Jon Bartholomew Joins AARP Oregon

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Press Clackamas, Oregon — Jonathan (Jon) Bartholomew has been selected AARP Oregon’s ASD for Advocacy, announced State Director Jerry Cohen. Jon will replace Rick Bennett who is retiring from the position at the end of August. “Having worked with Jon on several initiatives and groups, including the Oregon Campaign for Seniors and People with Disabilities, we are thrilled Jon will be joining the AARP Oregon team on August 18th,” said Cohen. “He is already familiar with many of the issues AARP …

Best Foot Forward by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 08/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Press “Which shoes,” the caregiver asks, as she comes to the final step in getting me up and dressed. There’s suspense, wonderment, and surprise in the personal togetherness of putting my best foot forward.  It’s not a “ho hum” daily activity.   I’ve engaged in this morning ritual before with many diverse caregivers.  It’s been almost a decade that I’ve been known as one-zero-eight, my room number, the distinguishing marker for a resident in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF.) .  The names …

Registration open for Lane County Finding Work@50+ workshop 8/12

Posted on 07/30/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Press   While Oregon’s job growth has increased 3% in the last six months, for laid-off or otherwise unemployed workers 50 years of age and older, the prospects for employment are still dismal. “Almost half of older jobseekers were among the long-term unemployed, whose chances of finding jobs, particularly good jobs, remain problematic,” said Sara Rix, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for AARP’s Public Policy Institute.  “And while older workers have a lower unemployment rate overall, the ones who lose their jobs …

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 …