For the past year, older adults in Oregon read the Oregon Health Authority Covid reports daily including death counts that disproportionately impacted people 50-plus. And as the vaccine became available, the tension increased because of a rocky rollout and not enough vaccine for those who desperately wanted – and needed it. In our state, 91% of the deaths were from people 50 and older.
From Eastern Oregon to the Southern Oregon Coast, AARP Challenge Grants have helped Oregon communities with small projects to make communities big and small more livable. AARP has donated funds to 11 Oregon communities since the grant project began in 2017.
Portland – Two Oregon communities will get a boost in recovering from the 2020 wildfires thanks to $200,000 in grants from the AARP Foundation. These grants are part of $1 million the foundation granted to organizations after 2020 disasters from fires and Hurricane Sally. Grantees of AARP Foundation's ’Wildfire Relief Fund" in Oregon include:
On Social Security’s 85th Anniversary, Survey Finds Nearly All Americans View Social Security as an Important Program
WASHINGTON— A new AARP survey, released in conjunction with Social Security’s 85th anniversary, confirms that Americans highly value Social Security, and even more so due to the pandemic. The vast majority of Americans – 93% of Republicans, 99% of Democrats, and 92% of Independents – see Social Security as an important government program, and 56% believe it is even more important for retirees in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent yesterday to President Trump, AARP asked him to explain his plan to replace Social Security funding.
Caregiving crises can erupt with a phone call. For me it happened on a glorious sunny morning in the summer of 2008 with a ring from my sister. Within hours of hearing that Mom’s caregiver needed to be fired, panic and fear enveloped me because we realized Mom would soon have to leave home.
According to NPR, "The coronavirus pandemic triggered the sharpest economic contraction in modern American history, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, July 30, 2020.
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