— 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 …

— On Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers and service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security respects the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives in defense of freedom. Part of how we honor service members is the way we provide Social Security benefits. The unexpected loss of a family member is a difficult experience for anyone. Social Security helps by providing benefits to protect service …

— By Mac McLean Juanita Santana knew exactly what came next when she retired from her job as director of a Head Start program in San Francisco. She moved to Portland in 2010 and became a full-time caregiver for her parents. That took up so much time that she never thought about what life would be like after they died, which happened a few years later. “It was real difficult for me to find my niche in retirement,” said Santana, 66. …

— By Merry MacKinnon As newcomers flock to Oregon, soaring housing values are enriching property owners while big rent hikes are pricing out lower-income tenants. “It’s brutal out there,” said Briana Winterborn, a program coordinator for Elders in Action, a Portland nonprofit advocating for older adults. Each week she gets calls from harried renters facing eviction. One client reported a $400 monthly rent increase, which she called a de facto eviction. Under pressure to protect the 39 percent of Oregon’s households …

— AARP Oregon is in your community. Our organization is more than just discounts and lobbying for older Americans. But, we realize that not everyone knows what we’re working on across the state, Eugene and Springfield. To allow the community a chance to get to know us better, AARP is coordinating a “community blitz,” in Eugene/Springfield on March 1-3, 2017. Events include a coffee and donuts session where we’ll talk about proposed changes to Medicare and how AARP is working to …

— Downloadable file: AARP_OregonSaves_flyer.pdf Clackamas, Oregon — OregonSaves, a simple solution to Oregon’s retirement crisis, is ready to launch in 2017, but a possible move in Congress could complicate the successful roll out of the program that would help 1 million Oregonians have access to retirement savings. AARP today announced its opposition to a House of Representatives proposal that would set up a roadblock for states such as Oregon moving to establish workplace savings programs for the millions of employees now …

— AARP Oregon is building grassroots support to fight any erosion in critical services for older Oregonians. In the legislative session that begins Feb. 1, state lawmakers will be grappling with a budgetary shortfall of about $1.7 billion and looking for ways to reduce spending. Among the programs potentially on the chopping block is Oregon Project Independence, which provides services such as home-delivered meals, light housekeeping, home modifications and personal care for Oregonians age 60-plus and those with disabilities, and for …

— We’re almost there! The drive to revive small donor elections in Portland is almost across the finish line, with the goal of amplifying the voice of everyday residents in campaigns for Portland mayor, city commissioner and Portland auditor.   With strong backing from AARP Oregon, the Portland City Council is set to vote next week for passage of the Open and Accountable Elections Act.   The proposal received preliminary approval on Dec. 7.   It will give qualifying candidates for office …

— By Mac McLean Deborah Bushlen, 61, became a full-time caregiver when her husband, Bill, 71, had a stroke two years ago that left him paralyzed on his right side. “It’s been tough,” said Bushlen, a registered nurse educator who had to quit her job, close Bill’s real estate business and move halfway across the state, from Joseph to Bend, so her husband could get the care he needs. Recent studies have linked the experience of caring for a loved one …

—   In our culture, the ALF – and the other acronymed places for the elderly, fragile, and disabled – constitutes both the family, those at-hand, and village, out-there in the social order. The caregiver is the person at-hand in assisted living.  For me, she – and it’s almost always she –  cleans my glasses, opens my mail, dresses and undresses me, showers me, puts me on and takes me off the toilet, wipes me.  What kind of person does it …