OGA's 2022 Virtual Annual Conference

"Grey Matters: Innovative Approaches to Advance Brain Health & Aging" 

Save the Dates for the Annual Conference of the Oregon Gerontological Association to be held virtually in October! The conference kicks off on the evening of Thursday, October 13th from 7-8:45pm, with the remaining three sessions on the following three Fridays: October 14th, 21st, and 28th from 9:30am-12:00pm. Registration will open soon. 

We invite you to participate and engage in a month-long series of professionally produced, interactive sessions, all from the comfort and safety of your home or office. The human brain is one of the most complex things we have discovered in our universe. Our brain is what makes us human, allowing us to think and feel, initiating how we move, controlling our behavior. As we age, many have fears and questions about neurological changes and how best to maintain health. This year we will feature international, national and local experts on the aging brain who will share the most current and innovative policy and programmatic approaches for supporting life-long brain health. 

Issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion will be woven throughout the program, with an emphasis on strengths-based and resilient approaches to aging. Each session will also include actionable suggestions and best practices from exemplary programs and policies. 

Each session will feature multiple experts in the field of aging and include 1.5 to 2 hours of content.

For questions or more information contact [email protected]


Thursday, October 13th from 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Citizen Brain: Brain Health Through Comedy and Empathy 

Session Facilitator: Melissa Cannon 

Join us for an evening of laughter and learning as we kick off the conference with San Francisco-based comedian, Josh Kornbluth. Through storytelling, Josh will help strengthen our brains' recently discovered empathy circuit, exploring the intersection of brain science and social justice issues. He is also a former Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)'s Global Brain Health Institute. 

Friday, October 14th from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Global, National, & Local Perspectives on Brain Health: Implications for Diverse Populations 

Session Facilitators & Discussants: Josh Kornbluth (Senior Atlantic Fellow, Global Brain Health Institute) and Walter Dawson, DPhil (Senior Atlantic Fellow, Global Brain Health Institute; and OHSU Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center) 

  • Current Research on Lifestyle Strategies to Keep Brains Healthy - Sarah Lenz Lock, JD (Executive Director, Global Council on Brain Health, AARP) 
  • Brain Health & Outreach to the Latinx Community - Itzel Castellanos (Client Manager, Providence Health & Services) 
  • The Behavioral Health Initiative for Older Adults and People with Physical Disabilities - Nirmala Dhar, LCSW, ACSW (Older Adult Behavioral Health Project Director, Oregon Health Authority) 

Friday, October 21st from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Initiatives to Promote Brain Health 

Session Facilitator: Joyce DeMonnin

  • Funding for Neuroscience Research - Representative Earl Blumenauer (Co-Chair, U.S. Congressional Neuroscience Caucus) 
  • Building Capacity & Addressing Training Needs in Brain Health - Rawle Andrews, Jr., Esq., JD (Executive Director, American Psychiatric Association Foundation) 
  • Frontotemporal Dementia & Mental Health - Vimal Aga, MD (Oregon State Hospital; and OHSU Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center)
  • Findings from the Loneliness & Isolation Technology Pilot Project - Ann McQueen, PhD (Community Services and Supports Manager, Aging and People with Disabilities, Oregon Department of Human Services, Salem, OR

Friday, October 28th from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Taking Action: Promoting Healthy Brain Aging & Resilience 

Session Facilitator TBD

  • Exploring Music & The Brain - Alison Balbag, PhD, DMA (Musician, Gerontologist)
  • Connections Between Nutrition, Brain Health, & Aging - Elizabeth Ekstrom, MD, MPH (Oregon Health & Science University) 
  • Sleep & the Aging Brain - Michael Vitiello, PhD (University of Washington) 
  • Mindful Movement for Brain Health - Diane Butera (Mindful Wellness) 



  • $25 per session
  • $90 for all 4 sessions

OGA Members (Professional/ Organizational):

  • $15 per session
  • $50 for all 4 sessions

OGA Members (Student/ Senior) & Registrants with Limited Financial Means:

  • $10 per session
  • $30 for all 4 sessions

Becoming a member will pay off immediately - please visit our membership page for current member rates and do the math!

If you cannot afford attending at all, please email us to learn about scholarship opportunities.


Are you or your organization interested in being a sponsor for this event? For more information, including sponsorship levels and benefits, please download our Sponsor Information Sheet (PDF). To become a sponsor, please complete the online Sponsor Agreement Form. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

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