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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SS by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 09/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity It may take up to twenty minutes of hard sitting – on a plastic toilet seat, waiting for a caregiver to ease the soreness and redness of my gluteus maximus – my butt. My discomfort is a consequence of SS. In my world, SS is not Hitler’s dreaded Schutzstaffel.  Nor is it the monthly government retirement check. In my world – the world of the ALF – SS means short staffed, the …

Take the ice bucket challenge! – Real Women Speak

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang First, a clarification: this is in no disrespect of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I am in awe of all those brazen folks who, for the sake of a cause (and occasional self promotion), pour a pail of frigid ice water over their heads. A gifted gentleman I admired, and who made a profound musical contribution to the Portland area, died of ALS. It is a cruel disease demanding more research and support for patients and their families. …

Does It Bounce? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

I slide down in my wheelchair and sigh as I look at the crinkles in the bottom sheet of my bed, as I’m about to be helped into it for the night.  I flashback to when I was ten or eleven – some seventy years ago – I was a city kid attending summer camp in the mountains of New England.  We lived in a rustic (at least, that was our perception) cabin, in what was advertised as country, outdoors …

September is Hunger Action Month: Here’s 5 things you can do to help

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Just over 50 million individuals experience food insecurity in the United States every day. Nearly 9 million of them are older adults age 50+. Unless we act, that number will only increase as the aging population grows. Food prices continue to rise rapidly, yet most incomes have remained the same, putting pressure on household food budgets. Fresh, nutritious food that older adults need to keep them in good health throughout their lifespan can be unaffordable for people who are struggling …

AARP Oregon Anti-Hunger Initiative: Become an AmeriCorps VISTA

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Would you like to help struggling older adults put healthy food on their tables in Oregon? In partnership with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, AARP Foundation is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA to work out of the AARP Oregon office in Clackamas. This is a one-year, full-time position beginning November 2014. The position entails: Convening community leaders to identify SNAP barriers and develop a comprehensive plan to improve access in local Oregon communities. Recruit, manage, and train community volunteers …

Unveiling Memories – Real Women Speak

Posted on 08/25/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen-Strang Have you ever had the experience when a memory decades old, unexpectedly bubbles up to the surface, giving you a new perspective on an event or relationship buried in your past? I recently had such a retrospective epiphany at a bridal shop where my daughter was trying on wedding gowns.  Dressed in satin and lace, she was a beautiful vision of the future, but the moment took me back 36 years when my mother was helping me plan …