About SPIN

SPIN Mission Statement: Senior Provider Information Network (SPIN) is dedicated to providing quality continuing education and networking opportunities to senior healthcare professionals.

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About SPIN

A Brief History of SPIN

SPIN Mission Statement: Senior Provider Information Network (SPIN) is dedicated to providing quality education and networking opportunities to senior healthcare professionals.

SPIN started in the early 80’s by a group of Service Coordinators from the Senior Centers. The original goal of SPIN was to educate and inform the coordinators and to assist in identifying seniors who were eligible for services.

In the early 90’s Assisted Living and Retirement Facilities were beginning to crop up and this was a great place to network and learn as much as possible about new and innovative ways to serve the seniors in our community meetings. Meetings were held at different locations each month on the west side of Portland. This offered us the ability to tour facilities as those involved felt it important for attendees to see the buildings and people to whom members refer.

In early 2000 a steering committee was established. In addition, there were so many requests to host meetings on the east side of town that SPIN took on a broader audience alternating meetings between east and west sides of Portland. By the mid 2000’s SPIN develop an online presence and regular email communication. This replaced the costly and inefficient paper mailings that used to be relied on to announce upcoming meetings.


Recognizing SPIN attendees and presenters are busy with the holidays, in 2013 SPIN implemented a holiday giving project focusing on the needs of the residents of needy seniors at Providence Elder Place. Since then we have annually partnered with deserving Senior Center clients on the East and West side of Portland providing countless items ranging from socks and games to gift cards and tool boxes. In 2019 we decided to do holiday giving during the summer to avoid conflicting with multiple requests for donations that all come at the same time.

Each year the format of email, website, electronic invitations and self-enrollment to receive invitations, location and speaker decisions has been analyzed, and each year the Board has continued with the same effective formula.  SPIN still operates without funding, and the board remains grateful to the hosts and speakers who fill those roles.

Currently close to 400 people receive invitations to our monthly events. The continued focus on educational presentations and networking opportunities makes SPIN a premier organization and high on the list of must attend meetings.  SPIN remains true to the mission of providing quality educational presentations and networking opportunities to senior healthcare professionals




Past SPIN Meetings: 2006-2012



  • December 13, 2010; Evergreen Hillsboro Health & Rehab; ‘Getting to Know Your Resources’- Invitation with Map

  • November 22, 2010; Meeting cancelled due to weather. – Invitation with Map

  • October 25, 2010; Providence Portland Medical Center; Brenda Durbin, Vikki Rennick, Paul Iarrobino, Jeanie Butler;
    ‘Tri-County Aging & Disability Resource Information‘- Invitation with MapCEU CertificateSpeaker Handout 1Speaker Handout 2

  • September 27, 2010; Rosewood Park Retirement; Kathleen Leatham; ‘Partners in Action for Senior Safety‘ – Invitation with MapCEU Certificate

  • August 23, 2010; Cherrywood Village; Linda Kirschbaum; ‘Culture Change: Not Just a Fad‘; CEU Certificate

  • July 26, 2010; Carman Oaks Retirement; Mike Riedel; ‘Medicare in Today’s Marketplace – How It Really Works‘- Invitation with MapCEU Certificate

  • June 28, 2010; Courtyard at Mt Tabor; Anna Sanger Reed; “Parkinson’s Disease 101”- Invitation with MapCEU Certificate

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  • May 24, 2010; Oswego Springs Assisted Living; Geoff Bernhardt, J.D.; “Health Care & End-of-Life Decision Making: History, Tools, and Current Developments” – Invitation with MapCEU Certificate

  • April 26, 2010; The Springs of Tanasbourne; Lee Paton, RN, Ph.D.; “Responding Between the Heart and the Sword” – Invitation with Map;CEU Certificate

  • March 29, 2010; Providence Portland Medical Center, Anne Kister, “Preview of a Presentation Designed for the Recently Bereaved” –Invitation with Map

  • February 22, 2010; Russellville Park, Ron and Deborah Threadgill, “When Death Occurs, What Next?”- Invitation with Map ; CEU Certificate

  • January 25, 2010; Tuality Health Education Building; Maureen Nash, MS, MD, “Is it Delerium or is it Dementia?”- Invitation with MapCEU Certificate

  • December 14, 2009; Metro West; Jo Becker, “Fair Housing Laws and Long Term Care Community” – Invitation with Map ; CEU Certificate

  • November 16, 2009; Tuality Health Education Building; Kelly Paxton, “Elder Financial Fraud”- Invitation with Map CEU Certificate

  • October 26, 2009; Russellville Park; Frank Lord, MD, “Look Into Your Heart…Understanding Better Heart Health Can Be a Life Changing Experience.” – Invitation with Map CEU Certificate

  • September 28, 2009; Carman Oaks Assisted Living; Diana White, Ph.D, “Creating Person-Centered Environments
    Lessons Learned from the Better Care Better Jobs Initiative”-Invitation with MapCEU Certificate

  • August 24, 2009; Laurel Parc of Bethany; Dr. David Calder, “Chased by the Devil of Diabetes”- Invitation with Map ; CEU Certificate

  • July 27, 2009; Courtyard Senior Living; Bonnie Nester; “Finding the Softer Side of Alzheimer’s”- Invitation with Map

  • June 22, 2009; Providence Portland Medical Center; Lee Paton, RN, Ph.D.; “The Ethics of Advocacy”- Invitation with Map

  • May 18, 2009; Miramont Pointe; Geoff Bernhardt, JD; “End-of Life Decision Making: History, Tools and Cultural Competency”- Invitation with Map

  • April 27, 2009; Avamere at Sherwood; Dean Yamamoto, M.Div. BCC ; “Process Work Mindfulness: Evoking the Shaman in the Clinician”-Invitation with Map

  • March 30, 2009; Springs of Tanasbourne; Arun Kuchela, M.D.; “Spectrum of Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly”- Invitation with Map

  • February 23, 2009; Rosewood Park; Mike Brunt; “Changing Behavior to Prevent Falls – Engaging Older Adults in Fall Prevention” –Invitation with Map

  • January 27, 2000; Tuality Health Education Center; Sabine Meyer, MD; “The Difficult Patient-How to Stay Sane When Dealing with
    Difficult Patients or Families”- Invitation with Map

  • December 15, 2008; Canceled due to weather – Invitation with Map

  • November 17, 2008; Avamere of Bethany; Kay Kirkbride, RN and Sue Callahan; “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”- Invitation with Map

  • October 27, 2008; Avamere Crestview of Portland; Mary Ballantyne, RN; “Depression and Suicide in the Elderly”- Invitation with Map

  • September 29, 2008; The Pearl at Kruse Way; Raina Stinson, RN, BSN; “Community Building Through Personal Development” –Invitation with Map

  • August 25, 2008; Laurelhurst Village; Dr. Elena Robinson; “Tired of Headaches? There is Hope” – Invitation with Map

  • July 28, 2008; Finley Sunset Hills Memorial Park; Michael Swartz, Scott Logan, Michael Backes; “The Other 124 Decisions That You Need To Know Preplanning” – Invitation with Map

  • June 23, 2008; Encore Senior Village at Portland; Lee Paton, RN, Ph.D.; “Why Do Elders Do What They Do?” – Invitation with Map

  • May 19, 2008; Holladay Park Plaza; Anne Kister; “Creating a Loving Legacy: How to Talk about End-of-Life Care” – Invitation with Map

  • April 28, 2008; The Stafford; William S. Herzberg, MD; “Understanding Sleep and Your Health” – Invitation with Map

  • March 24, 2008; Cedar Creek, Mitch Lambley; “Understanding Reverse Mortgage Options” – Invitation with Map

  • February 25, 2008; Cherrywood Village; Maureen E. Mays, M.D., M.S.; “Knowing the Risk Factors to Heart Disease Prevention” – Invitation with Map

  • January 28, 2008; Tuality Health Education Center; Maria V. Prokhorova, MD and Maureen C. Nash, MD; “Preparing for a Resident’s Return from Short or Long Term Acute Geriatric Psychiatry Hospitalizations” – Invitatin with Map

  • December 17, 2007; NorthWest Place; Heather Toland, MAEE, CVT; “Animal Assisted Therapy and Hospice” – Invitation with Map

  • November 19, 2007; Rosewood Park Assisted Living; Anne Kister; “Get Me Through the Holidays: 10 Strategies for Coping with Loss on Days that Hold Special Meaning” – Invitation with Map

  • October 29, 2007; Providence ElderPlace at Laurelhurst; Dr. Melinda Lee, MD; “Suicide in the Elderly” – Invitation with Map

  • September 24, 2007; Homewoods on the Willamette; Geoff Bernhardt, JD; “Elder Law, Guardianship and Special Needs Planning” – Invitation with Map

  • August 27, 2007; Assumption Village; Patrick Callahan; “Best Practices in Caring for Persons with Parkinson’s Disease” – Invitation with Map

  • July 30, 2007; Greenridge Estates at Mountain Park; Judy McKellar; “The Challenge of Alzheimer’s” – Invitation with Map

  • June 25, 2007; Willamette View; Paul Werder, MSW; “Stress Relief: Tapping Into Inner Resources” – Invitation with Map

  • May 21, 2007; The Pearl at Kruse Way; Raina Stinson , RN, BSN; “Care of the Caregiver” – Invitation with Map

  • April 30, 2007; Willamette Falls Community Health Education Center; Suzanne Roberts; “What Hat Are You Wearing” – Invitation with Map

  • March 19, 2007; Miramont Pointe; Ruth Tooze, RN, BS; “The Process for Monitoring Quality of Care in Oregon’s Long-Term-Care Facilities” – Invitation with Map

  • February 26, 2007; Tuality Health Education Center; Mary Platt, OTR/L; “Living in Two Different Worlds – Guidelines for Adult Children and Spouses of Elders Who Have Dementia” – Invitation with Map

  • January 29, 2007; Tuality Health Education Center; Maureen C. Nash, MD; “Update on Alzheimer’s Disease” – Invitation with Map

  • December 11, 2006; The Pearl at Kruse Way; Sonia Huntley; MD; “Helping Clients Deal With Low Health Literacy” – Invitation with Map

  • November 13, 2006; Rosewood Park Assisted Living; Margaret Neal, PhD; “The Sandwiched Generation” – Invitation with Map

  • October 30, 2006; Providence ElderPlace at Gresham; Tereasa Ford; “Understanding Hoarding in the Elderly” – Invitation with Map

  • September 25, 2006; Oswego Place Assisted Living; Officer John Holbrook; “Meth in the City” – Invitation with Map

  • August 28, 2006; Summerplace Assisted Living; Michael Sasnow; “Using Music as a Comfort Measure at the End of Life” – Invitation with Map

  • July 31, 2006; Avamere at Sherwood; Trey Malicoat, MS; “Navigating Communication in the Midst of a Family Crisis” – Invitaion with Map

  • June 26, 2006, Courtyard Senior Living & Plaza; Mary Ballantyne, RN; “Pearls of Wisdom – Open Forum on Important Topics in Aging” –Invitation with Map

  • May 22, 2006; The Heights at Columbia Knoll; Lee Paton, RN, PhD; “Neurofeedback: Retraining the Brain” – Invitation with Map

  • April 24, 2006; Meridian Park Hospital Education Building; “Keeping Joints Healthy – And What To Do If They’re Not”
    Kathy Snader, RN, Project Coordinator
    Sarah Horeis, RN, Clinical Resource Coordinator
    Andrea Swanson, MSPT, Physical Therapist
    Amy Sutherland, OT, Occupational Therapist – Invitation with Map

  • March 27, 2006; Avamere at Bethany Assisted Living; Holly Wells and Geoff Bernhardt, JD; “Elder Law Planning for Midlife and Beyond” –Invitation with Map