TP or not TP, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 05/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family TP or not TP, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity When I heard about it, I couldn’t believe it. But, when I saw it in black and white – actually, the font text was Arial blue – I knew the rumors were true. Coming straight from the horse’s mouth, was the statement: [ALF NAME WITHELD] “has agreed to provide a basic supply of toilet paper, 4 rolls per week maximum, and any resident who needs more than that …

AARP Oregon Endorses HB 2960 to Create Oregon Retirement Savings Board

Posted on 05/6/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Bill Would Give 642,000 Hard-Working Oregonians Access to a More Secure, Independent Retirement Almost six in ten Oregon small business owners support legislation that would create a retirement savings option for private-sector employees who do not have access to a workplace retirement plan, according to a new AARP survey. The survey, conducted by the American Institute of Consumer Students, talked to 452 non-franchise small business owners with 1-100 employees. The business owners were located throughout the state of Oregon and …

AARP Talks with Noel Mickelberry- Livable Oregon

Posted on 05/4/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Events | Livable Communities By Elaine Friesen-Strang How many of your family members or friends could you accept being killed or injured in traffic? The question prompts an immediate response: zero, of course! But everyday throughout America, adults and children are killed as they are walking to school, work, or just out for a stroll; it’s what Vision Zero is hoping to change. According to Dangerous by Design, in the decade from 2003 through 2012, 47,025 people died while walking on our streets. Being …

Caregiving Across Borders- Real Women Speak Blog

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Community By Elaine Friesen-Strang 11:41AM, December 7, 1988: a catastrophic tectonic earthquake shook the Armenian town of Spitak.   At the time, I didn’t know much about Armenia: it was far from my corner of the world and self-absorbed life being the working mother of two young children. But when I saw photos of grieving parents, families with nowhere to go, a child crouched in a mound of rubble, my heart ached with their sadness and desperation. When you’re the parent of …

They’re Still Gone by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family THEY’RE STILL GONE  Please Come Back by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity The tables in the dining room of our ALF are still tissueless. No longer does the plaintive request of the residents, “Please pass the tissues.” resonate through the dining room. Residents continue to suffer: there’s no way to blow our noses – unless you soil shirt tails, place mats, or napkins. We need the return of tissues: the Kleenex, the Puffs, the Marcals, the Angel Softs, …

Blogs Give a Voice to Volunteers

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Community | Volunteering By Merry MacKinnon Dick Weinman remembers nothing about the highway accident in 2005 that pitched him into the life he now writes about in a blog for the AARP Oregon website. Retired from careers as a broadcaster and college media professor, Weinman had been driving on Oregon Highway 34 to visit his wife, Ginny, who had Alzheimer’s. “I was going to feed her, which I did every day,” he said. But on the way to her memory care facility, his …