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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The Strider and the Sitter, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 03/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

THE STRIDER AND THE SITTER – by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity He strides slowly now. He’s older.  That’s what we do in an ALF: grow older, more fragile, and wait. . .  . . But not Ebanisto. When I first saw him, as I gazed out the window while typing at the keyboard of my word processor, he walked buoyantly, as if there was no time to spare, to get to his destination.  His head bobbed, his …

Scam Jam Eugene Scheduled for April 27th at the Hult Center

Posted on 03/11/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Consumers reported losing $1.7 billion to scams and frauds in 2014, according to an annual review released by the Federal Trade Commission. That figure is likely a fraction of actual losses, since many people never report their victimization. For the 15th consecutive year, identity theft was the top complaint in the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, accounting for 13 percent of the total 2.5 million filed complaints. That’s the same percentage as in 2013, but with more people reporting last year, the federal watchdog logged more …

Do You Know the A, B, C, & Ds of Medicare?

Posted on 03/6/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Every day 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare benefits. Many newly eligible older adults will make enrollment mistakes and experience gaps in coverage; or even pay a lifetime of penalties. Medicare has very specific requirements, including deadlines that must be adhered to in order to receive the benefits that are expected. Oregon SHIBA counselors receive calls daily from Medicare consumers who are faced with costly penalties or disruptions in service due to lack of understanding the …

Our Story Continues, Part 2 by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Our Story Continues, part 2, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity Our first child, our son, Daniel, was conceived there.  Funnily enough, Ginny and I, as a young, recently married couple, after only a few attempts, feared that we were unable to conceive a child.  The kindly doctor smiled and said “give it more time.”  None of us knew how the rain would fall. ****** Dan was born in 1956, during the year of my first teaching job …

Access Your 1099 and 1042S Tax Forms Online

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Social Security Question & Answer: I’m gathering everything I’ll need to file my taxes this month. Do I have to pay taxes on Social Security benefits? Also, where can I get a replacement 1099? Answer:  Some people who get Social Security must pay federal income taxes on their benefits. Still, no one pays taxes on more than 85 percent of their Social Security benefits. You must pay taxes on some portion of your benefits if you file an individual federal …

Social Security Extending Hours beginning March 16th

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Effective March 16, 2015, Social Security field offices across the nation will expand their hours. Offices will be open to you and your clients for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, providing face-to-face service to customers until 4:00 p.m. Offices will continue to close at noon every Wednesday so employees have time to complete current work, reduce backlogs, and continue training new employees. “This expansion of office hours reaffirms our commitment to providing the people we serve …