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 …

How? Who? Why? – Questions of Care, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Caregiving | Community | Home & Family How? Who? Why? – Questions of Care, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I stand with my back toward her, my pants tugging my ankles. I bend over, and grasp the cold metal handicap bar. She wields the toilet paper, extends her arm, and wipes. I should be glad. I can’t do for myself. Toileting me is one of the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and one of the reasons I pay $5000+ each month for my residency …

Medicaid at 50 Reaches More Pre-Medicare Residents

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family By Merry MacKinnon Five years ago, when Kathleen McCann lost her job and her employer-provided health insurance, she joined others in their 50s and early 60s hoping to get by until Medicare kicked in. Many older adults who were laid off during the recession were calling AARP Oregon. “We were hearing ‘Help!’ from people caught in limbo,” said Jerry Cohen, AARP Oregon state director. After exhausting her unemployment benefits and temporary health coverage, McCann could no longer afford to see …

How I Turned into a Pro-Aging Advocate in My 60s – Real Women Speak

Posted on 06/25/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community | Health & Wellbeing By Gaea Yudron I have been an writer and health care practitioner for many years. I think of life itself as a work of art. In 2000, I was working as a writer for a company that developed DVDs to educate caregivers of elders. The job involved considerable research and included going to national conferences such as that of American Society on Aging. I found that I was dismayed by deeply ingrained perspectives on aging as a time of decline …

It’s a new day for financial security in Oregon

Posted on 06/24/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Voters   By Jerry Cohen, AARP Oregon State Director From time to time AARP Oregon endorses legislation we think is so important that we tell legislators we will track their votes and share those votes with our members. The Oregon Retirement Savings Board, HB 2960, was one such bill. We call this an accountability bill. With 642,000 Oregonians not being able to save for retirement, the state is facing a retirement crisis. It’s often a private fear people don’t like to …

POLST: Respecting our wishes at the end of life

Posted on 06/8/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Uncategorized   By Dr. Susan Tolle, Oregon Health and Science University   Helen Hobbs clearly expresses her opinions to Dr. Erik Fromme. Her Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) orders reflect her wish not to have CPR and to avoid treatment in the intensive care unit. Helen stars in a video about the POLST Program titled, “Understanding POLST”. Over the past several years, she has helped to develop materials that explain the difference between POLST orders and an Advance Directive. Helen …