|This year’s conference will once again feature 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 of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Emory University and Principal Investigator for the Registry for Remembrance.
Dr. Parker will present on the association between memory and healthful behaviors, including the role played by chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and depression. She will also share 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 uses humor, original poetry and her professionally trained theatrical experience to empower, motivate and delightfully entertain all types of audiences.
Student volunteers from the Humboldt and Harriett Tubman schools will hold sessions throughout the day to interview and record oral histories of elders. Each participant will have a fifteen minute interview/recording session and leave with a recording of their story.
Morning workshops (choose one):
Beating the Blues: Mental Wellness in the African-American Community
Danette C. Haynes, LCSW, Clinical Director of the OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing, will provide 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. Join Allyson Spencer as she presents the basics of these ancient disciplines and walks 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, will discuss 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 will be 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 (choose one):