Sandwich Generation

— Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs around! But what if you were a Family Caregiver for a loved one at the same time? It’s called the “Sandwich Generation” and people are feeling the pressure of being squeezed between all the other layers of life as a family caregiver and a parent. Register for AARP’s interactive webinar, “Family Caregivers Feeling Squeezed: Life in the Sandwich Generation.” Featuring Charima Young, ASD Outreach Georgia and Britnee Fergins, a mother of …

Rep. Tobias Read

—   By Rep. Tobias Read When I came to Oregon years ago as a student at Willamette University, I was inspired by our motto of service and the dedication to a healthy and supportive community. As I grew to love my adopted home state, it became clear to me that this is a special place, one that deserves leaders who think ahead toward sustainable, long-run solutions that offer everyone an opportunity to thrive. I think Oregonians have rightly come to …

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— Today’s job search is dramatically different than it was when you started your career. Join AARP’s Nora Duncan for a free webinar titled “Adaptability! Using New Realities to Get a Job” Thursday evening July 21st 7PM ET/ 6PM CT. Nora will share lessons she learned while searching for a job with 15 years of experience and her personal story of what it took to get back to work during her seven and a half month job search.  Like Nora, whether …

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—                       By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and Assisted Living Guru I’m frequently asked, “How do you like it there?” “There” referencing the Assisted Living Facility (ALF) in which I live – which for me means “here.” My answer depends on what the questioner means. I assume that s/he wants simply to know about the specific ALF where I live. My answer is not so simple. I like to broaden the …

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—         What’s AARP doing in your community? We are celebrating PRIDE, doing Tek workshops, doing “Neighborwalks,” fighting fraud and supporting family caregivers! We have dozens of events scheduled in the next few months. Check out the event listing attached here – and register for the ones that may be of interest. We look forward to connecting with you! AARP Oregon Upcoming Events71216 For open events, check here: AARP OR Family Caregiver Respite Meeting July 27 OLLI Open House July …

Maynard Orme by Sam Jones

—                           By Debbie Cahill, AARP Oregon Volunteer If you’re thinking of whom to invite to create a dinner party full of laughter, Maynard Orme might be the first person on your list. With a twinkle in his eye and a spring in his step, Maynard may be retired, but not retiring. At nearly 80 years old, he just returned from trekking in Nepal – and there is so …

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— By Michele Scheib, Our Gen-X AARP Oregon volunteer   Living a life with purpose becomes clearer when time is taken to reflect on the core of who you are and how you’d like to spend your days. Whether focusing on physical therapy to get your shoulder fully mobile or making more time to visit friends, choices must always be made with the awareness that time is limited. Each decision involves weighing what is most essential for you and what you …

YAAA Team by Sam Jones

—                     The Young at Any Age Team: Sam Jones, Joyce DeMonnin, Steve Carter, Debbie Cahill and Carlos Romo By Joyce De Monnin, Communications & Media Relations Director, AARP Oregon It’s a busy coffee shop in Southwest Portland and a small group is hard at work. Coffee cups are half full, spread sheets outline plans. Papers are scattered and shuffled throughout the conversation, and everyone is intently working.   But these aren’t …

Rob Zako stands at a Springfield intersection where three young children were killed in 2015. Photo by Leah Nash

— By Mac McLean Moments of tragedy can motivate people to work toward goals that seem out of reach. Rob Zako’s call to action came in February 2015, when a pickup truck driver killed three young children and severely injured their mother while they were crossing a highway outside downtown Springfield. “Lots of people cross the street at that intersection every day,” said Zako, executive director of Better Eugene-Springfield Transit—commonly known as BEST—a nonprofit dedicated to improving Lane County’s transit services. …

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—                       By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and Assisted Living Guru Wikipedia enlightens us about Blue Velvet, a song made famous by Bobby Vinton –remember him? – in 1963, which went to the top of the pop music charts – the Billboard Hot 100 – and held its position of dominance for eons – which in the catapultic world of popular music was a twinkly three weeks. We learn, too, that …