2017 Supportive Services Speaker Series
The Clark County Commission on Aging is focusing this year on supportive services, especially for people 50 and older. The purpose is to educate and raise awareness about supportive services that exist, or may need to exist, to help Clark County’s older citizens age in their own home and familiar neighborhood for as long as they can.
Meetings are at 4:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.
The commission has invited experts to speak on the specific topics below. Members then will discuss the topic and answer questions from the audience.
Jacqui Kamp, Planner III
360-397-2280 ext. 4913
|March 21||Caregiver resources||Aug. 15||Elder justice|
|April 18||Normal aging||Sept. 19||Mental Health|
|May 16||Home safety||Oct. 17||Socialization|
|June 20||Medicine and pain management||Nov. 21||Complementary alternative medicine|
|July 18||Home innovation|
The next scheduled speaker and topic:
March 21: Learn about caregiver resources
Although family members are a large portion of unpaid caregivers, many are not aware of community resources designed to assist them.
Speaker: Lexie Bartunek, Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington
April 18: Learn about normal aging
Aging reflects changes that occur over the course of life. Some changes are normal and expected as we age, and others, such as memory loss and confusion, are not. Learn what is normal and what is not normal aging.
Dementia Friendly Communities Fact Sheet (Washington State Dementia Action Collaborative)
May 16: Learn about home innovation and safety
Smart home innovation that supports independent living can assist those who wish to remain in their homes as long as possible. Learn about the unique role of occupational therapy in maintaining independence, injury prevention and the technological tools that can enable seniors to function effectively in their homes.
June 20: Learn about Medication and Pain Management
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, seniors comprise only 13 percent of the population, yet account for more than one-third of spending on prescription medications. Medication can help with quality of life but can also cause other health problems.
Speaker: Clara Chambers, PharmD