There’s just so much going on, it’s exciting and I just *had* to do a special post to give y’all a heads-up:
The Village Movement comes to Portland:
“According to the founders of the other villages we have spoken to, the first step to getting villages going here in Portland is to begin holding parlor meetings and getting potential founders and stakeholders together.
To that end, we are inviting anyone who is interested in helping get a village started in their PDX neighborhood (no matter where in the Portland metro-area,including Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Beaverton)to join us at a “parlor meeting” on: Sunday, April 15 at 3:00pm or Thursday, April 19 at 7:00pm at our home is SE Portland (Mt Tabor/Montavilla border) (If you would like to come to either of these meetings, please let us know.
Thanks so much,
Chana and Richie” Email them at email@example.com for directions) www.VillagePDX.org
PS. If you haven’t already done so, you may want to go to www.villagepdx.org website and check out the resources page. In particular, use the links to read articles and go to the other Village websites (Beacon Hill, NEST in Seattle). At the parlor meetings, they will be sharing info from the Beacon Hill Founders’ Manual.
Feel the Spirit at the Franciscan Center:
Care Options for Older Adults
An exploration of the types of care that are available and how to be an informed consumer when looking for housing and health care options. Laura Engle, a spiritual minister on staff at the Franciscan Center, has over 25 years experience in long-term care settings. She has worked in a variety of settings including nursing homes, assisted living, adult foster care and continuing care retirement communities. During this session we will investigate the basic characteristics of the senior housing and care options available in our state. We will discuss the key points to consider when and if it becomes time to make a decision to move and walk through the basics of a “functional assessment” that a geriatric professional uses when advising a patient and their family. We will conclude with a consideration of some of the ideas advanced by Wendy Lustbader in her book Counting on Kindness: the Dilemmas of Dependency.
Date: Thursday, April 19th, Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Cost: $20 per person
Facilitator: Laura Engle
The Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice for Caregivers
Enriching one’s life with a spiritual practice on the labyrinth deepens and enriches our experiences in daily living. For caregivers, the demanding physical and mental support that you give to others can often catch up with you through fatigue, stress, or neglected self-care. Come for an evening and allow the labyrinth to hold you. To carve out the space and place that can nurture your soul and recharge your batteries. Reconnect with joy and your own wonder of the meaningful work you do. We will share our own care giving journeys and discover strategies on how this spiritual practice may deepen and refresh our call.
Date: April 26, Time: 7:00-9:00pm, Cost: $35 per person
Facilitator: Mary Jo Saavedra
What the Hospice Folks Say:
“I Don’t Know What to Say: Practical Ideas for Supporting Someone Who is Seriously Ill”
Have you ever been uncertain about what to say to a friend facing serious illness? This presentation by facilitators from the Providence Hospice Community Care program includes suggestions for what to say or not say, and what to do or not do when calling or visiting seriously ill friends or their family members. The seminar will offer simple and effective tools that will help us turn our compassion into action. Please sign up calling the church at 503-252-5720 or by sending an email to MarlaML@stmatthewepiscopal.org by Friday, April 6 (we must have a minimum of 8 participants.) The program is free and refreshments will be served. Friday, April 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 11229 NE Prescott St., Portland, OR 97220
From Boom! Boomers and Beyond media:
Talk with other seniors about how to talk to your doc
When your doctor has 15 minutes for you, but you have more than 15 minutes worth of health concerns, what do you do? The nonprofit organization VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-being of Seniors) will host “Talking With Your Doctor, A Conversation” on Tuesday, April 17.
The free event runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the community room at Silvercrest, 1865 N.E. Davis St., Portland. Join other older adults for this conversation to learn how to prepare yourself for talking with a doctor or other healthcare professional. To register, call Brenda at Silvercrest, 503-236-3208.
Forum focuses on building community for all ages
The three leading candidates for Portland mayor will talk about their views of age-friendly cities and address issues of aging and livable communities at a forum Saturday, April 7, hosted by AARP Oregon and Elders in Action. The Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum and Community Conversation takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St. in Portland. It is open to the public. Mayoral candidates Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith have all committed to attend. The candidate forum is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Before and after that event, attendees will be asked to answer polling questions intended to identify priorities they associate with building an age-friendly Portland and to discuss their top priorities. AARP and Elders in Action are soliciting questions to ask the candidates. Submit your questions online at svy.mk/agefriendlymayor. To reserve a seat for the forum, register at bit.ly/agefriendlypdx or call tollfree 1-877-926-8300.
For parents of kiddos with special needs:
All Born (In) 2012 7th Annual Educational Best Practices and Cross-Disability Inclusion Conference April 28, 2012, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Over 20 different sessions will be offered Ambridge Event Center 1333 NE MLK Blvd Portland, Oregon 97232 Download the postcard (PDF) Working Together for Equity and Best Practices to Challenge Segregation in Tough Times All Born (In) is a parent-driven, best practices initiative created by the Northwest Down Syndrome Association in partnership with Portland State University, the Universal Design for Living and Learning Coalition, and many other innovative parents and professionals. Join us to refresh your skills and commitment to the right to belong for every child. Find capacity, tools, vision and community for the work ahead in these difficult times. Questions? Call 503-238-0522 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Para comunicarse en español, llame a Sheyla Hirshon al 503-239-1509
ASO’s Walkathon aka “An excuse to take your family to Oaks Park for a good cause!”
Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Autism Walk-A-Thon on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Oaks Park in Portland. Please click here to: Register – Form A Team – and Create a Personal Fundraising Page! New this year: You can purchase Discounted Ride Bracelets on-line with your registration, OR they will also be available at the Walk. Click here for the Walk-A-Thon Flyer. To print out a pledge form for off-line donations, please click here.
Tobi Rates, Executive Director of ASO was interviewed on the KGW-TV (Channel 8) “Hot Box” regarding the 2012 CDC report on the large increase in autism diagnoses nationwide.Click here to see the interview.
Autism and the Brain, A collaborative presentation between the Autism Society of Oregon and the University of Washington Autism Center. Saturday, April 21st, 2012 at the Amphitheater at Providence Cancer Center, 4805 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97213. Click here for the flyer.