Bracing Reality: Real Women Speak Blog

Posted on 07/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Local Resources By Elaine Friesen Strang Waiting for a recent appointment, I read an article by Oprah’s creative director describing the six accessorizing rules fashion savvy women should observe.  Evidently, I had much to learn about “polishing” my look. Before I could finish reading the advice column, I was beckoned to a patient room to be fitted for a new accessory I wasn’t keen on wearing: a sparkling metallic knee brace.  Knees are problematic in my family, but we’re not alone.  WebMD …

Finding your next great read: your medical notes

Posted on 06/4/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Local Resources By Elaine Friesen-Strang I have a confession. Many years ago, before they had computers in patient exam rooms, a medical assistant left my chart on the counter when she stepped out. I struggled briefly with my conscience; then I had the audacity to open it. I scanned the notes–terrified my physician would walk in at any moment–and was frankly, a bit disappointed with what I read. Other than an earlier patella dislocation, my medical chart wasn’t all that interesting. Even the …

Sage-ing® International Conference Invitation: Seattle August 21-24

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Local Resources We are all getting older! The good news is that each of us can continue to grow, make deeper connections with friends and family, and find a new sense of purpose as we serve others. If this interests you, you are invited to attend the biennial conference sponsored by Sage-ing® International and Seattle University this August.  The conference, Gifting the World As We Age, will be held on the campus of Seattle University, beautifully situated in the heart of the …

PORTLAND METRO RANKED LEAST DANGEROUS IN THE NATION IN SAFETY FOR PEDESTRIANS, BUT MUCH WORK STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Local Resources Older adults among the most threatened by streets built for speed, not safety   PORTLAND, OR – Portland Metro(Portland, Vancouver, Beaverton)is among the safest in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 45th out of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said. While many streets across the country are perilous for people walking, hundreds of communities, like Portland Metro are working to make their streets safe and …

Official Scam Jam Recap

Posted on 05/16/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Local Resources Medford Scam Jam Rocked KOBI Studio! We came. We saw. We jammed. Tuesday was our highly anticipated and completely free Scam Jam events held in Medford, OR. And as with any event – sporting, educational, or otherwise – we’ll now take a look back. Peer over the day’s proceedings. And, most importantly, take a step back and ask ourselves, “So what exactly did we learn?” That’s right. It’s now time for the official Scam Jam recap. Okay so first off, …

Long Term Care Ombudsman: Volunteers Advocate for the Rights and Dignity of Long-Term Care Facility Residents

Posted on 05/12/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Local Resources It could be dirty floors, foul smells, or just a complaint of persistent cold food. As a Certified Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman, Kendall Williams looks for these issues and more in his visits to the long-term care facilities he is assigned to in Clackamas County.  There are clues that tell him about the care and quality of life of residents.  As an advocate for the residents for the Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, Williams says, “You want to see the residents …