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— The ALF (Assisted Living Facility) I live in is located in a college town. That means all, or most, of our caregivers are university students. This has significant implications for our care. Since most of the residents are in their seventies or eighties, these young women – “she” is the usual personal pronoun used when talking about a caregiver – could be our granddaughters. It would be nice if they thought of us as “grandpa” or “grandma.” For the most part though, …

— Older Oregonians often hear, “Your Help NOT wanted,” when they are in the job market, according to a new survey commissioned by AARP Oregon. To determine the breadth and scope of age discrimination in the workplace, AARP Oregon surveyed 1000 adults ages 40 plus and found that: More than three in five Oregonians ages 40+ (62%) have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace.  Of them, about 90% believe age discrimination is very or somewhat common. Older workers in …

— On February 28, Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate Bill 608 to stop unchecked rent increases. AARP Oregon proudly supported the bill and worked for a number of years along with many other advocates across the state to make sure that people who rent their homes are protected from no-cause evictions and rapid increases in the rent of their homes. Hundreds of AARP volunteer leaders and activists from around the state contacted their legislators in support of the bill. You …

— The unprecedented housing crisis we are experiencing here in Oregon has meant that we hear a great deal about the lack affordable housing in our communities. As the single biggest item on most household budgets, the rising cost of housing impacts the well being of people of all ages and abilities, especially those living on fixed and low incomes. For many, paying rent or mortgage means going without medication or food. For other still, increasing housing costs can mean displacement …

— Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler long I stood Robert Frost   Which way should we elders travel during our final years? As we creep toward life’s end, what choice should we make to reach our destination:  the uninterrupted long road, the unfettered inexorable journey, or the short cut, with its branches, brambles, and boulders. We need direction. Doctor and teacher, Atul Gawande has helped elders face this …

— By Mac McLean Jerry and Priscilla Stewart volunteer for Portland’s Store to Door, delivering groceries to older adults, which helps them maintain their independence. The couple cherish spending this time together because they get to meet new people and check on their welfare. “You get to know them,” said Priscilla, 76, who takes orders by phone from her clients while her husband, Jerry, 78, does the shopping and deliveries. “One lady says to me every week, ‘Thank you for allowing …

— AARP volunteers are in a class of their own! They bring a lifetime of experience, passion for the wellbeing of their community and a desire to serve. AARP Southern Oregon Volunteers are no different. One could even argue that they have something extra going for them – the AARP Southern Oregon Community Action Team. Become a Volunteer Today!   AARP Southern Oregon Community Action Team (CAT) is active in Jackson and Josephine counties. The CAT organizes the poplar annual Vital …

— Attend AARP’s Free Webinar to Find Out How Social Security – Your Questions Answered Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 4 p.m. PT You’ve earned your Social Security retirement benefits. Make sure you get everything you’ve got coming to you by attending the first in a series of free Social Security webinars from AARP. Register for this session to get straightforward answers to questions like: When should I claim my benefits to get a larger monthly check? Will working after retirement affect …

— AARP has opened applications for the 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change across the country. Now in its third year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand dollars for larger projects. “We’ve seen these mini grants spark change and new solutions in communities across Oregon from Port Orford to Hood River,” said AARP Oregon State …

— In celebration of Black History Month, we are please to bring this interview with Judy Knawls Boyer, Chapter President of AARP N/NE Portland. AARP Chapters are local volunteer organization with their own independent legal status, bi-laws, members and volunteer leadership. AARP N/NE Portland Chapter has a rich and unique history in Portland and we are excited to share it with you. 1. Judy, you have been the President of the N/NE Chapter for a number of years now. Can you tell us a …