April 2, 2020 – Schedule


Keynote 8:15 – 9:45 am


Peter F. Banitt, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.

Non-invasive/Invasive/Interventional Cardiology

The Oregon Clinic, Portland, OR

Deprescribing Cardiac Medications in Older Adults


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Sessions 10:00 – 11:30 am


16. International Innovation: Applying 40 Years of Research in Europe to US Care

For 40 years, a unique protocol developed in France has influenced 50,000 Europeans, Japanese, and Thai medical professionals – equipping them to care for the frailest elders and for those living with behavioral symptoms of dementia. The evidence continues to add up in medical and nursing journals that the 150 techniques significantly decrease resistance to care and other complexities. In 2019, the first US-based memory care organization committed to implementing nationally. Join gerontologist, Benjamin Surmi, in analyzing this international training and protocol while reviewing preliminary data and case studies from the first year of piloting in the US.

Benjamin M. Surmi, MsG

Social Gerontologist, MsG Director of People and Culture Koelsch Communities, Olympia, WA.

17. Mood and Anxiety in Later Life

In this presentation, Dr. Marty will identify strategies for detecting the presence of late life mood and anxiety disorders. Attendees will be able to specify risk factors that may contribute to the development of mood and anxiety disorders in older adults as well as describe evidence-based interventions for treating mood and anxiety disorders in older adults.

Meghan A. Marty, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Rose City Geropsychology, LLC, Portland, OR.

18. Resilience As We Age: What is it and How to Measure It?

This session will define ‘resilience’ and identify ways to measure it, increase it and the factors that influence healing relationships.

Maureen Nash, MD, MS

Medical Director, Providence ElderPlace PACE Oregon (Providence St. Joseph’s Health), and Private Psychiatric Practice, Portland, OR.

19. Issues of Sexuality: Insatiable, Unwanted, Intimacy and Satisfy Touch Hunger

“I can’t sleep”, “he/she wants sex over and over ALL night long”, “uncomfortable touching makes caregiving very awkward and difficult”, “sexual comments drive our caregivers away”. Using these real-life scenarios, this interactive session will produce new, individualized ideas for dealing with these intensely private and quite uncomfortable issues. Related concerns from participants will be addressed in addition to scenarios provided by presenter. General Guidelines will be shared to reduce or avoid unwanted or undesirable intimacy interactions.

Joyce Beedle, RN, BSN

Alzheimer’s Consultant and Owner, Alzheimer’s Consulting Services, Statewide Alzheimer Caregiver Educator & Consultant, Oregon Dept of Human Services, Oregon Home Care Commission, Portland, OR.

20. “Aging is Strange”: Exploring the Complexities of the Life-Course Journey: PART 2

All human beings experience aging as they travel through the life-course, but aging unfolds within individual lives. . This complexity invites a multitude of approaches to understanding, explaining, and responding to adult aging and the experience of becoming and being an “older person.” In these collaborative, interactive sessions, we will explore together various ways into the complexities of the life-course journey, informed by a trans-disciplinary perspective, and including our diverse lived experiences.

Jenny Sasser, PhD.

Lead Instructor, Human Development & Family Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.


Keynote 12:00 – 1:00 pm


Barak Gaster, MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Title: Advance Care Planning for Dementia: Directives and More


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Sessions 1:15 – 2:45 pm


21. Nutrition and Aging: Diseases/Disorders of the GI Tract

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the role nutrition plays in the prevention and treatment of GI diseases/disorders effecting geriatric patients. Attendees will learn of tools to incorporate nutrition recommendations in the care for geriatric patients.

Jaymi Grant, DTR

Registered Dietetic Technician and Nutrition Educator, Corvallis, OR.

22. Storytelling as a Healing Practice for Marginalized Elders

Current research suggests that storytelling provides a protective effect from the symptoms of narrative foreclosure in older adults. This is the belief that one has nothing left to add to their life story. Storytelling is a helpful way to increase happiness, sense of well-being, and resilience in this increasingly longer-living group. This session will explore research findings and recent examples of small group work with older adults. Video clips will be used to reinforce key concepts and demonstrate uses in a variety of settings.

Paul Iarrobino

Founding Director, True Path Consulting NW, Portland, OR.

23. Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s Disease

The three essential criteria for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease will be described and we will differentiate between Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementias. We will define the prevalence of behavioral symptoms in those with dementia and describe a framework for interpreting those behaviors.

Maureen Nash, MD, MS

Medical Director, Providence ElderPlace PACE Oregon (Providence St. Joseph’s Health), and Private Psychiatric Practice, Portland, OR.

24. Advanced Treatment Options in Parkinson’s Disease

Common complications, fluctuations, dyskinesia and management of Parkinson’s disease will be discussed in 16 this session. The indications of consideration of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBR) surgery for management in advanced stages of the disease will be looked at.

Delaram Safarpour, M.D., M.S.C.E.

Assistant Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine, OHSU, Portland, OR.

25. Loneliness and Social Isolation in Later Life

Social isolation and loneliness among older adults are significant public health issues. Although social isolation and loneliness share similarities and frequently occur together, they are each distinct health issues; therefore, they may require different solutions. The workshop will address the following relative to loneliness and social isolation: incidence in the older population, risk factors, impact, health consequences, and ways to help.

Vicki Schmall, PhD

Executive Director, Gerontology and Training Specialist Aging Concerns; Professor Emeritus, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.


Sessions 3:00 – 4:30 pm


26. Insomnia and the Older Adult

This session will create a framework for taking an insomnia history and understand the spectrum of substances available to treat sleeplessness in the older adult.

Mari Miller Goldner, MD

Private Practice, Sleep Medicine, The Corvallis Clinic, Corvallis, OR.

27. Who Are You Calling Old? Old Age Stereotyping and How to Avoid It

This session will discuss aging stereotyping characteristics, how these characteristics influence others, and changes to avoid negative stereotypes.

Michelle Barnhart, PhD

Associate Professor of Marketing, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

28. Physical Activity and Its Impact on Type 2 Diabetes and the Skeletal Muscle

The focus of this session will be on reframing physical activity as an efficacious method of improving insulin action and blood glucose regulation in otherwise sedentary adults.

Sean Newsom, PhD

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Matt Robinson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

29. Mindful Yoga for Chronic Pain: Modern Applications of Ancient Wisdom for Re-training the Nervous System

This presentation will identify the relation between chronic pain and the nervous system; learn the utility of Mindful Yoga practices for re training the nervous system and experience fundamental therapeutic tools from this evidence-based program.

Kimberly M. Carson, MPH, C-IAYT, E-RYT

Yoga and Mindfulness Educator at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR.

30. Are Americans Financially Prepared for the 100-Year Life?

The population is aging, Social Security’s trust funds are expected to be depleted in 2034, and the median household headed by someone age 55 to 64 has little more than $100,000 in retirement savings. Participants will learn about the Retirement Readiness Issues United States Workers are facing, review the four pillars of retirement security and understand the impact of retirement insecurity on social service programs for older adults. Participants will become familiar with OregonSaves, the first-in-the-nation auto IRA program and how Nobel Prize winner Thayler’s nudge theory is integrated into the program along with successes and challenges for the program to date.

Joyce De Monnin, MPH, MBA

Communications Director for AARP Oregon