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Orientation & Keynote 8:15 – 9:45 am

Living As Prescribed: Ways to Motivate Improved Self-Care

Wendy Lustbader, MSW

Lecturer and Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work

University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Older adults and younger people with disabilities are often labeled non-compliant when they staunchly resist medical advice, rebel against dietary restrictions, ignore warnings about fall risks, refuse to participate in rehab, or fail to use adaptive devices for their own health and safety. This session explores approaches for motivating improved self-care while respecting the right to self-determination.

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Sessions 10:00 – 11:30 am

1. Geriatric Rheumatology

This session will look at Rheumatic diseases seen in the elderly and review the associated functional impairments and treatments.

Rashmi Shah, MD

Rheumatologist, Northwest Rheumatology Associates, Portland, OR.

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2. Hoarders, Accumulators and Collectors- What Can We Do?

Those who serve elders at home are all too familiar with residences that consist of narrow pathways through cluttered rooms. Although such clients are notorious for resisting efforts to de-clutter, identifying the differences between hoarders, accumulators, and collectors enables us to tailor our approaches to their differing needs. This workshop will explore the psychological origins of each kind of clutter, as well as creative interventions for the sake of improving health and safety.

Wendy Lustbader, MSW

Lecturer and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.


3. Mood and Anxiety in Later Life

This session will look at risk factors that contribute to the development of mood and anxiety disorders and identify strategies for detecting them in late life. Evidence-based interventions for treating these disorders will be discussed.

Meghan Marty, PhD

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


4. Taking Bold Steps to End Elder Abuse

Financial exploitation is the most prevalent form of elder abuse. As health professionals who work in the field of aging, or provide direct care to older adults, you are in an ideal position to identify the signs of elder financial abuse.

Ellen Klem, JD

Director of Consumer Outreach and Education, Oregon Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Portland, OR.


5. 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 and demonstrate the utility of Mindful Yoga practices for re-training the nervous system. We will also practice the fundamental therapeutic tools from this evidence-based program.

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

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


Keynote 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Elderhood: Redefining Old Age to Reimagine Life

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA

Geriatrician, Author, Professor of Medicine

University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA

We will explore how the way we talk about old age, colloquially and professionally, contributes to the challenges of growing old in America. Compare medicine and society’s approaches to childhood, adulthood, and elderhood. We will also identify the opportunities to use aging and gerontology to improve society and health for everyone.

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Sessions 1:15 – 2:45 pm

6. RN Delegation in Oregon – Clinical Reasoning and Clinical Judgement

In Oregon, RNs can consider delegating a task of nursing care to provide care for a person in a community setting. The RN must apply practice standards as they assess the person and care staff and determine if delegation can be done safely. The authority to delegate rests with the RN. In this workshop we will explore RN delegation and discuss how clinical reasoning and clinical judgement are critical skills in the process.

Cynthia McDaniel, MSN RN

CEO, ElderWise Inc., Portland, OR.


7. PART 1: “Aging is Strange”: Exploring the Complexities of the Life-Course Journey

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, Portland, OR.


8. Is Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease Possible?

The two strongest risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are age and genetics, but there is hope for Alzheimer’s prevention, even if we cannot turn back the clock and change our parents! In fact, many other modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease have been identified. In this talk, we will examine the evidence for these risk factors, review upcoming multi-modal Alzheimer’s disease prevention clinical trials, and discuss how lifestyle changes can be encouraged during clinical visits with older adults.

Aimee Pierce, MD

Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Department of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR.


9. Age-Friendly Communities: Supporting Aging in Place

This presentation will examine the history and concepts associated with age-friendly communities. It will provide examples of policies and practices used by cities and communities to help support their populations who are aging in place.

Melissa Cannon, PhD

Associate Professor of Gerontology, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR.


10. Self-Compassion for Aging, Caregiving, Dying and Grief

In an existence marked by change, aging is inevitably marked by loss. Loss of abilities, identities, and loved ones provoke both acute and long-term grief. When we stop to think about the full spectrum of life, if we are honest, it is quite hard to face the fact that life contains both extraordinary beauty and inevitable loss; it can seem almost impossible to bear life’s bitter sweetness. Contemplative practices are one way to develop the presence, courage, and compassion — the inner resources — to face the fullness of life, so at least when there is loss, grief, and even death — there can also be love. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a secular, contemplative method created to foster presence, care and support for ourselves when we need it most – in the face of suffering – whether the suffering is our own or that of a loved one. This method has made prominent contributions to the growing body of research on self-compassion – a skill demonstrated to support psychological well-being, optimism, resilience, reduced anxiety and depression, more caring relationships and reduced caregiver burnout. This session will include both explanatory and experiential dimensions.

Katelin Rose Gallagher, MA

Contemplative Studies Coordinator, Yoga and Relaxation Instructor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.


Sessions 3:00 – 4:30 pm

11. Aging with Others (or Not): Social Engagement vs. Social Isolation

A critical component of the aging process involves the social engagement of older adults within their family, friend, and community networks. This workshop will include a theoretical and research-based perspective on social engagement, social ties, and social isolation. A discussion will follow on ways to address these issues within families and communities.

Margaret Manoogian, PhD

Professor and Department Head of Gerontology, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR.


12. Aging and GI Disorders

The colon can cause a lot of discomfort! We will discuss constipation diagnosis and treatment. How to look for signs of colon cancer will also be discussed.

Keith Harris, MD

Mid-Valley Gastroenterology, Corvallis, OR.


13. Panel Presentation: Engaging Seniors in Health and Physical Activity in Community Based Settings

Changes in social connection, mental and cognitive function, oral health, physical ability and mobility can greatly affect the nutritional and physical health of aging adults. This panel of OSU faculty will discuss the nutritional needs and foods safety issues of concern for older adults, and low cost community walking and strength training programs to maintain fitness. Examples of successful community partnerships to address food insecurity and healthy aging in place will be shared.

Allison Harris, MPH

Walk With Ease Program Coordinator, Oregon State University Extension, Myrtle Point, OR.


Cheryl Kirk, RD

Senior Instructor, Oregon State University Extension Family And Community Health, Corvallis, OR.


Lauren Kraemer, MPH

Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Hood River, OR.


Dusti Linnell, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Tillamook Bay Community College, Food and Nutrition, Tillamook, Oregon. Assistant Professor of Practice, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, Extension Family and Community Health, Tillamook & Lincoln Counties, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.


Joy Waite-Cusic, PhD

Associate Professor of Food Safety and Quality Systems, Department of Food Science and Technology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.


14. Oral Health and Aging: Why It Matters and What to Do

This session will discuss why oral health affects an individual’s overall well-being and identify when preventative measures need to be taken. Treatment options will also be identified.

Shiv Sharma, DDS

Palo Alto Oral Health, Palo Alto, CA.


15. Change of Condition and Monitoring in Community Based Care Settings

Having an effective process for a care team to identify and monitor changes of condition is critical for the health and safety of older adults and has regulatory implications in assisted living and memory care environments. In this workshop we will discuss examples of changes of condition and how to think about, respond to, and monitor these changes.

Cynthia McDaniel, MSN RN

CEO, ElderWise Inc., Portland, OR.

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