— On April 13th, AARP Oregon, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Transportation Growth Management Program, Oregon Chapter of American Planners Association hosted the Rogue Valley 17 Livability Solutions Forum: Future of Housing in Medford. The event focused on exploring how the Jackson and Josephine Counties can create more housing options, identifying barriers and challenges to more innovative housing that support residents across age, ability and income spectrums and how “missing middle housing” can be instrumental in building …

— Dick Weinman is an AARP Volunteer Blogger and an Assisted Living Guru I recently flew from my home — well, not really a “home”, but an Assisted Living Facility, which you should know if you’ve followed my blogs on AARP. I live with 40 or so other gray hairs – or no hairs – in my congregate space.  From the Pacific Northwest, I cruised the “friendly skies” – those United Airlines commercials are imbedded in my brain – to visit …

—   Now in his 70’s, Ron Herndon has no immediate plans to retire. He enjoys working with a staff of over 300 and watching what they are able to do. “As long as I bring something to the organization, I’ll keep doing it,” he says with a smile. As Director of Albina Head Start, he has overseen the growth of the program. Albina may be the only Head Start program in the country offering instruction in Mandarin. The program also …

— Many AARP members and I have this in common–we’ve been on both sides of caregiving. We have given and we have received, and considering life’s trajectory, it’s a trend that will likely continue. Chances are good we will have family members and friends who will depend on us to assist them, provide transportation, and perhaps advocate on their behalf. I’m going out on a limb here, but maybe some of you are like me–occasionally you need some of those very …

— As I sat in the quiet of the sanctuary, the silence broken by the whispery voices of the mourners, an occasional cough, the squish of feet and walkers awkwardly treading down the aisle, the sleepy environment lured my mind to roil.  I latched on to one of my rolling thoughts . . . . . for those of us who will close our years on earth in an Assisted Living Facility, we septuagenarians, octogenarians, even we few nonagenarians – who …

— Thirty-five percent of Oregonians live in rural areas, and of those, 44 percent are 65 or older. Yet rural communities lag behind in offering health care, transportation and other services that make a community age-friendly. The first annual Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon invites policy makers, health care providers, family caregivers and others to explore ways to make it easier for rural Oregonians to age in place. Jon Bartholomew, AARP Oregon government relations director, will discuss factors that make …

—  It was the muffled cry of a tiny baby, Maria’s older sister, that changed the lives of the members of the Caballero family forever.  The parents of Maria Caballero Rubio, having worked in the U.S. as part of the Bracero Program (guest worker program) during World War II, were on a bus heading back to Mexico when a U.S. official on the bus heard the baby cry and told the parents to get off the bus.  “She’s a U.S. citizen,” …

— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 4 p.m. PT Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs as they share …

—   March is Women’s History Month — a time to focus not just on the past, but on the challenges women continue to face. Nearly 60 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women, and in the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Knowing this, you can be the author of your own rich and independent history, with a …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 25, 2017 at 4 p.m. MT, …