— 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! 

—    Social Security honors veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the respect they deserve. Social Security’s disability program is an important part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families. For military members who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/ The Wounded Warriors …

— In homes and communities across the United States, millions of Americans quietly care for older parents, spouses and other loved ones, helping them to stay at home as they age. “Family caregivers help their loved ones with everything from bathing and dressing to preparing meals and administering medication, usually while also working full- or part- time jobs,” said AARP Oregon Government Relations Director Jon Bartholomew. “We want to give a shout out to folks who are caring for loved ones …

— AARP  Oregon is hosting a free lunchtime workshop, Ready, Set, Retire! at 11:30 November 14 at the Chemeketa Eola/Northwest Wine Studies Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW Salem, OR 97304. According to recent research by DHM Research in Portland, more than half (65%) of Oregonians feel at least “somewhat” anxious that they will have enough money to live through their retirement years. “It’s important while we’re still working to assess our retirement readiness,” said Joyce DeMonnin, AARP Oregon Communications Director. …

— Portland City Council with Age Friendly Business Award winners and members of the Age Friendly Economic Development and Work Subcommittee. PORTLAND, OR – The Age Friendly Portland and Multnomah County Advisory Council hosted the inaugural Age-Friendly Business Awards Ceremony at City Hall with greetings from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Nick Fish. The Ceremony was followed by Mayor Wheeler proclaiming October 31st as ‘Age Friendly Business Day’ in Council Chambers. (See a short video of the event here). Businesses, nonprofits …

— 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 …

—   Two residents died this week. Hey! Wait! That’s exactly how I began a blog in January. Well. What do I expect? Most residents living in my ALF are octogenarians and nonagenarian’s, although there are a smattering of “young’uns” in their seventies, and a couple of folks in their sixties. But we have enough “old’uns” to keep the fresh new journalists-to-be of our local newspaper skillful in writing obituaries.   “Passing away” is a constant in a living community of …

— In the film version of L. Frank Baum children’s novel, The Wizard of Oz, each of Dorothy’s imagined friends  has a burning desire, a craving:  they all yearn for something (“If I Only Had A….)  “The Scarecrow” wants a brain. The “Tin Man” wants a heart.  The “Lion” deviates from the anatomical wish list – he wants something amorphous: courage.   Living in an ALF I, too, have a “wish list.” I seek independence. And as Henry Ford knew back …

— 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 …

— See you in a bit, he always says, as he leaves my room, after helping me in one of the “Activities of Daily Living” (ADLs) which, because of my disabilities, I can’t perform myself. I qualify for living in an Assisted Living Facility. Isn’t “facility” a strange name for what’s supposed to be “home like” or, at least, a “community?”But try saying ALC, or worse, ALHL, compared to saying the acronym ALF:  gets you tongue-tied, doesn’t it? So facility it …