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 “We do this by challenging outdated beliefs about it means to age and it’s about sparking new solutions so we can all choose how we live as we age.”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

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 …

— 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 …

— After a 40-year career teaching voice lessons to students of all ages, and with some assistance from small business development guru, Jackie Babicky Peterson, Fay Putnam began Breath is the Answer. Her solopreneur business provides a service that enables her clients to “find their authentic voice.”  Fay uses the Alexander Technique–a process that helps people move more mindfully through life’s everyday activities–which she has studied extensively, to guide individuals through a series of exercises that allow them to become more aware of how they use …

— LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT Hallelujah! Hooray!   Hot-Ziggety-Zag!  Hot-Diggety Dog! Hot Scud Catfish! et al….! What brings on this plethora of expletives of joy? Well, not much materially – but HUGE in its implications. Recall the concept of “person-centered?” Well, a progressive step has been taken by the “provider” of my Long Term Care home. My ALF. Toward that end. “One small step for man. . . “ No.  Not that one. In fact, it was a  non-pedal activity; …

— His name is Myron.  He’s my age.  We’re two babes of the Depression, both born some place within 1933. Myron was a scientist. He worked with other scientists in a government research facility near where we both abide – in an ALF.  At his scientific work place he was surrounded by colleagues. Here at the ALF, he is alone. Myron’s mind is untouched by age.  He could have been a professor: he lets his opinion be known – loudly. He …

—                     VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service (Clackamas, Oregon) — Bob Bruce, AARP Foundation Tax Aide State Coordinator for Oregon announced the organization helped to return more than $52 million dollars back to tax payers, many of whom are seniors or people with lower incomes. “This is a significant economic boost to Oregon’s economy,” Bruce said. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s …

— It’s a universal truth the saying, “Life is what happens where you’re busy making plans.” Before becoming an Encore Entrepreneur, Sunit Rikhi, Founder of Reach for Infinity, LLC, had dedicated thirty-one years at Intel. The type to focus on the here and now, he never gave much thought about doing anything other than the task at hand, which was working on breakthrough technology while developing and managing the projects and teams he oversaw at Intel.   In late 2014, one …

— During the process of buying or making improvements to their forever homes, families don’t always consider the concept of “aging in place,” or having a home that is “user friendly” for family members as they age. Diana Zapata, a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), has incorporated this concept into Zapata Design, the year-old interior design business she started as an Encore Entrepreneur. A long-time freelancer in the field of graphic design, Diana, now 57, had always wanted to be an architect …

— Our Ombudsman left us.  (“Us” are the residents of the ALF I live in.)  She resigned because, in addition to serving as our ALF’s Ombudsman, she had a “day job,”  the job she held to earn a living. You see, working for us aged and disabled is a voluntary activity.  It’s a choice a citizen makes to help the vulnerable in our communities. The Ombudsman advocates for us; we who live our lives out in Long Term Care  or LTC. …