Caregiving across Borders

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Community By Elaine Friesen-Strang, AARP Oregon Volunteer   11:41AM, December 7, 1988: a catastrophic tectonic earthquake shook the Armenian town of Spitak.   At the time, I didn’t know much about Armenia: it was far from my corner of the world and self-absorbed life being the working mother of two young children. But when I saw photos of grieving parents, families with nowhere to go, a child crouched in a mound of rubble, my heart ached with their sadness and desperation. When …

Blogs Give a Voice to Volunteers

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Community | Volunteering By Merry MacKinnon Dick Weinman remembers nothing about the highway accident in 2005 that pitched him into the life he now writes about in a blog for the AARP Oregon website. Retired from careers as a broadcaster and college media professor, Weinman had been driving on Oregon Highway 34 to visit his wife, Ginny, who had Alzheimer’s. “I was going to feed her, which I did every day,” he said. But on the way to her memory care facility, his …

AARP Oregon supports retirement security legislation

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Finances 50+ By Edward Brewington, AARP Oregon Executive Council Member   AARP Oregon supports a better way to achieve retirement security in Oregon. We are endorsing HB 2960 that is currently being considered by the Oregon State Legislature. A secure retirement seems like a distant dream for too many Oregonians. Social Security is the foundation of retirement security both here and nationwide. In Oregon alone, its benefits keep hundreds of thousands out of poverty, but for most people, Social Security’s average benefit …

Give the gift of time and love on Mother’s Day!

Posted on 04/29/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Community | Finances 50+ | Money & Work by Alan Edwards, Social Security Public Affairs What do you plan to get for Mom this Mother’s Day? If she’s like most Americans, she probably feels time-constrained and the hours she spends with family and friends are precious. So, in addition to giving her flowers or a card, give her a gift she’ll really appreciate: the chance to spend more time with the ones she loves! While spending time with your mom on Sunday, May 10, you can help her …

Better Living by Design, Livable Oregon

Posted on 04/24/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community | Events | Home & Family Chances are good you’ve settled comfortably into your home and aren’t planning to rent a moving van any day soon. AARP surveys consistently show that people 50+ wanted to stay in their current homes as long as possible; but research also indicates that often the homes we live in may not meet your changing needs. Does your home have stairs? How wide are those doors and hallways? How accessible are your bathrooms? Whether you are planning to stay or are …

Comfortably Uncomfortable by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family COMFORTABLY UNCOMFORTABLE by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity “Why do you stay there?” she asked me. I was winding up a telephone conversation with Martha, a long ago student and long time friend. She was in her condo in Seattle, I was in my room in my assisted living facility in Oregon. I had been complaining about living in an ALF, and griping about happenings in this one, particularly. “If it’s uncomfortable living there, why not leave?” Without …