Vicki L. Schmall, PhD

Vicki Schmall is President and Gerontology & Training Specialist with Aging Concerns in West Linn, Oregon. She is also Professor Emeritus of Oregon State University, where she served as the Director of the Program on Gerontology and the Gerontology Specialist in the OSU Extension Service for over 20 years.

Dr. Schmall is well known for her development of many aging-related training programs and educational materials. These include eight multimedia workshop packages focused on family caregiving and communication issues, three additional videos, eight training manuals and four educational games that are distributed nationally. Dr. Schmall is the co-author of the book, The Caregiver Helpbook: Powerful Tools for Caregiving.

Dr. Schmall's areas of expertise include: family decision-making and caregiving in later life; aging and health-related changes-physical, psychological and social; family communication and caregiving issues (including Alzheimer's disease and related dementias); mental health issues; sensitivity training on aging-related changes; learning and memory in later life; late-life sexuality; and curriculum design and training.

Dr. Schmall has conducted over 900 workshops for staff, families, older adults and professionals throughout the United States, and in Canada, Guam and Thailand. She has authored over 100 professional articles and book chapters and written eight nationally distributed training manuals. She consults with families about eldercare issues, professional organizations, businesses, community agencies and long term care and retirement housing facilities. Dr. Schmall has been a trainer for the American Society on Aging and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Retirement Housing Managers Certification Program.

Dr. Schmall is active on many community and professional advisory boards. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Trail Chapter Board of the Alzheimer's Association, the Benedictine Nursing Center at Mt. Angel, Willamette View Retirement Homes, Inc., the Oregon Gerontological Association and the American Society on Aging. She also serves on the Patient and Family Committees of the Oregon Alzheimer's Association and the Oregon chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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