— Join AARP Oregon staff and volunteers this July at an AARP Activist  & Volunteer meeting near you.  Discover what we are doing in your community. Get an update on AARP’s local, state and national outreach and advocacy efforts for the first half of the year and what’s ahead. We also want to hear from you. Come share your thoughts about the issues that matter to you. Connect with others in your community and find out how you can continue to stay engaged, including as …

—     I wish these written letters could morph into the sounds they signify,  then you’d get the genuine sound of . . . what to call it? It’s not really abuse – but it’s not really respect, either, and it shoots to hell the declaration of “dignity,” which many – all, really – LTC facilities claim as their “holy grail.” After all, we are “elders,” with all the sacrosanct connotations the word embraces. Me? I’m eighty-four. A decrepit vessel …

— Social Security continues to evaluate and improve how we protect what’s important to you. We take this responsibility seriously, and we have a robust cyber security program in place to help protect the personal information you entrust to us. Adding additional security measures to safeguard your personal information — but making them easy to use — is a vital part of keeping you safe and secure. Most people who do business with us online use our my Social Security portal, …

— Editor’s Note: Our COO Scott Frisch was in Portland and gave this speech to a group of HR professionals on the value of older workers, the longevity economy – and the new OregonSaves program. In preparing my remarks on the value of older workers, my mind turned to a recent event halfway across the country, in Omaha: the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting that Warren Buffett held recently. With a net worth of about $75 billion, Warren Buffett is not …

— Social Security encourages people to rejoin the workforce when they are able. Ticket to Work is our free and voluntary program that helps people get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other employment support services. This program is for people ages 18 to 64, who are receiving disability benefits, and need support re-entering the workforce or working for the first time. While many disabled individuals are unable to work and may never be able to return to work, we know …

— Recherché, a French word meaning of rare quality or elegance aptly describes Encore Entrepreneur, Pamela Burkland, and the line of one-of-a-kind, handmade bags and wearable art she produces. Recherché specializes in bags that illustrate an east meets west design: the bags are made from vintage Japanese Obi, or sashes traditionally worn by both Japanese men and women. A typical obi can measure around 14 feet by 12 inches wide, and may have ornate traditional patterns on one or both sides. …

— Learn how to create a family plan and find the support you need You may care for someone full time, 24/7. Or you may help someone with driving or grocery shopping a couple times a week. Either way, you’re a caregiver. And AARP’s caregiving expert, Amy Goyer, is here to guide you on your journey during the Online CAREversations Workshop. It’s a live, interactive event, so it’s the perfect way for busy people like you to access expert advice, interact …

— Cheek bones tightly squeezed, lips curved downward, brows furrowed,  squinting eyes shifting side-to-side, hypervigilance exploding throughout the dining room.  She and her cohorts are on the prowl – not for  leaping lions,   crouching copperheads,  scurrilous scorpions. No! For walkers. The bi-podal choice – nay, necessity – we elderly in my Assisted Living Facility. Being a Walker Stalker is not a personal choice by the sergeant-at-arms – although she seems to glow executing the charge – or the other hapless employees. …

— Hi! I’m Tiara! For the last five months I’ve been a communications intern at AARP Oregon, working alongside Joyce Demonnin to bring engaging content to the AARP Oregon blog and social media pages. Today, June 30th, I turn back into a pumpkin; Yep, it’s my last day in the AARP Oregon office. Since I’ve been assisting with curating the office’s blog and creating new content for it, it seems only fitting that I wrap up my time here with a …

— By Merry MacKinnon After she fell last December, fracturing and dislocating her right shoulder, 86-year-old Beverley DeSaulnier had questions about her personal care. “I’m right-handed and I needed help with everything,” said DeSaulnier, of Polk County. “I wanted to know how I would go about contacting people if I needed to have in-home care or needed to move into a facility.” She called the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Oregon and talked to counselor Amy Crevola about in-home …