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 …

What’s A HIPAA by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family WHAT’S A HIPAA by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity Frank sits across from me at the same dining table of our ALF. Five others sit with us.  They exhibit varying degrees of the debilitation that visits – and stays awhile – old people like us. Three are in wheelchairs – I’m one of them.  One is nursing-home-fragile. Three are on-the-road Alzheimer’s. But Frank has always seemed “hale and hearty”; cognitive and articulate, although he wears hearing aids – …

Oregonians and Hunger: An AARP Opportunity to Learn

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Events | Local Resources | Uncategorized by Elaine Friesen-Strang As the afternoon starts to fade, many of us begin to mull over our daily dilemma: what to make for dinner. Are there leftovers from the night before?  What do we have in the frig?  Should we go to the store and let inspiration strike or maybe pick up Thai?  It’s easy to take for granted our abundance of options, yet it’s a luxury of choice a surprising number of Oregonians don’t have. In 2011, the AARP …

Focus on Food Security

Posted on 03/31/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community By Elaine Friesen-Strang According to a 2011 study conducted by the AARP Foundation, Oregon was one of the top 10 states for hunger among adults age 50 and older. For those age 50-59, Oregon was in the top five. The participation rate in our state, for older adults who qualify for SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is only 40%. No one should experience hunger. Read more here.   American Winter: AARP  Lunch and Learn Join us for a special …

The Strider and the Sitter, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 03/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family THE STRIDER AND THE SITTER – by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity He strides slowly now. He’s older.  That’s what we do in an ALF: grow older, more fragile, and wait. . .  . . But not Ebanisto. When I first saw him, as I gazed out the window while typing at the keyboard of my word processor, he walked buoyantly, as if there was no time to spare, to get to his destination.  His head bobbed, his …