Individual Members

01 – Holding Back The YearsAging & Memory Conference 2012




  • Linda Boise, PhD, MPH, The Layton Aging & Alzheimers Disease Center- Co-Chair/Co-Founder
  • Tiffany Kirkpatrick, Co-Chair/Co-Founder, Research Assistant OHSU The Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center


  • Allison Lindauer, RN, FNP, GNP, PhD Student OHSU School of Nursing
  • Lauretta Slaughter, Urban League of Portland, volunteer
  • M. Yvonne Williams, The Portland Chapter of the Links, Inc.
  • Raina Croff, PhD, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, OHSU
  • Rika Bering, Providence ElderPlace
  • Jon Bartholomew, Public Policy Director, Alzheimers Association Oregon Chapter
  • Bandana Shrestha, AARP Oregon
  • Loriann McNeill, Multnomah County Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Trudy Rice. RN (retired)Health Advocate


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FREE 6 Week Creative Arts & Writing Program

Storytelling is hardwired into all of us. It’s how we see the world, and how we explain it. True democratic community storytelling, written, oral and/or through artistic visual representation, gives a voice to everyone, no matter where they came from or how they got there. Stories foster understanding and acceptance by providing an uncensored opportunity for experiences from diverse and underserved populations. They provide the platform for self-representation, for sharing experiences with like-minded people, and an opportunity that then influences debate and discourse. This creative arts and writing program will explore  uncensored stories from our elder African American community about “Soul Food”; it’s historical significance, it’s impact on our personal lives, memories, relationships, generational influence, health and honoring it’s substantial contribution to American culture and cuisine.
·      For African Americans 50 years and above
·      No Writing or artistic talent required.
·      Learn new techniques in creative writing and numerous art mediums to create a unique piece of artwork and accompanying story. Guided by professional artists.
·      Guided 6-week creative arts and writing program
·      Designed to capture personal stories and a unique piece of artwork illustrating recipes and memories of cooking passed down through the generations
·      Honoring your experiences and wisdom to share to the broader community
·      No Cost and all materials are provided