—   By Mac McLean Cameron Smith has a simple message for the state’s 311,000 veterans: We’re here to help. But he’s having difficulty getting that message across. “Sometimes, our veterans have not been raising their hands,” said Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) since 2013. “We can do a much better job at helping them connect.” Smith launched a series of campaigns two years ago aimed at older, female and LGBTQ veterans. He’s forming new partnerships …

— 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 “We do this by challenging outdated beliefs about it means to age and it’s about sparking new solutions so we can all choose how we live as we age.”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 …

—   Oregon’s workforce is feeling anxious about retirement – more than half don’t have a workplace retirement savings option. But the retirement landscape is changing in the state with the launch of OregonSaves. “OregonSaves is an easier way to save for retirement,” said Joyce DeMonnin, communications and media relations director for AARP Oregon. “It’s specifically for the 1 million Oregonians who don’t have a retirement option at their work.” The OregonSaves program got high marks from a DHM Research poll …

— By Mac McLean Sheila Miller knew there would be changes when she moved from working for a daily newspaper to Statehood Media, a regional lifestyle media company based in Bend and Portland. She had to give up a retirement savings plan that automatically took money from her paycheck. Miller, 37, didn’t think she would miss this benefit until she realized how much her plan at the newspaper had helped her save. Then her new employer signed up with OregonSaves, a …

— Being safe online is important every day. There may be days devoted to internet security awareness, but you need to be careful every time you go online. Do you know what it takes to be safe online? You probably connect daily to get information, shop, socialize, or work. Every time you go online, you need to avoid the risk of theft or fraud. Here are some tips to use while visiting the Social Security website and the other websites you …

— Social Security continues to evaluate and improve how we protect what’s important to you. We take this responsibility seriously, and we have a robust cyber security program in place to help protect the personal information you entrust to us. Adding additional security measures to safeguard your personal information — but making them easy to use — is a vital part of keeping you safe and secure. Most people who do business with us online use our my Social Security portal, …

— Editor’s Note: Our COO Scott Frisch was in Portland and gave this speech to a group of HR professionals on the value of older workers, the longevity economy – and the new OregonSaves program. In preparing my remarks on the value of older workers, my mind turned to a recent event halfway across the country, in Omaha: the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting that Warren Buffett held recently. With a net worth of about $75 billion, Warren Buffett is not …

— For more and more Americans, reaching retirement age no longer means the end of an active working life. Many people are choosing to work past the age of 65, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re willing and able, maintaining gainful employment later in life could go a long way toward ensuring a secure future for you and your family. Besides providing you with additional income to pay your bills, extending your employment or working …

— On Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers and service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security respects the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives in defense of freedom. Part of how we honor service members is the way we provide Social Security benefits. The unexpected loss of a family member is a difficult experience for anyone. Social Security helps by providing benefits to protect service …

— Social Security is here for you when you’re traveling, whether it’s just a state away or when you’re abroad. When you open a personal and secure my Social Security account, you can access it on your terms. We put you in control of your finances and your future. With my Social Security, you can: o    Request a replacement Social Security or Medicare card if you meet certain requirements; o    Check the status of your application or appeal. o    See your …