— Intimacy, addiction and exercise are just a few of the topics at this year’s Vital Aging Conference, which tackles what it means to Disrupt Aging. “Disrupt Aging is a call to shape the future of aging,” said Elaine Freisen-Strang, AARP Oregon State President. “We do this by challenging outdated beliefs about it means to age and it’s about sparking new solutions so we can all choose how we live as we age.” Saturday’s event will highlight different ways to challenge …

— Join AARP Oregon staff and volunteers this July at an AARP Activist  & Volunteer meeting near you.  Discover what we are doing in your community. Get an update on AARP’s local, state and national outreach and advocacy efforts for the first half of the year and what’s ahead. We also want to hear from you. Come share your thoughts about the issues that matter to you. Connect with others in your community and find out how you can continue to stay engaged, including as …

— AARP volunteers will kick off the first NeighborWalks program in Lane County this month. NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program created by AARP Oregon. SmartTrips Eugene, Safe Routes to School and the Lane Transportation District’s Point-to-Point program are working together with AARP to bring the program to Lane County. “Our vision is to get more people walking every day for health, environment and community,” said Michele Scheib, a member of  the AARP Oregon Executive Council and local volunteer. Walks will take place …

— The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter will host its first Healthy Brain Symposium in Tualatin on Monday, June 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event aims to raise awareness of signs for early detection and to highlight the role of healthy lifestyles in reducing the risk of cognitive decline. About 63,000 people 65 and older are living with dementia in Oregon, a number projected to grow to 84,000 by 2025. AARP members are invited to attend the symposium at the …

— Thirty-five percent of Oregonians live in rural areas, and of those, 44 percent are 65 or older. Yet rural communities lag behind in offering health care, transportation and other services that make a community age-friendly. The first annual Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon invites policy makers, health care providers, family caregivers and others to explore ways to make it easier for rural Oregonians to age in place. Jon Bartholomew, AARP Oregon government relations director, will discuss factors that make …

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— AARP Oregon is sponsoring three Vital Aging conferences across the state for AARP members and their family members and friends. The events are free, educational and fun. Speakers will explain how to parlay age and experience into new possibilities and how to foster an attitude that the best is yet to come. The conferences are in the Eugene/Springfield area, Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Medford, Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Portland, Saturday, Dec. …

— More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 62,000 Oregonians. The debilitating disease takes a serious toll on patients, family caregivers and the health care system. AARP Oregon is encouraging members to participate in Walks to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held in Portland, Sept. 11; Bend, Sept. 17; Linn-Benton, Sept. 18; Medford, Sept. 24; Roseburg, Sept. 25; and Eugene, Oct. 9. While there is no fee to register, the Alzheimer’s Association asks participants to set a …

— AARP Oregon is hosting events throughout the state this summer to listen to the needs of unpaid family caregivers, who shoulder the stress of caring for adult loved ones at home. Community conversations in 12 cities will help the state office establish policy priorities regarding respite for caregivers. Meetings are scheduled in Albany, June 7; Roseburg, June 8; Lincoln City, June 9; Eugene, June 14; Medford, June 15; Salem, June 16; Beaverton, June 21; Portland, June 28; Astoria, June 29; …

— By Mac McLean Bill Hamilton joined the fight against fraud a few years ago because an unscrupulous building contractor scammed his 83-year-old mother-in-law out of about $10,000. “I wanted to help prevent this type of thing,” said Hamilton, 70, of Portland, a retired software manager who has volunteered with AARP Oregon’s Scam Jam program for nearly three years. Since October 2013, AARP has worked with the Oregon Department of Justice and other agencies to hold Scam Jam sessions across the …

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