Elaine Sanchez, author, national speaker and co-founder of CaregiverHelp.com


Finding Humor In Caregiving

Coping Strategies

Rob Winningham has 20 years of experience researching applied memory issues and for the past 16 years has conducted research on older adults and ways to enhance their mental functioning and quality of life.

He has developed novel approaches to maximize the efficacy of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Most recently, he has been helping LinkedSenior.com create video games and interactive activities specifically designed to enhance older adult’s cognition.

Thousands of subscribers get his monthly brain stimulation activities called Dr. Rob’s Cranium Crunches. He is a full professor and chair of the Behavioral Sciences Division at Western Oregon University (WOU), where he manages both the Psychological Sciences and Gerontology Departments.

Rob received his PhD in neuroscience from Baylor University. In addition to publishing many peer-reviewed articles in the area of human memory, Rob makes frequent television and radio appearances and has given well over 600 invited presentations about memory and aging at various conferences and workshops.

His book, Train Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory Ability in Older Adulthood, was published by Baywood Publishing. Learn more about Dr. Rob Winningham on his professional website.

January 2016

Dr. Margaret Manoogian, Associate Professor of Gerontology, Head of the Gerontology Department at Western Oregon University


Negotiating Adult Child, Older Parent Relationships as Parents Age

May 2015

2016

Calendar of Willamette Gerontology Network Events


These are free educational events.  That does not mean no one pays. 

We pay any fees incurred for speakers, food, web site design, marketing materials etc. to bring pertinent information to you! 



Elaine Sanchez, author, national speaker and co-founder of CaregiverHelp.com


Finding Hope and Humor in Caregiving

.....and for this I take vitamins!

March 2015

Adele Ismert Tiberius, statewide speaker on memory loss and past board president of the Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter.

February 2015

Jon Bartholomew, Government Relations for AARP

Legislative Changes Affecting the Aging Population

A longtime member of the Eugene community, Deb brought to the Alzheimer's Association a wealth of experience—both interpersonal and clinical skills in working with families and individuals, as well as experience in teaching and providing workshops to various audiences such as families, caregivers and donors. The local Cascade Coast office will benefits from Deb's proven ability to successfully manage a social service nonprofit organization.


Deb assists families and those affected by the disease through educational programs, 1:1 consultations and through special events such as the Alzheimer's Walks, Memories in the Making, Hope Breakfast, the McGinty statewide conference plus she educates those in the community who work with people with a diagnosis.


2015 Educational Events


Elaine Sanchez is the author of, Letters From Madelyn - Chronicles of a Caregiver, she has been described as part Erma Bombeck and part Garrison Keillor!  Based on her own experience of caring for family elders, Elaine K. Sanchez developed a passion for helping people cope with the emotional stress of caregiving.   Elaine is also the co-founder of CaregiverHelp.com, an online, video-based caregiver support program. She frequently speaks at healthcare and caregiving conferences across the country. Before moving to Salem in 1998, Elaine worked as a sales manager for network television affiliates in Colorado and New Mexico. She has served on numerous professional and nonprofit boards including The Historic Elsinore Theatre and Salem’s Riverfront Carousel. Other books include “How Francis Got His Wink,” “The General’s Secret,” and “Beautiful America’s Salem.” She is also a regular contributor to a variety of caregiver magazines and blogs. Elaine’s husband Alex, who just recently retired from Oregon State University, is the co-founder of CaregiverHelp.com. Together they have eight children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson.  See Elaine's fantastic Ted Talk here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2VWT-3woec

Amy Schmidt, managing partner of Retirement Connection and Professional Trainer.


Creating Magic Moments of Customer Service

Integrating Your Values into Your Organization

April 2015

Rob Winningham has 20 years of experience researching applied memory issues and for the past 16 years has conducted research on older adults and ways to enhance their mental functioning and quality of life.

He has developed novel approaches to maximize the efficacy of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Most recently, he has been helping LinkedSenior.com create video games and interactive activities specifically designed to enhance older adult’s cognition.

Thousands of subscribers get his monthly brain stimulation activities called Dr. Rob’s Cranium Crunches. He is a full professor and chair of the Behavioral Sciences Division at Western Oregon University (WOU), where he manages both the Psychological Sciences and Gerontology Departments.

Rob received his PhD in neuroscience from Baylor University. In addition to publishing many peer-reviewed articles in the area of human memory, Rob makes frequent television and radio appearances and has given well over 600 invited presentations about memory and aging at various conferences and workshops.

His book, Train Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory Ability in Older Adulthood, was published by Baywood Publishing. Learn more about Dr. Rob Winningham on his professional website.

Elaine Sanchez is the author of, Letters From Madelyn - Chronicles of a Caregiver, she has been described as part Erma Bombeck and part Garrison Keillor!  Based on her own experience of caring for family elders, Elaine K. Sanchez developed a passion for helping people cope with the emotional stress of caregiving.   Elaine is also the co-founder of CaregiverHelp.com, an online, video-based caregiver support program. She frequently speaks at healthcare and caregiving conferences across the country. Before moving to Salem in 1998, Elaine worked as a sales manager for network television affiliates in Colorado and New Mexico. She has served on numerous professional and nonprofit boards including The Historic Elsinore Theatre and Salem’s Riverfront Carousel. Other books include “How Francis Got His Wink,” “The General’s Secret,” and “Beautiful America’s Salem.” She is also a regular contributor to a variety of caregiver magazines and blogs. Elaine’s husband Alex, who just recently retired from Oregon State University, is the co-founder of CaregiverHelp.com. Together they have eight children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson.  See Elaine's fantastic Ted Talk here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2VWT-3woec

December  2015

October  2015

Adele Ismert Tiberius has 25 year's public speaking experience and is currently presenting throughout Oregon on topics related to Dementia, Dignity and Caregiving.

She has worked for over ten yeas as Director of Resident Services, helping older adults and their families adjust to changing physical and cognitive health at Cascade Manor in Eugene, Oregon.  Adele has dedicated 8 years to the Alzheimer's Association as a board member, board chair and president of the board for the State of Oregon Chapter.   She continues as a member of the speakers bureau giving presentations throughout the state.


Most recently Adele has been conducted training for employees of the Portland Airport on working with individuals with cognitive deficits.  She presented at the state wide McGinty Conference in Portland.

Adele holds a BA in Chemistry, and an MA in Clinical Counseling
Conflict resolution and communication through U of O continuing education.

Willamette Gerontology Network


Dr. Rob Winningham, Psychology Division Chair, WOU, author, national speaker, and presenter of the Certified Stimulation Program to improve memory abilities in older adults.

Train Your Brain: How We Can Maintain and Even Improve Our Memories

The Five Lies We Need To Stop Telling Ourselves

Amy Schmidt is the managing partner of the Retirement Connection and is the leader of the team!  As managing partner of a small family business, Amy gets to juggle many roles including: human resources, sales, publisher, proofreader, website manager, bookkeeper, delivery person, marketing coach, and event coordinator. Being the force behind the business she brings a proven track record of performance and a fierce ability to never give up – losing is not in Amy’s vocabulary.  Amy speaks throughout the state of Oregon for many professional organizations.  She is dynamic, funny and down to earth!

Dr. Rob Winningham, Psychology Division Chair, WOU, author, national speaker, and presenter of the Certified Stimulation Program to improve memory in older adults.

Train Your Brain: How We Can Maintain and Even Improve  Memories

January 2015

Margaret received her PhD in human development and family studies from Oregon State University. She has worked in higher education for 30 years, in both student affairs and academic units, and is currently serving as associate professor and chair of the Department of Gerontology at Western Oregon University. Margaret teaches courses on social ties and aging, end-of-life issues, as well as cognitive, physical, and developmental changes in aging.

As a family gerontologist, she investigates intergenerational transfers among older parents and adult children. Her current intergenerational research has focused on individuals and families who experience genocide, poverty, or poor health due to type II diabetes.

Waterford Grand

600 Waterford Way

Eugene, Oregon

Deb Weinman, Cascade Coast Regional Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association


Health Living for Brain and Body

November  2015

As Government Relations Director Jon Bartholomew worked to ensure passing of  the CARE Act (CARE stands for Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable) or HB 3378.


Jon has an impressive background in public policy development and advocacy and volunteer recruitment and engagement.  Prior to AARP  he worked at the Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association where he has served as Public Policy Director. During the 2014 Oregon legislative session, Jon led the efforts to enact a Silver Alert bill, developing strong bipartisan support from state legislators.

Jon coordinated the effort to craft the first ever State Plan for Alzheimer ’s disease in Oregon (SPADO), which was a broad stakeholder effort to develop a plan to address the impact of Alzheimer’s in the state. Having successfully lobbied for state funding to implement the recommendations of the state plan he currently co-chairs the SPADO Implementation Team coordinating with state agencies, nonprofit groups, businesses and other stakeholders. Jon was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services by Governor John Kitzhaber.

Beginning October 7th, 2016