Popular chef Ken Gordon to kick off diabetes series March 6

New money means new programs at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

The center has acquired new funding due to the Lake Oswego Adult Center Foundation dissolving last year and transferring its funds to the Oregon Community Foundation. That means the ACC will be receiving a nice chunk of money, about $17,000 annually, for the next 20 years.

"We're really excited about what this will mean," said Berta Derman, human services supervisor at the ACC. "It is nice to have this money to enhance our programs and raise the quality of what we can offer. Now we can hire highly qualified, professional people as instructors. It's a wonderful thing to do that."

The programs over in the upcoming months are focused on diabetes prevention, care for caregivers, and respite therapy.

Diabetes Prevention

Derman hopes to quickly attract community attention about the necessity of preventing Type II Diabetes with the appearance of famed Portland chef Ken Gordon on March 6 at 7 p.m. Since discovering that he himself had Type II Diabetes, Gordon has become a widely known speaker and columnist on the subject.

"It should be a good kickoff for us," Berman said. "We've had a lot of response about Ken coming here."

Those planning to attend are requested to register by calling the ACC.

Gordon's presentation will be followed by a 12-week program on preventing diabetes beginning on March 12 at 7 p.m. It will be led by the husband and wife team of Jackie Abbott, a dietician, and psychologist Robert Kruger, who will offer instruction while also interacting with students in the class.

People who have already been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes will be offered a support group that meets on the second Wednesday of each month, beginning March 13 at 7 p.m. They will share ideas and give each other support. Leading the group will be RN Janet Meirellez, author of the book, "Diabetes Is Not A Piece of Cake."

"People are starting to wake up and realize they don't want to get Type II Diabetes," Derman said. "It IS preventable, and you can't say that about cancer and other diseases."


Caregivers will literally be given some tender, loving care with a retreat in April that features a full day of activities that will cover relaxation, music, art, music, and massage. Meanwhile, other substitute caregivers will be hired to free caregivers to enjoy this special day. Earthtone Music Therapy has been contracted to contribute to this event.

Evening programs will seek to assist the Baby Boomer generation. Ruth Cohen will facilitate a family caregiver discussion group that will meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Respite Care

Earthtone has been contracted to provide music and art therapy for people who suffer from dementia.

"It's already started and it's wonderful," Derman said. "We are having actual therapists engaging with people with dementia."

To take advantage of these programs it is not necessary to be an active member of the ACC.

"It's new territory for us to offer these kind of services," Derman said. "I'm especially interested to see how people respond to our evening programs. The Baby Boomers are our target audience. Most of them still work during the day, so we've scheduled these programs for the evening."

For more information about these new ACC programs call Berta Derman at 503-675-6394.

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