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.
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 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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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