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I spend most of my time at my ALF (Assisted Living Facility).  But when my battery-powered wheelchair is charged, I can be found bouncing along the tree-root rutted, bumpy sidewalks, and at a traffic intersection, frenziedly trying to make the walk  sign before it runs down to zero seconds. Or I might be lucky enough to have a friend load my wheel chair and me into a car or van for a trip to a coffee shop, a movie, or some other latitudinal or longitudinal location away from the lugubrious ALF.
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“Which shoes,” the caregiver asks?
Senior Woman's Hand On Wheelchair
It was a strenuous effort to get out of bed, but the rise was self-executed; however, the shine requires help – a caregiver.
Usually when we look for a volunteer opportunity, we are motivated to help others in need. When I volunteered to be a long-term care ombudsman, it turned into a life changing experience. I have changed the lives of dozens of people, all for the better, improved my ability and confidence to stand up for others and, because of my expanded knowledge and experience, made life better for family and friends when they needed long-term care. The long-term care ombudsman program has been a jackpot bingo for me.
Jon Bartholomew
At the AARP Oregon State Office we hear almost weekly from a member who can’t afford prescription drugs and has to make the hard choice to skip a medication dose or cut the pill in order to make ends meet. That’s why we were especially pleased to help pass legislation during Oregon’s short session that will make the cost of drugs more “transparent” in our state.
Happy child with books
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.
What do we do with dear old dad? Or sweet old mom? Or both? So muse the adult children of parents who are septuagenarians , or octogenarians, or nonagenarians, or centenarians, or, .. . God forbid  -  supercentenarians?
Oregon LTSS scorecard
Clackamas, Oregon – Oregon nationally ranks 4 th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, family caregivers and people with disabilities, according to a new national report.  “Picking Up the Pace of Change: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports” from AARP ranks the 50 states and DC.  It is the third in a series of scorecards from AARP with the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation. Oregon has moved down from third in the last report in 2014.
By Dick Weinman, AARP Oregon volunteer and Assisted Living Guru
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