Hold On

Hold On

Posted on 04/24/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity One of the ways I’m assisted in my Assisted Living Facility (ALF) is usually not spoken about in public discussion.  It’s considered a forbidden topic in social circles – not de rigueur. (Although the popularity of the erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Gray may change that; Jon Stewart’s bleeped monologues already have.)  But it’s excruciatingly important to me, so I ask your indulgence.  I hope you won’t be offended by this particular …

Local Help to Understand and Afford Your Medicare

Local Help to Understand and Afford Your Medicare

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Let’s face it; Medicare is expensive and confusing. Many struggle to pay for prescriptions and no longer try to compare the dozens of Medicare plans. But Medicare is too important to leave to chance. Signing up for the right plan not only saves you money, but also ensures the care you need. Medicare also pays for the many preventive services that keep us healthy. Things like exams, shots, lab tests and screenings. The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (or “SHIBA”) …

AARP at Portland Sunday Parkways

AARP at Portland Sunday Parkways

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Oregon is excited to be a Portland Sunday Parkways sponsor again this year! Portland Sunday Parkways is a wonderful series of community extravaganza that promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening the city’s largest public space – its streets – to walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation while fostering civic pride, stimulating economic development, and represents the community, business, and government investments in Portland’s vitality, livability, and diversity.   Last year, we so enjoyed meeting …

Goodbye For Now

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing GOING HOME FROM THE ALF By Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I hear their voices in the hall. “Goodbye for now.” “We’ll be back next week.” “Take a walk down the hall.” “Check what’s on TV.” “It’ll be sooner than you think.” “Have a good day.” “Enjoy yourself.” And etc., etc., etc. The sounds of going home; adult children leaving a mother or father after a Sunday visit to our Assisted Living Facility. The apologetic voices linger after …

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz If you’re like me, one of the more uncomfortable parts about seeing a doctor is putting on the paper gown. Does the opening go in the front or the back? Can I get it on before the door opens? Why is the office always so cold? Sometimes I feel just as exposed when I don’t understand certain terms in the pages of paperwork my insurance provider sends me after a routine appointment. For many people, the language …

Wheeling Along Together

Wheeling Along Together

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity The day begins as I see her through the filter of crusty morning eyes.  She’s at rest at the foot of my bed, only a shape in the grayish, dark room.  My Invacare wheelchair. My body’s home. You may not have heard of her breed.  Invacare is not a household name unless you’re in a household where people need assistance to get around.  I do. That’s why I live in an Assisted …