How I Turned into a Pro-Aging Advocate in My 60s – Real Women Speak

Posted on 06/25/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community | Health & Wellbeing By Gaea Yudron I have been an writer and health care practitioner for many years. I think of life itself as a work of art. In 2000, I was working as a writer for a company that developed DVDs to educate caregivers of elders. The job involved considerable research and included going to national conferences such as that of American Society on Aging. I found that I was dismayed by deeply ingrained perspectives on aging as a time of decline …

It’s a new day for financial security in Oregon

Posted on 06/24/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Voters   By Jerry Cohen, AARP Oregon State Director From time to time AARP Oregon endorses legislation we think is so important that we tell legislators we will track their votes and share those votes with our members. The Oregon Retirement Savings Board, HB 2960, was one such bill. We call this an accountability bill. With 642,000 Oregonians not being able to save for retirement, the state is facing a retirement crisis. It’s often a private fear people don’t like to …

POLST: Respecting our wishes at the end of life

Posted on 06/8/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Uncategorized   By Dr. Susan Tolle, Oregon Health and Science University   Helen Hobbs clearly expresses her opinions to Dr. Erik Fromme. Her Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) orders reflect her wish not to have CPR and to avoid treatment in the intensive care unit. Helen stars in a video about the POLST Program titled, “Understanding POLST”. Over the past several years, she has helped to develop materials that explain the difference between POLST orders and an Advance Directive. Helen …

Decisions… Decisions… Decisions, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Decisions, Decisions, Decisions, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I waddle my wheelchair down the hallway of my ALF to the dining room. But, I’m not alone. I see other people marching, like me, to learn what awaits them for breakfast. Some of the residents power their wheelchairs, others hunch over walkers, some lean on a cane, or walk erect – gathering from two directions, ready to make their choice for breakfast. The decision making is a new …

TP or not TP, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 05/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family TP or not TP, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity When I heard about it, I couldn’t believe it. But, when I saw it in black and white – actually, the font text was Arial blue – I knew the rumors were true. Coming straight from the horse’s mouth, was the statement: [ALF NAME WITHELD] “has agreed to provide a basic supply of toilet paper, 4 rolls per week maximum, and any resident who needs more than that …

AARP Oregon Endorses HB 2960 to Create Oregon Retirement Savings Board

Posted on 05/6/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Bill Would Give 642,000 Hard-Working Oregonians Access to a More Secure, Independent Retirement Almost six in ten Oregon small business owners support legislation that would create a retirement savings option for private-sector employees who do not have access to a workplace retirement plan, according to a new AARP survey. The survey, conducted by the American Institute of Consumer Students, talked to 452 non-franchise small business owners with 1-100 employees. The business owners were located throughout the state of Oregon and …