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— Stop spending time trying and start spending more time doing when it comes to everyday technology! Now a days advancements in technology, much of which you may already own, are allowing Family Caregivers to be the best that they can. Join Tricia Sandiego and Mike Lee as they team up to maximize your potential  in AARP’s latest webinar, “Lighten the Family Caregiver Load Using Everyday Technology.” Register now to watch live at 2PM ET/ 1PM CT on Wednesday, June 29. …

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—                                                         By Jerry Cohen, AARP Oregon State Director I am pleased to announce that Elaine Friesen-Strang is the new volunteer State President for AARP Oregon effective June 27. She will have the responsibility of leading the AARP Oregon Volunteer Executive Council for at least the next two years. She also will work with …

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—               By Joyce DeMonnin, AARP Oregon Communications & Media Relations Director CLACKAMAS – The AARP Tax Aide Program has a new State Coordinator. Bob Bruce of Salem recently accepted the volunteer position managing a corps of 1,176 volunteers throughout the state of Oregon.   This year, AARP Tax Aide volunteers helped 87,442 Oregonians file taxes returning almost $56 million in refunds. Tax Aide is a key AARP Foundation program offering a critical, and free, …

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—               By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and Assisted Living Guru I normally wouldn’t expect to see the Assisted Living Facility (ALF) administrator serving meals, even bussing tables, and, ye gods! Washing dishes! And there was the RN joining in on the fun. Is this our ALFs version of Undercover Boss? It couldn’t be: they were uncovered (everyone knew their true identities.) So, what explained this Trading Places? The Administrator and RN didn’t look like Dan …

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— If you’re a 50+ job seeker, what’s the first thing you should do? Don’t miss our interactive webinar “Target, Conquer & Focus: Getting Back to Work” Tuesday, June 14th at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT!  Holly Brack — National Program Coordinator at AARP Foundation with over 20 years of experience teaching job search skills — will help you learn how to target your job search, conquer the job application, focus on yourself and stay strong. She’ll be joined by Back to …

NW 2016 brochure

— by: Elaine Friesen-Strang Imagine taking a walk in the mid-morning with someone who has pre-planned an interesting, safe stroll through a Portland neighborhood. Imagine learning a few things along the way from a knowledgeable resident who has a special interest in that neighborhood. Imagine walking with others–many of whom you may not know–but who share your curiosity, exercise goals, and delight in making new friends. Imagine no more! The 2016 NeighborWalks season starts this month! AARP volunteers and other community …

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—                       By Jon Bartholomew – AARP Oregon Government Relations Director At a Medford community forum several years ago, I heard something that really stuck with me. A doctor who specializes in Alzheimer’s said he noticed that a large percentage of family members taking care of someone with that disease die from stress-related conditions before the care recipient dies. Caregivers often work ’round the clock and, as a result, have health problems of their …

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— AARP Oregon is hosting events throughout the state this summer to listen to the needs of unpaid family caregivers, who shoulder the stress of caring for adult loved ones at home. Community conversations in 12 cities will help the state office establish policy priorities regarding respite for caregivers. Meetings are scheduled in Albany, June 7; Roseburg, June 8; Lincoln City, June 9; Eugene, June 14; Medford, June 15; Salem, June 16; Beaverton, June 21; Portland, June 28; Astoria, June 29; …

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—                                               By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and ALF Living Guru I lay on the examining table, an IV needle stuck into and taped to my wrist. The ER nurse hovered over me while glancing at the slowly decreasing numbers exhibited on the automatic blood pressure monitor. Had I suffered a stroke? “Not bad,” I thought, as I turned …

Scams bloom in Spring

—                     By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and Assisted Living Guru I winced when I received the Newsletter of my ALF. The Newsletter for the Spring months of March or April is usually devoted to the reawakening of nature, a celebration, both religious and mythological, of what Stravinsky imagined musically, as “The Rites of Spring.” But religion? The “rite” celebrated in the Newsletter was presented as a poem, which hallowed the Spring …