Bracing Reality: Real Women Speak Blog

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

Press 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 …

THE LAUGHING LADIES AT THE LONG TABLE by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Press “You may call me Kathleen,” she demurely whispered, as if daintily raising a flimsy lace handkerchief to dab a nostril. “I’m Geraldine,” said the deep voiced lady at the end of the table.  “My name is Viola,” chirped  the tiny presence in the middle.  More robustly, the assured, staid holder of the corner seat, said “ refer to me as Carmen.” Then Elizabeth and Ruby took turns introducing themselves. I’m an eighty-one year old, disabled resident of this ALF, writing …

NEW SCORECARD AGAIN RANKS OREGON NEAR THE TOP IN SERVING OLDER, DISABLED RESIDENTS

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Press CLACKAMAS, OREGON–An updated national scorecard released today that ranks states on their performance on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) again places Oregon among the top three states that out-perform others in the delivery of services and supports to older adults and people with disabilities. The new state-by-state report measures the effects of state policies and programs on the delivery of long-term care for people who need help to live independently – looking at affordability and access, choice of setting and …

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

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

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

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 …

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

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

Press 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 …