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

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

Volunteering 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 …

AARP Oregon Anti-Hunger Initiative: Become an AmeriCorps VISTA

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering Would you like to help struggling older adults put healthy food on their tables in Oregon? In partnership with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, AARP Foundation is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA to work out of the AARP Oregon office in Clackamas. This is a one-year, full-time position beginning November 2014. The position entails: Convening community leaders to identify SNAP barriers and develop a comprehensive plan to improve access in local Oregon communities. Recruit, manage, and train community volunteers …

Unveiling Memories – Real Women Speak

Posted on 08/25/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering By Elaine Friesen-Strang Have you ever had the experience when a memory decades old, unexpectedly bubbles up to the surface, giving you a new perspective on an event or relationship buried in your past? I recently had such a retrospective epiphany at a bridal shop where my daughter was trying on wedding gowns.  Dressed in satin and lace, she was a beautiful vision of the future, but the moment took me back 36 years when my mother was helping me plan …

AARP Member Discount for Lumberjack Breakfast, September 7, Portland

Posted on 08/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering The World Forestry Center will host the third annual Lumberjack Breakfast on Sunday, September 7. Taking place under the tented plaza on the World Forestry Center campus, attendees will be served up plenty o’ pancakes with a loaded toppings bar, eggs, sausage, bacon and more. There will also be entertainment, music, games, trivia and prizes for the kids! Ticket price also includes admission into the Discovery Museum which will feature the new special exhibit “Go Figure.” Using popular children’s books, …

Tears: Real Women Speak

Posted on 07/23/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering by Heather Lee Leap I’m a crier. Throwing myself on the bed and having a good cry is one of my go-to stress relievers. It has helped me survive life as a mom to three children and as an Alzheimer’s caregiver for my mom. The week before we moved mom into our home, I had one of those cries. It helped wash away some of the stress involved in the preparations, but afterward I had a new worry. I couldn’t …

Bracing Reality: Real Women Speak Blog

Posted on 07/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering 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 …