Life-saving information is now available locally
- Barbara Sherman
- Regal Courier - Features
King City resident shows OHSU DVDs on medical issues
Mae Reeves is a woman with a mission - the retired counselor is utilizing her lifelong interest in education by bringing important health information directly from Oregon Health and Science University to the Summerfield and King City areas.
Reeves has connected with Dr. Diana Rinkevich, the director of the OHSU Heart Disease in Women Program, to provide DVD presentations on various health issues to local audiences.
She made a career out of counseling people and knows how to find solutions to problems that affect not only her but others as well.
When Reeves stopped driving at night, she could not attend evening lectures anymore, and she had to miss an OHSU presentation.
So Reeves asked if the university would provide a DVD of the presentation that she could share with others, and that project started last month with two showings of a program by Rinkevich on women's heart health issues.
More programs will be presented over the coming months, including one on "Foods and Moods" in May and a later presentation on brain awareness.
"I didn't want these programs to only be about women so that the men would feel left out," the King City resident said.
"I want to do things that will be helpful to the community. I thought offering these local presentations would help people here. It's about logistics if you can't drive at night anymore.
"It's good to learn more information, especially about your body and how to take care of it."
Reeves was born and raised in Minneapolis, earned a bachelor's degree in social science and was widowed at 31.
She was accepted into a master's program at the University of Southern California, but when the Watts riots broke out in that area, she decided it would not be a safe place to attend school.
"Instead, I went to Cal State-Fullerton and got a master's in social science," Reeves said.
She got a job counseling youth at an employment center in Santa Ana and got another master's degree in education counseling at Cal State-Fullerton.
"It was the start of the women's movement, and I applied for different positions," Reeves said. "The government had started a program for women getting out of the military."
Reeves became the Army's civilian transition director for five different military posts in Germany and worked there for two years.
"I traveled from Scandinavia to Italy - it was the highlight of my life," Reeves said. "I saw a lot of local festivals and had a wonderful time."
Her next job took her to San Francisco to work at the Presidio's education center for six years.
After a couple of women were assaulted in the area, Reeves and her second husband decided to move to Oregon.
"We had come to Oregon on vacation and were entranced by the beauty of the scenery," Reeves said. "Bob got a job here."
Reeves was 50 and Bob was 51 when they moved into King City, and she retired from working but not from actively pursuing her interests and hobbies.
And after a career spent helping others, Reeves just can't stop.
"I always think if I can give people more information, they will make better choices, especially about health issues as we get older," Reeves said. "It's information that I'm interested in, and I know other people are too."