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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Ombudsman Volunteers Needed

Posted on 05/6/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Long Term Care Ombudsman Volunteers Advocate for the Rights and Dignity of Long-Term Care Facility Residents Submitted by: Gretchen Jordan, Coordinator of Volunteers, Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman It could be dirty floors, foul smells, or just a complaint of persistent cold food. As a Certified Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman, Kendal Williams looks for these issues and more in his visits to the long-term care facility he is assigned to in Clackamas County.  There are clues that tell him …

AARP at Portland Sunday Parkways

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

AARP Oregon is excited to be a Portland Sunday Parkways sponsor again this year! Portland Sunday Parkways is a wonderful series of community extravaganza that promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening the city’s largest public space – its streets – to walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation while fostering civic pride, stimulating economic development, and represents the community, business, and government investments in Portland’s vitality, livability, and diversity.   Last year, we so enjoyed meeting …

Career Transformations

Posted on 02/19/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Have you or a loved one recently been laid off or are looking for work? Are you thinking about changing careers? Whether you are seeking meaning in your career, or just a new job, or simply want to explore your real possibilities, don’t miss the Career Transformations Conference in Medford on Saturday, March 15th.  AARP Oregon is proud to be a sponsor of this great annual event again this year along with Southern Oregon University and other community partners. Join us …

All-Ages LGBT Community Conversation

Posted on 10/2/2013 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

  What are the key issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders, teens and inbetweens today? What are the similarities and differences in experiences across generations? Join AARP Oregon and community partners on October 20 for LGBT Seniors, Teens, & Inbetweens: All-Ages LGBT Community Conversation in Eugene.  This interactive, uplifting community workshop will be led by Soromundi: Lesbian Chorus of Eugene and will bring together generations to share stories and insights across generations. No singing involved – just …

LGBT Aging

Posted on 10/2/2013 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

According to research most of us will need some form of assistance to maintain our desired quality of life, independence and dignity as we age. Dealing with declining health, loss of ability and accepting help from loved ones or paid caregivers is hard enough, for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, aging and receiving care has its unique challenges and complications.  The Administration on Aging reports that between 1.7 to 4 million Americans age 60+ are LGBT. …

Age-Friendly Clackamas – Service Learning Project

Posted on 08/15/2013 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Older adults are one of our city’s richest resources. If we can ensure that they can participate fully in the life of the community for as long as possible, our entire community will benefit. But what does “age-friendly” really mean? How can we improve our city’s physical and social environments to allow residents to remain healthy, independent, and autonomous long into their old age? Join AARP Oregon, Clackamas County Social Services,  Clackamas County Volunteer Connection, and Elders in Action, Hands on …