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— Clackamas, Oregon — Ruby Haughton-Pitts is the new state director for AARP Oregon, announced Kim Adler, AARP Regional Vice President.  She takes over from Jerry Cohen, who opened the Oregon AARP office in May of 1996. Haughton-Pitts returns to Oregon from AARP Illinois where she was Director of Outreach and Advocacy in Chicago. Previously she served as Director of Legislative and Public Affairs at CareOregon, Vice President of External Affairs for OCHIN (a nationwide nonprofit healthcare innovation center), and Vice …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018 4 p.m. PT If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 4 p.m. PT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

—   Two residents died this week. Hey! Wait! That’s exactly how I began a blog in January. Well. What do I expect? Most residents living in my ALF are octogenarians and nonagenarian’s, although there are a smattering of “young’uns” in their seventies, and a couple of folks in their sixties. But we have enough “old’uns” to keep the fresh new journalists-to-be of our local newspaper skillful in writing obituaries.   “Passing away” is a constant in a living community of …

— By Merry MacKinnon No Oregon law requires it, but Albany farmer Ben Verhoeven gives all 25 of his employees paid parental leave. “We’re a second-generation family farm and we support families,” said Verhoeven, 35, whose greenhouse, Peoria Gardens Inc., offers workers up to 12 weeks of employer-funded leave at full pay for the birth or adoption of a child. He took paid leave from his own business when his two children were born. But Verhoeven would also like to see …

— 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. …