Vital Signs 2: Healthy Relationships in Long-Term Support

When: Thursday, April 5, 7 pm

Where: Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle Ave.

At the City Club of Corvallis meeting on March 13, Helen Kao, MD, of Lumina Hospice and Palliative Care, and Jason Wallis, MS, of Fitness Over 50, showed how to break down barriers to exercise and healthy relationship habits that contribute powerfully to healthy “age-ing.” Their scope extended from understanding multiple facets and degrees of exercise to considering the powerful impact of a caregiver who keeps the dignity and the choice-making ability of the person served front and center.

Dr. Helen Kao

Now we’ll take that a step further as Dr. Kao teams up with her colleague Carla Perissinotto, MD, also from the University of California San Francisco, to explore the part that care-givers, surrogate decision-makers, family, and care providers can play in creating vibrant, responsive, engaging care environments across the spectrum of a person’s abilities. What cultural and social beliefs get in the way of a healthy environment, and how can we re-tool relationships, interactions, and our communities so people can live vibrantly?

Dr. Carla Perisinotto
Dr. Carla Perisinotto

At 7 pmThursday, April 5, Drs. Helen Kao and Carla Perissinotto will address these and other questions about the social side of elder care. Dr. Kao and Dr. Perissinotto are both professors with the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Kao is the Medical Director of Clinical Innovations for Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in Corvallis. Dr. Perissinotto is also Associate Chief for Geriatrics Clinical Programs at UCSF where she oversees inpatient and outpatient clinical programs for older adults.

The meeting is free and open to the public and will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship at 2945 NW Circle in Corvallis. Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7. No registration is necessary.

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