Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Oregon By Julie E. Lee Although the winter months bring joyful holidays with family and friends, they can also bring unpredictable weather and dangerous driving conditions. Snow, black ice, fog and early nightfall are just a few of the driving challenges you may have to contend with this season. But what’s your first line of defense and the easiest way to ensure a safe winter on the roads? Winterizing your car! Thankfully, winterizing most vehicles is simple, and requires little more …

What Happened to the Color? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon | Volunteering  WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COLOR? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity It started when I returned to the ALF from my son’s wedding in Northwest Massachusetts. ( Yes, the leaves were turning color even in September.) With recent images in my mind of colorful falling leaves, I found the ALF in black and white. And, I’d only been gone a week. What happened to the color in my ALF? Dining room tables  used to be adorned by place …

Sleepless in Portland – Real Women Speak

Posted on 11/16/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon By Elaine Friesen-Strang By Elaine Friesen-Strang The title of this blog series, “Real Women Speak”, is aptly named. We share, converse, chat, and can yammer on about almost anything. Being verbal is generally not a problem. If the series was entitled “Real Women Sleep”, that would be debatable, especially for women old enough to be interested in perusing this website. We toss and turn and lament our sleeplessness with our female friends. Settling down for a long winter’s nap sounds easier …

Home Sweet Home – Livable Oregon

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Oregon By Elaine Friesen-Strang Sharon and Howard Johnson loved their old Victorian two-story home overlooking the Rogue River Valley. Their home of 14 years is where they planned to enjoy their retirement. But despite active, healthy lifestyles, and defiant resolve to prove otherwise, our bodies do change with the years; the Johnsons weren’t in denial. After learning the cost of making their home accessible was “prohibitive”, they sought to find a new home that was designed with an older, differently abled …

Seeking Support – Real Women Speak

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon By Heather Lee Leap “Do you ever feel like a Halloween pumpkin left out on the porch a little too long? You look good on the outside, but inside you are empty, ready to collapse, and literally getting eaten up by something you can’t even recognize?” Mantu Joshi writes this in his book, The Resilient Parent: Everyday Wisdom for Life with your Exceptional Child. I’m fortunate not to have children with special needs, but I purchased this book because so …

Where Have All the Tissues Gone by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family | Oregon | Volunteering WHERE HAVE ALL THE TISSUES GONE? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I gaze at the empty table top in the dining room.  In disbelief, I shake my head and drop my shoulders.  Has it come to this?   I can’t help staring.  It can’t be. I quietly sing my alteration of Pete Seeger’s iconic anti-war song: Where Have All The Tissues Gone?  All the Kleenex. All the Puffs, the Marcals, the Angel Softs, and the cheapo house brand. Gone …