Lessons from My Father: Real Women Speak Blog

Posted on 06/17/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Home & Family | Oregon | Volunteering by Heather Lee Leap “So, Dad, you need to live for like another 20-30 years, just as you are now and then just drop dead, because we don’t want to do this more than once.” I smiled as I said this to my father, who sat at the kitchen table in our cabin in Maine. He gave a gruff chuckle, glanced at the floor, at his coffee cup, and back at me, “Yeah, your brothers said the same thing,” he …

Are You Done – Yet?

Posted on 06/9/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon  The Thin Edge of Dignity by Dick Weinman “Are you done,” the caregiver asked.  There I was.  A disabled, eighty year old sitting on the toilet in the Assisted Living Facility I call home. Her words whispered a gentle question,  but  her voice told me she was annoyed and impatient.  “AreN’T you done YET,” shouted in my mind. How could I go under such scrutiny.  She stood over me, watching,  one hand wielding a toilet wipe to clean me; the …

Finding your next great read: your medical notes

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

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Oregon 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 …

State-run Retirement Savings Plan Supported by Eight in Ten Oregonians

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

Advocacy | Money & Work | Oregon | Press CLACKAMAS, OR: With one in six Oregonians age 45-65 banking less than $5,000 in their retirement savings accounts, retirement security is a hot topic in Oregon right now! A recent DHM Research survey confirms the need and support for more options to save for retirement. Nearly eight in ten (79%) working Oregonians strongly or somewhat support a state-run retirement savings plan to help the thousands of workers who don’t have access to a retirement savings program at their workplace, according …

New AARP Survey Assesses the Issues that Matter Most to African-Americans 50+

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

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon | Press WASHINGTON – An AARP survey released today shows that health care, education, financial security and the digital divide are among the most important social issues for African-Americans aged 50 and older. The national survey, which included phone interviews with 650 respondents, demonstrates that while many older African-Americans are optimistic that the country is moving in the right direction when it comes to issues such as health care, education and the digital divide, they are significantly less optimistic about finances, employment …

Why Tweets, Posts and Links Matter to Your Job Search

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work | Oregon By Jean C. Setzfand   If you haven’t looked for a new job in a while, you may be surprised to learn that it’s a different marketplace out there today. If you just sent your resume and cover letter to a hiring manager and hoped the process would follow a normal course of interviews and decision-making, think again.   Today, more than ever, it’s up to you to determine how your skills relate to a specific job opening and to …