Meet the AARP Oregon Team – Communications Director Joyce DeMonnin

Posted on 02/8/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

 Joyce is show here with her niece and Sen. Jeff Merkley. By Joyce DeMonnin My brother had a massive stroke when my niece Katherine was just a freshman. She was scared about the future when it became clear that her dad was permanently disabled. The months following the stroke were full of financial turmoil – until she became 1 of the 45,421 children who receive Social Security in Oregon. A few years later I was invited to an 80th birthday party …

Meet the AARP Oregon Team – Community Engagement Director Bandana Shrestha

Posted on 02/6/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bandana at an AARP Oregon Volunteer Training By Bandana Shrestha I am originally from Nepal and most of my immediate family still lives there, including my mom whom I try to visit every summer in Kathmandu. This year the family will celebrate my mother’s “Junko,” a special ceremony that celebrates elderhood, a happy time for all. It wasn’t so last year. Nepal suffered a massive earthquake in which 9,000 people perished. It was a terrible time and the country is …

AARP Oregon is working for you at the Legislature

Posted on 02/5/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

  Each Friday during the legislative session, AARP Oregon will post the testimony given to the Oregon State Legislature on pending bills. We are working with our appointed volunteers to make sure the needs and interests of people 50+ are well represented. We make our policy decisions based on policy approved by the AARP Board of Directors. Click here for our AARP policy guides. A hot topic this year is affordable housing and your team is weighing in to help us …

Meet the AARP Oregon Team – Government Relations Director Jon Bartholomew

Posted on 02/2/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Editor’s Note: This is the part of a series of blogs by our AARP Oregon staff so you can get to know us and our priorities better! We’d love your feedback and you will find an email address at the bottom of the blog. By Jon Bartholomew I am the guy at AARP Oregon who gets to spend every weekday in February (and the first week of March) at the state capitol in Salem. At least this is the short session, …

Meet the AARP Oregon Team – State Director Jerry Cohen

Posted on 01/31/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of blogs by our AARP Oregon staff so you can get to know us and our priorities better! We’d love your feedback and you will find an email address at the bottom of the blog. In addition to loving AARP, Jerry is a dedicated husband and father, shown here with his wife Ruth and daughter Sarah, and a loving son keeping the memory of his parents alive, Hy and Lee Cohen. …

I Could Have Stared Out the Window – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 01/24/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

   By Dick Weinman 2005 sucked. In January, I committed my wife, Ginny, to Lydia’s House, an Alzheimer’s facility, some twenty miles from our home. I had been her caregiver in our home for seven years. As is often the case with home caregivers, the experience made me an emotional wreck. I had never been a pill taker; now I was on Xanax, Ativan, Celexa, Citalopram, Motoporal, Lisinopril; I learned new groups of medications, like SSRIs, and all the “pams.” …