It’s Never Too Late to Save by Joyce DeMonnin

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy Working Longer: They say pay yourself first when it comes to saving money, but for many busy moms like Sandra Teske, AARP member of Oregon City, she often put her needs last. With two children, she didn’t have a career as a younger woman that allowed her to save for retirement. Little did she know as a younger woman how important Social Security would be to her future.  By the time her kids were grown,Sandra was behind on her retirement …

AARP Caregiving Survey: Opinions and Experiences of Oregon Registered Voters Age 45 and Older

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy PORTLAND, OREGON — A new AARP survey of Oregon registered voters age 45 and older, found that 85 percent of Oregonians want to live independently at home for as long as possible with the help of family caregivers. When the basic tasks of life become more difficult due to aging or illness, the vast majority of Oregonians (90%) said it is important to have services that allow people to stay in their own home as they age; but the family …

AARP Livable Oregon Talks with Mayor Charlie Hales – Livable Oregon

Posted on 01/8/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy   By Elaine Friesen-Strang On November 12, 2014, the Portland City Council received a progress report on what has transpired in our community since adopting a detailed action plan developed by the Age-Friendly Advisory Council. Following brief discussion, Mayor Charlie Hales and council members voted to pledge their continued support of the Plan, extending efforts to make Portland a more livable community for people of all ages.  In his opening comments, Mayor Hales highlighted the need for walkable neighborhoods, accessible …

AARP Oregon 2015 Policy Priorities

Posted on 12/22/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy The state legislative session begins soon and here is AARP Oregon’s priorities. We can use your help. If you are interested in our advocacy efforts, sign up for regular updates at aarp.org/getinvolved. CAREGIVING CARE Act – The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act improves health, improves care, and reduces health care costs by treating family caregivers as if they are part of the care team of a patient admitted into a hospital. Specifically would: o   Provide an admitted patient an opportunity …

Help for Caregivers a Top Legislative Goal

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Dan Hortsch Janet Martinez knows all about the “sandwich generation”—adults bringing up young children while also overseeing the care of aging, perhaps ailing, parents. Except Martinez, 53, prefers another label she has heard: the “panini generation,” as in the sandwich toasted and pressed on a grill. “My innards are getting squished out,” Martinez said, describing her multiple caregiving roles. “The emotional toll—that is where the tension lies.” Given their responsibilities, Martinez and thousands of others looking after older relatives …

Longtime Volunteer Jane Baumgarten captures 2014 Andrus Award

Posted on 11/26/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy AARP Oregon is pleased to announce that Jane Baumgarten of North Bend has been selected the 2014 AARP Oregon’s Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The Andrus Award is named for AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus and honors an outstanding Oregon volunteer age 50 or older who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. Jane has worked many decades with …