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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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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. …

Finding a New Place to Call Home – Livable Oregon

Posted on 12/5/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

It’s a fact: as we get older our needs change. Sometimes the very things that made a house a home in our youth become daily hurdles as we age. AARP Livable Oregon recently talked with Nancy Tanner about her move with her husband to a community more suited for their changing needs. Tell us about yourself. I retired in 2008 after teaching middle school in Corvallis for 28 years. Ray, my husband, is also retired from teaching at OSU and …

Sleepless in Portland – Real Women Speak

Posted on 11/16/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang By Elaine Friesen-Strang The title of this blog series, “Real Women Speak”, is aptly named. We share, converse, chat, and can yammer on about almost anything. Being verbal is generally not a problem. If the series was entitled “Real Women Sleep”, that would be debatable, especially for women old enough to be interested in perusing this website. We toss and turn and lament our sleeplessness with our female friends. Settling down for a long winter’s nap sounds easier …

Home Sweet Home – Livable Oregon

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang Sharon and Howard Johnson loved their old Victorian two-story home overlooking the Rogue River Valley. Their home of 14 years is where they planned to enjoy their retirement. But despite active, healthy lifestyles, and defiant resolve to prove otherwise, our bodies do change with the years; the Johnsons weren’t in denial. After learning the cost of making their home accessible was “prohibitive”, they sought to find a new home that was designed with an older, differently abled …

Seeking Support – Real Women Speak

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Heather Lee Leap “Do you ever feel like a Halloween pumpkin left out on the porch a little too long? You look good on the outside, but inside you are empty, ready to collapse, and literally getting eaten up by something you can’t even recognize?” Mantu Joshi writes this in his book, The Resilient Parent: Everyday Wisdom for Life with your Exceptional Child. I’m fortunate not to have children with special needs, but I purchased this book because so …

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 …