and Assisted Living Residence residents enjoy an active, engaging lifestyle that promotes wellness and independence. It is our goal to keep our residents linked to resources and opportunities that will fulfill their needs and interests in the Hillsboro area. Residents have many opportunities to participate in a variety of life enriching activities and events designed to stimulate the mind, body and soul. From cocktail-hour gatherings where you can learn about the nuances of a good Pinot Noir, to a discussion of the latest best seller in our Life-Long Learning series, to exploring new ways to stay healthy in a fitness class…expect the unexpected.

June 2016 SPIN Meeting

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Monday, June 27, 2016 from 3-5:00 pm

Providence ElderPlace Milwaukie
10330 SE 32nd Ave, Suite 110
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Meal Planning for Diabetes: Why moderate carb intake? What foods affect blood sugar? Are “sugar free foods” all they are cracked up to be? Could you reframe purchasing of “separate” foods for diabetics (often desserts)?  At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: Identify the relationship between carbohydrates and blood sugar; Define carbohydrate counting; Determine the grams of carbohydrate in foods when using the nutritional food label and other carbohydrate-counting tools

Documents for this presentation:
DM Handout
Meal Planning for Diabetes SPIN June 2016 Handout Version

Meredith Kleinhenz graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. She has been a registered dietitian for 15 years and is a Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition.  She has been with Providence ElderPlace for over nine years, where she is blessed to be part of an outstanding interdisciplinary care team. She has a passion for sharing practical nutrition information with participants and caregivers alike.

Providence ElderPlace is a comprehensive care model that provides and coordinates medical and social services for frail seniors. Care and services are provided by a team of geriatric and/or palliative care experts. The patient (and/or their guardian or loved ones) is the central member of the team for a truly customized care program. The team is interdisciplinary in order that a person’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs and desires can be addressed.

Our comprehensive care helps keep older adults be as healthy as possible and living in the community for as long as possible. ElderPlace is a PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) care model, a nationwide and federally recognized program that is widely viewed as enhancing the quality of life for frail seniors.

Ample parking is available in the front of the Building.

May 2016 SPIN Meeting

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Monday, May 23, 2016 from 3-5:00 pm

Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter
1650 NW Naito Pkwy #190
Portland, OR 97209

Alzheimer’s Disease: Impact & Advancements Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States & is the only one of the top ten causes of death that cannot be cured, prevent, or even slowed down. Currently there are 178,000 Oregonians who are currently caring for over 62,000  family member with Alzheimer’s or another related dementia. The personal and financial impacts are significant for these families & for our state. Learn about the work that is being done to change how Alzheimer’s is treated & how people living with dementia are cared for through the work of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Sarah Holland, MSW, MPH is the Director of Programs with the Alzheimer’s Association, Oregon Chapter. Sarah joined the Association in 2013 after completing her Master of Social of Work and Public Health.  Since that time Sarah has utilized 13 years’ experience implementing community based health inventions to expand the Association’s support service delivery across the state of Oregon. Sarah’s background in mental health, crisis stabilization, and programming informs her work, developing sustainable service models of support for family caregivers. She is an active trainer & has been featured at both state and national conferences.

Sara Kofman, Public Policy Director, comes to the Alzheimer’s Association with more than 10 years combined experience in health policy. Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association, she was the Advocacy Manager at the National Psoriasis Foundation, where she guided state and federal policy development and managed grassroots advocacy volunteers and activities.  Ms. Kofman’s early career was grounded in health care and public policy working as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Ron Wyden.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Oregon Chapter

April 2016 SPIN Meeeting

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Monday, April 25, 2016 from 3-5:00 pm

Holladay Park Plaza
1300 NE 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232

Defining Hope: Living with ALS provides an overview of ALS including symptoms, diagnosis, progression, and treatment. We will discuss what quality of life means for those with this life-changing terminal diagnosis, how as helping professionals we can support people with ALS at home or in a community based setting, and what resources are available to help.

Rachelle Preston, MSW CSWA, has always been interested in people and how to help them. She has worked 8+ years in social services. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work degree from Portland State University in 2012 and is a Clinical Social Work Associate actively pursuing her clinical licensure. Rachelle works with families dealing with the terminal diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) as a Regional Services Coordinator at The ALS Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Holladay Park Plaza is an accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Portland’s centrally located Lloyd District. All of our programs and services are geared toward helping Seniors enjoy life, even if health needs change over time.  We offer our residents many amenities including fine dining, housekeeping and linen service, indoor heated pool and therapy spa, fitness center, art studio, woodworking shop, full service library, hair salon, bank – you name it, we have it!  As a CCRC, our residents enjoy an independent lifestyle with the knowledge of having access to In Home Care, Residential Care and Skilled Nursing Care on site should the need ever arise.  Our accreditation means our residents are assured of excellence in all we provide. Parking is available in the Sears East lot. Please use the crosswalk.

March 28, 2016 SPIN Meeting

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Monday, March 28, 2015 from 3-5:00 pm

Bonaventure of Tigard
15000 SW Hall Blvd
Tigard, OR 97224

Providing Support to Seniors with Lung Disease – Over 33 million adults are diagnosed with chronic lung disease such as asthma or COPD.  This presentation will enable you to better understand how a healthy respiratory system works, how to help seniors protect their lungs, identify early warning signs of lung disease and self-management resources available to help individuals with existing lung disease. .

Bev Stewart, Vice President of Health Initiatives for the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, has been with the Lung Association for 11 years.  Bev has a BS in Community Health Education and has spent the past decade teaching asthma and lung health management, tobacco prevention and cessation and air quality education across the Pacific Northwest.

Bonaventure of Tigard is a gorgeous community with independent, assisted living, and secured memory care, all under one roof.  Our vivacious activity program includes 16 activities each day, 7 days a week. The great location is near King City, Summerfield, Lake Oswego, and Tualatin.

February 22, 2015 SPIN Meeting

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Monday, February 22, 2015 from 3-5:00 pm

Providence Portland Medical Center
Social Room, first floor
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland , OR 97213

A 2013 study published in the Journal of American Medical Directors Association by Boockvar, K, et al concluded that “delirium occurred frequently as a complication of acute illness in the nursing home and was a risk factor for cognitive function decline. In this presentation, Dr Ames will review the symptoms of delirium, potential contributing factors and treatment planning.

Kempe Jacobowitz Ames, MD is Hospice and Palliative Care board certified, and a hospice team physician for Providence Hospice. Dr Ames graduated from Duke University School of Medicine, and holds additional Bachelor degrees in History, Micro and Molecular Biology and a Master’s degree in Public Policy. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at OHSU and her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Hospice of Lancaster County/Lancaster General Hospital. Her professional interests include Palliative Care, Geriatrics, Nutritional and Lifestyle Medicine.

Providence Hospice  provides experienced, compassionate care for people nearing the end of life. Our doctors, registered nurses, chaplains, social workers and other team members provide everything from pain control and comfort care to emotional, social and spiritual support, including support for family members and caregivers. While we care for people facing terminal illness, we emphasize quality of life. Our primary goal is to provide the support that people need to allow them to spend their time living as fully and completely as they wish, in their own familiar surroundings, and in the company of family and friends. Once families experience the comfort and support of hospice, they often wish they had called sooner. We encourage you to contact us as soon as you begin thinking about end-of-life issues.

January 25, 2016 SPIN Meeting

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Monday, January 25, 2015 from 3-5:00 pm

Tuality Healthcare
Education Center
334 SE 8th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Let’s Make Them Worth Our While – There is overwhelming evidence that staying intellectually active in later life has protective effects on brain health and mental acuity.  A host of cognitive/brain training programs, often referred to as brain games, have been developed to help older adults boost their memory, attention, and focus. Such programs include computer games and phone apps, and are currently estimated to generate between $2 and $8 billion in revenue. But are they worth the expense and effort? Do they produce meaningful improvements?

Claudia Jacova, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University. Her research interests are in aging, cognitive impairment and dementia; early cognitive and functional MRI-based recognition of cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Lacunar infarct, Alzheimer Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia); interventions to promote quality of life in dementia; cognitive and clinical instrument development for disease recognition and monitoring; cross-cultural considerations and human-computer interactions in the context of cognitive impairment and dementia.

Tuality Healthcare provides comprehensive healthcare services to Hillsboro and surrounding communities.


December Special Holiday SPIN Meeting

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Monday, December 14, 2015 from 3-5:00 pm

Gladstone Senior Center
1050 Portland Avenue
Gladstone Oregon

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Annual Holiday Giving In 2013, the SPIN board was presented with an excess of blankets and other items collected for seniors. The board decided in light of this unexpected windfall, we would put the education portion of our December meeting on hiatus and instead select seniors with limited resources as recipients. This decision was met with enthusiasm from SPIN members and a request to establish a tradition. The selection process matches the SPIN goal to serve both sides of the Willamette River. Senior Centers with limited support from governmental agencies are considered. For 2015 we selected the Centers of Estacada, Gladstone and Molalla as recipients.

The Gladstone Senior Center would appreciate donation of the following items:

  • Hot Water Pot for tea drinkers.
  • 4 Mai Jong tile games
  • Medium size plastic tool box
  • Commercial silver hot mitts not long at Cash & Carry
  • Large long handed rubber scrappers Cash & Carry
  • Gift cards to give away at Santa Lunch and for volunteer meals drivers.

The Estacada Senior Center would appreciate donations of the following items:

  • Wet wipes
  • Toiletries, soaps, toilet paper
  • Gloves, hats, scarves
  • DVD movies
  • Music CDs
  • Non-slip socks and regular socks
  • Arthritis magazines
  • Diabetes magazines
  • Prevention magazines
  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Hearing Aid Batteries
  • Soap (bars/liquid)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Tissue (i.e. Kleenex)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo
  • Shower/Bath gel/soap
  • Tablets/Notebooks
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Lotion (hand/body)
  • Deodorant
  • BandAids
  • Socks
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Calendars
  • Pill organizers
  • Post ‘em notes
  • Puzzles
  • Puzzle/Sudoku books
  • Sewing kit
  • Magnifying glass

The Molalla Senior Center would appreciate donations of the following items:

  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel
  • Socks/slipper socks (Male/Female)
  • Large Print Books
  • Flashlights
  • Candy (regular/sugar free)
  • Lotions
  • Cocoa (regular/sugar free)

Please join us at the Gladstone Senior Center (1050 Portland Avenue, Gladstone Oregon) December 14th at 3:00 where we will present these gifts to the directors of each center.