—     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 …

— Summer is here and millions of vacationers are packing their bags to visit a new locale and soak up some sunshine. You might be traveling quite a ways. You’re used to staying connected to important information like your bank accounts and social networks, especially on the go. Social Security is there in the same way — easily accessible when you’re away from your home or office. When you’re going on vacation and want to be sure your Social Security benefits …

— AARP volunteers will kick off the first NeighborWalks program in Lane County this month. NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program created by AARP Oregon. SmartTrips Eugene, Safe Routes to School and the Lane Transportation District’s Point-to-Point program are working together with AARP to bring the program to Lane County. “Our vision is to get more people walking every day for health, environment and community,” said Michele Scheib, a member of  the AARP Oregon Executive Council and local volunteer. Walks will take place …

— The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter will host its first Healthy Brain Symposium in Tualatin on Monday, June 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event aims to raise awareness of signs for early detection and to highlight the role of healthy lifestyles in reducing the risk of cognitive decline. About 63,000 people 65 and older are living with dementia in Oregon, a number projected to grow to 84,000 by 2025. AARP members are invited to attend the symposium at the …

— Many AARP members and I have this in common–we’ve been on both sides of caregiving. We have given and we have received, and considering life’s trajectory, it’s a trend that will likely continue. Chances are good we will have family members and friends who will depend on us to assist them, provide transportation, and perhaps advocate on their behalf. I’m going out on a limb here, but maybe some of you are like me–occasionally you need some of those very …

— Newberg is making it easier for people of all people of all ages and abilities to live and thrive in the city as Newberg becomes Oregon’s fourth community to join the AARP National and WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The other four Age-Friendly Oregon communities are: Portland, Multnomah County and Springfield. “I am excited that the City of Newberg – with leadership from the Newberg City for All Ages Task Force – has committed to making Newberg a great …

— The third season of  NeighborWalks begins in May! We are excited to invite you to join us this year at one or all of the dozen walks that we have designed for you! 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. Each walk …

— Dick Weinman is an AARP volunteer and an Assisted Living Guru In the decade that I have been an inmate in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF), I have endured “…the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune… and have …taken arms against [them], and by opposing – ACCOMPLISHING NOT A DAMN THING. My experience forces me to realize – in an ALF – the Pen is not mightier than the System. I rallied for tissues on tables in the dining room, …

— 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 …

— I just spent two hours or so searching the lists of documents for the blogs I’ve written for AARP – they go back to 2013. I wanted to find one in particular that I remember writing in September (or was it August?) I can’t remember. But, I do remember what I wrote for the first paragraph, and I remember the one sentence second paragraph, which also served as the transition into the title line. The problem is: I can’t remember …