— 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! 

— ‘Tis the season to be jolly – especially if $$ signs have replaced your natural pupils. There’s the jolly-hippy-haired-and-bearded-pipe-smoking-alternative-transportation-deer-loving-chimney-hugger-obese senior citizen. But there’s also the classic Detroit-era cards, the snazzy hybrids and electrics competing to be gift, as well as the matresses that make you sleep like a baby. Ha!  And don’t forget the discount stores, the departments stores and the online stores , with their Christmas Holiday pane-glass displays for potential customers. But for those of us – the old and disabled folks …

— By Mac McLean Alison Bookman-Skidmore can see pure relief on the faces of family caregivers who pick up their loved ones from the two adult-day-service centers she manages in Portland. “It gives caregivers a break, makes their jobs more manageable and gives them some time to themselves,” said Bookman-Skidmore, a program director at Volunteers of America Oregon. But relief does not come cheap. A single day at either facility costs $75 for those without Medicaid benefits. Bookman-Skidmore said the cost …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 4 p.m. PT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4 p.m. PT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— Paid Family and Medical leave will be a high priority for AARP Oregon during the 2019 Legislature. Whether it’s a birth or an adoption, needing to care for someone after getting treatment for an illness, or even to get care for yourself, almost everyone will need to take time off from work to deal with a family or a medical issue at some point. But because Oregon doesn’t have a universal paid family and medical leave policy in place, the …

—    Social Security honors veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the respect they deserve. Social Security’s disability program is an important part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families. For military members who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/ The Wounded Warriors …

— In homes and communities across the United States, millions of Americans quietly care for older parents, spouses and other loved ones, helping them to stay at home as they age. “Family caregivers help their loved ones with everything from bathing and dressing to preparing meals and administering medication, usually while also working full- or part- time jobs,” said AARP Oregon Government Relations Director Jon Bartholomew. “We want to give a shout out to folks who are caring for loved ones …

— You sniff a steaming bowl of tomato soup. Its nose filling heat rises in your nostrils.  “Mm! Mm! Good!”  you think to yourself. Of course you do. It’s been sneaking into the subterranean of peoples’ minds  since the nineteen thirties when Campbell’s soup company broadcast its first radio commercial. But what’s an Mm! Mm! Good! bowl of steaming soup without those crushed Nabisco Saltine crackers? Mm! Mm! Double Good!  And you can easily smash those salty delights – if you …

— Volunteers makes our communities happier, healthier places to live, and it’s also good for the individual! The founder of AARP, Ethel Percy Andrus, noted that “It is only in the giving of ourselves of others that we truly live.” She believed in community service. It’s part of the DNA of AARP. Psychology Today ran a story a few years ago about some of the benefits of volunteering. Did you know people who volunteer are healthier and live longer?  Health and …

— AARP  Oregon is hosting a free lunchtime workshop, Ready, Set, Retire! at 11:30 November 14 at the Chemeketa Eola/Northwest Wine Studies Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW Salem, OR 97304. According to recent research by DHM Research in Portland, more than half (65%) of Oregonians feel at least “somewhat” anxious that they will have enough money to live through their retirement years. “It’s important while we’re still working to assess our retirement readiness,” said Joyce DeMonnin, AARP Oregon Communications Director. …

— Portland City Council with Age Friendly Business Award winners and members of the Age Friendly Economic Development and Work Subcommittee. PORTLAND, OR – The Age Friendly Portland and Multnomah County Advisory Council hosted the inaugural Age-Friendly Business Awards Ceremony at City Hall with greetings from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Nick Fish. The Ceremony was followed by Mayor Wheeler proclaiming October 31st as ‘Age Friendly Business Day’ in Council Chambers. (See a short video of the event here). Businesses, nonprofits …