The Strider and the Sitter, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 03/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family THE STRIDER AND THE SITTER – by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity He strides slowly now. He’s older.  That’s what we do in an ALF: grow older, more fragile, and wait. . .  . . But not Ebanisto. When I first saw him, as I gazed out the window while typing at the keyboard of my word processor, he walked buoyantly, as if there was no time to spare, to get to his destination.  His head bobbed, his …

Scam Jam Eugene Scheduled for April 27th at the Hult Center

Posted on 03/11/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community | Events Consumers reported losing $1.7 billion to scams and frauds in 2014, according to an annual review released by the Federal Trade Commission. That figure is likely a fraction of actual losses, since many people never report their victimization. For the 15th consecutive year, identity theft was the top complaint in the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, accounting for 13 percent of the total 2.5 million filed complaints. That’s the same percentage as in 2013, but with more people reporting last year, the federal watchdog logged more …

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. …