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, …

Long Term Care Ombudsman: Volunteers Advocate for the Rights and Dignity of Long-Term Care Facility Residents

Posted on 05/12/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy It could be dirty floors, foul smells, or just a complaint of persistent cold food. As a Certified Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman, Kendall Williams looks for these issues and more in his visits to the long-term care facilities he is assigned to in Clackamas County.  There are clues that tell him about the care and quality of life of residents.  As an advocate for the residents for the Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, Williams says, “You want to see the residents …

Reaching Out to Embrace Diversity

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Lynne Terry As a teen in Selma, Ala., during the civil rights protests in the 1960s, Geneva Craig was billy-clubbed, cattle-prodded and tear-gassed. She locked arms in human chains and participated in boycotts with other African Americans. She was angry but was advised by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to learn patience. She, too, had a dream. Craig longed to be a nurse, a profession reserved in the South mainly for whites. But she snagged a spot in …

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 …