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Bandana Shrestha


Bandana Shrestha is the Community Engagement Director for AARP Oregon. She leads the strategic engagement of members, communities, and partners in AARP's work in the state. Bandana also leads AARP Oregon’s work on livable communities, caregiving and long-term care education, and at-risk populations. Before joining AARP, Bandana served as Director of Model Programs and Partnerships for the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, DC, where she developed and led volunteer based programs to serve and engage older adults and diverse under-served communities.

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You’ll Never Walk Alone, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 07/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

You’ll Never Walk Alone, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity The uplifting melody and inspirational lyric of You’ll Never Walk Alone, have made the Rodgers and Hammerstein song a hymn-like source of hope for millions of people around the world – even for the Liverpool football team. It’s their team song. The song’s title also has special meaning for me. At eighty-two, I’m on the final journey of my life. Disabled, I’m in need of a caring hand …

Someone Younger – Real Women Speak

Posted on 07/2/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang My birth certificate indicates I am 61 years of age, but I don’t see myself as as a sexagenarian; I identify as a 41 year old. That’s odd, given I’ve been married 36 years, have two adult children and have physical restrictions that weren’t present 20 years ago. I also haven’t physically re-made myself in the attempt of turning back the clock. Well, there was that total knee replacement five years ago, but no liposuction, facelift, or …

How? Who? Why? – Questions of Care, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

How? Who? Why? – Questions of Care, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I stand with my back toward her, my pants tugging my ankles. I bend over, and grasp the cold metal handicap bar. She wields the toilet paper, extends her arm, and wipes. I should be glad. I can’t do for myself. Toileting me is one of the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and one of the reasons I pay $5000+ each month for my residency …

How I Turned into a Pro-Aging Advocate in My 60s – Real Women Speak

Posted on 06/25/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Gaea Yudron I have been an writer and health care practitioner for many years. I think of life itself as a work of art. In 2000, I was working as a writer for a company that developed DVDs to educate caregivers of elders. The job involved considerable research and included going to national conferences such as that of American Society on Aging. I found that I was dismayed by deeply ingrained perspectives on aging as a time of decline …

Decisions… Decisions… Decisions, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I waddle my wheelchair down the hallway of my ALF to the dining room. But, I’m not alone. I see other people marching, like me, to learn what awaits them for breakfast. Some of the residents power their wheelchairs, others hunch over walkers, some lean on a cane, or walk erect – gathering from two directions, ready to make their choice for breakfast. The decision making is a new …

TP or not TP, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 05/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

TP or not TP, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity When I heard about it, I couldn’t believe it. But, when I saw it in black and white – actually, the font text was Arial blue – I knew the rumors were true. Coming straight from the horse’s mouth, was the statement: [ALF NAME WITHELD] “has agreed to provide a basic supply of toilet paper, 4 rolls per week maximum, and any resident who needs more than that …