OGA Educational Event: Friday, February 19th, 2016

Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m. (presentation begins at 4:00 p.m.)

Presenter: OGA Board Member, Dr. Melissa Cannon

Presentation Title: Future Directions for Senior

Centers in a Changing Society

Fee: This event is free

Location: Holy Names Heritage Center  (17425 Holy Names Dr., Lake Oswego)

Meeting Program:

  • 3:30-4:00 p.m.: Networking
  • 4:00-4:45 p.m.: Presentation, Dr. Cannon
  • 4:45-5:00 p.m.: Q&A and wrap-up

Presentation information: A growing body of research explores the relationship between older adults and their physical and social environments. As individuals age in their communities, senior centers serve critical roles as focal points for services and activities and as places that foster engagement and independence among older adults. Senior center staff have been challenged, however, to be innovative and adaptive in order to demonstrate the relevance of the senior center model to future older adults while still serving existing participants. This presentation will discuss a recent study of senior centers located throughout the Portland metropolitan area in Oregon. The research aimed to better understand challenges and strengths of different types of senior centers and explored opportunities, such as new partnerships and inter-generational programming, for senior centers to adapt and continue to serve older adults. The presentation will conclude with next steps for this research.




OGA Annual General Meeting + a presentation from the Director of  Oregon's Public Health Division, Lillian Shirley + networking at Stickmen Brewing 

Date:  Friday, January 22nd, 2016


  • Program: 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Holy Names Heritage Center (17425 Holy Names Dr, Lake Oswego)
  • Post-event networking: 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Stickmen Brewing (40 N. State St., Lake Oswego)

Fee: $5 for members; $10 for non-members (light refreshments served)

Registration: Go to events page on the OGA website

Meeting Program

3:00-3:30 p.m.: Registration and Networking

3:30-4:15 p.m.: Business Meeting, including election of officers

        Slate of officers:

  • Past president -Alan DeLaTorre
  • President - Janice McGuire
  • President-elect -Walt Dawson
  • Treasurer - Karen Kinzey   
  • Secretary - Colleen Davis

4:15-5:00 p.m.: Presentation by Lillian Shirley, Director, Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division

5:00-5:30 p.m.: Travel break

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Informal networking at Stickmen Brewing Company in Lake Oswego


Presentation Information

Title: Oregon’s Approach to Collaborating across Sectors to Increase Years of Healthy Life for Older Adults

Background: From 2000 to 2011 Oregon experienced a 25.9% increase of older adults (65+). In 2013, Oregon was selected to participate in the Association of State and Territorial health Officials (ASTHO) healthy aging/public health learning community. The learning community was developed to identify best practices and lessons learned in implementing a comprehensive approach to improve the health of older adults. Oregon identified four different strategies to address their goal of improving the quality of life and increasing years of healthy life by promoting healthy aging. The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division collaborated across sectors including: Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention; Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention; Health Security Preparedness and Response; HIV/STD/TB; Injury and Violence Prevention; Maternal and Child Health; and Women Infants Children (WIC). The four strategies included: (1) establish an Oregon index for healthy aging based on national standards and measures intended to reflect how well Oregon adults are aging; (2) research and identify possible BRFFS questions that can inform a broader healthy aging index; (3) coordinate and collaborate with DHS-Aging & People with Disabilities partners and other partners working on healthy aging in Oregon; (4) Address the entire population across the lifespan in grants to communities – encouraging local collaboration among Area Agencies on Aging and Local Public Health Departments. In this session, Oregon will share lessons learned around the keys to successful partnerships across sectors and comprehensive state-level actions that can be taken to promote healthy aging.

Presenter information: Lillian Shirley is the director of the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division and has been a local and a national leader in advancing public health. Most recently, she led the Multnomah County Health Department.   Ms. Shirley was the Vice Chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board that designed Oregon’s Transformation Plan.  She served as the founding Vice Chair of Health Share, Oregon’s largest Coordinated Care Organization.  Before coming to Oregon, Ms. Shirley was the Director of Public Health for the City of Boston and was also the first executive director of the Boston Health Commission, where she led the agency through the establishment, design and organization of the new public health authority in Boston.

Ms. Shirley has served on the boards of the Public Health Foundation, the Oregon Public Health Institute, Portland Sustainable Development Commission and served as President of the National Association of City and County Health Officials. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of the State of New York. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 


OGA is co-sponsoring a free screening of Still Alice and would like to invite members and their friends and family to watch the film and learn more about resources for family caregivers and their loved ones.   

We are partnering with the AARP Oregon, the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter, Mary’s Woods, and the City of Lake Oswego to present this free screening, and we hope you can join us. But note, YOU MUST RSVP ONLINE to attend!

Still Alice stars Julianne Moore in her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When this mother of three grown children receives a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested.

The Alzheimer's Association – Oregon Chapter will hold a discussion after the film.

RSVP for Tickets Today:

Call 1-877-926-8300 or go to https://aarp.cvent.com/StillAlice121215


WHEN:  Saturday, December 12


1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lake Theater & Café

106 N State St.

Lake Oswego, OR 97034


Falls in the Fall - a presentation on falls by Dr. Elizabeth Eckstrom

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, from 7:30-9:00am at Oatfield Estates (4444 SE Oatfield Hill Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97267, Tabor House)

The Oregon Gerontological Association would like to invite you a presentation, Falls in the Fall, at Oatfield Estates in Milwaukie on November 10. Doors open @ 7:30am for networking and refreshments and the speaker will present from 8:00-9:00am

The speaker, Dr. Eckstrom, is an Associate Professor and the Director of Geriatrics at OHSU. She practices primary care and consultative geriatrics and focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles in older adults and in educating all health professionals to be competent in the care of older adults. Her research has focused on falls prevention, tai chi to improve health in older adults, and inter-professional education.

The event is sponsored by Elite Care at Oatfield Estates.

July 31 (8:30am-12:30pm): How to start Innovative Cohousing Communities

The Oregon Gerontological Association is happy to announce its sponsorship of an upcoming event addressing the topic of starting cohousing communities. The event will feature Charles “Chuck” Durrett, an award-winning architect and author of Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living. Mr Durrett is responsible for introducing the concept of cohousing to the U.S. from its success in Denmark through the text he co-authored, along with his wife Kathryn McCamant. 

Cohousing offers new architectural and social models of housing designed for families seeking a balance of independence and sociability, community and privacy. Mr. Durrett has designed over fifty cohousing communities in North America and has consulted on many more around the world.

Cohousing Semminar_V3.July31.15.pdf


Thank you to attendees of OGA's annual conference (May 1, 2015): 

Creating Age-Friendly Environments: Now and in the Future

The opening plenary was  Values and Beliefs Across the Generations: Findings from Oregon and the U.S.  will feature Adam Davis, Founder and Principal of DHM Research, and Alan DeLaTorre, OGA President and Portland State University researcher, discussing for the first time findings from the study titled Oregonians’ Values and Beliefs across the Generations.

Concurrent sessions were also be offered:
  • The Affordable Care Act: Opportunities and Implications for Older Adults – Walt Dawson (Oregon Health Care Association)
  • The Why, How, and What’s Next for Creating Age-Friendly Communities in Oregon – Margaret B. Neal (Portland State University) and Bandana Shrestha (AARP Oregon)
  • Neighborhood Context and Fall Events: Strategies to Promote Aging in Place – Emily Nicklett (University of Michigan)
  • Older Adults and Behavioral Health: Good News and Challenges – Diana White (Portland State University)
  • Oregon Legislative Update  – Jon Bartholomew (AARP Oregon), Phil Bentley (Oregon Health Care Association), Jim Davis (Marylhurst University), and Fred Steele (Oregon Department of Human Services)
  • Student Summit – facilitated by the Marylhurst Gerontological Association 

The closing plenary panel was  Opportunities and Challenges in Moving Toward an Age-Friendly Oregon – will feature Oregon leaders addressing the topic Opportunities and Challenges in Moving toward an Age-Friendly Oregon, including: Jerry Cohen, AARP Oregon; Ashley Carson Cottingham, Oregon Aging & People with Disabilities; Morgan Holm, Oregon Public Broadcasting; Dr. Margaret Neal, Portland State University’s Institute on Aging.

Our Mission

Our mission is to convene forums for current research and to provide tangible tools for professionals working in the interdisciplinary fields of gerontology, as well as for individuals interested in the topic of aging in our community.  We do this through providing our members quarterly events, an annual conference and other unique networking opportunities.

Those of you that are interested in further involvement with OGA (e.g., board member, educational events, marketing and communications) contact LeAnne @ lfettig@pdx.edu

 The Oregon Gerontological Association

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