AARP Oregon

Shelley Buckingham


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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Goodbye For Now

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

GOING HOME FROM THE ALF By Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I hear their voices in the hall. “Goodbye for now.” “We’ll be back next week.” “Take a walk down the hall.” “Check what’s on TV.” “It’ll be sooner than you think.” “Have a good day.” “Enjoy yourself.” And etc., etc., etc. The sounds of going home; adult children leaving a mother or father after a Sunday visit to our Assisted Living Facility. The apologetic voices linger after …

Wheeling Along Together

Wheeling Along Together

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity The day begins as I see her through the filter of crusty morning eyes.  She’s at rest at the foot of my bed, only a shape in the grayish, dark room.  My Invacare wheelchair. My body’s home. You may not have heard of her breed.  Invacare is not a household name unless you’re in a household where people need assistance to get around.  I do. That’s why I live in an Assisted …

July 21

July 21

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Dick Weinman JULY 21 At a miniature spot on the enormous sphere of the earth, At a wisp in the panoply of space, Two machines hurtled toward one another.   The miniscule place is a piece of the highway. The time is the sunlit warmth of summer.   Into the black macadam of route 34, on the 21st. day of July, the mini-van kept its inexorable veer to the left, while the squealing gargantuan swerved to avoid the meeting. …

Oregon Retirement Savings Task Force to Meet Tuesday

Posted on 03/14/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

New fact-finding panel will explore ways to help Oregonians increase retirement savings Formed by bipartisan legislation, Interim Task Force on Retirement Savings convenes Tuesday SALEM – The demographics are daunting. Oregon’s senior population is projected to double in the next two decades. Yet at the same time, many people have little or no retirement savings – and an estimated half of workers do not even have a retirement savings option through their employer. The low rate of savings for retirees is expected …

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I taught a college course on discrimination and difference. A student in the course, who was in a wheelchair, told me and the other students that his community of disabled persons called us TAPs.  When asked what a TAP is, he smiled, “Temporarily Abled People.”  In my case, he was right. ***** My home is an Assisted Living Facility, an ALF.  Disabled because of an horrific motor vehicle accident, resulting in multiple …

Portland Women's Expo 3/15/14

Portland Women’s Expo 3/15/14

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Ahh Saturday. It’s arguably the best day of the week. I mean, for the most part, you get to sleep in. Do whatever you like. And not have to worry about waking up early for work the next morning. It is the backbone of the weekend. That one special day of the week that encompasses exciting promises and adventurous plans. But, for as amazing as it is, there does exist one problem with Saturday; it’s one day. You can only …