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 …

Is Your Home Ready for Autumn?

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

Press Spend Less Time on Chores, More Time on Fun with These 5 Money-Saving Tips PORTLAND, OR – September 24, 2014:  The beginning of autumn brings trees and sidewalks speckled with beautiful brightly colored leaves and days for making warm apple cider. It’s the perfect time of year for pumpkin picking and hay rides with the family before the first snowflakes hit the ground. But for most homeowners, autumn also blows in the foreboding winds of a long winter to come …

SS by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 09/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Press by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity It may take up to twenty minutes of hard sitting – on a plastic toilet seat, waiting for a caregiver to ease the soreness and redness of my gluteus maximus – my butt. My discomfort is a consequence of SS. In my world, SS is not Hitler’s dreaded Schutzstaffel.  Nor is it the monthly government retirement check. In my world – the world of the ALF – SS means short staffed, the …

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

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

Press 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 …