Who? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 12/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering WHO? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I stand with my back toward her, my pants tugging my ankles. I bend over, and  grasp the silver-grey, cold metal handicap bar. She wields the toilet paper, extends her arm, and wipes. That’s her job. It’s part of what I pay $4900+ for each month. So why do I gripe? It’s because I wish she and some other caregivers would put more feeling into the job.  I don’t mean they …

75 Most Romantic Places in the World

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering Frommer’s/AARP Places for Passion by Pepper Schwartz and Janet Lever, PhDs, Reveals the 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World— and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away   WASHINGTON, DC—Pepper Schwartz, PhD, has teamed up with Janet Lever, PhD, her former coauthor of Glamour’s “Sex and Health” column, to release Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World—and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away. As you might expect from Dr. Pepper, an expert star on …

Life Reimagined Unveils New Digital Platform Offering Personalized Guidance Throughout New Life Stages

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering WASHINGTON, DC—Life Reimagined today launched a fully redesigned digital platform, delivering a one-of-a-kind online experience aimed at guiding people through life transitions and helping them discover new possibilities. The platform now offers a suite of engaging programs and stimulating, proprietary content developed by the Life Reimagined Institute’s team of world-renowned experts and thought leaders. People are living longer and as a result, a need to reevaluate a new life stage has arisen. Americans are facing the reality that, as life …

AARP Livable Oregon Talks with Mayor Charlie Hales – Livable Oregon

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering  On November 12, 2014, the Portland City Council received a progress report on what has transpired in our community since adopting a detailed action plan developed by the Age Friendly Advisory Council. Following brief discussion, Mayor Charlie Hales and council members voted to pledge their continued support of the Plan, extending efforts to make Portland a more livable community for people of all ages.  In his opening comments, Mayor Hales highlighted the need for walkable neighborhoods, accessible and affordable housing, …

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

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

Volunteering 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, …

Help for Caregivers a Top Legislative Goal

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Dan Hortsch Janet Martinez knows all about the “sandwich generation”—adults bringing up young children while also overseeing the care of aging, perhaps ailing, parents. Except Martinez, 53, prefers another label she has heard: the “panini generation,” as in the sandwich toasted and pressed on a grill. “My innards are getting squished out,” Martinez said, describing her multiple caregiving roles. “The emotional toll—that is where the tension lies.” Given their responsibilities, Martinez and thousands of others looking after older relatives …