Where the Sidewalk Ends – Livable Oregon

Posted on 09/4/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Oregon By Elaine Friesen-Strang September 4, 2014. Today is the first day of school at Mill Park Elementary in Southeast Portland. There are children in small groups running across the school’s front lawn. Others are approaching more cautiously, holding the hands of loved ones. If you are close enough, you might hear conversations in Russian, Somali, Burmese, Arabic, or 24 other languages. Over half of the 600 students who attend Mill Park speak English as their second language. These students bring …

Livable Oregon

Posted on 09/4/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon Welcome to our new blog series written and curated by Oregonians about the state of livability in our beautiful state. Livable Oregon What makes a community livable? What do neighborhoods need to help people of all ages live active, engaged lives? Livable Oregon explores the features of age-friendly communities, the people who help create them, and what we can do to make our neighborhoods in Oregon a great place for everyone. This blog takes its lead from the AARP Livable …

Does It Bounce? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon | Press | Volunteering I slide down in my wheelchair and sigh as I look at the crinkles in the bottom sheet of my bed, as I’m about to be helped into it for the night.  I flashback to when I was ten or eleven – some seventy years ago – I was a city kid attending summer camp in the mountains of New England.  We lived in a rustic (at least, that was our perception) cabin, in what was advertised as country, outdoors …

September is Hunger Action Month: Here’s 5 things you can do to help

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Oregon | Volunteering Just over 50 million individuals experience food insecurity in the United States every day. Nearly 9 million of them are older adults age 50+. Unless we act, that number will only increase as the aging population grows. Food prices continue to rise rapidly, yet most incomes have remained the same, putting pressure on household food budgets. Fresh, nutritious food that older adults need to keep them in good health throughout their lifespan can be unaffordable for people who are struggling …

AARP Oregon Anti-Hunger Initiative: Become an AmeriCorps VISTA

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Events | Local Resources | Oregon | Press | Volunteering Would you like to help struggling older adults put healthy food on their tables in Oregon? In partnership with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, AARP Foundation is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA to work out of the AARP Oregon office in Clackamas. This is a one-year, full-time position beginning November 2014. The position entails: Convening community leaders to identify SNAP barriers and develop a comprehensive plan to improve access in local Oregon communities. Recruit, manage, and train community volunteers …

Unveiling Memories – Real Women Speak

Posted on 08/25/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Oregon | Volunteering By Elaine Friesen-Strang Have you ever had the experience when a memory decades old, unexpectedly bubbles up to the surface, giving you a new perspective on an event or relationship buried in your past? I recently had such a retrospective epiphany at a bridal shop where my daughter was trying on wedding gowns.  Dressed in satin and lace, she was a beautiful vision of the future, but the moment took me back 36 years when my mother was helping me plan …