NeighborWalks: Health, Transportation, Environment & Community

Posted on 08/24/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Volunteering Did you know that a typical pair of sneakers will last 500 miles? Put a few miles on those walking shoes and join AARP for a series of guided walks in Portland-area neighborhoods called NeighborWalks. Come meet others in your community. Hear from experts, learn about the issues that matter to you and join the fun. Walks will be led by AARP volunteers with support from community partners. There is no registration – just show up and join us for …

Awakening Redux II, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 08/22/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Awakening Redux II, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity As a resident of an ALF, with my cognition still intact, “senior moments” at a minimum, not yet in the haze of dementia, I’m aware of “the geriatric communication mode” which seems to be, smile and speak in an ascending high pitch. I know all about smiley voices. It’s not just the caregivers or people talking to old folks. I once was a smiley voice. As a Voice Over …

Awakening Redux I, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 08/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Awakening Redux I, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity “Darkness shows through the windows, a few stars flicker, the moon is a lighted roundness, an orange haze circles the top of the street light.” Those were the opening words of the second blog I wrote about my life in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF). “Rise and Shine: Waking at the ALF” was posted in the fall of 2013; however, I entered the ALF in 2006. At the time, …

Everyone’s Daughter, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 08/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Everyone’s Daughter, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity She’s here every morning. When I go to breakfast in the dining room at my ALF, there she is, sharing a coffee moment with her mother. Some days she’s here twice, mornings before she goes to work, and at dinner at 5:00, after she returns from her work. It’s not just her mother who benefits from her care and affection, it’s everyone who happens to be gathered for the meal. …

Social Security – what’s in it for me?

Posted on 07/29/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work   By Ashley Aitken YES…. We have all heard that “Social Security will not be there” for future generations. “It’s unreliable, losing money, and going bankrupt.”; “It’s only for the elderly, why do I need to pay into it, I’m only in my 20s.” Well, it’s because it is one of the best programs you can invest in! Since its creation 80 years ago this August, Social Security is the most successful and effective income source in our nation’s history …

AARP Oregon scores victories on behalf of our members at the Legislature

Posted on 07/20/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Uncategorized by Jon Bartholomew, Government Relations Director, AARP Oregon On July 6th, the Oregon Legislature ended its 2015 session. This was the first session that I was AARP’s Government Relations Director for Oregon. It was a privilege to work for our members – and together we made a difference during this session! You have already heard about the victory on Retirement Security so I will focus on our other major priority area – caregiving. As our new report highlights, unpaid family caregivers …