Derman, Raske to offer 'Own Your Future' Nov. 6 at the LOACC
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Nancy Raske, left, and Berta Derman, are getting ready to present lots of important information for seniors and soon-to-be seniors at a special event.

Quick action is more important than ever when it comes to finding the right living situation for your aging parents - or even yourself.

That is why 'Own Your Future,' a seminar on senior living options, will be presented at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. It is an opportunity and a blessing, especially because of the two women set to lead the event.

'This is something that should really interest several generations,' said Berta Derman, long-time social services supervisor at the ACC.

Teaming up with Derman is Nancy Raske, founder of Northwest Senior Resources. Raske is widely recognized as an authority on helping people find the perfect home for senior citizens.

After 10 years of practicing her specialty, Raske says that sooner is definitely better when it comes to finding the best living arrangements - whether it be a private home or a senior living facility.

'For children of aging parents, things might be good at the beginning,' Raske said. 'But things evolve so much. Parkinson's and dementia and diabetes have increased a lot, and you need a life transition game plan.'

Helping Derman and Raske will be experts in the field of assisting senior citizens, including an elder law attorney and an authority on assisted living. There will also be panel discussions of major issues, including legal issues.

'Claude Goodman will be talking about new techniques coming down the pike,' Derman said. 'The Lake Oswego chapter of Love Inc. will be there.'

While the emphasis will be on the rapidly growing senior population, Derman and Raske think people in their 60s would be wise to attend as well.

There have been similar programs successfully presented at the ACC in recent years, but this one will probably be the best attended due to the changing times in America.

'It's more like the old days,' Derman said. 'There are more extended families as the result of the current economy.

'This will benefit a lot of people. A lot of questions will be answered on what is available in Lake Oswego.'

'People need to plan way in advance,' said Raske. 'Some people tell me, 'I should've listened to you two years ago.''

Raske supplied a good slogan for the event: 'Don't wait for a crisis.'

For more information about 'Own Your Future,' call the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center at 503- 675-6394.

The ACC is located at 505 G Ave.

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