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Finding your next great read: your medical notes

Posted on 06/4/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang I have a confession. Many years ago, before they had computers in patient exam rooms, a medical assistant left my chart on the counter when she stepped out. I struggled briefly with my conscience; then I had the audacity to open it. I scanned the notes–terrified my physician would walk in at any moment–and was frankly, a bit disappointed with what I read. Other than an earlier patella dislocation, my medical chart wasn’t all that interesting. Even the …

Official Scam Jam Recap

Posted on 05/16/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Medford Scam Jam Rocked KOBI Studio! We came. We saw. We jammed. Tuesday was our highly anticipated and completely free Scam Jam events held in Medford, OR. And as with any event – sporting, educational, or otherwise – we’ll now take a look back. Peer over the day’s proceedings. And, most importantly, take a step back and ask ourselves, “So what exactly did we learn?” That’s right. It’s now time for the official Scam Jam recap. Okay so first off, …

Long Term Care Ombudsman: Volunteers Advocate for the Rights and Dignity of Long-Term Care Facility Residents

Posted on 05/12/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

It could be dirty floors, foul smells, or just a complaint of persistent cold food. As a Certified Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman, Kendall Williams looks for these issues and more in his visits to the long-term care facilities he is assigned to in Clackamas County.  There are clues that tell him about the care and quality of life of residents.  As an advocate for the residents for the Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, Williams says, “You want to see the residents …

Mom in the Middle: Real Women Speak Blog

Posted on 05/10/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Heather Lee Leap I may not fit your image of AARP. A year ago, I would’ve scoffed at the very suggestion that they had anything to offer me.  As a 42-year-old mother of three, my days are filled with meal plans, music lessons, soccer games and track meets. But suddenly, I found myself providing a different sort of care; one for which AARP provides tremendous support and resources. In the spring of 2013 my mother was rather casually diagnosed with …

Welcome to Real Women Speak

Posted on 05/10/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Welcome to Real Women Speak, where you’ll hear the voices of Oregon women who are struggling, soaring, muddling through and motivated to move forward. Inspired by Decide.Create.Share, this blog chronicles stories from lighthearted happenings to questions of fortitude. From life-altering changes to simple anecdotes, our shared narratives serve to inspire, guide, and connect us. Every woman has a voice. AARP Oregon seeks to amplify them. About our lead blogger: Hello, my name is Heather Lee Leap. My experience as a …

Local Help to Understand and Afford Your Medicare

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Let’s face it; Medicare is expensive and confusing. Many struggle to pay for prescriptions and no longer try to compare the dozens of Medicare plans. But Medicare is too important to leave to chance. Signing up for the right plan not only saves you money, but also ensures the care you need. Medicare also pays for the many preventive services that keep us healthy. Things like exams, shots, lab tests and screenings. The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (or “SHIBA”) …