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May 2020 SPIN Meeting - Be the Connection: The impact of isolation and loneliness during COVID-19

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Date: May 18, 2019

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm


This meeting will be by Zoom Conference Call. In the interest of security please contact Liz Fischer for Zoom Conference call in link and password.

Here is the link:

Meeting ID: 826 5557 6791 Password: 017539

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Topic: Be the Connection – Even before the COVID-19 crisis, older adults were disproportionately affected by loneliness and isolation. Now, all of us are getting a glimpse into that world and more than ever we are understanding what it feels like to be lonely, isolated and alone. Learn about the negative impacts loneliness and isolation have on our health and what it will take stay connected throughout the lifespan. Get ideas and support from local resources in the tri-county area who are already making headway in reducing older adult loneliness and isolation throughout the pandemic and beyond.


Kera Magarill is an Older Adult Behavioral Specialist with Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services. She has worked to support older adults and caregivers in a variety of residential, care and social service settings for over 18 years. She served as faculty and taught courses in Aging Services at Metropolitan State University and worked for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Colorado Chapter before moving to Oregon two years ago to serve in her current role. She is passionate about battling the stigma of mental health and dementia in order to create a more age-friendly community. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Services and has received certification in gerontology and dementia and special training in music therapy.

Laurel Wonder holds a Masters Degree in Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley. She began her career supporting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who were also impacted by mental illness. From this work grew a desire to safeguard the rights of vulnerable persons. Ms. Wonder transitioned to working in Adult Protective Services in Washington and then Oregon. After nearly two decades working for individual clients, Ms. Wonder is pleased to be supporting system improvement through the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative. She has a passion for improving program policies to better address the needs of older adults and persons with physical disabilities.

Virtual Host: Meredith Williamson NW Estate Law, LLC is the virtual host for this Zoom presentation of the Senior Provider Information Network (SPIN). Thank you Meredith!

Important information about CEU Credits: Oregon Health Authority no longer pre-approves CEU’s. Go to to determine if this presentation will count towards annual CEU requirement for Nursing and Residential Care administrators.

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