Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-being of Seniors (VIEWS) is a program of Cascadia’s Older Adult Outpatient Services.
The program aims to promote the emotional well-being of seniors through peer counseling and social engagement. To create discussion amongst various subjects like “Conversations on Aging”, weekly group support meetings provide emotional support, unconditional listening, and sharing of experiences at no cost to the participants.
To access Cascadia’s VIEWS services including scheduling a “Conversations on Aging” presentation at your facility, to volunteer, or for more information about the program please contact VIEWS Program Manager: 503-261-6181 or email us.
Peer Support Groups are intimate and closed groups that review a range of subjects. Peer Support Groups help participants develop connections with one another:
- Peer Support Groups happen weekly at same location
- 5-8 participants with screened participants*
- Meetings are confidential and occur in a safe and supportive environment where members can talk about life’s challenges, changes, losses and successes.
- Sessions facilitated by trained senior peer counseling VIEWS volunteers that are older adults (age 55+)
*Prospective members are interviewed to ensure a good dynamic to the intimate group and are asked to make a weekly attendance commitment to the support groups.
Conversations on Aging is an outlet where older adults come together and discuss their feelings and experiences relative to specific topics about aging. VIEWS’ Conversation on Aging discussion groups are:
- A place where participants have an opportunity to talk about their feelings can be heard by others.
- Meetings are held in a private room and discussions are confidential
- Sessions facilitated by trained senior peer counseling VIEWS volunteers that are older adults (age 55+).
- 90 minute sessions and are most effective for groups of 5-10 participants. Upcoming Conversations on Aging groups are hosted at various venues and are advertised monthly in local and senior-focused publications.
*If you are unable to travel, an individual peer counselor may be available to come to your home.
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October 11, 2017
1:30 pm: Engaging with Adult children, a VIEWS Conversation on Aging
October 11, 2017 –
1:30 – 3:00 at the Westmoreland U Manor, 6404 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, Or 97202.
Join other older adults for a Conversation on Engaging with Adult Children, offered by the non-profit organization VIEWS. Relationships with children change as we age. Examine current problems and foster greater understanding between generations. Talk about some of your concerns. Come see how helpful a discussion with peers can be.
Please call the Westmoreland U Manor at 708-215-1379 for free registration.
October 12, 2017
2:30 pm: The Elder Journey, a VIEWS Conversation on Aging
October 12, 2017 –
2:30 – 4:00 at Gilman Court Apt, 610 NE 99th Ave., Portland, Or 97220.
We live in a culture where, for many, considering end-of-life realities is an overwhelming challenge and easily set aside. This VIEWS Conversation does not provide legal advice, but instead offers a safe environment to explore and share feelings, fears, and thoughts that surround making plans and asking questions about end-of-life decisions.
Please call Gilman Court Apt at 503-278-2739 for free registration.
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October 17, 2017
1:00 pm: Staying Engaged in Life, a VIEWS Conversation on Aging
October 17, 2017 –
1:00 – 2:30 at Salvation Army Rose Center, 211 NE 18th Ave, Portland, Or 97232.
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.
Please call the Salvation Army Rose Center at 503-239-1221 for free registration.
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