We are Oregon's and SW Washington’s Network
in the Field of Aging

The world is aging, and that impacts all of us - every individual, family, business, non-profit organization, government agency and community. What's your aging strategy? We can help!

Our Vision: We envision our region as a vibrant and vital place to age - a region that celebrates age as an asset.

Our Mission:We enhance knowledge and cultivate a network of all those involved in the field of aging to improve the lives of older adults and those who support them in Oregon and SW Washington.

How We Do This: Our network enables service providers, policy makers, businesses, educators, researchers, students and others to share expertise and best practices to address challenging issues.

To learn about OGA's Board of Directors, please visit our Board page!


COVID-19: Webinars & Trainings (OGA and Others)

May 14, 11 AM-12:30 PM: "Young Adult Caregivers and COVID-19: Community Care and Self-Care"
The National Council on Aging will host this webinar focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on caregivers, and tools and resources to help new and younger caregivers with needed financial and mental health supports.

May 19, 12:30-1:30 PM: "The 'New Normal' Way of Providing Key Nutrition Services to Seniors"
The National Resource Center for Nutrition & Aging is offering this webinar addressing how the Aging Network is adapting to meet the needs of older adults, and the "new normal" operations for senior nutrition programs. 

May 20, 9-10:30 AM: "Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Americans during COVID-19: Evidence, Policy, and Advocacy"
As part of the Older Americans Month observation in May, the Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging are co-sponsoring this special webinar. The 90-minute event will provide an in-depth examination of the scope of the problem, biological impacts of social isolation and loneliness, interventions and promising practices, and policy consideration. Event flyer (PDF)

May 27, 12-1 PM: "Using Technology to Meet the Needs of Older Adults Isolated at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
Advancing States is hosting this webinar on technologies available for older adults, ways to mitigate the effects of normal aging on technology use, and how to use technology to help older adults address feelings of loneliness.

May 28, 4-5 PM: "COVID Isn't Funny! Using Humor to get Through the Pandemic"
Join Dr. Ann McQueen, PhD, for this free interactive Zoom event hosted by the Oregon Gerontological Association! Learn how humor impacts our mental and physical health and how you can use humor to get through the pandemic.

Oregon Care Partners Training (ongoing)
Oregon Care Partners offers free instructor-led webinars and self-paced online classes on dementia-related topics for family caregivers, care professionals, and first responders. Topics offered include, among others, Alzheimer’s and dementia-care, medication management, communication strategies, and infection prevention and control.

Past Events

May 13, 12-1 PM: "Collectively Grieving the World as We Knew It"
This webinar, presented by Patrick Arbore, EdD, is part of a weekly "Dementia Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic" series hosted by the University of California - San Francisco Memory and Aging Center. These dementia care webinars provide practical information for family caregivers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and the professionals who support them. Sessions are recorded and made available online. One CE credit is available for RNs, LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and attorneys.

May 13, 12-1 PM: "Movement Matters: An Exploration into Physical Activity Resources for Oregonians with Disabilities"
Adventure 3: Dance! Yoga! Something for everyone - national and state on-line resourcesThe Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition and partners are offering this 3-part webinar series for people with disabilities, their families, and support staff on ways to be physically active during Oregon’s “stay at home order.” No registration is required, just the webinars here or via phone: 1-669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 857 3520 5706.

May 13, 10:30 AM-12 PM: "Supporting Older Adults in Emergencies: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery"
Several federal agencies are partnering to provide a series of webinars to address topics for public health, health care, aging services, researchers, and other stakeholders in aging. This first webinar will address emergency preparedness resources, including information specific to supports for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

May 12, 11 AM-12 PM: "COVID-19 and Health Equity for Older Adults"
This National Council on Aging webinar will address efforts in New York City to ensure information, services, and support reach all older adults.

May 11, 12-1 PM: "Movement Matters: An Exploration into Physical Activity Resources for Oregonians with Disabilities"
Adventure 2: Move it! Oregon’s Specialty Athletic Trainings and OSU Extensive ServicesThe Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition and partners are offering this 3-part webinar series for people with disabilities, their families, and support staff on ways to be physically active during Oregon’s "stay at home order." No registration is required, just the webinars here or via phone: 1-669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 857 3520 5706.

May 7, 12-1 PM: "Movement Matters: An Exploration into Physical Activity Resources for Oregonians with Disabilities"
Adventure 1: National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability and Adaptive Sports NW. The Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition and partners are offering this 3-part webinar series for people with disabilities, their families, and support staff on ways to be physically active during Oregon’s “stay at home order.” No registration is required, just the webinars here or via phone: 1-669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 857 3520 5706.

May 7, 10-11:30 AM: "National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day 2020: Combating Social Isolation for Seniors during the COVID-19 Pandemic"
SAMHSA, the Administration for Community Living, the Veterans Health Administration, and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging will address the need to promote connection and recovery for older adults with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, during this unprecedented time in our history. More information and registration.

May 6, 1-2 PM: "Anxiety, Worry and Fear: Building Resiliency in a Time of COVID-19" 
Stress, anxiety and depression are common reactions after a crisis or disaster. A pandemic such as the one we are experiencing evokes an extreme of uncertainty. There are many challenges that can cause fear and discomfort: financial concerns, loss of employment, loss of freedoms, isolation, managing children at home, fear of infection and death. These worries are real and okay to experience. There are simple things you can do help take care of your mental health and well-being. By understanding the neurobiology of anxiety and fear, we will look at our resiliency tool kit to downgrade and manage COVID 19 anxiety and fear. Presenter: Nirmala Dhar, LCSW, Oregon Health Authority.

May 6, 12-1 PM: “Preparing for a Potential COVID-19 Infection: What Are the Odds and What Are the Options?”
This webinar, presented by Ashwin Kotwal, MD, is part of a weekly "Dementia Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic" series hosted by the University of California - San Francisco Memory and Aging Center. These dementia care webinars provide practical information for family caregivers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and the professionals who support them. Sessions are recorded and made available online. One CE credit is available for RNs, LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and attorneys.

May 5, 10-11 AM: "Scamdemic"
Presenter Corrine Haning of Washington County’s Elder Safe will provided information on the latest "hot off the presses" scams in the time of COVID-19, resources, and reporting to the Oregon DOJ. This free webinar is brought to you by the Washington County Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative.

May 1, 12-1 PM: "COVID Isn't Funny! Using Humor to Get Through the Pandemic"
Join Dr. Ann McQueen live on Facebook or Youtube. This event is hosted by Combat COVID-19 Community Support, an informal coalition of health care organizations in Central Oregon collaborating to develop a series of live stream video events and virtual groups focused on health and wellness during the current pandemic. 
Recording of the presentation (Youtube)

May 1, 11 AM-12 PM: "The Science of Happiness, Health & Well-Being During COVID-19"
This National Institute of Healthcare Management webinar will address the science of well-being and how we can strengthen our own happiness during this time of physical distancing and uncertainty. Speakers will address the health impacts of social isolation and loneliness, including increased risk of premature death, and research-backed strategies for strengthening social connections.
Summary with links to presentation slides
Additional resources:
>> The Science of Happiness, Health & Well-Being
>> The Science of Well-Being & Why It Matters
>> Managing Loneliness

April 30, 9-10:30 AM: "Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults through Times of Stress and Isolation"
CMS Resources for Integrated Care is offering this webinar on challenges facing caregivers of older adults during the COVID-19 emergency, strategies for assessing and addressing caregivers’ emotional health and needs, and tips for linking family caregivers to support services provided by health care and community-based organizations (e.g., tele-health, online classes, webinars).

April 29, 10-11 AM: "Older Adult Depression and Suicide During COVID-19"
Join OGA and the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative team for this free webinar and learn how to support the mental wellness of older adults despite physical distancing, how to spot the top warning signs of depression and suicide, and about older adult services and supports that are currently available in Oregon for those struggling with isolation or who are in a mental health crisis.
Presentation Slides (PDF)

April 28, 3-4 PM: "Unpacking the CARES Act"
AARP Oregon will host this webinar addressing how Congress and President Trump enacted a broad, bipartisan $2.2 trillion economic stimulus law designed to fight the nationwide financial impact of the coronavirus by sending many Americans $1,200 checks, increasing funding for unemployment benefits and offering small businesses money to pay their employees, among other benefits.

April 28, 10-11 AM: "Dementia Caregiving and COVID-19"
Get tips on COVID-19 and its impact on dementia caregiving at this free webinar brought to you by the Washington County Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative. Presented by Kathy Teyler Jarrett, Lewy Body Dementia Caregiver and Support Group Facilitator.

April 23, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: "Age+ 2020 Ageless Awards Luncheon"
COVID-19 is highlighting, yet again, the needs and challenges facing our older adults. In response, AGE+ is going VIRTUAL for this year’s Ageless Award Luncheon, but that doesn’t mean it will be any less inspirational! Learn more about the important work AGE+ is doing on behalf of older adults across Oregon. Participation is free, but you must register to join.
A recording of the awards celebration will be available, soon.

April 22, 10-11 AM: "Home Alone: Combating Social Isolation, Anxiety, and Depression during COVID-19" 
The COVID-19 quarantine poses mental health risks from social isolation and fear. Hear from nationally renowned speakers about strategies for maintaining mental wellness and safely supporting vulnerable neighbors of all ages at this no-cost live stream event jointly hosted by the AARP and the Oregon Health Forum.
Read The Lund Report's summary of this event, "Don’t Succumb To Social Isolation: Reach Out, Panelists Say"

April 21, 10-11 AM: "LINK UP for Older Adult Behavioral Health (Washington County)"
In this free webinar, you will hear from Washington County partners who are providing connection and comfort to older adults during COVID-19 in Washington County and beyond (featured programs: Oregon Senior Peer Outreach & Senior Connection Calls, The Senior Loneliness Line - Lines for Life, Meals on Wheels People - Friendly Chats, Metro HomeShare, Centro Cultural, Lifeworks NW). 

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