AARP Caregiving Survey: Opinions and Experiences of Oregon Registered Voters Age 45 and Older

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing PORTLAND, OREGON — A new AARP survey of Oregon registered voters age 45 and older, found that 85 percent of Oregonians want to live independently at home for as long as possible with the help of family caregivers. When the basic tasks of life become more difficult due to aging or illness, the vast majority of Oregonians (90%) said it is important to have services that allow people to stay in their own home as they age; but the family …

Both of Us, Part 2, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Both of Us, Part 2, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I don’t remember what was playing that Saturday night. Besides, who looked at the movie? You made out – in between peeking at the screen, eating popcorn, sipping Coke from the bottle, or a mixture of Coke and Seagrams 7 sucked up with a straw. I was not overly impressed by my date.  What did I expect: it was Saturday night and she had no date  – …

The Energetic Eighties – Real Women Speak

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Gwen Curran Now that my daughters are in what Gail Sheehy calls “the flaming fifties”, I feel I am in the Energetic eighties! This past holiday season was a swirl of shopping, exercise, writing, parties, travel, friends, and family.  All through it, I felt at the top of my game until I caught a cold, and possible strep throat the last day of my visit to New York City to be with one of my daughters and her family. …

Both of Us – Part 1, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing  Editor’s Note: This past December marked the first year anniversary of the death of Dick Weinman’s wife, Ginny. (December 13th, 2013.) AARP Oregon has published Dick’s stories and poems about Ginny and the domination  over her life by Alzheimer’s. (One of these, “I’ll Never Know,” was published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” in 2014.)   Now, on what would have been the 59th anniversary of their marriage, we are publishing their story. It will be posted in three parts. Both of …

Brain Institute Offers Discount Admission to Six Lectures

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The Brain Institute at Oregon Health & Science University is offering AARP members a discount on its annual lecture series. AARP Oregon is cosponsoring the six-lecture series, which explores neuroscience in various aspects of life and culture. AARP members can save 20 percent on tickets regularly priced at $27 per lecture. Changes, challenges and strengths of the aging brain are increasingly pertinent as the population ages. Experts will address topics such as healthy aging, creativity and cognitive enhancement. The series …

AARP Oregon 2015 Policy Priorities

Posted on 12/22/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The state legislative session begins soon and here is AARP Oregon’s priorities. We can use your help. If you are interested in our advocacy efforts, sign up for regular updates at aarp.org/getinvolved. CAREGIVING CARE Act – The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act improves health, improves care, and reduces health care costs by treating family caregivers as if they are part of the care team of a patient admitted into a hospital. Specifically would: o   Provide an admitted patient an opportunity …