Death and Knowing – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-15T10:00:00+00:00">January 15, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-05T19:06:14+00:00">January 5, 2018</time> by AARP Oregon

Two residents died last week. One person had been on Hospice. Her tiny body had struggled to push her walker from her apartment to the dining room, laden with a container of oxygen, from which two plastic tubes entered her nostrils, filling her damaged lungs with life’s needed air. When she reached our dining table, she coughed heavily and spasmodically. The grating of her lungs ended when she banged the table in anger, whispering to herself and us at the …

AARP Oregon honors legislators who worked to support programs of value to older adults in 2017

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-12T17:33:41+00:00">January 12, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-12T17:34:18+00:00">January 12, 2018</time> by AARP Oregon

  Salem – AARP Oregon honored state legislators with “Down the Trail” awards for developing bi-partisan solutions to help older adults. Oregon’s former State Treasurer and legislator, Ben Westlund, was known as a statesman who brought people together to find bipartisan solutions to problems facing Oregon. “Bipartisan solutions can help us create policy that’s in the best interest of all Oregonians,” said Jerry Cohen AARP Oregon State Director. To honor Westlund’s bipartisanship, AARP Oregon named our top legislative award after …

ALF Resident Prefers Not to Stay Home – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-28T18:25:16+00:00">December 28, 2017</time> by

When I lived in my home, rather than a home, I often left home. You know.  Shopping.  Movies. Dining out.  Things that got me out of the house for periods of time. But in a home – my Assisted Living Facility (ALF) – I better stay home. When I’m away, I miss activities and events – some are miss-able, others are important. For example, I would have liked to attend the initial food meeting, specially arranged to discuss the creation …

AARP Urges a Yes Vote on Ballot Measure 101

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-12T15:03:48+00:00">December 12, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

Whether you’re retired and living on a fixed income, or work in an office or at a construction site, you should be able to see a doctor or nurse when you’re sick and get medications when you need them. And it shouldn’t bankrupt you. Your income shouldn’t determine whether you can get the care you need. That’s why AARP Oregon is working with over 100 organizations across the state to urge Oregonians to vote YES on Measure 101 this January. …

AARP Recognizes Legislators who Support Family Caregivers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-08T17:49:19+00:00">December 8, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

Clackamas, OR – To recognize their integral work to support family caregivers in Oregon, AARP names Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Sen. Jackie Winters, Sen. Richard Devlin, Sen. Tim Knopp, Rep. Nancy Nathanson, Rep. Dan Rayfield, and Rep. Greg Smith as 2017 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of nearly 100 elected officials from more than 30 states. These leaders have advanced policies to support Oregon’s family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and …

They’re Gone – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-03T12:05:22+00:00">December 3, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

Do you remember Charles and Charlane who began dating in an assisted living facility? You may have read about their first stirrings of togetherness, and how they were swept up into a full-fledged romance in Where Singles Meet. Their story ended with the growing physical and mental enfeeblement of Charles, and Charlane’s worsening forgetfulness – the inexorable sprouting of dementia. But they were inseparable. Glued. Like a fraternity pinning in college days gone by. Then the unavoidable! The ineluctable course of …

The Remote – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-15T13:04:00+00:00">November 15, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-24T13:05:11+00:00">September 24, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

In the Beginning was the first blue light of the TV screen, reflecting the plains and mountains of the “vast wasteland.” In those primitive days of TV viewing, when I tired of the eye candy I was snacking, I  left my comfortable perch in order to turn the tuner to another sweet shoppe. Nowadays, when all the old and disabled folks who reside in my ALF (Assisted Living Facililty) want to channel-surf, we ask a caregiver to make the necessary changes …

Oregonians are ready for OregonSaves

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-31T16:30:10+00:00">October 31, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-31T16:34:07+00:00">October 31, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

  Oregon’s workforce is feeling anxious about retirement – more than half don’t have a workplace retirement savings option. But the retirement landscape is changing in the state with the launch of OregonSaves. “OregonSaves is an easier way to save for retirement,” said Joyce DeMonnin, communications and media relations director for AARP Oregon. “It’s specifically for the 1 million Oregonians who don’t have a retirement option at their work.” The OregonSaves program got high marks from a DHM Research poll …

TV or not TV – The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-30T12:27:00+00:00">October 30, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-24T13:03:33+00:00">September 24, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

I’m old enough to remember the vast wasteland before it was memorialized as the “vast wasteland.”  (For those of you too young to remember, the “vast wasteland”  was the sobriquet pronounced upon the fledgling soporific medium called TV by Newton Minnow, the man President John Kennedy appointed Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission -FCC.) I thought of the “vast wasteland” as our community of elders was gathered in front of the TV screen experiencing the “global village” – another, more …

It’s National Retirement Security Week – let’s celebrate OregonSaves

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-10-18T20:52:21+00:00">October 18, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-10-19T00:20:23+00:00">October 19, 2017</time> by

  OregonSaves is the nation’s first state-based auto-enroll IRA for private sector workers   SALEM — Oregonians are living longer. That’s a great thing. But our savings aren’t living as long as we are, and that means many people are not able to retire comfortably after a lifetime of work. And according to research, far too many Oregonians haven’t even saved a dime. That’s why U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and State Treasurer Tobias Read are teaming up in National Retirement …