Unveiling Memories – Real Women Speak

Posted on 08/25/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Elaine Friesen-Strang Have you ever had the experience when a memory decades old, unexpectedly bubbles up to the surface, giving you a new perspective on an event or relationship buried in your past? I recently had such a retrospective epiphany at a bridal shop where my daughter was trying on wedding gowns.  Dressed in satin and lace, she was a beautiful vision of the future, but the moment took me back 36 years when my mother was helping me plan …

AARP Member Discount for Lumberjack Breakfast, September 7, Portland

Posted on 08/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The World Forestry Center will host the third annual Lumberjack Breakfast on Sunday, September 7. Taking place under the tented plaza on the World Forestry Center campus, attendees will be served up plenty o’ pancakes with a loaded toppings bar, eggs, sausage, bacon and more. There will also be entertainment, music, games, trivia and prizes for the kids! Ticket price also includes admission into the Discovery Museum which will feature the new special exhibit “Go Figure.” Using popular children’s books, …

Stay in your own home with Oregon Project Independence

Posted on 08/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Do you, or someone you know, need help remaining in your home independently? AARP Oregon has just learned that the Oregon Legislature provided funding to expand the Oregon Project Independence (OPI) program to serve individuals between the ages of 19-59 in Benton, Clatsop, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Umatilla and Washington counties. This is a one year pilot project which will study the need and cost of providing the OPI program to younger adults on a permanent basis. …

Is Foster Care in Your Future? Grandparents Needed!

Posted on 08/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Oregon AARP member, Kathi Gladson, tears up when she talks about her grandkids. Like all proud grandmothers, she gushes about her beloved grandchildren’s playfulness, laughter, and how hard they work to keep up in school. Her relationship with her grandkids is unique; they have come into her life through Morrison Child and Family Services’ Therapeutic Foster Care Program. Kathi’s son, Joshua, and his wife, Kimberly, have been dedicated therapeutic foster parents with Morrison for five years. Kathi was so moved …

Best Foot Forward by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 08/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing “Which shoes,” the caregiver asks, as she comes to the final step in getting me up and dressed. There’s suspense, wonderment, and surprise in the personal togetherness of putting my best foot forward.  It’s not a “ho hum” daily activity.   I’ve engaged in this morning ritual before with many diverse caregivers.  It’s been almost a decade that I’ve been known as one-zero-eight, my room number, the distinguishing marker for a resident in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF.) .  The names …

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 …