Yes, We have no Bananas by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon | Press The  song, Yes, We Have No Bananas, was first sung in 1922 by Isidore Itskowitz.  We know him better as Eddie Cantor. (One couldn’t get work with name endings like itz or ovsky, or the myriad of East Europeans swallowing the officials on Ellis Island.)  Cantor went on to star in vaudeville, Broadway musicals, and radio.  It was in one of those musicals, Make it Snappy, that the world was introduced to Yes, We Have No Bananas. We residents of …

Sharp Divide in Race for Governor

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Oregon By Dan Hortsch Whoever wins the election for governor on Nov. 4 will make Oregon political history. Gov. John Kitzhaber, 67, the Democratic incumbent and former emergency room physician from Roseburg, is already serving an unprecedented third term in Salem. Now he’s trying for a fourth. Republican Dennis Richardson, 65, a state representative from Central Point, is serving his sixth two-year term in the Oregon House. He is campaigning to be the first GOP governor in 28 years. Older voters …

Mid-Life Career Change: Pursuing Your Passion – Real Women Speak

Posted on 09/29/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Money & Work | Oregon | Volunteering By Michelle M. Cutugno At the end of my last blog post ,  I was on the edge of my seat waiting to hear if my request for reconsideration to Portland State University’s Masters of Social Work program would be viewed favorably. I waited one long month for news, but now, over a year later, I’ve already completed my first year of the program and am enjoying the last few weeks of summer break before my advanced (and final) year begins. …

Staying at Home Forums Scheduled for December

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Events | Home & Family | Oregon Is your home fit for a lifetime of living? 89 percent of older adults have told AARP they want to remain in their home and community for as long as possible. Will staying at home be an option for you or your loved one? Whether you provide care for an aging loved one or have questions about future care, join AARP Oregon for Staying at Home, a FREE community workshop coming to a location near you. Explore key issues related …

Teletown Hall to Discuss 50+ Hunger

Posted on 09/24/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Events | Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work | Oregon By Marianne Ryder Have you or do you know someone who has skimped on buying groceries in order to afford needed medication or to pay utility bills? Sadly, this is not uncommon for many 50+ Oregonians. Did you know that Oregon is one of the top five states nationally for hunger among those ages 50-59? Hunger runs deep in our state. It affects old and young alike. However, 50+ hunger is often hidden. Proper nutrition is key to good health …

Portland Caregiver Conference Will Help You Navigate the Journey, November 8, 2014

Posted on 09/24/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Oregon | Press PORTLAND, OR — If you provide care for an aging loved one, or expect to do so in the next few years, you should register for Navigating the Journey: Caring for those you care about, on Saturday afternoon, November 8th at the Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland. “Caregivers take care of family and loved ones because that’s what they do,” said Bandana Shrestha, Community Engagement Director for AARP Oregon.  “They don’t think of themselves as caregivers.  But the meals …