Oregon Retirement Savings Task Force to Meet Tuesday

Posted on 03/14/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy New fact-finding panel will explore ways to help Oregonians increase retirement savings Formed by bipartisan legislation, Interim Task Force on Retirement Savings convenes Tuesday SALEM – The demographics are daunting. Oregon’s senior population is projected to double in the next two decades. Yet at the same time, many people have little or no retirement savings – and an estimated half of workers do not even have a retirement savings option through their employer. The low rate of savings for retirees is expected …

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community,  But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community, But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP From the tragic 1955 death of Emmett Till to the Montgomery bus boycott to civil rights battles of the 1960s and even to the issues of unequal justice in 2014, civil rights leaders say the Black Church has remained a headquarters for healing, rejuvenation and planning. “It remains our oasis in the desert. It remains our spiritual reservoir. It remains the most independent organization controlled by Black people. It even …

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP If the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom had used Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Instagram and other social media to draw people to Washington, D.C., what would have been different about that great gathering on the Mall of the U. S Capital? That question kicked off a Martin Luther King holiday forum discussion that grew from what could have happened with social media to ways that …

Leadership Principles of Civil Rights Leaders Offer Guidelines for the Future

Leadership Principles of Civil Rights Leaders Offer Guidelines for the Future

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP When AARP CEO A. Barry Rand and his wife met the revered South Africa President Nelson Mandela in 1994, the first thing that Dr. Rand said he noticed about his demeanor was the “quiet dignity” that he exuded. In a statement upon his death, Rand also described the beloved Madiba’s “strong conviction, inspiring confidence, the wisdom of his years and experiences, and a strong moral character.” Dr. Rand concluded, “He …

Civil Rights Leaders Tell Why They Stay in the Battle

Civil Rights Leaders Tell Why They Stay in the Battle

Posted on 02/3/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP The civil rights struggles of the 1940s, 50s and 60s were largely led by youth and college students, many who were members of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee or the NAACP Student Council. Now in their 70s, 80’s and even 90s, some view their civil rights mission as a life’s work with no retirement in the plan. “I still have an interest in my people and that keeps me anointed …

Keeping Wanderers Safe: Silver Alert

Keeping Wanderers Safe: Silver Alert

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association are asking lawmakers to create a Silver Alert program in Oregon. Modeled after Amber Alert systems for missing children, Silver Alert systems enable authorities to notify the public when a vulnerable adult goes missing. Missing adults often are people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other mental disabilities who wander away from home. About 3 in 5 people with Alzheimer’s will wander at least once, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. If not located within 24 hours, …