— 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! 

— As a black woman who is also over the age of 50, it breaks my heart when we receive calls from AARP members who cannot find jobs or even get an interview in a labor market that is screaming for qualified workers. People whose jobs have been downsized or who have had to leave the workforce to care for a loved one often find it difficult to re-enter the workforce. Many start tapping into their retirement savings or must take …

— With the legislature in full swing, AARP members can sign up for advocacy alerts and make their voices heard when it’s time to fight for older Oregonians. That includes pushing for workplace rights such as paid family and medical leave, to give all workers time off to care for a new baby or an ill relative. Just 15 percent of U.S. workers have paid family leave through employers. Protecting older Americans against job discrimination is also a priority, by fighting …

— 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 …

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— Do you want to be more involved with your city, county and regional government – and your community? Then CIVICS 101 is for you! AARP Oregon is joining Elders in Action this year to bring you this five-part training series and we invite you to join us. Connect with other civic-minded people from your own city and region and learn about the structure and operation of various levels of government, engage with elected officials, and advocate for causes you believe in. …

— AARP Oregon Staff and volunteers will be at the state capitol this year working on legislation that is important to people 50+ and their families. Join our email list by clicking here to receive advocacy updates so you can get involved. Here are the top priorities this session: DHS Budget for Long Term Supports and Services (LTSS) – AARP Oregon and the Campaign for Oregon Seniors and People with Disabilities will work to ensure sufficient funding for Oregon’s system of providing …

— 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 …

— As the election season heats up, AARP Oregon is asking members what questions they’d like to hear gubernatorial candidates answer on camera. AARP will use some of the questions in a video voter guide for the governor’s race. Possible topics include long-term care, respite for family caregivers, fraud, elder abuse, access to health care, affordable housing, streets that are safe and navigable for everyone, age discrimination and the influence of money in politics. To suggest a question for candidates, go …

— Under a new state law, Oregonians will no longer receive unexpected medical bills for out-of-network services. Patients receiving treatment from in-network providers have often been stunned to get hefty invoices from out-of-network specialists. This was usually because an in-network doctor chose to work with an out-of-network anesthesiologist or other specialist without the patient knowing the specialist wasn’t covered by the insurance plan. AARP Oregon pressed for the law, which bars out-of-network providers from billing patients who were treated at an …

— Measure 101—which voters will decide in a Jan. 23 special election—aims to ensure that state assessments on health insurance companies and hospitals will continue to be matched by federal dollars. These funds can be used for one purpose only: to provide affordable health care for Oregonians. AARP Oregon is encouraging members to vote ‘yes’ on the measure. Other supporters include the Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Nurses Association and Providence Health & Services. If the measure fails, more than 350,000 Oregonians …