— 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! 

— There are many reasons for walking – for health and wellness, to get to places and save gas, and of course, to connect with community! Join AARP Oregon and Rogue Valley Transportation District this year for some great NeighborWalks in the Rogue Valley. Get your steps in, meet new people, and explore Ashland, Medford and Grantspass on foot.   NeighborWalks: Ashland Saturday, July 14 at 10:00am Meet at 20 East Main Street , Ashland Join us for a fun walk …

— By Merry MacKinnon For retired bookkeeper Chris Anderson, a walking-based exercise routine works best when done with a group. “I like the structure,” she said. Anderson, 66, had explored Portland neighborhoods for years with a group called Senior Strolls. Starting in 2005, Donna Green of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) ran the award-winning, free guided walking program for older adults. After funding for Senior Strolls was cut, AARP Oregon, in collaboration with PBOT and the nonprofit Oregon Walks, recast …

— AARP Oregon is set to kick off the second year of NeighborWalks  in Lane County at 10 a.m. on June 9, at the Home2 Suites, 102 W. 11th in Eugene. NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program by AARP Oregon, SmartTrips Eugene and the Lane Transportation District’s Point-to-Point. The goal is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community. Walks will take place in neighborhoods around Eugene and Springfield. Each walk is developed and guided …

— In 2018, the fourth  season of NeighborWalks begins in June! We excited about the fabulous walks we have planned for in and around Portland. One exciting thing this year is that we are expanding our walks to include Clackamas and Washington counties! NeighborWalks volunteers across the metro area have been busy working out the details of the neighborhoods and destinations where we will be walking and reaching out to community groups and local partners to come join us and enrich our …

— 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 …

— HB 4005 is a victory for Oregon patients struggling with high costs of medications. Heads to governor’s desk for signature.    After years of effort the Oregon legislature today joined states around the country in passing landmark legislation to hold drug companies accountable for steep price increases that leave patients struggling to pay for their medications. HB 4005, the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act, passed on a bipartisan vote of 25-4, after calls from constituents and advocates for the legislature to …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— 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 …

— Whether you’re retired and living on a fixed income, or work in an office or at a construction site, you should be able to see a doctor or nurse when you’re sick and get medications when you need them. And it shouldn’t bankrupt you. Your income shouldn’t determine whether you can get the care you need. That’s why AARP Oregon is working with over 100 organizations across the state to urge Oregonians to vote YES on Measure 101 this January. …

— Do you remember Charles and Charlane who began dating in an assisted living facility? You may have read about their first stirrings of togetherness, and how they were swept up into a full-fledged romance in Where Singles Meet. Their story ended with the growing physical and mental enfeeblement of Charles, and Charlane’s worsening forgetfulness – the inexorable sprouting of dementia. But they were inseparable. Glued. Like a fraternity pinning in college days gone by. Then the unavoidable! The ineluctable course of …