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 “We do this by challenging outdated beliefs about it means to age and it’s about sparking new solutions so we can all choose how we live as we age.”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

— A new state law supported by AARP Oregon cracks down on distracted driving. Drivers cannot touch their phones behind the wheel. Hands-free phone usage is still allowed. The law took effect Oct. 1, along with higher fines. Previously, police officers had to see a driver speaking into a phone or texting in order to issue a citation. A state task force recommended the stricter law when traffic fatalities increased after a decade-long decline. In 2016, 495 people died on Oregon …

Ricardo the Remarkable performs his magic

— Settling back in his ergonomic chair, Richard Loescher begins to talk about his most recent adventure, and how much he enjoyed it. His eyes twinkle mischievously, he wears a big smile. The sense of adventure and satisfaction is almost palpable as he recounts the story. Recently, as part of his mentoring work at Universalist Unitarian Church, Richard accompanied a small group of middle school students to a ropes challenge course at a local park. The challenge involved climbing a ladder and …

— by Elaine Friesen-Strang The forecast predicted rain, but a miracle happened Saturday September 30, just before 10:00 AM, as 80 people gathered at Providence Medical Center to stroll the neighborhood: the clouds parted, sunshine burst through. Being it was our last NeighborWalk of the season, you might say it was providential. When AARP Oregon began this program three years ago, we had no idea it would become such a vibrant, successful venture. Community Engagement Director, Bandana Shrestha, and a small …

— 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 September for two great NeighborWalks in the Rogue Valley. Get your steps in, meet new people, and explore Medford and Grantspass on foot. These walks are part of the Oregon Drive Less Challenge.       NeighborWalks: Medford Monday, Sept 25th at 10:30am Meet: In front of …

— Two Oregon organizations, SquareOne Villages in Eugene and the Port Orford Main Street Revitalization Association, will receive the AARP Community Challenge funding.  the AARP project aims to create change and improve quality of life at the local level. “Great communities require careful planning and time,” said AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “These quick action projects will give community leaders the motivation and momentum to create greater change.” “AARP received a tremendous response to …

— 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 …

— Livable Communities include a choice of affordable housing – row houses, multi-plexes, cottages — all smaller units that are affordable. AARP Oregon, AIA – Southwest Oregon, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Better Eugene Springfield Transportation (BEST), Transportation Growth Management Program, held a Livability Solutions Forum: The Future of Housing on April 12. The event focused on exploring how Lane County can create more housing options. Nationally known architect and urbanist Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc., who coined the term “Missing …

— On April 13th, AARP Oregon, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Transportation Growth Management Program, Oregon Chapter of American Planners Association hosted the Rogue Valley 17 Livability Solutions Forum: Future of Housing in Medford. The event focused on exploring how the Jackson and Josephine Counties can create more housing options, identifying barriers and challenges to more innovative housing that support residents across age, ability and income spectrums and how “missing middle housing” can be instrumental in building …

—   Now in his 70’s, Ron Herndon has no immediate plans to retire. He enjoys working with a staff of over 300 and watching what they are able to do. “As long as I bring something to the organization, I’ll keep doing it,” he says with a smile. As Director of Albina Head Start, he has overseen the growth of the program. Albina may be the only Head Start program in the country offering instruction in Mandarin. The program also …