Yes, We have no Bananas by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The  song, Yes, We Have No Bananas, was first sung in 1922 by Isidore Itskowitz.  We know him better as Eddie Cantor. (One couldn’t get work with name endings like itz or ovsky, or the myriad of East Europeans swallowing the officials on Ellis Island.)  Cantor went on to star in vaudeville, Broadway musicals, and radio.  It was in one of those musicals, Make it Snappy, that the world was introduced to Yes, We Have No Bananas. We residents of …

Portland Caregiver Conference Will Help You Navigate the Journey, November 8, 2014

Posted on 09/24/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing PORTLAND, OR — If you provide care for an aging loved one, or expect to do so in the next few years, you should register for Navigating the Journey: Caring for those you care about, on Saturday afternoon, November 8th at the Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland. “Caregivers take care of family and loved ones because that’s what they do,” said Bandana Shrestha, Community Engagement Director for AARP Oregon.  “They don’t think of themselves as caregivers.  But the meals …

Is Your Home Ready for Autumn?

Posted on 09/24/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Spend Less Time on Chores, More Time on Fun with These 5 Money-Saving Tips PORTLAND, OR – September 24, 2014:  The beginning of autumn brings trees and sidewalks speckled with beautiful brightly colored leaves and days for making warm apple cider. It’s the perfect time of year for pumpkin picking and hay rides with the family before the first snowflakes hit the ground. But for most homeowners, autumn also blows in the foreboding winds of a long winter to come …

Drive Less Rogue Valley

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Did you know that Oregon drivers are responsible for traveling approximately 33.1 billion vehicle miles every year! What would you do if you could not drive? Thankfully driving is not the only way to get around! This October, AARP Oregon is joining the Rogue Valley Transit District (RVTD) for the 2014 Drive Less Challenge. During October 6 – 19, AARP is encouraging members in the Rogue Valley to get to know your community by foot, bicycle, bus and more. Connect …

SS by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 09/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity It may take up to twenty minutes of hard sitting – on a plastic toilet seat, waiting for a caregiver to ease the soreness and redness of my gluteus maximus – my butt. My discomfort is a consequence of SS. In my world, SS is not Hitler’s dreaded Schutzstaffel.  Nor is it the monthly government retirement check. In my world – the world of the ALF – SS means short staffed, the …

Making a Difference as a Money Management Volunteer

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Oregon has been a longtime supporter of the Money Management Programs here in Oregon. Easter Seals Oregon, the Oregon Department of Human Services and community service agencies work together to deliver the Oregon Money Management Program around the state. Trained volunteers help low-income older adults with daily money management tasks and make a difference in people’s lives by helping them remain as independent as possible. In as little as two-hours per month volunteers can help create financial stability, prevent …