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

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

Press 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, …

Longtime Volunteer Jane Baumgarten captures 2014 Andrus Award

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

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

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 …

TP or not TP by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 10/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Press TP or not TP by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity “They’ve taken away a third of our toilet paper allotment,” I yelled in astonishment to my friend, as I waved the memo in front of his face. He rolled his eyes, “You’re kidding?” “I couldn’t believe what I read, but it came straight from the horse’s mouth. I began to read:  NAME WITHELD has agreed to provide a basic supply of toilet paper, 4 rolls per week maximum, …

Yes, We have no Bananas by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Press The  song, Yes, We Have No Bananas, was first sung in 1922 by Isidore Itskowitz.  We know him better as Eddie Cantor. (One couldn’t get work with name endings like itz or ovsky, or the myriad of East Europeans swallowing the officials on Ellis Island.)  Cantor went on to star in vaudeville, Broadway musicals, and radio.  It was in one of those musicals, Make it Snappy, that the world was introduced to Yes, We Have No Bananas. We residents of …

Portland Caregiver Conference Will Help You Navigate the Journey, November 8, 2014

Posted on 09/24/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Press PORTLAND, OR — If you provide care for an aging loved one, or expect to do so in the next few years, you should register for Navigating the Journey: Caring for those you care about, on Saturday afternoon, November 8th at the Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland. “Caregivers take care of family and loved ones because that’s what they do,” said Bandana Shrestha, Community Engagement Director for AARP Oregon.  “They don’t think of themselves as caregivers.  But the meals …