AARP Oregon

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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Keep Breathing – Real Women Speak

Posted on 10/17/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Gwen Curran Keep breathing.   Two very important words.   Recently there was a story in the local paper about a woman reaching the unbelievable age of 105.  When asked her secret to a long, healthy life, she replied, “Keep breathing.”   Two important words.  As long as you are breathing, you are alive and of this world.  Let’s not waste a single breath. This is my Medical week.  Eyes, ears, nose, throat, and my “bionic” hip are on …

Teletown Hall to Discuss 50+ Hunger

Posted on 09/24/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Marianne Ryder Have you or do you know someone who has skimped on buying groceries in order to afford needed medication or to pay utility bills? Sadly, this is not uncommon for many 50+ Oregonians. Did you know that Oregon is one of the top five states nationally for hunger among those ages 50-59? Hunger runs deep in our state. It affects old and young alike. However, 50+ hunger is often hidden. Proper nutrition is key to good health …

Drive Less Rogue Valley

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Did you know that Oregon drivers are responsible for traveling approximately 33.1 billion vehicle miles every year! What would you do if you could not drive? Thankfully driving is not the only way to get around! This October, AARP Oregon is joining the Rogue Valley Transit District (RVTD) for the 2014 Drive Less Challenge. During October 6 – 19, AARP is encouraging members in the Rogue Valley to get to know your community by foot, bicycle, bus and more. Connect …

Making a Difference as a Money Management Volunteer

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

AARP Oregon has been a longtime supporter of the Money Management Programs here in Oregon. Easter Seals Oregon, the Oregon Department of Human Services and community service agencies work together to deliver the Oregon Money Management Program around the state. Trained volunteers help low-income older adults with daily money management tasks and make a difference in people’s lives by helping them remain as independent as possible. In as little as two-hours per month volunteers can help create financial stability, prevent …

A Remembrance: Responders Past and Present

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Shelley Buckingham People ask each other if they remember where they were when 9/11 happened. I was very aware of the horrors of that day. I was in my AARP headquarters office at 601 E Street in Washington, DC. I worked in the Media Relations Department and as a matter of routine, we monitor the news channels to stay aware of the days happenings. CNN came on with breaking news of the first tower at the World Trade Center …

Vintage Rock for Vintage Rockers

Posted on 09/10/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Do you enjoy great music? AARP Oregon is excited to be joining Villages NW for a series of fun evenings filled with music, friendship and doing good. “Vintage Rock for Vintage Rockers” is designed with YOU in mind. Enjoy great music, at great venues, with great people! While at the same time helping to transform the future of aging by strengthening the emerging Village movement in our region. Villages NW is working across the Portland Metro area to change how …