AARP at Portland Sunday Parkways

AARP at Portland Sunday Parkways

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering AARP Oregon is excited to be a Portland Sunday Parkways sponsor again this year! Portland Sunday Parkways is a wonderful series of community extravaganza that promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening the city’s largest public space – its streets – to walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation while fostering civic pride, stimulating economic development, and represents the community, business, and government investments in Portland’s vitality, livability, and diversity.   Last year, we so enjoyed meeting …

Education: The 21st Century Civil Rights Battle

Posted on 02/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Volunteering By Lester Strong, Chief Executive Officer for AARP Experience Corps   As we take this month to celebrate Black History and how far we’ve come as a nation, let’s not forget the importance of education in the struggle for equality. Just 59 years ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education. This case established that having separate public schools for Black and white students was unconstitutional.   The verdict was galvanizing. …

Q&A with Sharon & Howard Johnson, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists

Q&A with Sharon & Howard Johnson, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists

Posted on 01/14/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering Sharon and Howard Johnson of Jacksonville, are both National Association of Home Builders Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS). The Johnsons are also co-founders of Age-Friendly Innovators, Inc. Howard is the host of  the AARP RVTV program, Age-Friendly Rogue Valley. What inspired you to go into this line of work?  I don’t think we see it as “work” so much as trying to fill a pressing need to assist the exploding demographic of older adults to remain at home as they age–either …

Your 2014 Resolution: Be a Safer Driver

Posted on 12/23/2013 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering by Chris Thomas, Public News Service-OR (12/16/13) PORTLAND, Ore. – In rural Oregon, it’s the weather – and in cities, add the traffic – that can make winter a tough time to be behind the wheel. AARP Oregon can’t change that, but its newly revamped “Smart Driver” program can help people cope with those challenges and others, particularly if they’re age 50 or older. AARP is a longtime provider of driver safety courses. AARP Oregon volunteer chief trainer Curtis Hanson …

AARP Oregon Announces New Diversity Advisory Council Members

AARP Oregon Announces New Diversity Advisory Council Members

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering Council helps address the changing needs of 50-plus Oregonian population CLACKAMAS—AARP Oregon has appointed four new members to its Oregon Diversity Advisory Council (DAC). Portland area residents, Walter Lander, Juanita Santana and Robby Sherwin, as well as Dallas, Oregon resident, Judy Bowen have all joined the DAC. The DAC helps provide guidance and support to AARP Oregon staff and volunteer leaders to ensure diversity and inclusion in all AARP activities, including the recruitment, orientation, and support of volunteers. “AARP is …

Want to Change Your Life? Volunteer.

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Volunteering By Lester Strong, Vice President and Chief Executive of AARP Experience Corps It’s December. That part of the year when winter officially descends, providing us with short days and long, quiet nights. It’s a time when people reflect on their lives, giving thought to what they are doing now and where they want to be in the future. No matter the age or stage in life, as the year draws to a close nearly everyone takes time to “reimagine” their …