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

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

Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources | Oregon | Press | Volunteering 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, …

Help for Caregivers a Top Legislative Goal

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

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon | Volunteering 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 …

Longtime Volunteer Jane Baumgarten captures 2014 Andrus Award

Posted on 11/26/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon | Press AARP Oregon is pleased to announce that Jane Baumgarten of North Bend has been selected the 2014 AARP Oregon’s Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The Andrus Award is named for AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus and honors an outstanding Oregon volunteer age 50 or older who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. Jane has worked many decades with …

Chocolate on your Mind? What will it do for Brain Health?

Posted on 11/26/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Oregon | Press Yum. Chocolate. Did you know that chocolate can help trigger the brain’s pleasure centers for a happier, healthier life? That is just one of the many exciting revelations that will be revealed when brain health expert Roger Anunsen, addresses the crowd at AARP Oregon’s upcoming “Food and Music for Thought: The Six Essentials for Brain Health” on December 4th, from 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Downtown Athletic Club & Conference Center, 999 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401. Learn the …

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Oregon By Julie E. Lee Although the winter months bring joyful holidays with family and friends, they can also bring unpredictable weather and dangerous driving conditions. Snow, black ice, fog and early nightfall are just a few of the driving challenges you may have to contend with this season. But what’s your first line of defense and the easiest way to ensure a safe winter on the roads? Winterizing your car! Thankfully, winterizing most vehicles is simple, and requires little more …

What Happened to the Color? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon | Volunteering  WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COLOR? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity It started when I returned to the ALF from my son’s wedding in Northwest Massachusetts. ( Yes, the leaves were turning color even in September.) With recent images in my mind of colorful falling leaves, I found the ALF in black and white. And, I’d only been gone a week. What happened to the color in my ALF? Dining room tables  used to be adorned by place …