Welcome to Our New Team Members!
Elders in Action is thrilled to announce two wonderful additions to our team!
Lisha Shrestha, our new Civic Involvement Coordinator, will be coordinating our Commission, and will be starting her position on March 1st. Jenny Sasser Ph. D. is joining our team as the Age Friendly Program Coordinator on April 1st. Below are short introductions.
Lisha is a native of Nepal with extensive education and experience in conflict resolution and community engagement with Portland’s immigrant and refugee communities. She holds a Masters in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and a Masters in Human and Natural Resource Studies from Kathmandu University. She has extensively researched and authored chapters on conflict, peace and dialogue, land conflict, migration, food and human security. She is a trained facilitator on intergroup dialogue, a certified mediator and has developed culturally specific training manual. Her research based article on “Inclusive Land Policy and Human Security in Post Conflict Situation” was supported by Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research: NCCR North-South. She is also the recipient of PSU President’s Diversity Award, 2015.
Lisha’s professional background includes case management and facilitation at Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and commission coordination for the New Portlander Program in Office of Neighborhood Involvement, City of Portland. While at IRCO, she elevated women and elders’ project into entrepreneurial development and into a self-help program for newly arrived folks struggling with self-worth and social isolation. One of her most satisfying moment was when she organized first refugee run mini-farmer’s market at IRCO in 2014.
In her free time, she likes to hike, cook new dishes together with her husband Surya Joshi.
Jennifer (Jenny) Sasser, Ph.D. is an educational gerontologist, transdisciplinary scholar, and community activist.
Jenny has been working in the field of gerontology for more than half her life, beginning as a nursing assistant and senior citizen advocate before focusing on scholarly inquiry and education. As an undergraduate she attended Willamette University, in Salem, Oregon, graduating Cum Laude in Psychology and Music; her interdisciplinary graduate studies at University of Oregon and Oregon State University focused on the Human Sciences, with specialization areas in adult development and aging, women’s studies, and critical social theory and alternative research methodologies. Jenny’s dissertation became part of a book published by Routledge in 1996 and co-authored with Dr. Janet Lee–Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary US Society.
For the past twenty years she has focused her inquiry in the areas of creativity in later life; aging and embodiment; transdisciplinary curriculum design; critical Gerontological theory; transformational adult learning practices; and cross-generational collaborative inquiry. Jenny served as Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Founding Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University from 1999 to 2015. She joined the Marylhurst faculty as an adjunct member of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program in 1997 and during the subsequent 19 years was involved in designing many on-campus and web-based courses and programs for adult learners.
Jenny is co-author, with Dr. Harry R. Moody, of Aging: Concepts and Controversies (9th edition) and of the forthcoming book from Routledge, U.K., Gerontology: The basics. Her other ongoing commitments include convening the Gero-Punk Project (www.geropunkproject.org); serving as a conversation facilitator for Oregon Humanities (www.oregonhumanities.org); and offering consulting, workshops and presentations throughout North America. An award-winning educator, Jenny’s recent citations include the 2012 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Distinguished Teacher award and a Willamette University Distinguished Alumni award in 2014.
Jenny lives in Portland, Oregon with her dog Happy and near her partner Simeon Dreyfuss. Her daughter Isobel is a Sophomore at Bard College in New York state.
With a rise in community based abuse of the elderly in Oregon, our vulnerable friends and neighbors need help to stay safe and independent in their homes and communities. Advocates are seeking reinstatement of funding for the Gatekeeper program to help lower the rate of abuse and neglect for seniors.
Take a moment today to talk to Legislators – Help protect seniors in our communities. Reinstate funding for the Gatekeeper program.
If you care about this program, you can let your Legislators know:
1. The Gatekeeper program is a research based, proven program to lower abuse and neglect. O4AD is recommending the reinstatement of funding for a program that was up and running during 2013-15 and is working to remain in a very limited capacity now.
2. We are in an age of increasing elder abuse. A senior who is abused is 3 times more likely to be admitted to hospital care and 4 times more likely to be admitted to care in a nursing facility. The cost to healthcare systems, to long-term care systems and, to communities is tremendous. Educating our community about how to help makes financial sense.
3. The Gatekeeper program is a cost effective, community based, abuse prevention program that maximizes community resources. This is a small investment to increase our communities overall response to abuse.
Download our one pager on the Gatekeeper program HERE.
And download our one pager that talks about the cost of abuse and the importance of elder abuse prevention HERE.
Take a moment to contact members of Ways & Means to ask for their support.
Co-Chair for Ways & Means members are:
Senator Richard Devlin, Co Chair, Ways & Means Full Committee
Representative Peter Buckley, Co Chair, Ways & Means Full Committee
O4AD, Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities ,is committed to promoting the independence, dignity, choice, quality and safety of Oregon’s seniors and people with disabilities.
Have you ever received a letter, an email or a phone call and thought “hmmm…that’s unusual”?
If you have, then you have taken the first step towards protecting yourself from financial fraud. Join Elders in Action in partnership with the Oregon Department of Justice and Clackamas County for a fraud prevention panel called “You Have the Power to Protect yourself and your friends”.
This event will be held:
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
1:30 pm -3:00 pm
Milwaukie Public Safety Building
3200 SE Harrison, Milwaukie, OR 97222
Come join our panel of experts:
Learn how you can avoid the latest scam, what to do if you see something suspicious and how you can stop future abuse in your community. Our panel will discuss current trends and what is being done to pursue the perpetrators. You have the Power to Protect yourself and your loved ones. Come join us and learn from the experts. For more information call Elders in Action at 503-235-5474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Did you know you may not have to pay the Portland Arts Tax?
You can file for an exemption if:
Need help deciding what form to fill out or assistance completing the form? Contact Elders in Action at 503-235-5474 or email here.
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 5:00-7:30 p.m.
The World Trade Center, Portland
Tickets: $100 and can purchased by clicking here.
Directions and parking information for the event:
WORLD TRADE CENTER CONFERENCE CENTER PARKING
Located under Two World Trade Center off of Taylor Street
Please note: rates are not guaranteed and are subject to change
Monday – Friday $5.00 per hour
$16.00 max daily
$3.00 flat rate between the hours of 4:30pm-midnight
$4.00 flat rate Friday night between the hours of 4:30pm-8:00pm
Friday – Saturday nights
$5.00 flat after 8:00pm
Saturday – Sunday
$4.00 flat 6:00am-8:00pm
Operated by: Parking Management Center
56 SW Taylor St
Portland, OR 97204
WORLD TRADE CENTER PORTLAND
121 SW Salmon
Two World Trade Center
Portland Oregon, 97204