AARP Oregon


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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2016 NeighborWalks Kicks off on June 21st: Livable Oregon

Posted on 06/7/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Oregon |

by: Elaine Friesen-Strang Imagine taking a walk in the mid-morning with someone who has pre-planned an interesting, safe stroll through a Portland neighborhood. Imagine learning a few things along the way from a knowledgeable resident who has a special interest in that neighborhood. Imagine walking with others–many of whom you may not know–but who share your curiosity, exercise goals, and delight in making new friends. Imagine no more! The 2016 NeighborWalks season starts this month! AARP volunteers and other community …

NeighborWalks 2016: Be Active. Stay Active.

Posted on 04/27/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Oregon |

Summer is almost upon us and we are excited to invite you to our second season of NeighborWalks! NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program brought to you by AARP Oregon, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Oregon Walks. Our vision is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community. Walks take place in neighborhoods around Portland, led by AARP volunteer leaders with support from community partners. Join us for these intergenerational walks as …

Portland Mayor Voter Guide from AARP Oregon

Posted on 04/27/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Oregon |

Tuesday, May 17th is Election Day in Oregon and voters in the City of Portland will cast their votes to select a new mayor. The results may determine who the next mayor will be or if no one candidate gets the required 50% of votes, the top two candidates will face off again in November. For the May election, AARP asked all mayoral candidates for their solutions about issues that AARP members, Portlanders age 50-plus, and their families want the …

AARP Oregon Talks with Commissioner Nick Fish – Livable Oregon

Posted on 04/21/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Oregon |

By Elaine Friesen-Strang Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish is passionate about civic engagement and he thinks you should be too. He also understands the necessity of age-friendly policies and planning to help older adults remain active in their communities. With a rich family history of public service, after graduating from Harvard, Commissioner Fish first worked as a legislative aide in Massachusetts. Then with a Northeastern University law degree, he spent ten years representing health care workers in New York. A …

Safe Streets for Everyone: Measure 26-173

Posted on 04/14/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Oregon |

By Elaine Friesen-Strang On the afternoon of April 2, 13 year old Mauricio was struck by an automobile while he was in a crosswalk at SE 142nd and Division. He suffered a severe concussion and broken shoulder. No one should be a victim of such an assault, but in this case, he has youth and resiliency on his side. Had he been 70 years of age, he may not have survived.  The Oregon State of Pedestrian Safety Report, which Oregon …

AARP Oregon Supports Measure 26-173

Posted on 04/5/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Oregon |

Crossing the street shouldn’t mean crossing your fingers. Yet every two hours, a pedestrian in the United States is killed because a street or crosswalk is unsafe. Children, seniors, people of color and the low-income are disproportionately the victims of these fatalities. According to the 2015 Oregon State of Pedestrian Safety Report, Oregonians 65 years and older are four times more likely to be killed walking on our streets than any other age group. That is why AARP Oregon supports …

Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum Video

Posted on 04/5/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Oregon |

On Saturday, April 2nd AARP Oregon hosted a Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center. Mayoral Candidates Ted Wheeler and Jules Bailey participated in the forum which was moderated by Laural Porter, KGW-TV Anchor and Straight Talk Host. The forum included audience polling, moderated Q& A with the candidates and also questions from the audience. The forum focused on “Building a Community for all Ages” and included questions about affordable and accessible housing, financial resilience, transportation options and …

It Takes a Village – Livable Oregon

Posted on 03/16/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Oregon |

Yes, it does take a village. Not only to raise happy, healthy and well adjusted children, but to continue our wellbeing through out life.  That’s why we are excited to share with you a little bit about the growing “village” movement right here in our neck of the woods. We recently caught up with Eastside Village, a new organization that just begun serving southeast Portland neighborhoods. Eastside Village is but one of several villages that will be operating in the Portland …

Distraction Denial – Livable Oregon

Posted on 03/14/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Oregon |

by Elaine Friesen-Strang It’s just so hard to keep those pesky smart phones out of our hands.  If we put them on the passenger seat, they are beguiling, tempting us to interact with everyone else, except those sharing the road with us.  They work their way into our ears when we go out for a run, or a walk, because we can’t leave them at home alone.  Yes, they may prove to be a distraction for others, but we know …

Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum: Building a Community for All Ages

Posted on 03/1/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Oregon |

Join AARP Oregon for a Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum and learn where the candidates* stand on “Building a Community for All Ages.” Join a lively discussion moderated by KGW-TV anchor and Straight Talk host Laural Porter and find out the candidates’ positions on issues like safe streets, better housing, financial resilience opportunities for residents to engage in the community life of our city. Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. DoubleTree Lloyd Center 1000 NE Multnomah St. …