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— Join AARP Oregon, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland for Everyone and Urban Land Institute for an engaging morning of dialog about housing, land use and creating communities for all ages. Learn about “Missing Middle Housing” from the man who coined the term — nationally known architect and urbanist Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc. Daniel will describe the full range of Missing Middle Housing options and trends in America’s residential landscape that often limit housing choice. Local experts will discuss housing trends, challenges and barriers to aging in community and …

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— (Photo: Debbie Cahill and Lois Jackson) In 1951 Lois Jackson set out from the only place she had known, Beaumont, Texas, and relocated with her two daughters following her husband to Tacoma in the hopes of a better life.  Once in there, the Jacksons added two more daughters to the family and settled in for the long haul not sure what the future would bring. The marriage was good and lasted 65 years, and it had been encouraged by Lois’mother  …

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— More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 62,000 Oregonians. The debilitating disease takes a serious toll on patients, family caregivers and the health care system. AARP Oregon is encouraging members to participate in Walks to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held in Portland, Sept. 11; Bend, Sept. 17; Linn-Benton, Sept. 18; Medford, Sept. 24; Roseburg, Sept. 25; and Eugene, Oct. 9. While there is no fee to register, the Alzheimer’s Association asks participants to set a …

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— Joys and Challenges Facing Military Caregivers featuring MG Antonio M. Taguba, USA (Ret.) and Meg Kabat, Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, September 8th 2pm ET/1pm CT REGISTER HERE After his parents became ill, Major General Antonio “Tony” Taguba and his siblings found themselves unprepared to care for them. Faced with tough decisions about health and finances, they found a way to care for their parents the best they could. Join Major General Taguba and Meg Kabat, National Director, Caregiver Support …

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— By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and Assisted Living Guru Remember Rawhide? You should. You had two hundred seventeen chances to watch it between 1959 and 1966.  On Friday nights on the CBS Television Network, you would have seen two hard-driving cow hands and heard: Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ Keep them doggies rollin’ . . . . Rawhide And they didn’t just roll ‘em: Move ’em on Head em’ up! Rawhide! Switch to 2016. There are no cattle in the dining room …

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— Working for a vital democracy By Steven Carter, AARP Oregon volunteer Transparency.  Accountability.   A level playing field.   Higher voter participation. Sound like a good formula for running public elections?   Well, that’s what’s on the table for discussion and possible enactment this fall in Portland. Commissioner Amanda Fritz is proposing a return to publicly financed elections in Portland, and AARP Oregon is front and center in the process, weighing in.    We haven’t signed on to a specific proposal – the details …

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— Unstuck! Lightening the Heart of the Family Caregiver With Humor featuring Peter Rosenberger Thursday, August 25th  7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT Listen up family caregivers: humor is an expression of a healthy heart — not a defense mechanism! After more than 30 years as a family caregiver for his wife, Gracie, including 78 operations, 60 doctors in 12 hospitals and $9 million in medical bills, Peter Rosenberger has learned: it’s OK to laugh! Join him for this free online event …

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—   This is the first in a new series of blogs by the Oregon State Volunteer President Two months after my father’s death, I responded to an article in the AARP Bulletin seeking new volunteers in Oregon. To be honest, I knew more about the organization’s advertisements than its policies. My situation had not been unlike many baby boomers–I was working full time while carrying out the responsibilities of a devoted daughter. As my father’s Power of Attorney, my heart …

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— As kids we spent many long hours in our neighborhood playing games of kick the can. One of the main goals in the game (if you were “it”) was to protect the can from other players, while also looking for hidden players and calling them out. Now, as mid-life adults, we are too preoccupied with life to think about the kick the can game or even the symbolic “can” for our generation: Social Security. As a society, continuing to “kick …

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—   It’s a fitness center for geriatrics of all decades. The cut off is 50 years of age. But only a few members are that young. Most are “Boomers,” old enough to have grown their hair shoulder length and delved into LSD. Others, like me, just missed the free living and stoned sixties. We wear tie-die, but we’re in our 80s. In our community, even nonagenarians pump iron. Where can you find this assemblage of energetic old bodies? In Fitness …