Still Doing “It”

Posted on 02/14/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Joanne Alba, Planned Parenthood Americans have a hard time talking openly and honestly about the topic of sex. Discussing sexual intimacy among older adults is harder (and rarer) still. This silence allows misconceptions and myths to flourish – including the widespread assumption that older adults lose interest in sex and intimacy and are, or should be, asexual.   This silence impacts our ability to have important discussions with health care providers. Data show that older adults are being treated …

Update from the Oregon State Capitol

Posted on 02/13/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Jon Bartholomew, Government Relations Director This week at the Oregon capitol, AARP advocated on our member’s behalf on a number of important issues. Some of the legislation we have supported is moving forward, but other legislation will not. Advance Directives modernization – this legislation is moving through the process and was moved from one committee to another this week. Memory Care facility standards – AARP was involved with stakeholder conversations that led to the creation of a proposal to …

Why Livable Communities Matter to Gen X

Posted on 02/11/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By AARP Oregon Volunteer Michele Scheib Why Livable Communities Matter to Generation X Available public transportation, better bike and walking paths, safe streets, accessible and affordable housing, and places to work, shop and be entertained closer to home, are some aspects that define a livable community. These trends can be valuable for everyone from young families to people with disabilities to people as they age in our communities. What about a livable community appeals to Generation X? I recently watched …

Meet the AARP Oregon Team, Sr. Operations Associate Ashley Aitken

Posted on 02/10/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Ashley Aitken I began with AARP as an intern nearly three years ago under a time commitment of three months. Those three months turned into one year. During my internship I worked on the You’ve Earned A Say campaign. At the time, I had no idea what that particular campaign was about, but it ended up being a perfect fit. The premise of the campaign was to generate discussion with different communities throughout Oregon about Social Security and Medicare. …

Meet the AARP Oregon Team – Communications Director Joyce DeMonnin

Posted on 02/8/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

 Joyce is show here with her niece and Sen. Jeff Merkley. By Joyce DeMonnin My brother had a massive stroke when my niece Katherine was just a freshman. She was scared about the future when it became clear that her dad was permanently disabled. The months following the stroke were full of financial turmoil – until she became 1 of the 45,421 children who receive Social Security in Oregon. A few years later I was invited to an 80th birthday party …

Meet the AARP Oregon Team – Community Engagement Director Bandana Shrestha

Posted on 02/6/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bandana at an AARP Oregon Volunteer Training By Bandana Shrestha I am originally from Nepal and most of my immediate family still lives there, including my mom whom I try to visit every summer in Kathmandu. This year the family will celebrate my mother’s “Junko,” a special ceremony that celebrates elderhood, a happy time for all. It wasn’t so last year. Nepal suffered a massive earthquake in which 9,000 people perished. It was a terrible time and the country is …