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—   It was April 1994. The newly elected President of the United States, Bill Clinton, was appearing at a Forum on Youth and Violence and other weighty subjects to which a president is compelled to apply his wisdom and intellect, while assuming the gravitas image assumed to be held by those who inhabit the Oval Office.   The Forum was sponsored by the 24- hour rock video cable network, MTV   The wavy-haired, young President stood tall as he faced …

— I reckon when you read the title of this blog you think I’m going to rhapsodize about my Primary Care Provider – doctor – or conversely demonize him – truth be told, he’s actually a her. Fooled ya!   As Shakespeare so wisely observed back in 1599, in the famous speech, “The Seven Ages of Man,” in his pastoral-comedy, As You Like It, we end up like we began, a bouncing baby morphs into a trembling old man (or woman.) …

— Hank hates prunes. At least in liquid form. At the dining table, when a caregiver/server pushes a glass of prune juice in front of him, his nose wrinkles, his nostrils spread, the lines on his forehead squeeze together, his eye’s external apparatus – lids, lashes, and brows – squish down – as though he were constipated. Ironic, because that’s the majeure raison for the prune juice in the first place -to ameliorate constipation. Hank turns to me with a wondering …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 4 p.m. PT Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 4 p.m. PT Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— ‘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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Don’t miss our local, online event for family caregivers. ONLINE CARE FAIR Tips, tools, resources and support for family caregivers in Oregon. Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2-5 p.m. PT When it comes to caring for a loved one, everyone’s journey is different. That’s why you shouldn’t miss AARP’s Online Care Fair, a FREE live online event that offers resources, answers and support no matter where yours takes you. Filled with tips, tools, and access to local and state services, the …