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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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 …

More Oregon Women Face Retirement Insecurity

Posted on 08/21/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Women face special challenges while trying to build a secure retirement for themselves. Studies show that 60 percent of boomer-age women say they aren’t confident they’ll have enough money to live comfortably in retirement. The problem isn’t unique to boomers – it’s a woman thing. Some of our greatest strengths as women also make us more economically vulnerable. Specifically, our tendency to take care of others first – including taking time out of the workforce to care for children and …

Entrepreneurship Course for Baby Boomers Coming to Portland

Posted on 08/21/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Kauffman FastTrac and AARP to help those over 50 pursue their entrepreneurial dreams PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland-area residents aged 50 and over soon will be able to learn how to more effectively turn their entrepreneurial ideas into business success thanks to a new program from Kauffman FastTrac® and AARP. “FastTrac NewVenture™ for the Boomer Entrepreneur” is specifically designed to help Baby Boomers who are considering entrepreneurship to hone their unique strengths, experience and expertise in order to start their own businesses. …

Jon Bartholomew Joins AARP Oregon

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Clackamas, Oregon — Jonathan (Jon) Bartholomew has been selected AARP Oregon’s ASD for Advocacy, announced State Director Jerry Cohen. Jon will replace Rick Bennett who is retiring from the position at the end of August. “Having worked with Jon on several initiatives and groups, including the Oregon Campaign for Seniors and People with Disabilities, we are thrilled Jon will be joining the AARP Oregon team on August 18th,” said Cohen. “He is already familiar with many of the issues AARP …

AARP Member Discount for Lumberjack Breakfast, September 7, Portland

Posted on 08/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

The World Forestry Center will host the third annual Lumberjack Breakfast on Sunday, September 7. Taking place under the tented plaza on the World Forestry Center campus, attendees will be served up plenty o’ pancakes with a loaded toppings bar, eggs, sausage, bacon and more. There will also be entertainment, music, games, trivia and prizes for the kids! Ticket price also includes admission into the Discovery Museum which will feature the new special exhibit “Go Figure.” Using popular children’s books, …