— 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! 

— June is LGBT Pride month! The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. This year, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in the LGBT civil rights movement. To honor and celebrate this important anniversary, AARP Oregon has several events planned.   Join us for one or all of the events listed below to celebrate Pride this year. Portland Member …

— May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! AARP recognizes the needs of AAPI communities and works to provide us all the resources to grow and live life together—now and beyond. This month, we invite you to join us in recognizing and celebrating AAPI communities. Here are a couple of recipes to savor the season and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of diverse AAPI communities. Also be sure to check out our other post with recipes for simple, sweet treats. …

— May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! AARP recognizes the needs of AAPI communities and works to provide us all the resources to grow and live life together—now and beyond. The United States history is shaped by the stories of immigrants from Asia and the Pacific and the native people of the Pacific Islands. Some of the earliest Asian immigrants came to the US from China, Japan, India, and Korea. Later many others have followed including those from Vietnam, …

— What happens when we are not able to drive or use public transit? How do we get around to meet our everyday needs and stay connected in to our community? AARP research tell us that transportation and mobility options are fundamental to our well-being as we grow older. But too often, lack of accessible, reliable transportation options keep older adults and people with disabilities from participating in everyday activities or meeting basic needs. We are excited to bring you this …

— 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 …

— A large number of Americans are unprepared financially for retirement. Are you on track? Check in with AARP Oregon to learn what you need to know about critical programs such as Social Security, Medicare and work past retirement. There are three options in May in the Portland Metro region. They are free, but you must register on one of the locations below. What: Financial Fitness Workshop & Light Dinner May 16 PCC SE Campus 2305 SE 82nd Ave, 4 p.m. …

— I winced when I received the Newsletter of my ALF. The Newsletter for the Spring months of March or April is usually devoted to the reawakening of nature, a celebration, both religious and mythological, of what Stravinsky imagined musically, as “The Rites of Spring.” The “rite” celebrated in the Newsletter was presented as a poem, which hallowed the Spring Christian holiday, Easter, taking for granted that others make the same assumption about the religious nature of Spring. I understand why …

— The ALF (Assisted Living Facility) I live in is located in a college town. That means all, or most, of our caregivers are university students. This has significant implications for our care. Since most of the residents are in their seventies or eighties, these young women – “she” is the usual personal pronoun used when talking about a caregiver – could be our granddaughters. It would be nice if they thought of us as “grandpa” or “grandma.” For the most part though, …

— By Mac McLean Jerry and Priscilla Stewart volunteer for Portland’s Store to Door, delivering groceries to older adults, which helps them maintain their independence. The couple cherish spending this time together because they get to meet new people and check on their welfare. “You get to know them,” said Priscilla, 76, who takes orders by phone from her clients while her husband, Jerry, 78, does the shopping and deliveries. “One lady says to me every week, ‘Thank you for allowing …