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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Tears: Real Women Speak

Posted on 07/23/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

by Heather Lee Leap I’m a crier. Throwing myself on the bed and having a good cry is one of my go-to stress relievers. It has helped me survive life as a mom to three children and as an Alzheimer’s caregiver for my mom. The week before we moved mom into our home, I had one of those cries. It helped wash away some of the stress involved in the preparations, but afterward I had a new worry. I couldn’t …

Bracing Reality: Real Women Speak Blog

Posted on 07/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

By Elaine Friesen Strang Waiting for a recent appointment, I read an article by Oprah’s creative director describing the six accessorizing rules fashion savvy women should observe.  Evidently, I had much to learn about “polishing” my look. Before I could finish reading the advice column, I was beckoned to a patient room to be fitted for a new accessory I wasn’t keen on wearing: a sparkling metallic knee brace.  Knees are problematic in my family, but we’re not alone.  WebMD …

THE LAUGHING LADIES AT THE LONG TABLE by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

“You may call me Kathleen,” she demurely whispered, as if daintily raising a flimsy lace handkerchief to dab a nostril. “I’m Geraldine,” said the deep voiced lady at the end of the table.  “My name is Viola,” chirped  the tiny presence in the middle.  More robustly, the assured, staid holder of the corner seat, said “ refer to me as Carmen.” Then Elizabeth and Ruby took turns introducing themselves. I’m an eighty-one year old, disabled resident of this ALF, writing …

NEW SCORECARD AGAIN RANKS OREGON NEAR THE TOP IN SERVING OLDER, DISABLED RESIDENTS

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

CLACKAMAS, OREGON–An updated national scorecard released today that ranks states on their performance on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) again places Oregon among the top three states that out-perform others in the delivery of services and supports to older adults and people with disabilities. The new state-by-state report measures the effects of state policies and programs on the delivery of long-term care for people who need help to live independently – looking at affordability and access, choice of setting and …

NEW SCORECARD AGAIN RANKS OREGON NEAR THE TOP IN SERVING OLDER, DISABLED RESIDENTS

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

An updated national scorecard released today that ranks states on their performance on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) again places Oregon among the top three states that out-perform others in the delivery of services and supports to older adults and people with disabilities. The new state-by-state report measures the effects of state policies and programs on the delivery of long-term care for people who need help to live independently – looking at affordability and access, choice of setting and provider, …

Lessons from My Father: Real Women Speak Blog

Posted on 06/17/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

by Heather Lee Leap “So, Dad, you need to live for like another 20-30 years, just as you are now and then just drop dead, because we don’t want to do this more than once.” I smiled as I said this to my father, who sat at the kitchen table in our cabin in Maine. He gave a gruff chuckle, glanced at the floor, at his coffee cup, and back at me, “Yeah, your brothers said the same thing,” he …