5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter this Fall

Posted on 10/24/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family Enjoy fall’s splendor and crispness — all while prepping your home for winter weather. Here are some important ideas on making your home winter ready. 1. Guard Your Gutters Keeping leaves out of gutters is a must to prevent clogs, backups and winter ice dams. You can avoid this annual chore by installing gutter guards, which screen out leaves, twigs and seeds while letting water flow into the gutter and out the downspout. Some of the most effective types of …

Keep Breathing – Real Women Speak

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

Home & Family 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 …

TP or not TP by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 10/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family TP or not TP by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity “They’ve taken away a third of our toilet paper allotment,” I yelled in astonishment to my friend, as I waved the memo in front of his face. He rolled his eyes, “You’re kidding?” “I couldn’t believe what I read, but it came straight from the horse’s mouth. I began to read:  NAME WITHELD has agreed to provide a basic supply of toilet paper, 4 rolls per week maximum, …

Steppin’ Out — Livable Oregon

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family By Elaine Friesen-Strang My assignment was to write a blog about walking.  It was due last week, but I just didn’t know how to approach a subject so…pedestrian.  Walking, the coordinated effort of putting one foot in front of the other to propel oneself forward (preferably not downward), is something many of us do throughout the day without much thought of the process or function.  Turns out, creativity is hard to spark sitting in a chair, staring at my iPad …

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

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

Home & Family 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 …

Staying at Home Forums Scheduled for December

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family Is your home fit for a lifetime of living? 89 percent of older adults have told AARP they want to remain in their home and community for as long as possible. Will staying at home be an option for you or your loved one? Whether you provide care for an aging loved one or have questions about future care, join AARP Oregon for Staying at Home, a FREE community workshop coming to a location near you. Explore key issues related …