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News briefs: May 2013

Become a ‘seasoned adult’ at CCC

The Seasoned Adult Enrichment Program continues its spring term in May with a presentation by former Gov. Barbara Roberts, a trip to an iris garden and a documentary film about a creek restoration.

Co-sponsored by Clackamas Community College, SEAP is in its 19th year of providing educational experiences designed by and for older adults. The membership fee is $15 per term or $30 for the entire year, or attend a single session for $3 per day, payable at the door.

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. in CCC’s Oregon Institute of Technology Building (OIT-191), 7726 S.E. Harmony Road in Milwaukie. For more information, call 503-594-0620 or visit depts.clackamas.edu/comed/season.asp

The remaining schedule for the month:

* Wednesday, May 8, “Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman’s March to the Governorship” — Barbara Roberts will talk about her recently published autobiography.

* Wednesday, May 15, a trip to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens in Silverton — Schreiner’s is the largest retail grower of iris, featuring 10 acres of display gardens and 500 named iris varieties.

* Wednesday, May 22, “Un-Dam It!” — Join Mark Gamba and Greg Baartz-Bowman as they share and discuss their 30-minute documentary film that they hope will spur action on the longstanding project to remove Kellogg Dam and restore Kellogg Creek as a passage for salmon.

Conversations on Aging: engaging with adult kids, and with life

The Portland-area nonprofit organization VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-Being of Seniors) offers the following free Conversations on Aging in May. Older adults are invited to participate, talk about some of their concerns, receive resources and ideas, and see how helpful a discussion with peers can be.

* Engaging with Adult Children — Wednesday, May 8, 1:30-3 p.m. at Friendly House, 1737 N.W. 26th Ave., Portland. Relationships with children change as we age. Examine current problems and foster greater understanding between generations. Call VIEWS at 503-261-6175 to register.

* Staying Engaged in Life — Monday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. Do you or someone you know ever have “the blues” or feel “down in the dumps”? Consider ideas to make “dark” days a little brighter. Learn the difference between sadness, depression and grief. Learn strategies that work for you. Call the Milwaukie Center at 503-653-8100 to register.

* Bridging Life Transitions — Wednesday, May 22, 1:30-3 p.m. at Westmoreland’s Union Manor, 6404 S.E. 23rd Ave., Portland. Everyone’s life includes transitions. As older adults, we want to manage these transitions effectively while remaining as independent as possible. Explore ways to cope using a lifetime of strengths and learned skills. Call Westmoreland’s Union Manor at 503-318-2270 to sign up.

Get connected at the 50+ Expo

Are you an empty nester? Thinking about retirement? Looking for resources and opportunities for aging parents? All ages are welcome to attend the 50+ Connections Expo, scheduled Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vancouver Hilton Convention Center, 301 W. Sixth St. in Vancouver, Wash.

Activities include fashion shows featuring Jockey Person to Person and b.divine clothing boutique, mini-presentations on the “Living the Good Life” stage, and presentations on Creating Photo Memories, CPR for Seniors, Laughter Yoga and The Taoist Tai Chi Form.

More than 120 exhibits offer information and activities about travel, recreation, health, nutrition, housing, finances, health resources and more. Visitors also can take advantage of free health screenings, foot scans, foot/shoe analysis, posture exams and acupuncture demonstrations.

Parking is available at the Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation Marshall & Luepke Center, 1009 E. McLaughlin Blvd., Vancouver, and a free expo shuttle service runs between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The expo is presented by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and The Messenger. For more information, call 735-3683 or visit www.50plusconnectionsexpo.com.

National center unveils guide on sexual orientation, gender identity

The national organization Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) recently released a new data collection guide through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to help providers collect the information they need to better understand and serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.

“Inclusive Questions for Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” is a comprehensive guide that helps service providers ask questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in a safe and respectful way.

“We created this guide to meet the specific needs of aging providers,” said Hilary Meyer, Director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. “We are frequently contacted by service providers who are grappling with how mainstream aging organizations can better collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity. And they want to do so in a way that is culturally competent and respectful. This guide gives them those tools.”

Aging services and healthcare providers rely on client data to inform program and service delivery as well as to guide optimal individual service and treatment. However, from federal to local levels, the identities of LGBT older adults are rarely included in population-level research studies, service intake forms or client notes. This lack of data collection across the spectrum of aging policy and programs means that providers often lack the information they need to better understand and serve LGBT elders — and if they want this information, they must collect it themselves.

The guide is available free of charge. To download the guide online, visit lgbtagingcenter.org or request a free print copy.