Hold On

Hold On

Posted on 04/24/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Oregon By Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity One of the ways I’m assisted in my Assisted Living Facility (ALF) is usually not spoken about in public discussion.  It’s considered a forbidden topic in social circles – not de rigueur. (Although the popularity of the erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Gray may change that; Jon Stewart’s bleeped monologues already have.)  But it’s excruciatingly important to me, so I ask your indulgence.  I hope you won’t be offended by this particular …

Local Help to Understand and Afford Your Medicare

Local Help to Understand and Afford Your Medicare

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources | Money & Work | Oregon Let’s face it; Medicare is expensive and confusing. Many struggle to pay for prescriptions and no longer try to compare the dozens of Medicare plans. But Medicare is too important to leave to chance. Signing up for the right plan not only saves you money, but also ensures the care you need. Medicare also pays for the many preventive services that keep us healthy. Things like exams, shots, lab tests and screenings. The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (or “SHIBA”) …

AARP at Portland Sunday Parkways

AARP at Portland Sunday Parkways

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Oregon | Volunteering AARP Oregon is excited to be a Portland Sunday Parkways sponsor again this year! Portland Sunday Parkways is a wonderful series of community extravaganza that promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening the city’s largest public space – its streets – to walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation while fostering civic pride, stimulating economic development, and represents the community, business, and government investments in Portland’s vitality, livability, and diversity.   Last year, we so enjoyed meeting …

Goodbye For Now

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

Health & Wellbeing | Oregon 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 …

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Oregon By Nicole Duritz If you’re like me, one of the more uncomfortable parts about seeing a doctor is putting on the paper gown. Does the opening go in the front or the back? Can I get it on before the door opens? Why is the office always so cold? Sometimes I feel just as exposed when I don’t understand certain terms in the pages of paperwork my insurance provider sends me after a routine appointment. For many people, the language …

Julie Lee

Drive Green Into Spring: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family | Oregon By Julie E. Lee From recycling, to sustainable grocery bags, to “Meatless Mondays,” Americans are finding many ways to “go green.” If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint, making environmentally conscious decisions doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there is one simple way to curb your impact on a regular basis. It starts with your driving. Most Americans rely on their personal vehicle to get around on a daily basis. But unfortunately, our cars are a significant source …