— CLACKAMAS —AARP awarded more than $25,000 to three Oregon community projects with Community Challenge Grants. “These are ‘quick-action’ projects that spark change in local communities,” said state director Jerry Cohen. The grant program, now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The three Oregon Challenge Grant winners include: $10,000 to Verde to focus on mobile home repairs in the Cully neighborhood of Portland $7,000 to the …

— Dear So & So, I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but I’d rather you were not my Caregiver this month. I understand, unlike other Long Term Care facilities, the residents of NAME REDACTED Assisted Living Facility have the right to accept or reject an assigned Caregiver.  I sure hope so, because I pay over $6000 a month to live  here. At that rate, I’m sure you’d agree, I should be able to call some of the shots.  After all, …

— There are many reasons for walking – for health and wellness, to get to places and save gas, and of course, to connect with community! Join AARP Oregon and Rogue Valley Transportation District this year for some great NeighborWalks in the Rogue Valley. Get your steps in, meet new people, and explore Ashland, Medford and Grantspass on foot.   NeighborWalks: Ashland Saturday, July 14 at 10:00am Meet at 20 East Main Street , Ashland Join us for a fun walk …

— Join AARP Oregon for a great day of soccer action when the Portland Thorns FC host the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Providence Park! Cheer on our hometown team and the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League champions while enjoying time with family and friends. AARP members and guests will have reserved seats in Section 209. Visit the AARP Oregon information table in the main concourse outside Section 216 to learn about the work we …

— 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; …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— By Merry MacKinnon For retired bookkeeper Chris Anderson, a walking-based exercise routine works best when done with a group. “I like the structure,” she said. Anderson, 66, had explored Portland neighborhoods for years with a group called Senior Strolls. Starting in 2005, Donna Green of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) ran the award-winning, free guided walking program for older adults. After funding for Senior Strolls was cut, AARP Oregon, in collaboration with PBOT and the nonprofit Oregon Walks, recast …

— Join AARP Oregon and the Portland Pickles for some old school baseball fun this summer! Cheer the Portland Pickles at a home game in Walker Stadium in Lents Park — July 21st at 7 p.m. against the Corvallis Knights. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. and doors open an hour before game time. AARP members and guests will enjoy the game in the Hot Corner Tent next to the dugout and 3rd base. Ticket price includes Pickles’ famous all-you-can-eat ballpark food …

— Did you know that AARP is in your community and working to help you explore your real possibilities? From information and learning opportunities about caregiving to frauds and scams, from advocating for livable communities to healthy living activities, we are working to bring you opportunities to live your best lives. We are excited to be working with Clackamas Repertory Theatre (CRT) again this year to bring you opportunities to enjoy great theater in your own back yard.  CRT is providing …

— Do you know a Portland business that goes above and beyond to provide exceptional service to older adults? Are you a Portland business owner with a knack for attracting and retaining older workers? Apply today for an Age-Friendly Business Award or an Age-Smart Employer Award. The number of people age 65 or older in the Portland area will increase 106% to more than 500,000 by 2030. Each year older adults generate more than $7 trillion in economic activity nationwide, a …