— I’m one of 40 or so elders – I could say seniors – equally nice sounding, but without the gravitas –  or mature– nah, that’s for movie ratings – or, more scornfully, geezers,  or wickedly demeaning  – old farts.  I guess you could say all-of-the-above. After decades of achievements and societal contributions, and professional accomplishments (and being a bit of a pompous ass ) with  a smidgen of pride,  I prefer the politically correct, solemn, and dignified first word choice …

— My wheelchair and I have spent over a decade together. Wait a moment. That’s not quite true. Since a cushion first accepted my butt upon which to repose and with which to travel, I have had two wheelchairs, five cushions – and two backs. I highlight the backs because my new one, with curved sides to deter my dextroscoliosis, cost five hundred dollars or so.   A spendy assemblage, but consider: I spend all my waking hours in my chair. How …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job …

— As the election season heats up, AARP Oregon is asking members what questions they’d like to hear gubernatorial candidates answer on camera. AARP will use some of the questions in a video voter guide for the governor’s race. Possible topics include long-term care, respite for family caregivers, fraud, elder abuse, access to health care, affordable housing, streets that are safe and navigable for everyone, age discrimination and the influence of money in politics. To suggest a question for candidates, go …

— AARP Oregon is set to kick off the second year of NeighborWalks  in Lane County at 10 a.m. on June 9, at the Home2 Suites, 102 W. 11th in Eugene. NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program by AARP Oregon, SmartTrips Eugene and the Lane Transportation District’s Point-to-Point. The goal is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community. Walks will take place in neighborhoods around Eugene and Springfield. Each walk is developed and guided …

— I had just finished reading an interesting story on Yahoo News, and went to breakfast in the dining room anxious to tell my table mate, George, about it.  After I prefaced my retelling, I couldn’t remember the story I wanted to tell. Yet . . . . . . The other night, I was reminiscing about my undergraduate days as a student actor, playing Shylock in The Merchant of Venice: Hath not a Jew eyes, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; …

— If you think people 50+ are great workers, show your support with some new and exciting opportunities. By 2022, workers aged 50+ will make up 35% of the workforce. That’s good news for employers poised to leverage the value of experienced workers bring to the table. Older workers show a documented level of highest engagement, stability, productivity and experience. Older workers add depth and experience to your business or nonprofit. Ways to get involved and show your support Nominations are …

—   Show your appreciation of a great volunteer by nominating him or her for the 2018 AARP Oregon Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP’s most prestigious Oregon volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. The Andrus Award is AARP’s highest honor, given to an individual who embodies the principles of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.  While her name does not carry the instant recognition that …

— Join AARP, Pride NW, SAGE Metro PDX and Portland Community College QRC for an evening of celebration of generations! Let’s celebrate our history and those who laid the foundation for our progress as well as witness and elevate the stories and passion of a new generation. May 31, 2018 | 6-8pm PCC Cascade | SU 204 5575 N Albina Avenue, Portland   We will be kicking off a year-long intergenerational community connection initiative and we want your thoughts and ideas!  Now more than ever, our stories matter, …

— In 2018, the fourth  season of NeighborWalks begins in June! We excited about the fabulous walks we have planned. One exciting thing this year is that we are expanding our walks to include Clackamas and Washington counties! NeighborWalks volunteers across the metro area have been busy working out the details of the neighborhoods and destinations where we will be walking and reaching out to community groups and local partners to come join us and enrich our walk experience. Be sure to …