Who? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

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

Local Resources 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 …

AARP Livable Oregon Talks with Mayor Charlie Hales – Livable Oregon

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

Local Resources  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, …

Dots and Dashes by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Local Resources DOTS AND DASHES by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity   Don’t just stand there!  I wanted to scream at the caregiver who stood above me in the bathroom.  I was sitting on the toilet trying to urinate. (I sit to urinate because of my disabilities.) But I didn’t yell.   It takes longer for a man my age to pee:  larger prostate, blocked urethra, less stretchy bladder, harder vessels, and the usual wearing out of muscles and organs.  But, …

Home Sweet Home – Livable Oregon

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Local Resources 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 …

Promote Holiday Cheer: Help Feed the Hungry

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

Local Resources 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 …

Teletown Hall to Discuss 50+ Hunger

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

Local Resources By Marianne Ryder Have you or do you know someone who has skimped on buying groceries in order to afford needed medication or to pay utility bills? Sadly, this is not uncommon for many 50+ Oregonians. Did you know that Oregon is one of the top five states nationally for hunger among those ages 50-59? Hunger runs deep in our state. It affects old and young alike. However, 50+ hunger is often hidden. Proper nutrition is key to good health …