—  Are you looking for a part-time job? AARP can connect you with employers who are looking for workers aged 50+. Register today for our free Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work, Thursday, January 26th. It’s a live, online event starting at 8 a.m. PT where you can upload a résumé, chat with hiring employers, and get tips to help you find a part-time job! You’ll have access to interactive webinar hosted by hiring employers and be able to play online games that …

— What do Portland, Japan, the Tuomoto Atoll and the MAX line to Gresham have in common?  Paddy Tillett.  A tall man with a ready smile, he defies Northwest casual in favor of a bowtie, which may be in homage to his origins in the British Isles. Paddy has helped to shape the vibrant city of Portland, Oregon with his knowledge of transit-oriented development and urban design here and across the globe.             Scottish-born Michael Patrick was dubbed “Paddy” as a …

— Dick Weinman is an AARP volunteer and an assisted living guru Like the Norse legends of old, the saga of Zip-Locks and Other Stuff never ends. Here is the next chapter. As I first encountered the frustrating obstacle to gastronomic pleasure at rehearsals (you recall the zip-lock bag and the cherry tomatoes. If not, click on the link in the first sentence above), so I faced the second challenge to my disability, while tasting the freedom of life outside of …

— AARP Oregon is building grassroots support to fight any erosion in critical services for older Oregonians. In the legislative session that begins Feb. 1, state lawmakers will be grappling with a budgetary shortfall of about $1.7 billion and looking for ways to reduce spending. Among the programs potentially on the chopping block is Oregon Project Independence, which provides services such as home-delivered meals, light housekeeping, home modifications and personal care for Oregonians age 60-plus and those with disabilities, and for …

— From her glass-walled conference room perch, Carla Kelley has the world at her feet—well, at least Portland.  Portland, where she came for love, found that her true love was Portland itself.  Now in the position of Senior Counsel at a major Portland law firm, Carla actually retired from full-time employment several years ago.  But her experience and skills made her an attractive candidate to work in the firm’s business group.  She now works part-time and, at age 71, is a …

— Family caregivers are giving one of the most important gifts of all this holiday season – their love and care even while they hold down paid employment. New AARP Oregon research shows that many family caregivers are still in the workforce and doing double duty for their employer and their family members.   The 2016 Oregon Caregiving Survey (2016-or-cg-profile_final) released in December found that most Oregon residents age 45 and older have experiences as family caregivers, or believe they are likely to …

— Dick Weinman is an AARP volunteer and an assisted living guru When I left rehearsals one summer’s night, I had an opportunity to enjoy one of the best and simplest joys of the season. (Yes! Despite my battered body, nonfunctioning  hands, and wheelchair mobility, I fulfill my long time desire to act. . . as long as it’s the Readers Theatre – where the short-term memory loss of an eighty-three year old and the inability to move around in a set, doesn’t …

— If one happens to walk past James Hipsher’s house, one might notice a wooden box supported on a post.  It is behind the hedge row, but close enough to inspect.  Its glass front is hinged, and inside the box is a piece of paper with poetry on it.  The box is shared with the next door neighbor, and the two neighbors alternate months for posting.  The poems are changed each Friday.  When it is Jim’s month, he posts his own …

— We’re almost there! The drive to revive small donor elections in Portland is almost across the finish line, with the goal of amplifying the voice of everyday residents in campaigns for Portland mayor, city commissioner and Portland auditor.   With strong backing from AARP Oregon, the Portland City Council is set to vote next week for passage of the Open and Accountable Elections Act.   The proposal received preliminary approval on Dec. 7.   It will give qualifying candidates for office …

— By Mac McLean Deborah Bushlen, 61, became a full-time caregiver when her husband, Bill, 71, had a stroke two years ago that left him paralyzed on his right side. “It’s been tough,” said Bushlen, a registered nurse educator who had to quit her job, close Bill’s real estate business and move halfway across the state, from Joseph to Bend, so her husband could get the care he needs. Recent studies have linked the experience of caring for a loved one …