Who? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 12/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family WHO? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I stand with my back toward her, my pants tugging my ankles. I bend over, and  grasp the silver-grey, cold metal handicap bar. She wields the toilet paper, extends her arm, and wipes. That’s her job. It’s part of what I pay $4900+ for each month. So why do I gripe? It’s because I wish she and some other caregivers would put more feeling into the job.  I don’t mean they …

Hearing Resource Center Launched by AARP

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family WASHINGTON, DC — To address the needs of the 70 percent of Americans age 50+ who suffer from some level of hearing loss, AARP has launched the AARP Hearing Resource Center.  The platform, online at www.aarp.org/hearing, connects AARP members and other consumers interested in hearing health with helpful tips, information, tools and links to related product solutions and programs.  A Spanish language version of the site is also available. “Hearing loss results from many causes, and up to 70 percent …

75 Most Romantic Places in the World

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family Frommer’s/AARP Places for Passion by Pepper Schwartz and Janet Lever, PhDs, Reveals the 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World— and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away   WASHINGTON, DC—Pepper Schwartz, PhD, has teamed up with Janet Lever, PhD, her former coauthor of Glamour’s “Sex and Health” column, to release Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World—and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away. As you might expect from Dr. Pepper, an expert star on …

AARP Livable Oregon Talks with Mayor Charlie Hales – Livable Oregon

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family  On November 12, 2014, the Portland City Council received a progress report on what has transpired in our community since adopting a detailed action plan developed by the Age Friendly Advisory Council. Following brief discussion, Mayor Charlie Hales and council members voted to pledge their continued support of the Plan, extending efforts to make Portland a more livable community for people of all ages.  In his opening comments, Mayor Hales highlighted the need for walkable neighborhoods, accessible and affordable housing, …

Finding a New Place to Call Home – Livable Oregon

Posted on 12/5/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family It’s a fact: as we get older our needs change. Sometimes the very things that made a house a home in our youth become daily hurdles as we age. AARP Livable Oregon recently talked with Nancy Tanner about her move with her husband to a community more suited for their changing needs. Tell us about yourself. I retired in 2008 after teaching middle school in Corvallis for 28 years. Ray, my husband, is also retired from teaching at OSU and …

Help for Caregivers a Top Legislative Goal

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Dan Hortsch Janet Martinez knows all about the “sandwich generation”—adults bringing up young children while also overseeing the care of aging, perhaps ailing, parents. Except Martinez, 53, prefers another label she has heard: the “panini generation,” as in the sandwich toasted and pressed on a grill. “My innards are getting squished out,” Martinez said, describing her multiple caregiving roles. “The emotional toll—that is where the tension lies.” Given their responsibilities, Martinez and thousands of others looking after older relatives …