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The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center will host a presentation by Connected Care Patient Advocates about their services Jan. 24.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Sherri Valdez (from left), Antra Boyd and Ciera Dube are the three nurses behind Connected Care Patient Advocacy.

Doctors and nurses go to school for years, pouring over complicated textbooks, terminology and complex body systems. And even then, the human body and diseases remain mysterious, making diagnosis and treatment sometimes feel like a game of trial and error.

That is why being your own advocate — to clearly communicate to medical staff and to understand test results and treatment options — is so important. But if you are the patient and not feeling well, stressed over the possible outcomes and treatment options, it can be difficult to understand what is going on. Your brain gets foggy and remembering if the doctors said "do this" or "don't do that" can get convoluted.

That is where Connected Care Patient Advocates (CCPA) can help. Antra Boyd, Sheri Valdez and Ciera Dube are the founders and owners of CCPA. Through their many years working as nurses, they've seen the importance of patients having an advocate to help sort through the information received at doctor appointments. Now, they offer support and even attend medical appointments with clients.

CCPA will share information about its services at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The nurses will share a few simple tools to help patients minimize the risk of a misdiagnosis and share some helpful websites that allow you to check your medications to make sure you are not at risk of a harmful interaction.

Sign up today to learn how to be your best advocate and know when to call in the professionals.

The lunch menu this week features spaghetti and meatballs on Friday, Jan. 5; Hawaiian pork tacos on Monday, Jan. 8; and sesame chicken with chow mein noodles on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

Please note that the center's kitchen floor is being replaced and meal services will be temporarily moved to the municipal golf course starting on Jan. 17. Lunch will still be promptly served at noon and the cost remains the same.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave. in Lake Oswego. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, under the Calendar banner. Click on "View the Adult Community Center Calendar" and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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