AARP Livable Oregon Talks with Mayor Charlie Hales – Livable Oregon

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy  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 and affordable housing, …

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 …

Ponen en primer plano los temas de la vejez

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Dan Hortsch Quienquiera que gane las elecciones a gobernador el 4 de noviembre, quedará en la historia política de Oregón. El actual gobernador, John Kitzhaber, de 67 años, demócrata de Roseburg y exmédico de salas de emergencias, ya está ejerciendo un inédito tercer mandato en Salem. Ahora va por un cuarto. El republicano Dennis Richardson, de 65 años, representante estatal de Central Point, cumple su sexto mandato de dos años en la Cámara de Representantes de Oregón. Está haciendo …

Steppin’ Out — Livable Oregon

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy By Elaine Friesen-Strang My assignment was to write a blog about walking.  It was due last week, but I just didn’t know how to approach a subject so…pedestrian.  Walking, the coordinated effort of putting one foot in front of the other to propel oneself forward (preferably not downward), is something many of us do throughout the day without much thought of the process or function.  Turns out, creativity is hard to spark sitting in a chair, staring at my iPad …

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 …