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The Chapter is on the Move Throughout Oregon!
It’s estimated that nearly 80,000 people throughout Oregon have Alzheimer’s disease. Our mission is to help them and their caregivers by providing information, support, education and other resources, and for the past several years, we have tried to do this from our main office in Portland and one small office in Eugene. But the state is large, the need is tremendous and service delivery has been a challenge.
After much planning and many conversations with our regional partners, we are excited to announce the following developments:
We are opening field offices in Bend and Medford, adding to our existing offices in Eugene and Portland. We are now positioned to actively serve 23 of Oregon’s 36 counties. These offices will be staffed by Regional Coordinators who live in the local communities we serve.
We have established a new team here at the Association—the Field Services Team. It is charged with providing community outreach, programs and education.
Each of these field service areas will have a volunteer Regional Advisory Council that will assist our staff in their work while providing open communication between the local community and our Association.
Mark your calendars! We are having an open house in each region to commemorate these milestones.
Central Oregon: Friday, August 23, 8 - 11 a.m.
Southern Oregon: Tuesday, August 27, 3 - 6 p.m.
Meet our Field Services Team
Sarah Holland, Field Services Director
As our regional staff member in the Cascade Coast Eugene office since October 2012, Sarah has worked closely with local volunteers and the general community to strengthen our professional network and create valuable partnerships. When the new position of Field Services Director was created, her success in the Cascade Coast region made her the obvious choice, and she earned a well-deserved promotion. With a BA in psychology and two master’s degrees (one in social work and the other in public health) Sarah will add tremendous depth to our outreach efforts. Her experience in implementing programs within diverse communities and fostering collaborative relationships will help guide our regional service efforts and strengthen our outreach programs.
Kristina Barragan, Central Oregon Regional Coordinator
Kristina comes to our organization after serving as the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Database and Volunteer Manager at the Central Oregon Council On Aging (COCOA). In this role, she served as the resource specialist for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. She was responsible for providing information and resource referrals for Central Oregon residents—including a growing number of inquiries about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Her experience in partnership building within the field of aging and senior services, combined with her track record of coordinating successful events and fundraisers, has allowed her to interact with many different audiences.
Lori Stanton, Southern Oregon Regional Coordinator
With a master’s degree in gerontology, Lori has chosen to make it her life’s work to help ensure the best quality of service for individuals experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. She recently relocated to Medford from Alaska, where she enjoyed a very successful eleven years with The Salvation Army as a Program Manager for Serendipity Adult Day Services. She brings to our Medford office a deep and solid understanding of the biological, social and emotional changes that individuals go through as part of the Alzheimer’s disease processes. Equally important, Lori is also experienced in a wide variety of other aspects that come with working on a nonprofit team—advocacy, relationship building, fundraising, event coordination, education, volunteer management and so much more.
Debra Weinman, Cascade Coast Regional Coordinator
A longtime member of the Eugene community, Debra is bringing to our team a wealth of experience—both interpersonal and clinical skills in working with families and individuals, as well as experience in teaching and providing workshops to various audiences such as families, caregivers and donors. Our Cascade Coast office will also benefit from her proven ability to successfully manage a social service nonprofit organization. Debra has put her master’s degree in health education to work for the benefit of the Lane County community, most recently with the Jewish Federation of Lane County, where she served for the past twelve years.
Exceed Your Walk Fundraising Goals by Working as a Team!
When you raise funds as a team, you’ll be able to explore creative concepts outside of e-mail asks and bake sales. Here are a few ideas to help inspire your group:
1 Set a goal together—and brainstorm how to reach it. When your teammates help to decide on the goal, they’ll feel more pride in the outcome.
2 Make a donation to yourself. Did you know that walkers who start their fundraising with a self-donation typically raise double those who don’t?
3 Use our online tools. Each team member has access to a Participant Center, where he or she can build a personal fundraising Web page and send e-mails to friends and family asking for donations.
4 Reach out to your community. Can you raise money at a local fair or event? By hosting a garage sale? Block party?
5 Ask your Human Resources department if you can host a “Casual for a Cause” day. In exchange for a donation, your co-workers can dress down for a day.
6 Ask if your employer makes matching gifts. Many workplaces will match a portion of the money their employees raise for charity. To see if your employer matches gifts, visit matchinggifts.com/walk.
7 Take advantage of the tools in your Participant Center, which you can access after registering for the Walk at www.alz.org/walk. Contact us for additional advice!
Join the Walk to End Alzheimer's Champions Club!
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is counting on you to lead the way! Raise $500 for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, and you’ll join the elite ranks of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champions Club. Members of the Champions Club receive the following benefits:
Official Walk to End Alzheimer’s event T-shirt
Champions Club commemorative medal
Fundraising badge on your personal Walk Web page
Recognition on the national Walk thank-you Web page
2013 Alzheimer's Association Town Hall Meetings
Our annual Alzheimer’s Town Hall meetings will take place in August and September. We will be traveling throughout the state to hear from you and share the latest from Congress, the state Legislature, and the Association. We have already hosted the town hall meetings in Eugene, Roseburg, and Portland—thank you to everyone who attended. Sign up for our email list, visit our Town Hall page, or like us on Facebook for more details.
Bend – August 22, 7 to 9 pm
Bend Senior Center
1600 SE Reed Market Rd
Bend, OR 97702
Medford – August 28, 7 to 9 pm
2825 E Barnett Rd
Medford, OR 97504
Florence – August 29, 7 to 9 pm
Florence Events Center
715 Quince Street
Florence, OR 97439
Tillamook – September 4, 7 to 9 pm
Oregon Department of Forestry Conference Room
5005 Third Street
Tillamook, OR 97141
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Oregonians Come Together to Advocate and Find Success
Alzheimer’s Association supporters from all across Oregon have come together twice in recent months to exercise their constitutional right to advocate for help for those impacted by dementia.
In March, about 35 people convened in Salem to meet with state legislators at the first Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day in many years. They met with representatives and senators to discuss the resolution (SCR 1) in support of the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease in Oregon, and for funding programs that help families stay in their own homes and keep them safe from harm.
Their efforts paid off. The Legislature unanimously passed SCR 1, an expansion of the Gatekeeper program, and continuation of Project Independence, all of which will be funded.
In April, the Oregon Chapter sent 14 people, its largest group ever, to Washington D.C. to participate in the annual Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum. Oregon was one of four states featured for excellence for our work on the State Plan. Advocates met with our members of Congress, and since the Forum, four of our federal legislators have signed on to the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act.
We thank our many advocates who traveled long distances to raise their voices, as well as the hundreds of you who emailed or called your legislators in support of the issues we are fighting for. We are seeing success and have hope for the future because of everyone who lends their voice to the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
Programs and Services Offered Throughout Oregon
The Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support for free to all those who need assistance. Our highly trained and knowledgeable staff can help with a variety of issues related to dementia, from providing basic information about Alzheimer’s disease and local resources to problem-solving with a caregiver in crisis. This line is answered at our national center in Chicago. Local Oregon staff view a log of every call from Oregon several times a day and provide follow up with callers when needed or requested. You can call anytime at 1.800.272.3900.
Medic Alert + Safe Return is a 24-hour, nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. When a registered person wanders, a community support network is activated (including local Association chapters and law enforcement agencies) to help reunite the caregiver or family member with the individual who wandered. If a civilian finds the wandering person, he or she calls a toll-free number listed on the person’s ID jewelry.
Comfort Zone is a Web-based location management program that helps family members or friends monitor a person with dementia by receiving automated alerts throughout the day and night when a person has traveled beyond a preset zone. This program also includes an enrollment in MedicAlert+Safe Return: www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-safety.asp.
Online Support Services
The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Center, found at www.alz.org/care, is a free, online resource for caregivers. It provides information about caregiving for any stage of Alzheimer’s disease and links to useful resources.
ALZConnected, found at www.alzconnected.org, is the first dedicated online social networking community for anyone impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. It provides a safe place for people to connect with others in similar situations at any day or time.
Alzheimer’s Navigator, a Website that can be found at
www.alzheimersnavigator.org, is a free tool that helps individuals navigate the early stages of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and guide the creation of a customized action plan.
The Oregon Chapter hosts a variety of education programs throughout the state that are free and open to the public. Frequent classes include Know the 10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters and The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. All current education programs are listed at www.alz.org/oregon. Online classes are available at elearning.alz.org.
An Alzheimer’s Association-affiliated support group is an open gathering of people with common challenges, needs and interests who come together to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a combined effort to better cope with and manage the shared problems of dementia in a safe environment. Most support groups are specifically for caregivers, although some also welcome people with a diagnosis. All support group facilitators are considered volunteers of the Association and are screened and trained through the Program Department. For current information about support groups, visit www.alz.org/oregon/in_my_community_support.asp. For a complete listing of support groups, see the adjacent page.
Telephone Caregiver Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Association provides a telephone caregiver support group for caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The purpose is to reach those caregivers who could benefit from a support group, but find it difficult to travel to a meeting site. The meeting is the first Monday of every month, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. The group is designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings, help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems and encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health.
Contact Kelli Moorehead at 1-800-272-3900 for more information about joining the telephone support group.
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Growing our statewide presence and introducing new staff and new offices also means we’ll have an increased need for volunteer support throughout the state. There’s no question about it: volunteers are essential partners in our efforts to reach Oregonians affected by this disease.
Volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association support our mission in so many ways: they present Alzheimer’s Association classes in their community, they provide direct support to caregivers by leading support groups, they serve on committees, they help us with events, mailings, phone calls, and so much more!
If you’re interested in volunteering with the Oregon Chapter, please contact Sam Ellingson, Education and Outreach Manager, at 503.416.0213 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease in your community—volunteer.