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VIEWS Conversations on Aging: May 2014

The nonprofit senior counseling organization VIEWS will host the following Conversations on Aging during May. Older adults are invited to join these free conversations with their peers to talk about matters pertaining to aging.

Bridging Life Transitions

* Wednesday, May 14,1-2:30 p.m. at the Juanita Pohl Center, 8513 S.W. Tualatin Road, Tualatin.

Everyone’s life includes transitions. As older adults, we want to manage these transitions effectively while remaining as independent as possible. Explore ways to cope using a lifetime of strengths and learned skills. Have a chance to talk about some of your concerns. Call the Juanita Pohl Center at 503-691-3061 for free registration.

Talking with Your Doctor

* Friday, May 16, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie.Call the Milwaukie Center at 503-653-8100 to sign up.

Have you ever been anxious or frustrated by a doctor’s visit in which your needs were not met? Are you in charge of your health care? Let’s talk about what it would take to feel that you and your doctor are part of the same team.

Oregon Advance Directive

* Wednesday, May 21, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone. Call the center at 503-655-7701 for free registration.

We all want our end of life decisions to be respected by our doctors and our family. Learn how the power of an Advance Directive informs others of your decisions. Explore your own wishes about end of life care. Find the way to talk of these matters with family. Talk about some of your concerns. Receive your own copy of the Advance Directive.

Having Heart to Heart Talks With Our Loved Ones

* Wednesday, May 21, 1-2:30 p.m. at Friendly House, 1737 N.W. 26th Ave., Portland. Call 503-244-2640 to sign up.

* Thursday, May 29, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Salvation Army Rose Center for Seniors, 211 N.E. 18th Ave., Portland. Call Rose Center at 503-239-1221 to sign up.

We all have concerns about end-of-life care. We need to know our own minds, and we need our families to know also. This conversation will explore some of the life questions that may come up. What is most meaningful in your life now? Who can you talk to about your wishes? How can telling others influence your quality of life? How does that conversation get started?

Staying Engaged in Life

* Friday, May 23, 10-11:30 a.m. at Calaroga Terrace, 1400 N.E. Second Ave., Portland. Call Calaroga Terrace at 503-239-3459 for registration.

Ever wondered for yourself or someone you know just how long “the blues” will last? Is there a good way to be in them? What’s the best way to get out of them? Learn the difference between sadness, depression and grief. Learn the secret to strategies that work for you. Come join us for this interesting and thoughtful discussion.

The Elder Journey

* Wednesday, May 28, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego. Call the center at 503-635-3758 to register.

Life and how we view it changes as we age. Aging brings challenges, and aging also brings gifts and wisdom to meet those challenges. Learn the 7-step Model of Successful Aging. Be part of a discussion about finding joy and meaning in life.