The Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon is an event where people discuss their experiences, learn from one another and bring forth new ideas to move forward solutions that improve care and services for elders. The Forum connects Critical Access Hospitals, coordinated care organizations, local public health departments, private and rural health clinics with state and local aging-related stakeholders and community members. Attendees include health care providers and leaders, aging program specialists, policymakers, community members, family caregivers, elder care professionals, philanthropists and anyone interested in making it easier to age in place in rural Oregon.
Please note that the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) has canceled the in-person Forum scheduled for May 27-29, 2020. Our top priority is to help protect our communities and staff and to slow the spread of COVID-19. Below you will find webinars with timely 2020 Forum content.
- Filing the Day with Meaning
July 29, 2020
This training explores factors such as spiritual wellness, personality style, health and usual daily routine in building meaning, relationship and hope for older adults in the midst of Covid 19.
• Understand how changes imposed by the epidemic impact spiritual, emotional and physical health
• Learn how to use the Spiritual Health Assessment to understand the basic needs of the human spirit
• Build a framework for providing a person centered balance of activities that fill the day with meaning for each older adult
Video and transcript will be published soon
- Positive Approaches to Care — 10 Steps to De-escalate a Crisis
June 19, 2020
A virtual training by Rod Harwood, MDiv, MA, QMHP-C, Older Adult Behavioral Health Coordinator
When a person living with dementia feels threatened or overwhelmed, they may become aggressive. This training enhances caregiver understanding of the root cause of this behavior and offers strategies for preventing escalation and restoring a resident’s sense of safety and control.
This training will:
- Provide an overview of how the brain works for those living with dementia, and how, when feeling threatened, the primitive part of their brain becomes “the boss” of their behavior.
- Understand the role of the 5 senses and how they drive behaviors.
- Provide an introduction to the “Positive Approach to Care” in supporting those living with dementia.
- Learn 10 ways to help a person de-escalate when under stress.
- Hospice & Long-Term Care in the Year of the Virus
May 26, 2020
Dr. Michael Knower (St. Charles Hospice) and Lee Garber (Regency Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Prineville) provide insight into impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on fragile, vulnerable, and clinically complex long-term care facility residents and hospice patients. Learn about how COVID-19 unfolded in the community of Prineville, Oregon; its impacts on care delivery; how care providers are complying with regulations; and the myriad of challenges experienced.
- Assistive Technology: Programs, Devices, Applications, and More
April 29, 2020
Kevin Roebke (Oregon Public Utility Commission) and Brian Sacre, (Access Technology Inc.) provide insight into state assistive technology programs including the Oregon State Assistive Technology Program (OSATP), National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDEDP), and Telecommunication Devices Access Program (TDAP). Learn about assistive technologies each program offers as well as eligibility, benefits, how to select a potentially expensive piece of technology, and how to get connected to affordable phone and internet services.
Video with ASL Interpretation
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