The Remote – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-15T13:04:00+00:00">November 15, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-24T13:05:11+00:00">September 24, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

In the Beginning was the first blue light of the TV screen, reflecting the plains and mountains of the “vast wasteland.” In those primitive days of TV viewing, when I tired of the eye candy I was snacking, I  left my comfortable perch in order to turn the tuner to another sweet shoppe. Nowadays, when all the old and disabled folks who reside in my ALF (Assisted Living Facililty) want to channel-surf, we ask a caregiver to make the necessary changes …

Oregonians are ready for OregonSaves

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-31T16:30:10+00:00">October 31, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-31T16:34:07+00:00">October 31, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

  Oregon’s workforce is feeling anxious about retirement – more than half don’t have a workplace retirement savings option. But the retirement landscape is changing in the state with the launch of OregonSaves. “OregonSaves is an easier way to save for retirement,” said Joyce DeMonnin, communications and media relations director for AARP Oregon. “It’s specifically for the 1 million Oregonians who don’t have a retirement option at their work.” The OregonSaves program got high marks from a DHM Research poll …

TV or not TV – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-30T12:27:00+00:00">October 30, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-24T13:03:33+00:00">September 24, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

I’m old enough to remember the vast wasteland before it was memorialized as the “vast wasteland.”  (For those of you too young to remember, the “vast wasteland”  was the sobriquet pronounced upon the fledgling soporific medium called TV by Newton Minnow, the man President John Kennedy appointed Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission -FCC.) I thought of the “vast wasteland” as our community of elders was gathered in front of the TV screen experiencing the “global village” – another, more …

It’s National Retirement Security Week – let’s celebrate OregonSaves

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-18T20:52:21+00:00">October 18, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-19T00:20:23+00:00">October 19, 2017</time> by

  OregonSaves is the nation’s first state-based auto-enroll IRA for private sector workers   SALEM — Oregonians are living longer. That’s a great thing. But our savings aren’t living as long as we are, and that means many people are not able to retire comfortably after a lifetime of work. And according to research, far too many Oregonians haven’t even saved a dime. That’s why U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and State Treasurer Tobias Read are teaming up in National Retirement …

Rainy Day – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-14T13:06:00+00:00">October 14, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-24T13:21:38+00:00">September 24, 2017</time> by

              Views from inside an Assisted Living Facility   It’s raining. Ech!  I shouldn’t grouse; it was bound to happen. It is October, and it is Oregon: it always rains in Oregon in the late Fall and Winter. I’ve lived here for fifty years;  I should be used to that. I am. I used to glory in it. I loved to ride my bike into a wind that pushed me back, that sprayed water …

When the red lights flash – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-29T14:44:00+00:00">September 29, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-08-10T15:34:56+00:00">August 10, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

I’m awakened by a continuous rumbling. As I sleepily struggle to forge a remembrance, foggy thoughts ruminate in my somnolent mind, and slowly cohere in recognition: it’s a huge motor idling.  Clarity penetrates my torpid mind:  I ask myself, why do I hear that sound outside my window?  I slowly lift my head and glance at the ceiling – pools of color pulse rhythmically as  the motor rumbles on. Red flashes strobe the walls.  My mind clears: the deep, throaty …

Encore Entreprenuers: Chris Pero

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-14T07:00:00+00:00">September 14, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-07-03T00:24:38+00:00">July 3, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

From the elegant photography and art adorning the walls of her house in Portland’s Mt. Tabor neighborhood to the beautiful and charming aesthetic of her lush, green backyard it’s evident that style and design inform each aspect of Chris Pero’s life. At 44, Chris is one of the youngest Encore Entrepreneurs profiled for this series. She’s also unique among many in the field of Encore Entrepreneurs in that her commercial framing and design business, Pero Design, is a natural extension …

Encore Entrepreneurs: Fay Putnam

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-08-31T11:00:00+00:00">August 31, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-08T19:23:28+00:00">September 8, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

After a 40-year career teaching voice lessons to students of all ages, and with some assistance from small business development guru, Jackie Babicky Peterson, Fay Putnam began Breath is the Answer. Her solopreneur business provides a service that enables her clients to “find their authentic voice.”  Fay uses the Alexander Technique–a process that helps people move more mindfully through life’s everyday activities–which she has studied extensively, to guide individuals through a series of exercises that allow them to become more aware of how they use …

Little things means a lot – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-08-30T13:43:00+00:00">August 30, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-08-05T16:34:11+00:00">August 5, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT Hallelujah! Hooray!   Hot-Ziggety-Zag!  Hot-Diggety Dog! Hot Scud Catfish! et al….! What brings on this plethora of expletives of joy? Well, not much materially – but HUGE in its implications. Recall the concept of “person-centered?” Well, a progressive step has been taken by the “provider” of my Long Term Care home. My ALF. Toward that end. “One small step for man. . . “ No.  Not that one. In fact, it was a  non-pedal activity; …

Encore Entrepreneurs: Cheryl Flemming

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-08-17T11:15:00+00:00">August 17, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-05-31T16:50:35+00:00">May 31, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

Painted on the wall of the For The Love of Dogs training room is the saying, “A Dog’s Tail Never Lies.” Beneath it, Cocoa, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, looks up intently, at her “mom.” True to Pavlov’s theory, Cocoa’s tail wags patiently and enthusiastically as she awaits the forthcoming treat  she’ll be rewarded for good behavior following the sound of dog trainer, Cheryl Flemming’s “click.” The “Clicker Method” is the method of training Cheryl uses in her workshops and …