Sharp Divide in Race for Governor

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

Advocacy 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 …

More Oregon Women Face Retirement Insecurity

Posted on 08/21/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy Women face special challenges while trying to build a secure retirement for themselves. Studies show that 60 percent of boomer-age women say they aren’t confident they’ll have enough money to live comfortably in retirement. The problem isn’t unique to boomers – it’s a woman thing. Some of our greatest strengths as women also make us more economically vulnerable. Specifically, our tendency to take care of others first – including taking time out of the workforce to care for children and …

Jon Bartholomew Joins AARP Oregon

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy Clackamas, Oregon — Jonathan (Jon) Bartholomew has been selected AARP Oregon’s ASD for Advocacy, announced State Director Jerry Cohen. Jon will replace Rick Bennett who is retiring from the position at the end of August. “Having worked with Jon on several initiatives and groups, including the Oregon Campaign for Seniors and People with Disabilities, we are thrilled Jon will be joining the AARP Oregon team on August 18th,” said Cohen. “He is already familiar with many of the issues AARP …

State-run Retirement Savings Plan Supported by Eight in Ten Oregonians

Posted on 06/4/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy CLACKAMAS, OR: With one in six Oregonians age 45-65 banking less than $5,000 in their retirement savings accounts, retirement security is a hot topic in Oregon right now! A recent DHM Research survey confirms the need and support for more options to save for retirement. Nearly eight in ten (79%) working Oregonians strongly or somewhat support a state-run retirement savings plan to help the thousands of workers who don’t have access to a retirement savings program at their workplace, according …

PORTLAND METRO RANKED LEAST DANGEROUS IN THE NATION IN SAFETY FOR PEDESTRIANS, BUT MUCH WORK STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy Older adults among the most threatened by streets built for speed, not safety   PORTLAND, OR – Portland Metro(Portland, Vancouver, Beaverton)is among the safest in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 45th out of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said. While many streets across the country are perilous for people walking, hundreds of communities, like Portland Metro are working to make their streets safe and …

Official Scam Jam Recap

Posted on 05/16/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy Medford Scam Jam Rocked KOBI Studio! We came. We saw. We jammed. Tuesday was our highly anticipated and completely free Scam Jam events held in Medford, OR. And as with any event – sporting, educational, or otherwise – we’ll now take a look back. Peer over the day’s proceedings. And, most importantly, take a step back and ask ourselves, “So what exactly did we learn?” That’s right. It’s now time for the official Scam Jam recap. Okay so first off, …