Longtime Volunteer Jane Baumgarten captures 2014 Andrus Award

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Chocolate on your Mind? What will it do for Brain Health?

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

Health & Wellbeing Yum. Chocolate. Did you know that chocolate can help trigger the brain’s pleasure centers for a happier, healthier life? That is just one of the many exciting revelations that will be revealed when brain health expert Roger Anunsen, addresses the crowd at AARP Oregon’s upcoming “Food and Music for Thought: The Six Essentials for Brain Health” on December 4th, from 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Downtown Athletic Club & Conference Center, 999 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401. Learn the …

What Happened to the Color? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing  WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COLOR? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity It started when I returned to the ALF from my son’s wedding in Northwest Massachusetts. ( Yes, the leaves were turning color even in September.) With recent images in my mind of colorful falling leaves, I found the ALF in black and white. And, I’d only been gone a week. What happened to the color in my ALF? Dining room tables  used to be adorned by place …

Sleepless in Portland – Real Women Speak

Posted on 11/16/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Elaine Friesen-Strang By Elaine Friesen-Strang The title of this blog series, “Real Women Speak”, is aptly named. We share, converse, chat, and can yammer on about almost anything. Being verbal is generally not a problem. If the series was entitled “Real Women Sleep”, that would be debatable, especially for women old enough to be interested in perusing this website. We toss and turn and lament our sleeplessness with our female friends. Settling down for a long winter’s nap sounds easier …

Home Sweet Home – Livable Oregon

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Elaine Friesen-Strang Sharon and Howard Johnson loved their old Victorian two-story home overlooking the Rogue River Valley. Their home of 14 years is where they planned to enjoy their retirement. But despite active, healthy lifestyles, and defiant resolve to prove otherwise, our bodies do change with the years; the Johnsons weren’t in denial. After learning the cost of making their home accessible was “prohibitive”, they sought to find a new home that was designed with an older, differently abled …

Seeking Support – Real Women Speak

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Heather Lee Leap “Do you ever feel like a Halloween pumpkin left out on the porch a little too long? You look good on the outside, but inside you are empty, ready to collapse, and literally getting eaten up by something you can’t even recognize?” Mantu Joshi writes this in his book, The Resilient Parent: Everyday Wisdom for Life with your Exceptional Child. I’m fortunate not to have children with special needs, but I purchased this book because so …