— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, to lobby days at the Capitol, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Oregon. We hope you’ll join us! 

— In the film version of L. Frank Baum children’s novel, The Wizard of Oz, each of Dorothy’s imagined friends  has a burning desire, a craving:  they all yearn for something (“If I Only Had A….)  “The Scarecrow” wants a brain. The “Tin Man” wants a heart.  The “Lion” deviates from the anatomical wish list – he wants something amorphous: courage.   Living in an ALF I, too, have a “wish list.” I seek independence. And as Henry Ford knew back …

— Do you know someone who needs a second chance? Second chance job fairs give employment opportunities to people who have had previous convictions and those who are under community supervision. Goodwill Job Connection is hosting four Second Chance Job Fairs on September 26 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. All job seekers are welcome. Goodwill is a member of the Age Friendly Economic Development and Work Subcommittee of Portland and Multnomah County, helping to foster economic opportunity and inclusion for older …

— Indeed! They are back.  Not en masse though. It’s early in the back-to-college year, so our beloved town is not inundated yet.  The university students return in dribbles, like a leaky water faucet.  And many live across from my ALF (Assisted Living Facility).  What’s a wheelchairer to do when crossing the street? Erroneously called “kids,” these young adults  are important to the economic health of our university town.  They’re needed as well for the smooth operation of my  ALF.  They’re …

— According to new research sponsored by AARP Oregon, Oregonians love Oregon Saves. OregonSaves is a Roth IRA program facilitated by the Oregon State Treasury for workers whose employers don’t offer a retirement plan. While the program began phasing in July 1, 2017, already more than 80 percent of Oregonians say they support OregonSaves. The study, conducted by DHM Research in Portland, also shows unusual bi-partisan support for the program. “I’m a pollster. I’m asking Oregonians questions about public policy matters all the …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 4 p.m. PT You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— The AARP Foundation Experience Corps tutoring program shows that when older adults help kids, the interaction improves everyone’s well-being. In Portland, volunteers are needed as the successful program helps more children with reading, thanks to the City Council’s allocation of $400,000 over two years. The city’s Metropolitan Family Services, which oversees Experience Corps, is seeking older adults to tutor at-risk children in kindergarten through third grade. Volunteers will receive training in literacy tutoring to work with children individually and in …

— See you in a bit, he always says, as he leaves my room, after helping me in one of the “Activities of Daily Living” (ADLs) which, because of my disabilities, I can’t perform myself. I qualify for living in an Assisted Living Facility. Isn’t “facility” a strange name for what’s supposed to be “home like” or, at least, a “community?”But try saying ALC, or worse, ALHL, compared to saying the acronym ALF:  gets you tongue-tied, doesn’t it? So facility it …

— Get Information on the Skills to Get Your Next Job Attend AARP’s live online workshop Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 4-5 p.m. PT When it comes to finding a new job, everyone could improve their networking and interview skills—especially in today’s ultra-competitive market. The good news is, there are some tips and ideas that can help you stand out from the crowd and secure the position you want. Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills is a live online workshop based on …

— Shakespeare said it – as he always has: All the world’s a stage                         And all the men and women,                         Players. The words, put in the mouth of the melancholy philosopher, Jaques, in As You Like It, continue: And every man – and woman – plays many parts   Shakespeare then proceeds to organize these parts into several inter-related generational segments.  Thus this famous soliloquy is known as “The Seven Ages of Man.”  Some five hundred years later, the …