Steppin’ Out — Livable Oregon

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering By Elaine Friesen-Strang My assignment was to write a blog about walking.  It was due last week, but I just didn’t know how to approach a subject so…pedestrian.  Walking, the coordinated effort of putting one foot in front of the other to propel oneself forward (preferably not downward), is something many of us do throughout the day without much thought of the process or function.  Turns out, creativity is hard to spark sitting in a chair, staring at my iPad …

Mid-Life Career Change: Pursuing Your Passion – Real Women Speak

Posted on 09/29/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering By Michelle M. Cutugno At the end of my last blog post ,  I was on the edge of my seat waiting to hear if my request for reconsideration to Portland State University’s Masters of Social Work program would be viewed favorably. I waited one long month for news, but now, over a year later, I’ve already completed my first year of the program and am enjoying the last few weeks of summer break before my advanced (and final) year begins. …

SS by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

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

Volunteering 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 …

Making a Difference as a Money Management Volunteer

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering AARP Oregon has been a longtime supporter of the Money Management Programs here in Oregon. Easter Seals Oregon, the Oregon Department of Human Services and community service agencies work together to deliver the Oregon Money Management Program around the state. Trained volunteers help low-income older adults with daily money management tasks and make a difference in people’s lives by helping them remain as independent as possible. In as little as two-hours per month volunteers can help create financial stability, prevent …

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 …

September is Hunger Action Month: Here’s 5 things you can do to help

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

Volunteering By Marianne Ryder Just over 50 million individuals experience food insecurity in the United States every day. Nearly 9 million of them are older adults age 50+. Unless we act, that number will only increase as the aging population grows. Food prices continue to rise rapidly, yet most incomes have remained the same, putting pressure on household food budgets. Fresh, nutritious food that older adults need to keep them in good health throughout their lifespan can be unaffordable for people …