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 “We do this by challenging outdated beliefs about it means to age and it’s about sparking new solutions so we can all choose how we live as we age.”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

— By Merry MacKinnon After she fell last December, fracturing and dislocating her right shoulder, 86-year-old Beverley DeSaulnier had questions about her personal care. “I’m right-handed and I needed help with everything,” said DeSaulnier, of Polk County. “I wanted to know how I would go about contacting people if I needed to have in-home care or needed to move into a facility.” She called the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Oregon and talked to counselor Amy Crevola about in-home …

— By Mac McLean Juanita Santana knew exactly what came next when she retired from her job as director of a Head Start program in San Francisco. She moved to Portland in 2010 and became a full-time caregiver for her parents. That took up so much time that she never thought about what life would be like after they died, which happened a few years later. “It was real difficult for me to find my niche in retirement,” said Santana, 66. …

— Por Mac McLean Juanita Santana sabía exactamente lo que iba a hacer después de jubilarse como directora de un programa Head Start en San Francisco. En el 2010 se mudó a Portland y se dedicó a cuidar a sus padres a tiempo completo. Lo hizo durante tanto tiempo que nunca pensó acerca de cómo sería su vida después de que ellos fallecieran, lo cual sucedió unos años después. “Me fue realmente difícil encontrar algo que hacer al no tener que …

— By Merry MacKinnon As newcomers flock to Oregon, soaring housing values are enriching property owners while big rent hikes are pricing out lower-income tenants. “It’s brutal out there,” said Briana Winterborn, a program coordinator for Elders in Action, a Portland nonprofit advocating for older adults. Each week she gets calls from harried renters facing eviction. One client reported a $400 monthly rent increase, which she called a de facto eviction. Under pressure to protect the 39 percent of Oregon’s households …

— (Photo: Debbie Cahill and Lois Jackson) In 1951 Lois Jackson set out from the only place she had known, Beaumont, Texas, and relocated with her two daughters following her husband to Tacoma in the hopes of a better life.  Once in there, the Jacksons added two more daughters to the family and settled in for the long haul not sure what the future would bring. The marriage was good and lasted 65 years, and it had been encouraged by Lois’mother  …

—   This is the first in a new series of blogs by the Oregon State Volunteer President Two months after my father’s death, I responded to an article in the AARP Bulletin seeking new volunteers in Oregon. To be honest, I knew more about the organization’s advertisements than its policies. My situation had not been unlike many baby boomers–I was working full time while carrying out the responsibilities of a devoted daughter. As my father’s Power of Attorney, my heart …

— Sitting at a conference table, I wrestle alongside my AARP Oregon colleagues with deciding which questions to ask Portland mayoral candidates, and how to word them. It’s not unlike what I did during many years as a journalist, trying to formulate questions of news sources that would bring answers both interesting and educational. This time, I’m helping come up with topics and questions for AARP’s Portland mayoral candidate forum on April 2. We are deep into the planning for the …

—   Each Friday during the legislative session, AARP Oregon will post the testimony given to the Oregon State Legislature on pending bills. We are working with our appointed volunteers to make sure the needs and interests of people 50+ are well represented. We make our policy decisions based on policy approved by the AARP Board of Directors. Click here for our AARP policy guides. A hot topic this year is affordable housing and your team is weighing in to help us …

— Kim and her husband Aaron Knight on vacation at the Pittock Mansion in Portland By Kim Adler, AARP West Region Vice President Happy New Year! I’m delighted to launch 2016 as the new Regional Vice President for AARP’s West Region. In addition to the great state of Oregon, our region includes nine other states that stretch from Montana to Hawaii and from New Mexico to Alaska, with many exciting locations in between. I was reminded by one of AARP’s state …