senior citizens

Stay-At-Home Grandmoms: Project Independence

Dec 18, 2014
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Oregon started Project Independence nearly 40 years ago, to help senior citizens stay in their homes, relatively independent. 

The aging of society will undoubtedly put new pressures on the program, but it just got an infusion of cash from the state legislature. 

State Senator Alan Bates is one of the champions of the program. 

Elder Abuse Numbers Climb In Oregon

Nov 20, 2014

Elder abuse numbers continue to rise in Oregon. 

It is true that the senior population is growing as well, but the abuse trend is still cause for concern. 

Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigation watches the trends and the cases. 

Back To The Dorms For Senior Citizens

Oct 1, 2014
The Cohousing Company

A lot of us did just fine living in dormitories in college. 

But as we got older, the appeal of living so close to other people diminished. 

And then… kids move out and people slow down (and don't want to cook dinner so often). 

Cohousing for seniors is a concept catching on all over the country. 

Tracking Senior Financial Exploitation

Sep 22, 2014
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We've been hearing for some time about how people take financial advantage of vulnerable senior citizens. 

And it's more than anecdote, it's demonstrable fact. 

Oregon now has back-to-back year-long reports on senior financial exploitation, and the latest shows a rise in incidents from the year before. 

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The simple existence of the Baby Boom Generation means we will have more senior citizens over the next few decades. 

And it will take some innovative programs to deliver services to all the seniors and people with disabilities who will need them. 

The Oregon Department of Human Services is trying to spur some of that innovation by funding pilot projects. 

Keeping Gray Matter Sharp In Golden Years

Mar 6, 2014

"School is out completely!"  Alice Cooper sang that more than four decades ago, and a few people took the words seriously. 

But whether we seek education or not, we're still learning things as we live, and the process helps keep aging brains supple. 

Getting Busy AFTER Retirement

Feb 17, 2014

Some people think of retirement as a set of sunny years playing lots of golf. 

Some other people might find that concept of retirement to be something straight out of hell. 

Helping Seniors Stay Secure

Feb 5, 2014
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It behooves us to think ahead to the days when we are not as sharp mentally as we once were.

When you think about it, how will we know we are not being taken advantage of? 

ICE A Cell Phone For Winter

Jan 16, 2014

Mild as it's been so far, there's a lot of winter ahead of us. 

We can expect snow and rain and ice and ICE. 

Prep For The Later Years: Vital Aging

Nov 14, 2013
Wikimedia/Garry Knight

Even people born close to the end of the Baby Boom are receiving offers of membership in AARP. 

The organization will likely swell in members in the coming years. 

Elder Abuse-The Financial Kind

Nov 13, 2013

The term "elder abuse" is one of those that can raise hackles the moment you hear it. 

Yes, there are examples of physical and emotional abuse.

Meet The Authors: "How To Age In Place"

Sep 16, 2013
Wikimedia/Garry Knight

Call it a senior center or an "old folks' home," few people want to go there to live out the remaining days of their lives, no matter how comfortable.

Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes, a process called aging in place.