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 …

Promote Holiday Cheer: Help Feed the Hungry

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Oregon is teaming up with Safeway, U.S. Bank, CareOregon Advantage and KOBI-TV/NBC 5 to brighten the holiday season by collecting food for needy families in southern Oregon. AARP is encouraging members to drop off food donations at local Safeway grocery stores and U.S. Bank branches from Nov. 28 to Dec. 22. Safeway shoppers also can buy a $10 bag of groceries to be delivered to a family in need. KOBI-TV will broadcast live from a Medford Safeway store in …

Keep Breathing – Real Women Speak

Posted on 10/17/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Gwen Curran Keep breathing.   Two very important words.   Recently there was a story in the local paper about a woman reaching the unbelievable age of 105.  When asked her secret to a long, healthy life, she replied, “Keep breathing.”   Two important words.  As long as you are breathing, you are alive and of this world.  Let’s not waste a single breath. This is my Medical week.  Eyes, ears, nose, throat, and my “bionic” hip are on …