Understanding Hospice Care

Understanding Hospice Care
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 3pm-5pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying series will host featured speaker Barb Hansen,
CEO of the Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care Association Admission for the event is $5.

End-of-life care decisions can be difficult to discuss. Gathering information ahead of time can reduce stress and help us make informed decisions. Waiting until you need services like hospice adds extreme stress to already stressful times.

  • What exactly is hospice care?
  • Do all hospices provide identical services?
  • How do I choose a hospice that is right for me, a family member or a friend

Come learn about the ins and outs of hospice care and have your questions answered by an expert in the field.

Barb Hansen has over 30 years of experience in Hospice, Home Health, Palliative Care and Hospice House operations. She was the 2014 recipient of the Oregon Hospice Association’s Elizabeth Wessinger Award, which honors excellence in hospice and palliative care in the state. In her current role, Barb works to support Hospice and Palliative Care providers in Oregon and Washington and serves as a resource to residents of both states who seek information about end-of-life care options.

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Paula Sansum, psansum@gmail.com




Sarah Smythe McIntosh to Speak on Holistic Estate Planning

The Art of Aging Series presents:
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 3pm to 5pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts

Our local estate planning attorney, Sarah Smyth McIntosh of Law Manzanita, will discuss “Holistic Estate Planning” Admission for the event is $5.00.

Sarah will offer a workshop on a different perspective on estate planning – it’s not just about having a will when you die.

it’s about your life, legacy and death, who is around you when you die and how they help you die in the manner which you desire, and how they help you fulfill your life’s legacy

— it’s about making your life’s work mean something to someone beyond yourself

— it’s about your transition from life to death

— finally it’s about who you leave behind, and their transition as well, whether it is family, close friends, villagers, or charities that represent your values

It is about YOU, your family, your community, your life and your death.

Sarah is from Olympia, Washington and has been practicing law for over thirty years. She established her branch office in Manzanita, Oregon in 2010, and is licensed to practice in both Washington and Oregon. She has been active in the village of Manzanita since coming here with her family over the last 20 years. Her branch office, Law Manzanita, is located within a Gallery space located at 144 Laneda Ave across from the San Dune Pub. She has exclusive use of the gallery space during the week, to maintain absolute confidentiality for her clients. The space provides a more calming environment than a traditional office space, which helps her clients relax. Sarah makes estate planning less of a chore and more of an exercise of assessing one’s own legacy and putting it in perspective.

Sarah is very personable. She helped us walk through the maze of estate planning laws and made it much easier and more satisfying than we ever thought possible. We really appreciated her caring, and calming influence, as we learned how to navigate through the process, and reconcile our individual differences for how we wanted our estate managed during out lives and after our death“ – Local resident and client

Growing up on the Puget Sound, Sarah acquired a love for the sea which eventually drew her to the Oregon coast and Manzanita. Sarah has her undergraduate degree from University of Washington, and her law degree from University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University). She has served as General Counsel for her family’s sawmill business, and also General Counsel for a small community bank in Olympia. She has practiced in the areas of business, real estate, development, finance, land use and estate planning, as well as succession planning for family businesses.

Sarah is married to Gary McIntosh, and they raised three children together visiting Manzanita every summer for over 20 years, until they finally purchased a second home and then she established a second office in Manzanita. She has served on the Manzanita Business Alliance Board and was active in the North Tillamook County Rotary helping the organization obtain their 501(3)(c) non-profit status. She continues to volunteer for organizations to include the Lower Nehalem Community Land Trust, The Pine Grove Community Center and she is also an active sponsor of many local events such as the Mudd-Nick Foundation Auction, the Manzanita Farmers Market, Muttzanita and Manzanita Music Festival.

The Art of Aging Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For more information contact Tela Skinner (telaskinner@gmail.com)


Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll to Speak About Death

Death: Ok it happens and sometimes not in a timely fashion.
So NOW what? A bit of Preparation Perhaps?

Tuesday, April 25th 2017 | from 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Suggested donation: $5

Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll will guide us into and through a hands-on-session about what we can do now (like NOW) — you know, “just in case death happens”— because it does. The event is part of the Art of Aging/of Dying series and will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

There are so many stories of what folks had to do and go through after the death of a beloved. Some of us have been involved in just the last two weeks trying to piece important material together after the sudden death of a community member, searching for the wills, the numbers of relatives to call, computer passwords!

What are your stories and what must we do for the loved ones we will leave behind?

A cadre or network is emerging of those willing to help when a community member or one of our own family is caught unprepared – we’d love to expand our numbers.  Would you like to get involved?  It appears to be a calling….

And let’s actually write out some of those things (like how to find those wills, or papers or the phone numbers of relatives who live far away) for those who come to take care of us.

Bring pencil and paper and let’s do some work together.

Yes, actually do some work—help each other out…talk about all this — together.  It matters.

Conversations like this will allow us to engage with our deaths-our own Service – and those of our community beloveds, as well as address the legacy we will leave for the living.

Claudia, Paula, and Lane have each been actively engaged, providing guidance, care and comfort for those dying and their families and their friends for many years. With varied backgrounds in ministry, health care, hospice, spiritual pursuits and service they are often called when death is calling.

Feel free to write to Claudia prior to the gathering at claudiaejohnson@gmail.com

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Paula Sansum, psansum@gmail.com


Mary C. Myers, Med, BCC, to Speak

Art of Aging/of Dying series
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 3 to 5pm.

Legacy writing is the invitation and the opportunity to reflect on your stories and the meaning they convey, to write from your heart about what truly matters in your life. These are the treasures you pass on to future generations, your beliefs, wisdom and blessings.

An ethical will is a document written to communicate values and wisdom, history, stories, and love from one generation to another. It preserves who you are and what matters most to you. It’s a way for you to be remembered.

“I am passionate about legacy writing and creating ethical wills because I have seen the gift it is to writers as well as their loved ones, whether shared in the midst of life or at the end. We are story telling/story catcher people who make sense of our lives and our place in the world through story and through story we are able to share our deeper selves, our souls.”

— Mary C. Myers

Mary C. Myers served over forty years in ministry, including twenty-three years as a Board Certified Chaplain in acute care, hospice and outreach to the marginalized. Personal story has been the constant at the heart of her ministry. She is a Certified Legacy Writing Facilitator.

Join us to explore legacy writing and learn more about creating your own legacy letters and ethical will. Admission for the Hoffman Center is $5.

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Tela Skinner, telaskinner@gmail.com

Art of Aging Presents The Practice of Health on March 14

The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents Larry Jacobson speaking on “The Practice of Health” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Tuesday March 14, 2017, from 3 to 5.  Fee for the session is $5.

In their 1995 book “The Life We Are Given; A Long-Term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart and Soul,” Michael Murphy and George Leonard outlined a program called Integral Transformative Practice, based on many years of research. The goal is new pathways to health and wellbeing at any age.

“This program has been practiced for more than twenty years,” says Jacobson, “and those of us who have participated have had a universally positive experience.”

Jacobson is a long time social worker who has worked as an elder care manager for many years in Seattle. He has recently relocated to Manzanita. The March 14 session will be informational providing tools you can use on your own. Jacobson will offer a local ongoing group experience of this program in future, called “The Practice of Health,” for anyone interested.

The program includes self-designed affirmations or goals, an easily accessible stretching and exercise plan for all ages, regular meditation or quiet time, suggestions on nutrition, emotional self-awareness through a support group community, and a commitment to an ongoing practice.

“I read the book and have been doing the series of exercises, meditation and yoga for a number of months now,” says Kathie Hightower of Manzanita, “I’ve already seen enough benefits to continue the commitment to regular practice.”

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Tela Skinner, telaskinner@gmail.com.

Art of Aging: Advance Directives, POLST Forms, and more

If you were to experience a medical emergency, would the EMT’s be able to get to you? Would they know the best treatment based on your medical history and current meds? Would they know your preferences?

Join us for an Art of Aging Conversation from 3 to 5 on Tuesday January 10, 2017 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita to learn how to answer “yes” to all of the above questions.

A representative of the Rinehart Clinic will discuss completion of POLST forms (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) and Advance Directives, and the difference between the two.

Frank Knight, current Training Officer of the Nehalem Fire District and long time EMT, will talk about some of the issues EMTs run into in emergency response situations.

Join us to learn and to get your questions answered…and to make sure you are prepared.

Suggested donation is $5.

2-Day Art of Aging Conference September 28-29


CONFERENCE IS FULL.  To get on a waiting list email telaskinner@gmail.com.

The Art of Aging Series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita partners with Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) to bring a two-day conference to Manzanita, on Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29, from 10am to 4pm, both days.

The conference is titled Personal Safety Nets: Planning for the Probabilities, Embracing the Possibilities. It will inspire, motivate and equip you to live the life you envision – through good times and challenges.

Registration fee is $25, which includes lunch both days, and the attendance will cap out at 32 registrations. Each day builds on the day before, so plan to participate both days.

Author, professor and senior advocate Jenny Sasser, Ph.D., will present “Traveling Together through the Life-Course: Embracing the Adventure of Aging.” Get ready to unleash your creativity!

Denise Malm, LSWAIC, Social Worker at the Wallingford Community Senior Center, Seattle, will present Personal Safety Nets. Over the two-day period participants will be guided as they use instructions, workbook and resources to weave their own personal safety net.

Sasser is an educational gerontologist, trans-disciplinary scholar and community activist. She served as Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Founding Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University from 1999 to 2015. In addition to co-authoring Aging: Concepts and Controversies with Harry Moody, the two are working on the forthcoming book Gerontology: The basics. Her other ongoing commitmentsinclude convening the Gero-Punk Project serving as a conversation facilitator for Oregon Humanities and offering consulting, workshops and presentations throughout North America.

Malm’s MSW from University of Washington included multi-generational research with a focus on older adults. She has been certified in “The Art & Science of Community Organizing.” As a non-profit director she implemented the “Communities that Care” model and served on the Advisory Boards for the Snohomish County Community Mobilization Coalition and the Snohomish County Health and Safety Network. She developed and coordinated a project defined as “senior programming without walls” which addresses communities lacking senior activities and social services.

To register for this conference go to safetynet.eventgrid.com.  Please do not register via the Hoffman registration page.

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. and will be held at the Hoffman (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue). Further information, and other events that are part of the program, is available here or contact Tela Skinner at telaskinner@gmail.com.

“Creativity for Vibrant Aging: Lessons from the Geezer Gallery” Presentation on Sep 13

Imagine a coart-in-action2mmunity that celebrates master level senior artists, plus provides arts programs that give voice to community members of all generations.  The Hoffman Center for the Arts serves as a key player in making this three-village area such a creative, vibrant community.

On September 13, 2016, The Art of Aging series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts welcomes a presentation from Amy Henderson, founder of Portland’s Geezer Gallery. The Geezer Gallery represents older artists, and daily proves the value of creative engagement through dynamic group programs, open studios and collaboration with other arts groups. Amy will inspire with stories of the partnerships, advocacy, research and programs of this unique organization, a lively incubator of aging creativity in Portland for the past seven years.

Amy will be joined by kinetic sculptor and Geezer Gallery President Candyce Scott. Candyce and Amy will share research findings as well as personal stories that illustrate finding purpose and transformation through creativity in later life.

The session will run from 3 to 5pm. Suggested donation is $5.

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Tela Skinner at telaskinner@gmail.com.

Art of Aging Session: From Basic Independence to Optimal Wellness

art-of-aging-dying-icon-finalThe next session in the Art of Aging series will be Tuesday, July 12th, from 3-5 pm, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Physical Aging: From Basic Independence to Optimal Wellness, What’s Possible?

We’ll be looking at the full range: from what it takes for the continued ability to perform the daily tasks of living to what’s possible in very active aging. Kathie will share the research on the physical aspects of longevity, of staying vital and active with a sense of wellbeing late into life. Think of this as your Reader’s Digest summary from over 20 books and numerous longterm studies on the physical aspects of aging. You’ll have the chance to take some self tests to see where you stand now, and to develop your own plan to make improvements. You get to decide…what of this speaks to me? What do I want to keep doing and what might I want to change?

This is an interactive workshop format rather than discussion group.

Prior to “retiring,” Kathie spent 26 years doing workshops in the corporate and government world, traveling the world the past 20+ years presenting workshops for military spouses, focused on happiness, possibilities, and stress/energy management. Now she’s focusing all her research on the topic of Second Adulthood, how to stay active, engaged, healthy and purposeful after 60.

Kathie will have an extensive handout so please RSVP to her at kathiejhightower@gmail.com so she knows how many copies to bring.

Suggested Donation $5.

The Art of Aging and Art of Dying Series is a program of Hoffman Center of the Arts. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 3 to 5PM.

If you want to be added to the email list for all Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com.

Art of Aging Conversation on April 19th

art-of-aging-dying-icon-finalJoin us on Tuesday, April 19th, 3 to 5PM at the Hoffman Center for the Arts for A Conversation on The Art of Aging.  The meeting is open to the public and a $3 donation is requested. If you’d like to be added to the email contact list, contact Lane deMoll, lane at nehalemtel.net.

We will have short presentations about each of these topics with time for questions and conversation.

  • Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) and Personal Safety Net – sharing resources and services within our community.
  • Quality of life and potential as we age, physical health, activity, nutrition
  • Conscious aging – wisdom, spirituality, gerotranscendence, finding meaning in late life
  • Decisions – practical paperwork: living wills, advance directives, POLST forms, etc.
  • Living an engaged, creative, happy life – hobbies, technology, emotional and mental health