—       Next month, Oregonians will be asked to cast their votes for new elected leaders, as well as to weigh in on important issues facing our state and our communities. One of these important issues will be presented on your ballot as Measure 97. Some of you may already be familiar with this ballot measure because it has generated considerable controversy throughout the state, and has been widely reported on by the media and in advertising spots by …

— Election Day is less than one month away, but soon Oregonians who are registered to vote can start mailing in or dropping off their ballots. AARP Oregon asked all the candidates for Oregon Governor three questions about issues relevant to our members and all Oregonians: retirement security, transportation/mobility options, and support for caregivers. We also asked all the candidates for Oregon Treasurer the question about retirement security. You can view the answers of the candidates who chose to respond by …

— By Merry MacKinnon In the Nov. 8 election for governor, Kate Brown, 56, the Democratic incumbent with 25 years in politics, faces Republican Bud Pierce, 60, an oncologist with no elective political experience. The winner will serve the two years left in the term vacated by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Last year, then Secretary of State Brown assumed office after Kitzhaber resigned. The candidates responded by email to questions posed by the AARP Bulletin about key issues, including the impact of …

— As kids we spent many long hours in our neighborhood playing games of kick the can. One of the main goals in the game (if you were “it”) was to protect the can from other players, while also looking for hidden players and calling them out. Now, as mid-life adults, we are too preoccupied with life to think about the kick the can game or even the symbolic “can” for our generation: Social Security. As a society, continuing to “kick …

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— 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 …

— By Elaine Friesen-Strang On the afternoon of April 2, 13 year old Mauricio was struck by an automobile while he was in a crosswalk at SE 142nd and Division. He suffered a severe concussion and broken shoulder. No one should be a victim of such an assault, but in this case, he has youth and resiliency on his side. Had he been 70 years of age, he may not have survived.  The Oregon State of Pedestrian Safety Report, which Oregon …

— Crossing the street shouldn’t mean crossing your fingers. Yet every two hours, a pedestrian in the United States is killed because a street or crosswalk is unsafe. Children, seniors, people of color and the low-income are disproportionately the victims of these fatalities. According to the 2015 Oregon State of Pedestrian Safety Report, Oregonians 65 years and older are four times more likely to be killed walking on our streets than any other age group. That is why AARP Oregon supports …

— On Saturday, April 2nd AARP Oregon hosted a Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center. Mayoral Candidates Ted Wheeler and Jules Bailey participated in the forum which was moderated by Laural Porter, KGW-TV Anchor and Straight Talk Host. The forum included audience polling, moderated Q& A with the candidates and also questions from the audience. The forum focused on “Building a Community for all Ages” and included questions about affordable and accessible housing, financial resilience, transportation options and …

— By Jon Bartholomew, AARP Government Relations Director The 2016 Oregon legislative session has been one heck of a roller coaster ride! Some major legislation has passed (ups), while simple proposals have died in committee (downs) – and some have veered off in unexpected directions. There have been emotional debates, raucous protests, and humorous moments. And like roller coasters, a lot of waiting around in line – as bills sit in committees waiting their turn to be voted on. This week, …

— By Jon Bartholomew, Government Relations Director This week at the Oregon capitol, AARP advocated on our member’s behalf on a number of important issues. Some of the legislation we have supported is moving forward, but other legislation will not. Advance Directives modernization – this legislation is moving through the process and was moved from one committee to another this week. Memory Care facility standards – AARP was involved with stakeholder conversations that led to the creation of a proposal to …