— Social Security is always evolving to meet the needs of the American public. We’re optimistic about the future and the limitless possibilities for progress. Much of the progress we’ve made together, as a nation, is through the shared responsibility of paying Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax. This federal payroll tax funds Social Security— programs that provide benefits for retirees, the disabled, and children of deceased workers. You help us keep millions of hard working Americans out of poverty. Without …

— AARP Oregon is in your community. Our organization is more than just discounts and lobbying for older Americans. But, we realize that not everyone knows what we’re working on across the state, Eugene and Springfield. To allow the community a chance to get to know us better, AARP is coordinating a “community blitz,” in Eugene/Springfield on March 1-3, 2017. Events include a coffee and donuts session where we’ll talk about proposed changes to Medicare and how AARP is working to …

— Dick Weinman is an AARP volunteer blogger and an assisted living guru. ”We will introduce a new administrator to you, once she or he is chosen,” or words to that effect, spoken to the residents of my ALF by the Big Boss. The Administrator of the dwelling in which I dwell is to retire soon. Several candidates are competing for the honorificabilititudinitatibus (indeed there is such a word, but rarely used  most notably by  Shakespeare and my editor.)  One of …

—   There is nothing like an aroma from childhood to make one feel at home, and so it’s not surprising that Luul and Tekle, who were both born in Eritrea, love to make African coffee from scratch including roasting the beans themselves on the stovetop. Another nod to their roots is the picture of an African nomad and family in their living room who are also enjoying the delicious brew. But beyond the tastes of Africa, Luul Ghebrednghil and Tekle …

—   Social Security is constantly evolving to make your life easier. If you are currently receiving benefits from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and are reapplying for benefits, or are assisting someone with their application, a trip to the Social Security office is probably not necessary even if verification of Social Security benefits is needed. Because of a data exchange established between Social Security and HUD, most people do not need to contact Social Security for …

— In 20 minutes, you’ll learn what digital skills you need to improve to compete in today’s workforce.     Workers 50+ are reinventing their careers. That’s why we created the AARP Work & Jobs Digital Skills Inventory. This free online tool will help you identify the digital skills you need to find a new job or excel in the one you already have. Try it now. www.aarp.org/skillsinventory You might discover that you know more than you think. Whether you’re fine-tuning your Microsoft …

—   Every worker’s dream is having a secure retirement to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Social Security is here to help you secure today and tomorrow. Part of that commitment is ensuring you have the most up-to-date information when you make your retirement decisions. “Full retirement age” refers to the age when a person can claim their Social Security benefits without any reduction, even if they are still working part or full time.  In other words, you don’t actually …

— Downloadable file: AARP_OregonSaves_flyer.pdf Clackamas, Oregon — OregonSaves, a simple solution to Oregon’s retirement crisis, is ready to launch in 2017, but a possible move in Congress could complicate the successful roll out of the program that would help 1 million Oregonians have access to retirement savings. AARP today announced its opposition to a House of Representatives proposal that would set up a roadblock for states such as Oregon moving to establish workplace savings programs for the millions of employees now …

— Dick Weinman is an AARP volunteer and an Assisted Living Guru In the decade that I have been an inmate in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF), I have endured “…the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune… and have …taken arms against [them], and by opposing – ACCOMPLISHING NOT A DAMN THING. My experience forces me to realize – in an ALF – the Pen is not mightier than the System. I rallied for tissues on tables in the dining room, …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 4 p.m. PT Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They were partners in …