Chamber forum focuses on preparing for aging
Hitting a certain age, or having one too many health scares often leads to worry about "what's next?" and how will you continue to provide for your family after you're not around anymore?
The presenter's at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce's Oct. 25 quarterly luncheon said these are questions better answered sooner rather than later.
"You can't expect the unexpected," attorney Kevin Tillson noted in his portion of the luncheon presentation on preparing for aging. "As far as who needs the work I do, it's everybody."
Tillson runs Tillson Law P.C. with his wife Codi in Sandy. Together the couple offers a range of legal services, including counsel in probate, trusts, estate planning, wills and advance directives.
Janel Rieder of Assisting Hands Home Care, a Sandy-based in-home care agency, also spoke about recognizing when you might need some help medically and/or on a more regular basis.
She began her busy practice with several years of nursing experience under her belt.
"The same people were coming back to the hospital for the same things," she noted. "I can affect more people's lives being in their homes."
Sandy Fire Department Chaplain Dennis Simons, who was in attendance, added that roughly 80 percent of calls the department receives are medical-related.
Rieder explained that Assisting Hands can not only help take the weight of care off of loved ones, but keep elderly people more independent.
With in-home care, many are able to remain in their own homes for more of their lives. "Kids don't always have time to come in twice a day," she said. "(And) you don't want to get in an emergency situation. Planning is everything."
To tie up the presentation, Seth Dickinson of Oasis Senior Advisors spoke about how his business works to introduce clients to services like Tillson Law or Assisting Hands and help people navigate "the landscape of senior housing in Oregon."
"We've had instances where it's just seniors who don't want to be in their home with all the upkeep anymore and they want to know what the options are," Seth Dickinson explained. "Whether or not they move, or they just want to down-size, or they just want to understand and plan for the future. ... We help families and create a path forward and just sit down with them and educate them."
Through their partnerships with different agencies and businesses around the Sandy and Portland area, Seth and Breanna Dickinson of Oasis are able to provide advice on retirement homes, estate planning lawyers, in-home care and much else free of charge.
"This is a great town," Seth Dickinson said. "We have a lot of people around to help out. We're hoping to be one of them."
Also at the luncheon, Chamber Director Khrys Jones presented Sam Lider of U.S. World Class Taekwondo with the quarterly Sandy Area Sensational Business award.
The school was nominated for the award alongside Sandy Cinema and Sandy Family Restaurant/Ria's Bar.
Lider received a framed certificate and a year of free advertising with the chamber.