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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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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. Are …

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 …

Lessons from Dr. King – Real Women Speak

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

By Geneva Craig I was born in Selma, Alabama and I was basically a happy child, I knew that I was cared about and that I was loved by my family. My mother & father, my grandmother (Big Mama), aunts, uncles and cousins surrounded me. We had lots of good times that were filled with sharing & laugher. But something changed within me as I became more and more aware of the society in which I lived. It was a …

The Energetic Eighties – Real Women Speak

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Gwen Curran Now that my daughters are in what Gail Sheehy calls “the flaming fifties”, I feel I am in the Energetic eighties! This past holiday season was a swirl of shopping, exercise, writing, parties, travel, friends, and family.  All through it, I felt at the top of my game until I caught a cold, and possible strep throat the last day of my visit to New York City to be with one of my daughters and her family. …