Northwest Organizations

Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is Oregon's central source of information, advice, and help in locating services and supports, or applying for benefits, for older people and people with disabilities regardless of income.

The Oregon Alzheimer's Association provides reliable information and care consultation; creates supportive services for families; increases funding for dementia research; and influences public policy changes across the state.

Healthy Aging Alliance seeks to answer the question, “what is healthy aging?” through partnerships, discovery, education, and outreach. They engage in translational research to truly change the aging trajectory toward health and quality of life. Care of older adults is best done in teams so they have taken a team approach to their research and training needs, too.

Through the OHSU Brain Institute the C. Rex and Ruth H. Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center offers hope through leading-edge treatment and research for people with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The Layton Center offers:

  • Care from neurologists and other providers with extensive experience and training in brain conditions.
  • A wide array of support services for patients and families. 
  • A large team of researchers seeking ways to prevent, cure or improve care for dementias such as Alzheimer’s. 

State Planning for Alzheimer's Disease in Oregon (SPADO) is a statewide planning group assembled by the Oregon Legislature to plan for care of persons with dementia. The State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Oregon outlines forward thinking goals and lists programs and resources that provide support for people living with dementia and their care-partners.

Here are some easy to use SPADO resources for consumers and providers:
"Concerned About Dementia"
"After a Dementia Diagnosis: What to do next"
"Clinical Provider Roadmap"

Oregon Care Partners is a free, high-quality education resource that helps family and professional caregivers build the knowledge and skills needed to improve the quality of life of older adults and people living with Alzheimer’s in Oregon. They offer classes in-person throughout the State and on-line. They are funded by our Oregon State Legislature and collaborate with many of our best providers, policy makers, and advocates for high quality care for people living with ADRD and those who care for them.

Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) promotes a robust workforce of well-prepared nursing professionals who are dedicated to providing care and leading change to meet the health needs of our communities by educating nurses from all settings to embrace leadership opportunities, developing certainty through research, advocating for effective outcomes, and stimulating collaborative innovation.

OCN created a Long-Term-Care Leadership Development/Retention Task Force, offered the Leadership and Management in Long-Term-Care certification course for Directors of Nursing Service in partnership with the University of Washington School of Nursing Continuing Education Department, and continues to offer quarterly educational events for long term care nursing professionals.