— 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! 

— Welcome to the 2019 Portland Metro area NeighborWalks season! Did you know that we are celebrating our 5th anniversary this year? We are so excited for you to join us at one of our 16 walks this season. Our first 2019 walk is scheduled for May 28th and last one will be on October 12th. NeighborWalks volunteers have worked hard to design fun opening and closing celebrations as well as, of course, accessible routes and educational opportunities so we can …

— By Mac McLean The city of Talent has spent nearly 30 years turning its downtown into a thriving community where people can get the amenities and services they need regardless of their age. It’s a transformation that AARP Oregon hopes to make in other parts of the state through its Livable Communities program. “It’s kind of fun to be on the front side of this effort,” said Talent Mayor Darby Ayers-Flood, reflecting on the work the city of 6,500 people …

— 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 …

— AARP launched ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Oregonians and all Americans by advocating for legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. As part of the campaign, AARP Research conducted a national survey of likely voters ages 50 and older. The survey found that significant majorities of self-identified Republican, Democrat, and independent voters shared concerns …

— Volunteers makes our communities happier, healthier places to live, and it’s also good for the individual! The founder of AARP, Ethel Percy Andrus, noted that “It is only in the giving of ourselves of others that we truly live.” She believed in community service. It’s part of the DNA of AARP. Psychology Today ran a story a few years ago about some of the benefits of volunteering. Did you know people who volunteer are healthier and live longer?  Health and …

— Andy Rooney said it well: “The idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” And yet, we now live longer, healthier and more productive lives. We have an incredible “longevity bonus”. And AARP Oregon is here to help you realize your Real Possibilities to make the most out of life as you age. We have three great events upcoming – Vital Aging Conferences in Eugene, Medford and Portland that will …

— AARP Oregon is hosting several Vital Aging conferences, including Saturday, Nov. 10, at the United Unitarian Church, 1685 W. 13th Ave., Eugene. The event, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is designed specifically for veterans, the military and their families, but all members are welcome. Speakers include music therapist Jodi Winnwalker and Nathaniel Boehme, of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, who will share resources. Workshops will focus on AARP’s work in the local community as well as on fraud …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 4 p.m. PT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 4 p.m. PT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— The AARP Foundation Experience Corps tutoring program shows that when older adults help kids, the interaction improves everyone’s well-being. In Portland, volunteers are needed as the successful program helps more children with reading, thanks to the City Council’s allocation of $400,000 over two years. The city’s Metropolitan Family Services, which oversees Experience Corps, is seeking older adults to tutor at-risk children in kindergarten through third grade. Volunteers will receive training in literacy tutoring to work with children individually and in …