AARP Oregon scores victories on behalf of our members at the Legislature

Posted on 07/20/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Uncategorized by Jon Bartholomew, Government Relations Director, AARP Oregon On July 6th, the Oregon Legislature ended its 2015 session. This was the first session that I was AARP’s Government Relations Director for Oregon. It was a privilege to work for our members – and together we made a difference during this session! You have already heard about the victory on Retirement Security so I will focus on our other major priority area – caregiving. As our new report highlights, unpaid family caregivers …

Women need to focus on financial security

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Finances 50+ | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family By Joyce DeMonnin, AARP Oregon Outreach Director Women have made substantial gains in the labor market. Nearly 60% of women are in the workforce today yet we still lag behind in retirement security. There are a variety reasons for this from leaving the workfoce to have children or doing family caregiving to earning less. Women also live on average five years longer than men. So what can we do to bridge the retirement security gap? AARP has excellent financial tools and resources …

Join NeighborWalks in Portland and help build your community, one step at a time

Posted on 07/15/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Volunteering   Did you know that a typical pair of sneakers will last 500 miles? Put a few miles on those walking shoes and join AARP for a series of guided walks in Portland-area neighborhoods called NeighborWalks.   You can participate in one walk or all of them. If you attend all seven, you will receive an Oregon Walks membership and a surprise giveaway from AARP Oregon. Collect your stamps at each walk!   Come meet others in your community. Hear …

You’ll Never Walk Alone, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 07/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family You’ll Never Walk Alone, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity The uplifting melody and inspirational lyric of You’ll Never Walk Alone, have made the Rodgers and Hammerstein song a hymn-like source of hope for millions of people around the world – even for the Liverpool football team. It’s their team song. The song’s title also has special meaning for me. At eighty-two, I’m on the final journey of my life. Disabled, I’m in need of a caring hand …

Bold leadership in Oregon will lead to greater retirement security

Posted on 07/6/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Finances 50+ | Voters   By Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer I am proud to have partnered with AARP to pass what may become the most important piece of Oregon legislation this year. Because of the work of AARP – its staff, members and volunteers – Oregonians will now have the tools they need to save for a secure retirement. But it’s been a long road. Policymakers in Oregon first grappled with the retirement security crisis nearly 20 years ago with the 1997 Retirement Task …

Someone Younger – Real Women Speak

Posted on 07/2/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Volunteering By Elaine Friesen-Strang My birth certificate indicates I am 61 years of age, but I don’t see myself as as a sexagenarian; I identify as a 41 year old. That’s odd, given I’ve been married 36 years, have two adult children and have physical restrictions that weren’t present 20 years ago. I also haven’t physically re-made myself in the attempt of turning back the clock. Well, there was that total knee replacement five years ago, but no liposuction, facelift, or …