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 …

Give to Get: A Novel Way of Helping

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Lynne Terry Kate Aubrey has volunteered for years, including feeding homeless youth and working at the Portland Art Museum. But eight years ago, she was diagnosed with an artery disease. Then she got colon cancer. She stopped volunteering to focus on her health. Now 63, Aubrey is volunteering again with a novel program in Portland that allows participants within a network to contribute services, such as raking leaves or cutting hair, and in exchange receive help from someone else. …

Lessons from My Father: Real Women Speak Blog

Posted on 06/17/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering by Heather Lee Leap “So, Dad, you need to live for like another 20-30 years, just as you are now and then just drop dead, because we don’t want to do this more than once.” I smiled as I said this to my father, who sat at the kitchen table in our cabin in Maine. He gave a gruff chuckle, glanced at the floor, at his coffee cup, and back at me, “Yeah, your brothers said the same thing,” he …