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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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How? Who? Why? – Questions of Care, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

How? Who? Why? – Questions of Care, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I stand with my back toward her, my pants tugging my ankles. I bend over, and grasp the cold metal handicap bar. She wields the toilet paper, extends her arm, and wipes. I should be glad. I can’t do for myself. Toileting me is one of the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and one of the reasons I pay $5000+ each month for my residency …

How I Turned into a Pro-Aging Advocate in My 60s – Real Women Speak

Posted on 06/25/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Gaea Yudron I have been an writer and health care practitioner for many years. I think of life itself as a work of art. In 2000, I was working as a writer for a company that developed DVDs to educate caregivers of elders. The job involved considerable research and included going to national conferences such as that of American Society on Aging. I found that I was dismayed by deeply ingrained perspectives on aging as a time of decline …

Decisions… Decisions… Decisions, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I waddle my wheelchair down the hallway of my ALF to the dining room. But, I’m not alone. I see other people marching, like me, to learn what awaits them for breakfast. Some of the residents power their wheelchairs, others hunch over walkers, some lean on a cane, or walk erect – gathering from two directions, ready to make their choice for breakfast. The decision making is a new …

TP or not TP, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 05/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

TP or not TP, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity When I heard about it, I couldn’t believe it. But, when I saw it in black and white – actually, the font text was Arial blue – I knew the rumors were true. Coming straight from the horse’s mouth, was the statement: [ALF NAME WITHELD] “has agreed to provide a basic supply of toilet paper, 4 rolls per week maximum, and any resident who needs more than that …

AARP Talks with Noel Mickelberry- Livable Oregon

Posted on 05/4/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang How many of your family members or friends could you accept being killed or injured in traffic? The question prompts an immediate response: zero, of course! But everyday throughout America, adults and children are killed as they are walking to school, work, or just out for a stroll; it’s what Vision Zero is hoping to change. According to Dangerous by Design, in the decade from 2003 through 2012, 47,025 people died while walking on our streets. Being …

They’re Still Gone by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

THEY’RE STILL GONE  Please Come Back by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity The tables in the dining room of our ALF are still tissueless. No longer does the plaintive request of the residents, “Please pass the tissues.” resonate through the dining room. Residents continue to suffer: there’s no way to blow our noses – unless you soil shirt tails, place mats, or napkins. We need the return of tissues: the Kleenex, the Puffs, the Marcals, the Angel Softs, …