Ricardo the Remarkable performs his magic

— Settling back in his ergonomic chair, Richard Loescher begins to talk about his most recent adventure, and how much he enjoyed it. His eyes twinkle mischievously, he wears a big smile. The sense of adventure and satisfaction is almost palpable as he recounts the story. Recently, as part of his mentoring work at Universalist Unitarian Church, Richard accompanied a small group of middle school students to a ropes challenge course at a local park. The challenge involved climbing a ladder and …

—   Now in his 70’s, Ron Herndon has no immediate plans to retire. He enjoys working with a staff of over 300 and watching what they are able to do. “As long as I bring something to the organization, I’ll keep doing it,” he says with a smile. As Director of Albina Head Start, he has overseen the growth of the program. Albina may be the only Head Start program in the country offering instruction in Mandarin. The program also …

— From her glass-walled conference room perch, Carla Kelley has the world at her feet—well, at least Portland.  Portland, where she came for love, found that her true love was Portland itself.  Now in the position of Senior Counsel at a major Portland law firm, Carla actually retired from full-time employment several years ago.  But her experience and skills made her an attractive candidate to work in the firm’s business group.  She now works part-time and, at age 71, is a …

—   A group of women friends, from generations ahead of me, all nodded in agreement when one said, “In high school I didn’t want to learn to type.” It took me a moment to understand the implication of the comment and how learning to type often meant being channeled into secretarial work, which they didn’t want to do. By the time I was in high school, typing class was an introductory course to computer science, and the book and movie …

— By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and Assisted Living Guru (Editor’s Note: This is a bi-monthly column and what you learn about assisted living might surprise you!) 2005 sucked. At its beginning, in January, I committed my wife, Ginny, to Lydia’s House, an Alzheimer’s facility. I had been her caregiver in our home for seven years.  As is often the case with home caregivers, the experience made me an emotional wreck. I had never been a pill taker; now I was …

— By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and Assisted Living Guru Shakespeare said it – as he always has: All the world’s a stage                         And all the men and women,                         Merely players. The words, put in the mouth of the melancholy philosopher, Jacques, in As You Like It, continue: And every man – and woman – plays many parts. Shakespeare then proceeds to organize these parts into several inter-related generational segments. Thus this famous soliloquy is known as “The Seven …