Encore Entreprenuers: Chris Pero

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

THE LONER

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His name is Myron.  He’s my age.  We’re two babes of the Depression, both born some place within 1933. Myron was a scientist. He worked with other scientists in a government research facility near where we both abide – in an ALF.  At his scientific work place he was surrounded by colleagues. Here at the ALF, he is alone. Myron’s mind is untouched by age.  He could have been a professor: he lets his opinion be known – loudly. He …

What do we do? — The Thin Edge of Dignity

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What do we do with dear old dad? Or sweet old mom? Or both? So muse the adult children of parents who are septuagenarians , or octogenarians, or nonagenarians, or centenarians, or, .. . God forbid  –  supercentenarians? What do we do with them? Where do we put them? To the rescue – Long Term Care, or LTC. Sanctioned by the Federal Government. Sanctioned by each State. A profit center for the large hostelier. A non-profit for charitable entities. A …

Oregon economy gets a boost with the help of tax aide volunteers

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                    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service (Clackamas, Oregon) — Bob Bruce, AARP Foundation Tax Aide State Coordinator for Oregon announced the organization helped to return more than $52 million dollars back to tax payers, many of whom are seniors or people with lower incomes. “This is a significant economic boost to Oregon’s economy,” Bruce said. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s …

Let me know when you’re finished – The Thin Edge of Dignity

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                    Privacy, anyone?   “Let me know when you’re finished,” said the caregiver, leaving me to cogitate as I remained where she had put me, seated on the cold, rigid, plastic toilet (or, more sweetly, “commode”) seat. She closed the door to the bathroom (or, more gently, “rest room”) and headed to a place in my living room to wait for me to complete the process of solid waste disposal. Whilst …

Encore Entrepreneurs: Sunit Rikhi

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It’s a universal truth the saying, “Life is what happens where you’re busy making plans.” Before becoming an Encore Entrepreneur, Sunit Rikhi, Founder of Reach for Infinity, LLC, had dedicated thirty-one years at Intel. The type to focus on the here and now, he never gave much thought about doing anything other than the task at hand, which was working on breakthrough technology while developing and managing the projects and teams he oversaw at Intel.   In late 2014, one …

Encore Entrepreneur: Diana Zapata

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During the process of buying or making improvements to their forever homes, families don’t always consider the concept of “aging in place,” or having a home that is “user friendly” for family members as they age. Diana Zapata, a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), has incorporated this concept into Zapata Design, the year-old interior design business she started as an Encore Entrepreneur. A long-time freelancer in the field of graphic design, Diana, now 57, had always wanted to be an architect …