2012 Conference

Saturday, June cialis tadalafil 20mg 2, 2012   conference speaker
9 am – 3:30 pm
3rd Aging & Memory in the African American Community Conference
University of Portland Buckley Center and Buckley Center Auditorium

Our 3rd conference on Aging & Memory in the African American Community held in 2012 featured the latest research on factors that contribute to the development of memory loss and dementia; methods to delay or prevent memory loss; and techniques for healthy aging in the African American community.

Keynote presentation by Monica Willis Parker, MD, Assistant Professor, Department buy levitra fast mg of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Emory University and Principal Investigator for the Registry for Remembrance.

Dr. Parker presented on the association between memory and healthful behaviors, including the role played by chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and depression. She also shared how she and her team engaged community members in health-promoting activities and increased awareness of the importance of minority involvement in research.

Special lunchtime presentation by Renee Mitchell.
A natural storyteller, Renee is an exceptional public speaker who used humor, original poetry and her professionally trained theatrical experience to empower, motivate and delightfully entertain the audience.


Morning workshops:

  • Beating the Blues: Mental Wellness in the African-American Community. Danette C. Haynes, LCSW, Clinical Director of the OHSU Avel Gordly Center for will provided information about the signs of anxiety, depression and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, coping strategies and skills for mental well-being and culturally-sensitive resources available to the African-American community.
  • Yoga and Tai Chi. Yoga and Tai Chi offer a number of benefits including a gentle form of exercise that does not stress joints and muscles, stress reduction, improved strength, balance and stability. Allyson Spencer presented the basics of these ancient disciplines and walked attendees through simple exercises that can be done at home.
  • Improving the Health of the African American Community: A closer look at the connection between diabetes and brain health. Dr. Jeannine Skinner, geriatric neuropsychology fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine, discussed current research on the role of insulin in memory loss disorders, and her current research examining how physical activity affects memory and other thinking abilities in African Americans at risk for diabetes.
  • Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Early Warning Signs of Caregiver Stress. This workshop was co-presented by Pamela Mottola, Client Services Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, and Celesta Paul, family caregiver.
  • Greens, Beans and Dark Things: Eating for Pleasure and Health on a Budget. By Joyce McGee, nutrition educator and caterer with Pans, Pots & Skillets.American community

Afternoon workshops:

  • Beating the Blues: Mental Wellness in the African-American Community (repeat)
  • Improving the Health of the African American Community (repeat)Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Early Warning Signs of Caregiver Stress (repeat)
  • Don’t Just Talk About it, Be About It! Attendees were invited to brainstorm ideas on how to take the message of a healthy lifestyle and healthy brain out into their communities.

Conference Sponsors
The 2012 conference was made possible thanks to our generous sponsors:

– Ambassador –
Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center, OHSU
Multnomah County Aging & Disability Services

– Visionary –
Providence ElderPlace, Portland
AARP Oregon

– Leader-
Volunteers of America, Oregon
Black United Fund
Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter
The Links, Inc., Portland Chapter

This Event was Free to the Public

Recent Posts

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