2017 Supportive Services Speaker Series
In 2017, the Clark County Commission on Aging focused on supportive services, especially for people 60 and older. The purpose was 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.
The commission invited experts to speak on the specific topics below. Members then will discuss the topic and answer questions from the audience.
They concluded the year with an annual report with findings and recommendations.
Jacqui Kamp, Planner III
|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. 14||Complementary alternative medicine|
|July 18||No regular meeting (COA retreat)|
The next scheduled speaker and topic:
Nov. 14: Learn about Complementary Alternative Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine use offers safe, effective treatments for common concerns of the aging population.
Oct. 17: Socialization and Seniors
Socialization is a basic human need throughout our lifetime. Unfortunately, with the number of seniors that live alone, isolation is not an uncommon problem. Judy Canter will talk about the importance of socialization for older adults and what long-term care options and opportunities for engagement are available in Southwest Washington.
Sept. 19: Learn about mental health concerns in older adults
The toll depression can take on an older adult’s health can be severe. Depression can complicate treatment of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer and make caring for yourself or seeking treatment more difficult.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest Washington website (information on programs and resources)
Aug. 15: Learn about Elder Abuse
Elder abuse and neglect is a significant public health and criminal justice issue. Our community's response to the problem was greatly enhanced when the Clark County Elder Justice Center opened in 2011. Learn about the Elder Justice Center and how to help prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults.
- May 2017 Columbian article about phone scam involving impersonation of sheriff's deputy and jury duty
- May 2017 Law Enforcement Bulletin regarding lottery scam
- BBC article on reducing dementia risk
June 20: Learn about Medication and Pain Management
Many older adults take medication for chronic pain. Although medications help with pain, they can cause other health problems. Learn about how to manage medications and deal with chronic pain.
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.
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)
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