Scams bloom in Spring

                    By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and Assisted Living Guru I winced when I received the Newsletter of my ALF. The Newsletter for the Spring months of March or April is usually devoted to the reawakening of nature, a celebration, both religious and mythological, of what Stravinsky imagined musically, as “The Rites of Spring.” But religion? The “rite” celebrated in the Newsletter was presented as a poem, which hallowed the Spring …

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                      By Dick Weinman, AARP volunteer and ALF guru My knowledge of Alzheimer’s began in 1998, when my wife, Ginny was diagnosed with the disease. Learning about Alzheimer’s has been a fifteen year journey for me, beginning as her caregiver in our home, to turning her over to the caregivers at an Alzheimer’s facility, which I visited with regularity until the end of her journey in 2013. She must have …

Music could be the best-kept secret for family caregivers and the people they love! Research shows tangible benefits of music for the health, quality of life and stress level for both the caregiver and the person for whom they care. Join SingFit Co-Founder Andy Tubman, a music therapist who is an expert on music and the brain, for a free interactive webinar presented by AARP titled, “Turn Up the Volume and Turn Down the Stress: How Music Can Help Family Caregivers.” …

Trade Your Dress Shoes for Slippers_Goodluz Social Media

From finding a job to making the most of your work day, AARP will present free a webinar titled Trade Your Dress Shoes for Slippers: The Inside Scoop on Being a Teleworker,”  Tuesday May 10th. Sharon Emek, Founder and CEO of Work At Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE) and former professor at Rutgers, will give you tips on teleworking, help you avoid work-from-home scams and find reputable employers who are hiring teleworkers. She’ll be joined by AARP North Carolina volunteer Stan C. Kimer …

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                        Michele Scheib, AARP Gen X Blogger/Volunteer Spring means the home improvement stores will begin to fill with people like myself, getting the supplies we need for the new deck or house renovation project. At certain stages in our lives, these do-it-yourself hobbies take greater demands of time and energy. We juggle our creative visions, growing families, and the “if it’s not one thing, it’s another” maintenance list. Investing …

Bill Hamilton, of Portland, participates in a recent Fraud Watch Network training session. Photo by Toni Greaves.

By Mac McLean Bill Hamilton joined the fight against fraud a few years ago because an unscrupulous building contractor scammed his 83-year-old mother-in-law out of about $10,000. “I wanted to help prevent this type of thing,” said Hamilton, 70, of Portland, a retired software manager who has volunteered with AARP Oregon’s Scam Jam program for nearly three years. Since October 2013, AARP has worked with the Oregon Department of Justice and other agencies to hold Scam Jam sessions across the …

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                          By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and ALF Guru It’s something out of West Side Story, a street fight between rival factions – not the Bloods and Crips, but mobility machines – low-tech technology. It’s the “put it wherever” array of walkers jumbled in a heap at the entrance to the Dining Room at my ALF (Assisted Living Facility). At meal time, we ALF residents walk down the …

Betty Coe de Broekert

Every year AARP Oregon recognizes an outstanding volunteer in our state with The Andrus Award. The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who  spark change and improve their communities one act at a time. The award honors the spirit of AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, who started AARP when she found a retired educator in need. The Oregon recipient in 2015 was Betty Coe R. De Broekert, who lead Oregon Driver’s Safety for many years, served as a national AARP volunteer …

NeighborWalks Team

Summer is almost upon us and we are excited to invite you to our second season of NeighborWalks! NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program brought to you by AARP Oregon, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Oregon Walks. Our vision is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community. Walks take place in neighborhoods around Portland, led by AARP volunteer leaders with support from community partners. Join us for these intergenerational walks as …

Voter Guides

Tuesday, May 17th is Election Day in Oregon and voters in the City of Portland will cast their votes to select a new mayor. The results may determine who the next mayor will be or if no one candidate gets the required 50% of votes, the top two candidates will face off again in November. For the May election, AARP asked all mayoral candidates for their solutions about issues that AARP members, Portlanders age 50-plus, and their families want the …