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August 2020 SPIN Meeting -  Staying Connected to an Aging Relative

Invitation RSVP Certificate of Attendance

Benjamin's presentation:

Here is the link for:

  • Link to slide deck

  • Link to July 9th version video of presentation – focused on family members of aging relatives

  • Links to every product or service mentioned

  • Link to the Columbian front page article about the same topic

Date: August 24, 2020

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Online Zoom Meeting

Topic: Staying Connected to an Aging Relative

Everyone has been experimenting with Skype and Facetime to stay connected to aging relatives. However, innovators have designed much more user-friendly options for seniors. Some of these options are especially crafted to help people living with dementia. Don’t miss this fast-paced review of need-to-know tech with strategies for making connection with family a foundation of your professional practice.

  • Understand research on the impacts of video chat

  • Identify less-known options for staying connected to family members when physically distanced

  • Evaluate diverse options to recommend the just-right service for clients

Speaker: Benjamin Surmi, MSG, Social Gerontologist, Director of Education and Culture for Koelsch Communities (LinkedIn)

Benjamin coaches 32 Executive Directors in teaching excellence in dementia care while shaping the wellness program for over 1500 seniors in 8 states. He has served as the Executive Director and the Director of Community Relations at The Hampton at Salmon Creek in Vancouver, WA. Prior to that he was the Adjunct Instructor of Gerontology at Washington State University, Department of Human Development and Care Support Specialist ComForcare Homecare. Benjamin is also very active in local professional organizations. He’s a Board Member of HOPE Dementia Support; Committee Member for Senior Hero Awards Clark County, and Vestry Member – Iona Community, and Education Committee Member for the 2020 Pioneer Network’s Culture Change in Aging Virtual Worldwide Virtual Gathering.

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.


Holiday Giving 2020: Rather than collecting items for senior centers like we've done in the past, since we can't meet and collect your donations we're asking you all to donate to Meals on Wheels People (Multnomah and Washington Counties) or Clackamas County Meals on Wheels Inc. year. Choose your favorite center or donate to the one most in need. Thank you for your generosity!

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