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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Better Living by Design, Livable Oregon

Posted on 04/24/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Chances are good you’ve settled comfortably into your home and aren’t planning to rent a moving van any day soon. AARP surveys consistently show that people 50+ wanted to stay in their current homes as long as possible; but research also indicates that often the homes we live in may not meet your changing needs. Does your home have stairs? How wide are those doors and hallways? How accessible are your bathrooms? Whether you are planning to stay or are …

Focus on Food Security

Posted on 03/31/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang According to a 2011 study conducted by the AARP Foundation, Oregon was one of the top 10 states for hunger among adults age 50 and older. For those age 50-59, Oregon was in the top five. The participation rate in our state, for older adults who qualify for SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is only 40%. No one should experience hunger. Read more here.   American Winter: AARP  Lunch and Learn Join us for a special …

Caregiving Forums: Thinking and Preparing Ahead

Posted on 02/12/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

It usually starts small – perhaps running a few errands or preparing some meals. Maybe you don’t even see yourself as a caregiver yet. Sometime the changes can be sudden and dramatic. But as your loved ones age, they may need more help. And, perhaps you will too. A little planning ahead can make a big difference in your life. Join AARP Oregon and community partners for upcoming educational forums to help maximize future independence and quality of life.   …

Be the Change – Livable Oregon

Posted on 02/12/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang “You and you alone choose moment by moment who and how you want to be in the world.” Such is the life challenge offered by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who has thought more about motivation than most people: her life depended on it. At age 37, Dr. Taylor had a massive stroke. A Harvard trained neuroanantomist, she diagnosed the trauma as it was happening. She was also aware of the long, uphill battle she would have to …

Get involved: Help Make Portland Age-Friendly

Posted on 02/11/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Did you know that people who volunteer are happier and have better health? Research shows that volunteers have more meaningful connections in their community and experience greater life satisfaction. That’s why we are excited to invite you to join us at two upcoming events to learn about volunteering in your community. AARP is working in Portland to help enhance the livability of our city. We are part of the Portland Age-Friendly Initiative which addresses key issues like health, transportation, housing …

Don Baack: A Champion for Walking – Livable Oregon

Posted on 02/4/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang As the award season is getting under way, it is not surprising there is one deserving winner who is picking up multiple honors. In the walkability world, Don Baack’s name is well known; his positive spirit, innovation, and persistence has improved pedestrian accessibility and safety in Portland. Largely due to his leadership, SW Portland now offers 40 continuous miles of well mapped trails, connecting people with nature and each other.   Don says it all began about …