Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM PDT
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Providence Cancer Center Amphitheater
(inside Providence Portland Medical Center)
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213

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Loriann McNeill, Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator

Fall Conference
2019 Navigating the Journey Family Caregiver Education

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“Aging—everybody does it!” Whether we like it or not, we all have one thing in common:  AGING. We’re all doing it. But HOW you age is, in part, up to you. The ways you plan for the aging process and respond to changes associated with aging can make all of the difference in your quality of life and the quality of life of the person or people you’re caring for. Our keynote presentation will look humorously at the aging process, as well as present some deeper, aging-related questions for you to consider.

Ann is the Research and Policy Integration Manager for Office of Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) within the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). She previously held the position of Administrator of the Safety, Oversight and Quality (Long-Term Care Licensing) Unit for DHS, and prior to that, worked as a policy analyst, college faculty member, in roles related to various local government programs for older adults, and as an administrator in assisted living/residential care/memory care communities.

She is especially interested in the experiences of people living with dementia and helping to create a world that affords them the respect, dignity, and companionship that all human beings deserve.

In “ADRC/211 resources,” a program explanation, by Deborah Spere.

Deborah Spere has worked with worked with Aging and People with Disabilities for 18 years, as an eligibility worker, a case manager, and a Diversion Transition worker. For the last 5 years she has overseen the Oregon Money Management Program as OAA liaison for Lane County, and recently started working on outreach for the ADRC.

In “Technology and tools for aging,” Joyce Sjoberg, MA, BSN, RN, CMC, Owner, Aging Advisors, will present information about today’s technology, tools and robots available that can improve quality of life as we age.”

Joyce is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of nursing experience caring for older adults and individuals with disabilities. She currently works as an Aging Life Care Manager and is the founder of Aging Advisors PDX - an Aging Life Care™ consulting and care management agency

In “Making your Wishes Known,” Sasha Holden, RN, Providence Hospice Clinical Educator, will focus on the opportunities that we have throughout our life to prepare for, and understand, dying in a holistic way. The discussion will focus on both how you can support loved ones as they experience the dying process and how you can plan for your own future to ensure your wishes are followed.

Sasha earned her degree in nursing from OHSU and has worked with Providence Hospice since 2005. Prior to her work at Providence, Sasha was an Oncology nurse at OHSU.