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Bruce Carlson


Bruce Carlson is a Senior Program Specialist for AARP Washington.

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Tumwater’s Dennis Shoemaker Wins AARP Andrus Award

Posted on 11/25/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Dennis Shoemaker of Tumwater has been selected to receive the  2015 AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. Dennis has been a devoted volunteer for Senior Services for South Sound since 2000, serving on their Board of Directors and as President. He has used his professional skills to grow a variety of needed programs. Under his leadership, Senior Services’ annual auction has grown from $8,000 in revenue to …

AARP & Others Oppose Proposed United Way Funding Cuts For Seniors

Posted on 11/25/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

AARP Washington and more than 40 other advocacy and community service services organizations that advocate and serve thousands of older adults in King County and the State of Washington are deeply concerned that United Way’s new funding priorities will no longer include investments in programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities. United Way has traditionally played an “umbrella” role for human services in King County. Older adults have always been part of that umbrella for the past 50 …

Life Reimagined: Serving Up Hope in Kent

Posted on 11/11/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

When former music teacher Pat Gray decided to retire, she imagined a life of leisure.  Instead, Pat heard a different calling from her local community in Kent and it resulted in a Life Reimagined. Pat started KentHOPE, a day shelter for homeless women and their children. The facility hosts an average of 30 women and children each day and offers three substantial meals a day, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, computers with internet access, health care, life skills classes, advocacy and hope. “It’s a thing I …

Life Reimagined: To the Director’s Chair

Posted on 08/16/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

For Phil Jordan of Whidbey Island, he had to leave the theater behind but the theater never left his blood. Today, he’s directing a major production at the Whidbey Island Center For The Arts. Phil was heavily involved in theater productions in college and shortly after. But then, life got in the way. “It’s a cliche that you’re a starving artist in the theater but that was certainly true in my case,” says Phil. “I felt a need to do …

Life Reimagined: From Catching Salmon to Making Whiskey

Posted on 08/13/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Mike Sherlock spent 30 years in the commercial fishing industry, first running boats in the Bering Sea and later as a shipyard owner. But at the age of 54, he decided he wanted a different kind of life. When craft liquor distilling became legal in Washington State, Mike and his partner Patti Bishop saw opportunity. Patti owned a software business and both felt like they were working 24/7. Commercial distilling was a huge leap of faith but they took it. …

Life Reimagined: “I Just Want To Give Back!”

Posted on 08/5/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Janet Lam-Rogers of Seattle believes in keeping busy. As a volunteer for the American Red Cross, the Northwest Harvest food bank, a house-builder for Habitat for Humanity and a tax preparer for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, the 60 year old spends most of her week helping others. “I think I’m one of those fortunate people who had a very good work life,” said Janet. “But mostly I was doing a lot of planning type work that took a very long …