— Join us on September 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm PT for Part 1 of AARP’s Interactive Social Security Webinar as we explore each of the five most asked about (and often misunderstood) Social Security topics—including applying for benefits, survivor benefits, spousal benefits, the earnings limit, and benefits for married couples. Plus, you can ask specific questions for the experts to answer using our interactive Q&A tool. We’ll also introduce you to AARP’s easy-to-use online tools, including our Benefits Calculator and a …

— Painted on the wall of the For The Love of Dogs training room is the saying, “A Dog’s Tail Never Lies.” Beneath it, Cocoa, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, looks up intently, at her “mom.” True to Pavlov’s theory, Cocoa’s tail wags patiently and enthusiastically as she awaits the forthcoming treat  she’ll be rewarded for good behavior following the sound of dog trainer, Cheryl Flemming’s “click.” The “Clicker Method” is the method of training Cheryl uses in her workshops and …

— His name is Myron.  He’s my age.  We’re two babes of the Depression, both born some place within 1933. Myron was a scientist. He worked with other scientists in a government research facility near where we both abide – in an ALF.  At his scientific work place he was surrounded by colleagues. Here at the ALF, he is alone. Myron’s mind is untouched by age.  He could have been a professor: he lets his opinion be known – loudly. He …

— Taking care of a loved one isn’t always a walk in the park. Family caregiving means juggling many areas of help—personal, financial, medical, and more. Now you can talk to others dealing with the same issues. AARP’s Caregiving Q&A Webcasts are hosted by Dr. Jean Accius, a nationally recognized expert on aging policy, livable communities and long-term services. Register today to ask questions and learn about the issues important to you. How to Manage the Daily Needs of Your Loved One Tuesday, August …

— What do we do with dear old dad? Or sweet old mom? Or both? So muse the adult children of parents who are septuagenarians , or octogenarians, or nonagenarians, or centenarians, or, .. . God forbid  –  supercentenarians? What do we do with them? Where do we put them? To the rescue – Long Term Care, or LTC. Sanctioned by the Federal Government. Sanctioned by each State. A profit center for the large hostelier. A non-profit for charitable entities. A …

—                     VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service (Clackamas, Oregon) — Bob Bruce, AARP Foundation Tax Aide State Coordinator for Oregon announced the organization helped to return more than $52 million dollars back to tax payers, many of whom are seniors or people with lower incomes. “This is a significant economic boost to Oregon’s economy,” Bruce said. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s …

—                     Privacy, anyone?   “Let me know when you’re finished,” said the caregiver, leaving me to cogitate as I remained where she had put me, seated on the cold, rigid, plastic toilet (or, more sweetly, “commode”) seat. She closed the door to the bathroom (or, more gently, “rest room”) and headed to a place in my living room to wait for me to complete the process of solid waste disposal. Whilst …

— During the process of buying or making improvements to their forever homes, families don’t always consider the concept of “aging in place,” or having a home that is “user friendly” for family members as they age. Diana Zapata, a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), has incorporated this concept into Zapata Design, the year-old interior design business she started as an Encore Entrepreneur. A long-time freelancer in the field of graphic design, Diana, now 57, had always wanted to be an architect …

— It’s a universal truth the saying, “Life is what happens where you’re busy making plans.” Before becoming an Encore Entrepreneur, Sunit Rikhi, Founder of Reach for Infinity, LLC, had dedicated thirty-one years at Intel. The type to focus on the here and now, he never gave much thought about doing anything other than the task at hand, which was working on breakthrough technology while developing and managing the projects and teams he oversaw at Intel.   In late 2014, one …

— Our Ombudsman left us.  (“Us” are the residents of the ALF I live in.)  She resigned because, in addition to serving as our ALF’s Ombudsman, she had a “day job,”  the job she held to earn a living. You see, working for us aged and disabled is a voluntary activity.  It’s a choice a citizen makes to help the vulnerable in our communities. The Ombudsman advocates for us; we who live our lives out in Long Term Care  or LTC. …