AARP Oregon

Shelley Buckingham

Biography:

I am the Communications/Media Relations Director for AARP Oregon. I joined the team in 2011 having come from the East Coast's AARP National Office in Washington, DC. I have worked for the AARP Andrus Foundation, AARP Foundation and AARP's Integrated Communications Division.

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5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter this Fall

Posted on 10/24/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Enjoy fall’s splendor and crispness — all while prepping your home for winter weather. Here are some important ideas on making your home winter ready. 1. Guard Your Gutters Keeping leaves out of gutters is a must to prevent clogs, backups and winter ice dams. You can avoid this annual chore by installing gutter guards, which screen out leaves, twigs and seeds while letting water flow into the gutter and out the downspout. Some of the most effective types of …

TP or not TP by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 10/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

TP or not TP by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity “They’ve taken away a third of our toilet paper allotment,” I yelled in astonishment to my friend, as I waved the memo in front of his face. He rolled his eyes, “You’re kidding?” “I couldn’t believe what I read, but it came straight from the horse’s mouth. I began to read:  NAME WITHELD has agreed to provide a basic supply of toilet paper, 4 rolls per week maximum, …

TP or Not TP by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 10/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

TP or Not TP by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity “They’ve taken away a third of our toilet paper allotment,” I yelled in astonishment to my friend, as I waved the memo in front of his face. He rolled his eyes, “You’re kidding?” “I couldn’t believe what I read, but it came straight from the horse’s mouth. I began to read:  NAME WITHELD has agreed to provide a basic supply of toilet paper, 4 rolls per week maximum, …

Steppin’ Out — Livable Oregon

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang My assignment was to write a blog about walking.  It was due last week, but I just didn’t know how to approach a subject so…pedestrian.  Walking, the coordinated effort of putting one foot in front of the other to propel oneself forward (preferably not downward), is something many of us do throughout the day without much thought of the process or function.  Turns out, creativity is hard to spark sitting in a chair, staring at my iPad …

Yes, We have no Bananas by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

The  song, Yes, We Have No Bananas, was first sung in 1922 by Isidore Itskowitz.  We know him better as Eddie Cantor. (One couldn’t get work with name endings like itz or ovsky, or the myriad of East Europeans swallowing the officials on Ellis Island.)  Cantor went on to star in vaudeville, Broadway musicals, and radio.  It was in one of those musicals, Make it Snappy, that the world was introduced to Yes, We Have No Bananas. We residents of …

Mid-Life Career Change: Pursuing Your Passion – Real Women Speak

Posted on 09/29/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Michelle M. Cutugno At the end of my last blog post ,  I was on the edge of my seat waiting to hear if my request for reconsideration to Portland State University’s Masters of Social Work program would be viewed favorably. I waited one long month for news, but now, over a year later, I’ve already completed my first year of the program and am enjoying the last few weeks of summer break before my advanced (and final) year begins. …