Thursday, April 4, 2019 – Schedule


Keynote 8:15 – 9:45 am


Making the Most of a Longer Life:
Self-perceptions on Aging and a Multistage Life
(AARP Sponsored)

Erwin Tan, MD

What older adults think about aging often relates to their well-being and health. This keynote presentation will examine the evidence that self-perception of aging across adulthood is linked to health and how reimaging our life course can affect health related behaviors.


Sessions 10:00 – 11:30 am


  • Navigating End of Life Care: How to Avoid Road Blocks and Dead Ends

Speaker(s): Barbara Hansen, MA, RN

This presentation will describe barriers in our current health-care system, which impede optimal end-of-life care and will discuss three different types of care that providers may use at the end of life. Participants will be able to identify measures every person can implement to increase the chances of their end-of-life care wishes.

  • Caregiving Over Time: Adapting Along the Journey

Speaker(s): Sara Honn Qualls, PhD

For most families, caregiving for older adults occurs over years with multiple changes in demands and opportunities that require adaptation. A model of the trajectory of caregiving offers a framework for anticipating change and preparing for the future.

  •  2019 Update: Social Security: Everything You Need to Know

Speaker(s): Kimberly Hermann

This session will explain the difference between the disability programs, what you can do online to create your own accounts and we will look at the 2019 updates in benefits.

Trying to fake your way to feeling better seems suspicious at best and delusional at worst. But, there is plenty of research that proves you can actually fool yourself and others into feeling better and improve your overall mood. Researchers have found that “acting” a certain way allows your brain to “rehearse” a new way of thinking and can set off a desired chain of events in the future. We will discuss the supporting research for mindfulness and laughter Yoga.  We will practice guided meditation and end with Laughter Yoga.

This session focuses on clinical issues presented by older adults and family members when seeking psychotherapy. General themes emerge centering on life review, aging adaptations, and family relationships. Research that undergirds each theme will be presented as well as clinical skills and resources useful for both practitioners and community members.


Keynote 12:00 – 1:00 pm


Validation Breakthrough

Naomi Feil, MSW, ACSW 

This session will look at the key principles of Validation and one technique that restores dignity and well-being to the older adult diagnosed with dementia.


Sessions 1:15 – 2:45 pm


  • A Caregiver’s Guide to Living Your Best Life

Speaker(s): Ann Kaiser Stearns, PhD

In this presentation, participants will gain myth-busting insights and problem-solving skills for meeting the challenges of caring for older adults with cognitive and/or physical impairments. This presentation will embrace the fulfilling life experiences still possible for professional and family caregivers and elder care recipients, despite the fatigue and stress of caregiving. Participants will also learn how to prepare for when it is time for others to become your caregivers.

  • Breaking the Silence (Part 1): LGBTQ Veterans Speak Up!

Speaker(s): Paul Iarrobino

This session will be presented through the actual experiences of four Oregon veterans and one current service member.  They will explain the unique experiences and challenges they experienced and continue to face. Training includes viewing of Breaking the Silence: an Oral History of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans & Service Members.

This presentation will focus on travelling within a community and abroad without a car! The presentation is based on research conducted over the past 20 years to make travel safe, seamless and dignified for all.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Detection & Avoidance

Speaker(s): Joyce Beedle, RN

How early can Alzheimer’s be detected? What are advantages and disadvantages of early detection? What are the parts of a thorough diagnosis? What can be done to postpone or avoid Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s? Bring your own other questions!

  • Medication Misadventures: Polypharmacy and a Path to De-prescribing

Speaker(s): Helen Kao, MD

This session will look at what is polypharmacy and inappropriate prescribing (IP) and their consequences for older adults.  Epidemiology, causes of polypharmacy and IP, and the process of de-prescribing will be discussed.


Sessions 3:00 – 4:30 pm


This session will have presentations on the health disparities among Alaska Native Elders and the health disparities in the Latino communities.

Part I: Generativity and Its Role in Addressing Health Disparities among Alaska Native Elders: Attendees at this session will learn about elements of healthy aging among Alaska Native Elders and the difference between non-American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) healthy aging. Definitions of generativity, cultural generativity and indigenous cultural generativity will be made clear. How to apply generativity as a health intervention to address health disparities among older adults will be discussed.

Part II: Latino Aging and Family Caregiving in 21st Century U.S. and Oregon: This part of the session will look at the demographic trends in the US and Oregon Latino populations; list three factors that contribute to health disparities in old age among Latinos and describe the main ways that family provides support to Latino older adults.

  • Breaking the Silence (Part 2): Documentary Debrief & Panel Discussion

Speaker(s): Paul Iarrobino and Panel

This session presents an opportunity to discuss the film shown in part one and have a conversation with the producer and LGBTQ veterans featured in the film. Statewide resources will be shared and framed around Oregon’s commitment to helping ALL veterans access services in an inclusive and welcoming way.

  • Urinary and Fecal Incontinence:  No Laughing Matter!

Speaker(s): Melanie Crites-Bachert, DO, FACOS, FACS

Attendees will learn about types of urinary and fecal incontinence and the treatments available. At the conclusion of the                    lecture, attendees should be able to identify patients in need of treatment, what initial treatments to start, and to whom a                  referral should be made for refractory situations.

  • Mitigating Hazards to Older Adults from Disasters and Destabilizing Incidents

Speaker(s): Aaron Crawford, MPH

Older adults are one of the most vulnerable populations during and after any type of disaster. Understanding the threats posed by the disasters most likely to impact our area and how to mitigate their impact is critical for professionals charged with the care of Older Adults.

  • A Fresh Look at PACE – Programs for All Inclusive Care

Speaker(s): Ellen Garcia, MPH

This session will explain the PACE 2.0 Initiative and describe how PACE is a proven approach to the delivery of interdisciplinary geriatric care. The three key features of the PACE model of care and how PACE fits within the context of Population Management and Healthcare Transformation will be discussed.

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