Memories in the Making

Memories in The Making 2022

Memories in the Making Art Auction & Gala 2022

The Annual Memories in the Making Art Auction and Gala was back in person for 2022 and it was amazing! Together attendees raised over $228,000 and enjoyed a phenomenal evening at The Hilton Downtown Portland. The fantastic success of this beloved event reflects the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm of donors, volunteers, and families.  Thank you for supporting the Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association by donating to this great cause.

Memories in the Making is a unique fine-arts program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  The program’s creative process provides a safe and validating environment for artistic expression, resulting in a creative and nonverbal way to communicate and capture precious moments through art.

COVID definitely changed so much of what we do and we know that during this time we had to completely halt this program.  We are now focused on regrowth of this great program and we invite interested facilitators to an upcoming training to get the program up and running in your community:

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 11 am to 12:30 pm (Register Here)

Thursday, July 21, 2022, 1 pm to 2:30 pm (Register Here)

Mark your calendars for the 2023 Memories in the Making Art Auction for March 10, 2023 again at The Hilton.

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Pride Month: June 2022

Happy Pride Month!

The month of June is celebrated as LGBTQ Pride Month to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, an event that became essential to the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S. Initially, the last Sunday in June was celebrated as “Gay Pride Day”, but the one day quickly grew into a month-long series of celebrations including parades, festivals, concerts, workshops, and other events that attract millions from around the world. The purpose of these events are to honor the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history.

Other notable celebrations in the month of June include…

  • Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – June 21st is known as The Longest Day, as the day with the most light people from across the world will come together to fight the darkness known as Alzheimer’s disease through various fundraising activities.
  • Juneteenth – Celebrated on June 19th, Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom, education, and achievement.
  • National Student Safety Month
  • Professional Wellness Month

“June is named after the Greek goddess Juno, a goddess of marriage, childbirth, and fertility.”

Learn more about the history of previous months here.

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Hello Arizona!

CareAvailability expands into Arizona to help families navigate senior care options

CareAvailability is proud to announce its expansion into Arizona. CareAvailability remains a NEW industry standard as the first and only website that delivers real-time reporting of availability for senior care to the minute. The site first launched in Oregon during the COVID pandemic as an effort to help hospitals find care for patients needing to transition out of beds. Washington was added soon after the site went live, followed by California, Florida, and now Arizona. Unlike other sites, this online resource lists every provider for free, and each can update their current availability at no cost; this significantly increases Family and Patient Freedom of Choice like never before. Until now, there has not been a site that delivers a comprehensive list for families to search without having to give any personal details.

Senior advocates and health professionals rely on CareAvailability to put together comprehensive lists of care options, as well as allowing people to self-navigate searching for care providers. Instead of care providers needing to update multiple paid sites, CareAvailability is an easy one-stop resource, as they do not charge hospitals, physicians, health clinics, social workers or any health team for their services. Medicare Ratings are also included to support Patient Freedom of Choice.

CareAvailability continues to alleviate the search for senior care in an already trying time. Options can be overwhelming, especially when families don’t know where to start. The team at CareAvailability has taken extra steps to provide educational articles to help families better navigate the maze of Long Term Care and aging, by providing links to state agencies, as well as explaining local terminology and regulations.

“There are tons of website that offer senior care and housing listings, but CareAvailability.com is the only one that lists every agency at no cost to the providers to be included, and does not require families to share their personal information to view the search results,” CareAvailability’s CEO, Amy Schmidt, says. Ms. Schmidt further explains, “It is truly the first comprehensive resource site.”

Care Availability’s expansion to Arizona means an additional 2,758 providers are now listed in Care Availability’s database of resources, which includes more than 2,050 assisted living communities, 200 home health agencies, 170 skilled nursing facilities, and 237 hospice agencies.

About Care Availability
Care Availability is a website dedicated to helping seniors, their families, and healthcare professional
find care in real time. Specific questions can be directed to the Care Availability Team’s contact page or
connect with them on Facebook.

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Alzheimer’s Impact Movement Advocacy Forum

Alzheimer’s Impact Movement: The Fight to End Alzheimer’s

This past week, from May 16th-18th, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) Advocacy Forum was held in Washington D.C. CareAvailability’s very own Amy Schmidt was able to be there to represent and show support for the nations premier Alzheimer’s advocacy event. Advocates and Volunteers are hard at work meeting with members of Congress to build on the progress made in Alzheimer’s and other dementia research.

This year, volunteers from Oregon had 6 “asks” for our Government representatives to support.

  1. NAPA Reauthorization Act: Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) in 2011. NAPA created a national plan to address Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The goals of the plan are to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimers and other dementias by 2025, enhance quality of care, expand support for impacted individuals and families, and promote health aging and reduce risk factors. The NAPA Reauthorization Act would extend the authorization of NAPA to 2035 and adds requirements to address health disparities among underrepresented populations.
  2. Alzheimer’s Accountability Act of 2022: Congress passed the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act (AAA) in 2014. The Act requires the NIH to submit an annual Alzheimer’s budget directly to Congress and the President that specifies what resources the NIH needs to reach the goal of effectively treating and preventing Alzheimer’s and other dementias by 2025. The Alzheimer’s Accountability Act of 2022 would make permanent the requirement that NIH scientists tell Congress what resources they need each year.
  3. Comprehensive Care for Alzheimer’s Act: The Comprehensive Care for Alzheimers Act would directly effect those caring for an individual with Alzheimers/dementia by asking the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to test a better payment structure for dementia care management. The model is designed to reach as many Medicare beneficiaries as possible, especially rural, medically underserved and diverse communities.
  4. Equity in Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Act: Research has found that Alzheimer’s and other dementia disproportionately affect older Black and Hispanic Americans, yet many of the clinical trials have not included sufficient numbers of Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native Americans to accurately represent the U.S. population. This restricts our knowledge of how an approved therapy or diagnostic may affect the populations most likely to need the treatment. The ENACT Act would expand access and outreach to underrepresented populations, increase the diversity of clinical trial staff, and reduce the burden associated with participating in clinical trials.
  5. NIH Funding: Alzheimer’s is one of the most expensive diseases in America, costing more than heart disease and cancer. This year, caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the U.S. an estimated $321 billion, and two-thirds of this cost will be covered by the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In order to avoid these costs, more funding is needed for the researchers and scientists who work hard every day to identify new treatments and a cure for this disease.
  6. BOLD Act Funding: The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act establishes a public health infrastructure to address dementia. The law provides grants to local, state, and tribal public health departments to carry out various activities addressing Alzheimer’s and other dementia on the state level. The Northwest Portland area Indian Health Board received a BOLD grant and is establishing the first ever public health guide focused on Alzheimer’s and other dementia care for the Native American community.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that effects more than 6 million Americans. Read more about Alzheimer’s Disease and the Early Warning Signs, and join us in the fight to #ENDALZ

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“Age My Way” this May

May 2022: Age My Way

For the month of May, we are celebrating Older Americans Month. Designated by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), this year’s theme is “Age My Way”. This is an opportunity for all of us to delve into the different options older adults have to remain in and be a part of their communities. When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as ‘Senior Citizens Month,’ the prelude to ‘Older Americans Month.’ There are many options for those wanting to age in place and remain independent as long as possible. Search CareAvailability.com for home care options near you!

Other notable observances recognized in May are…

  • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Military Appreciation Month

“May is named after the Greek goddess Maia, a goddess of fertility and spring.”

Learn more about the history of previous months here.

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Hello Florida!

Hello Florida! CareAvailability expands provider database.

CareAvailability remains a NEW industry standard as the first and only website that delivers real-time reporting of availability for senior care to the minute. The site first launched in Oregon during the COVID pandemic as an effort to help hospitals find care for patients needing to transition out of beds. Washington was added soon after the site went live, followed by California, Texas, and now Florida.

Unlike other sites, this online resource lists every provider for free, and each can update their current availability at no cost; this significantly increases Family and Patient Freedom of Choice like never before. Until now, there has not been a site that delivers a comprehensive list for families to search without having to give any personal details. Senior advocates and health professionals rely on Care Availability to put together comprehensive lists of care options, as well as allowing people to self-navigate searching for care providers. Instead of care providers needing to update multiple paid sites, Care Availability is an easy one-stop resource, as they do not charge hospitals, physicians, health clinics, social workers or any health team for their services. Medicare Ratings are also included to support Patient Freedom of Choice.

CareAvailability continues to alleviate the search for senior care in an already trying time. Options can
be overwhelming, especially when families don’t know where to start. In Florida, there are 4,500 new providers now listed in our database of resources. This includes more than: 2,417 assisted living communities, 1,477 home care providers, and 641 skilled nursing facilities. To assist in the terminology for specific states’ levels of care, the team at CareAvailability has taken extra steps to provide educational articles to help families better navigate the maze of Long Term Care and aging, by providing links to state agencies, as well as explaining local terminology and regulations.

“There are tons of website that offer senior care and housing listings, but CareAvailability.com is the only one that lists every agency at no cost to the providers to be included, and does not require families to share their personal information to view the search results. CareAvailability’s CEO, Amy Schmidt, says. Ms. Schmidt further explains, “It is truly the first comprehensive resource site.”

CareAvailability’s expansion to Florida means an additional 4,500 providers are now listed in CareAvailability’s database of resources, which includes more than 2,417 assisted living communities, 1,477 home care providers, and 641 skilled nursing facilities.

About Care Availability
Care Availability is a website dedicated to helping seniors, their families, and healthcare professional find care in real time. Specific questions can be directed to the Care Availability Team’s contact page or connect with them on Facebook.

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In-Home COVID Vaccines

In-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations Available!

Are you or a loved one unable to get to a vaccine clinic because of a disability or other physical or mental health barrier? The Washington County Department of Health and Human services are offering free in-home COVID vaccines. See if you qualify for a free in-home vaccination! Call 503-846-8123, or visit co.washington.or.us/vaccine.

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Celebrate Diversity: April 2022

Celebrate Diversity this April

April was designated as Celebrate Diversity month in 2004 in order to educate and demonstrate the value of understanding the racial and cultural differences of our citizens. This is an acknowledgment of the differences in race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, disabilities, religion, and socio-economic status. The highlighting of these differences serves to kick off conversations that promote the necessary acceptance of all kinds of people, and to generate a vision of celebration and empathy. Check out the April 2022 Diversity Calendar for more insight and resources.

Other notable days from the month of April include…

4/2 – World Autism Day – Focusing on the acceptance and understanding of those with Autism

4/4 – Easter – Major Christian Holiday

4/8 – Buddha’s Birth – A day of celebration and reflection for Buddhists

4/12 – Ramadan – First day of Islam’s most sacred month

4/22 – Earth Day – A reflection for environmental advocacy and the celebration of our planet

4/23-24 – A Gathering of Nations – Native American tribes come together to celebrate traditions and cultures

“April is named after the Roman word for second, ‘aprilis’, the second month of the Roman Year.”

Learn more about the history of previous months here.

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Howdy Texas!

CareAvailability is expanding senior care services to include Texas!

CareAvailability launched in 2020 and is a branch of the Retirement Connection family. CareAvailability looks to further help seniors find the living they look for in a modern and convenient format. Based in Oregon and providing services in both Oregon, Washington and now California, CareAvailability will continue to provide up to the minute real-time reporting on the availability of senior care in the state of Texas! 

Texas is famous for Long Horn Cattle, Cowboys, The Alamo, Barbecue, Ranching, NASA, and hot temperatures just to name a few. Fun Facts: Founded in 1845, Texas is the only state that was initially an independent nation before joining the union. The name Texas comes from the Caddo word thecas, meaning “allies” or “friends.” The Spanish spelled the word tejas or texas and used it to describe the area where this Native American Caddo Nation tribe lived, in the eastern part of the state. Texas is also home to over 1,000 nursing facilities and 2,000 assisted living facilities, most of which will now be searchable through CareAvailability’s network.

CareAvailability works closely with hospitals and care providers, removing the hassle of finding the best in elder care. CareAvailability’s user-friendly website provides a smooth navigation process and user experience including integrated Google Maps, custom sorting and filtering of search results, and interactive provider profile pages that display the current availability for each service it covers!

Senior advocates and health professionals rely on CareAvailability to put together comprehensive lists of care options, as well as allowing people to self-navigate searching for care providers. 

Instead of care providers needing to update multiple paid sites, CareAvailability is an easy one-stop resource, as they do not charge hospitals, physicians, health clinics, social workers or any health team for their services. Also included are Medicare Ratings to support Patient Freedom of Choice. 

With real-time senior care options and availability, CareAvailability is a name that can be trusted. There is no login required, no information shared, and it is free for anyone to use, including hospitals and senior case managers and advisors. “Privacy is very important to us, as well as finding the best care for seniors. Our streamlined website makes it easy for caregivers to find the best care possible for seniors. Oregon, Washington, California, and now Texas are just the beginning,” CareAvailability’s CEO, Amy Schmidt, says.

CareAvailability’s goal is to list every housing and care company to have the most comprehensive directory available. Families can access resources from any smart phone, tablet or computer without sharing their contact details.

Read more about our expansion to Texas here.

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Women’s History Month

March: Celebrating Women

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day, which is a day that not only celebrates female achievements and the progress made toward women’s rights, but also brings attention to ongoing struggles for equality around the world. The roots of this celebration goes back to the late 1800’s and early 1900s. It grew from women’s socialist movements and early women’s trade union groups. The focus is upon women workers, and advancing women’s rights in the workforce, politics and society.

Women’s History Month was officially created by Congress in 1987, but the movement began with March 8, 1911 International Women’s Day as a global celebration of the achievements of women. In 1975 the United Nations sponsored International Women’s Day; and in 1975 the school district of Sonoma, California organized a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to society. President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. Since 1995, each president has made an annual proclamation to designate March as Women’s History Month.

The National Women’s History Alliance assigns a theme every year for the month of March. The theme for 2022 is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”