Tears: Real Women Speak

Posted on 07/23/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing by Heather Lee Leap I’m a crier. Throwing myself on the bed and having a good cry is one of my go-to stress relievers. It has helped me survive life as a mom to three children and as an Alzheimer’s caregiver for my mom. The week before we moved mom into our home, I had one of those cries. It helped wash away some of the stress involved in the preparations, but afterward I had a new worry. I couldn’t …

THE LAUGHING LADIES AT THE LONG TABLE by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing “You may call me Kathleen,” she demurely whispered, as if daintily raising a flimsy lace handkerchief to dab a nostril. “I’m Geraldine,” said the deep voiced lady at the end of the table.  “My name is Viola,” chirped  the tiny presence in the middle.  More robustly, the assured, staid holder of the corner seat, said “ refer to me as Carmen.” Then Elizabeth and Ruby took turns introducing themselves. I’m an eighty-one year old, disabled resident of this ALF, writing …

Are You Done – Yet?

Posted on 06/9/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing  The Thin Edge of Dignity by Dick Weinman “Are you done,” the caregiver asked.  There I was.  A disabled, eighty year old sitting on the toilet in the Assisted Living Facility I call home. Her words whispered a gentle question,  but  her voice told me she was annoyed and impatient.  “AreN’T you done YET,” shouted in my mind. How could I go under such scrutiny.  She stood over me, watching,  one hand wielding a toilet wipe to clean me; the …

Finding your next great read: your medical notes

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

Health & Wellbeing By Elaine Friesen-Strang I have a confession. Many years ago, before they had computers in patient exam rooms, a medical assistant left my chart on the counter when she stepped out. I struggled briefly with my conscience; then I had the audacity to open it. I scanned the notes–terrified my physician would walk in at any moment–and was frankly, a bit disappointed with what I read. Other than an earlier patella dislocation, my medical chart wasn’t all that interesting. Even the …

New AARP Survey Assesses the Issues that Matter Most to African-Americans 50+

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

Health & Wellbeing WASHINGTON – An AARP survey released today shows that health care, education, financial security and the digital divide are among the most important social issues for African-Americans aged 50 and older. The national survey, which included phone interviews with 650 respondents, demonstrates that while many older African-Americans are optimistic that the country is moving in the right direction when it comes to issues such as health care, education and the digital divide, they are significantly less optimistic about finances, employment …

Moms and Dads: Health Insurance Enrollment Opportunities for Your Young Adult

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz To some of us, it seems like yesterday that our children were in diapers. Then suddenly, they’re in their college and graduate school caps and gowns. It’s hard to believe those same little kids are now adults. As your child transitions into the “real world” you still have an important role to play in his or her ongoing health. In fact, one of the best gifts you can give may be to help your graduate get health …