Do You Know the A, B, C, & Ds of Medicare?

Posted on 03/6/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community | Events | Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources Every day 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare benefits. Many newly eligible older adults will make enrollment mistakes and experience gaps in coverage; or even pay a lifetime of penalties. Medicare has very specific requirements, including deadlines that must be adhered to in order to receive the benefits that are expected. Oregon SHIBA counselors receive calls daily from Medicare consumers who are faced with costly penalties or disruptions in service due to lack of understanding the …

Our Story Continues, Part 2 by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Our Story Continues, part 2, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity Our first child, our son, Daniel, was conceived there.  Funnily enough, Ginny and I, as a young, recently married couple, after only a few attempts, feared that we were unable to conceive a child.  The kindly doctor smiled and said “give it more time.”  None of us knew how the rain would fall. ****** Dan was born in 1956, during the year of my first teaching job …

Volunteers Sought for AARP Committees

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Contact Us | Volunteering AARP Oregon is seeking volunteers comfortable in state leadership roles to serve on its Executive Committee and Diversity Advisory Council. The committee focuses on state legislative priorities, while the council focuses on opportunities and challenges presented by the state’s increasingly diverse population. AARP Oregon supports inclusiveness in all of its activities and seeks leadership applicants who represent the state’s diversity in age, geography, beliefs, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation. “We encourage Oregonians of all backgrounds to apply for these leadership …

In Portland, Livable Is More Than a Label

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources | Volunteering By Dan Hortsch When there’s a way, JoAnn Herrigel finds it—usually by bicycle. For 20 years, Herrigel, 55, has commuted by bicycle to jobs in the Portland area, including a job in suburban Milwaukie seven miles from her home. These days, she rides a couple of miles to work. Her routes have included designated “bike boulevards,” streets that are marked for shared use by bikes and autos, as well as a lane on the Morrison Bridge protected from auto traffic. …

Access Your 1099 and 1042S Tax Forms Online

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community | Finances 50+ | Money & Work Social Security Question & Answer: I’m gathering everything I’ll need to file my taxes this month. Do I have to pay taxes on Social Security benefits? Also, where can I get a replacement 1099? Answer:  Some people who get Social Security must pay federal income taxes on their benefits. Still, no one pays taxes on more than 85 percent of their Social Security benefits. You must pay taxes on some portion of your benefits if you file an individual federal …

Social Security Extending Hours beginning March 16th

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community | Finances 50+ | Local Resources Effective March 16, 2015, Social Security field offices across the nation will expand their hours. Offices will be open to you and your clients for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, providing face-to-face service to customers until 4:00 p.m. Offices will continue to close at noon every Wednesday so employees have time to complete current work, reduce backlogs, and continue training new employees. “This expansion of office hours reaffirms our commitment to providing the people we serve …