— My wheelchair and I have spent over a decade together. Wait a moment. That’s not quite true. Since a cushion first accepted my butt upon which to repose and with which to travel, I have had two wheelchairs, five cushions – and two backs. I highlight the backs because my new one, with curved sides to deter my dextroscoliosis, cost five hundred dollars or so.   A spendy assemblage, but consider: I spend all my waking hours in my chair. How …

— As the election season heats up, AARP Oregon is asking members what questions they’d like to hear gubernatorial candidates answer on camera. AARP will use some of the questions in a video voter guide for the governor’s race. Possible topics include long-term care, respite for family caregivers, fraud, elder abuse, access to health care, affordable housing, streets that are safe and navigable for everyone, age discrimination and the influence of money in politics. To suggest a question for candidates, go …

— AARP Oregon is set to kick off the second year of NeighborWalks  in Lane County at 10 a.m. on June 9, at the Home2 Suites, 102 W. 11th in Eugene. NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program by AARP Oregon, SmartTrips Eugene and the Lane Transportation District’s Point-to-Point. The goal is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community. Walks will take place in neighborhoods around Eugene and Springfield. Each walk is developed and guided …

—   Show your appreciation of a great volunteer by nominating him or her for the 2018 AARP Oregon Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP’s most prestigious Oregon volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. The Andrus Award is AARP’s highest honor, given to an individual who embodies the principles of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.  While her name does not carry the instant recognition that …

— Join AARP, Pride NW, SAGE Metro PDX and Portland Community College QRC for an evening of celebration of generations! Let’s celebrate our history and those who laid the foundation for our progress as well as witness and elevate the stories and passion of a new generation. May 31, 2018 | 6-8pm PCC Cascade | SU 204 5575 N Albina Avenue, Portland   We will be kicking off a year-long intergenerational community connection initiative and we want your thoughts and ideas!  Now more than ever, our stories matter, …

— In 2018, the fourth  season of NeighborWalks begins in June! We excited about the fabulous walks we have planned. One exciting thing this year is that we are expanding our walks to include Clackamas and Washington counties! NeighborWalks volunteers across the metro area have been busy working out the details of the neighborhoods and destinations where we will be walking and reaching out to community groups and local partners to come join us and enrich our walk experience. Be sure to …

— AARP Oregon is kicking off a statewide listening tour this spring to hear from Oregonians 50+ about their communities. The Age-Friendly Oregon: Building Communities for All Ages Listening Tour will include stops in twelve Oregon communities between March and June 2018. In each community, AARP staff and volunteer leaders will be host a public community conversation designed to hear from 50+ Oregonian about their communities, their priorities and aspirations for a livable and age-friendly Oregon. Join the Age-Friendly Oregon Movement! AARP …

— “Which shoes,” the caregiver asks? We have come to the final step in getting me dressed. I’ve engaged in this morning ritual for twelve years with many diverse caregivers. Before I became disabled in 2005, and compelled to live the ALF life, (Assisted Living Facililty) I’ve had many decades of putting on and tying my own shoes.  I’ve also had over fifty years of putting on and tying the tiny shoes of twelve children. So, I had pre-conceived notions of what …

— By Lynne Terry Geneva Craig had just crossed the bridge in Selma, Ala., when police charged the largely African American crowd of civil rights marchers. They swung whips and billy clubs, some wrapped in barbed wire. The marchers knew they’d face force that day. They didn’t care. They were marching for their voting rights. “I expected to die that day.” Craig was among 600 marchers on March 7, 1965, a day called “Bloody Sunday” because so many people were beaten. …

— Lying in bed, in that hazy state of semi-waking and sleeping, I turn my head toward the digital clock on the nightstand, and inwardly struggle to decide what to do. It’s 6:10 in the morning.  I force a decision: with aching body and an ugh! I kick the blanket off my legs, painfully slide to the edge of the bed, and with my only useful arm, and grasp the side rail. I remind myself I’m 85 and not as strong as I …