It’s lunchtime on a sunny Friday afternoon and Linda Schellenberg waits anxiously for her “guests” to arrive. Soon, Mary Ellen comes into the room at Salem’s Center 50+, sits down at a table and requests a cup of coffee.
In 1819, Donald McKenzie was exploring the Snake River for the Hudson’s Bay Company when he came to its confluence with another river. Unsure of its origin, he sent three members of his fur trapping expedition to further explore the river. They never returned.
Bo Russel has carried the personal impacts of the Vietnam War for years. His wife Judy says when she first met Bo more than 30 years ago, he was experiencing severe post-traumatic stress disorder which, even today, can keep him awake at night or cause him to be hypervigilant when he’s out and about.
Portland has a big heart — thanks in part to the efforts of Alain Bally. For the past 10 years, he has devoted thousands of hours as a volunteer, believing it builds “social capital.”
Officer Craig Seibel loves teaching youth how to make good choices and stay safe. In fact, the senior officer with the Salem Police Department has taught more than 16,000 students since 2002 through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, earning him the 2018 D.A.R.E. America Daryl F. Gates Lifetime Achievement Award.
I’m dreaming of a faux Christmas — at least when it comes to the tree. Many older adults who spent years putting up a real tree now are opting to go with an artificial one. Their reasons vary, but convenience and longevity top the list.
It’s a scene that almost has to be seen to be believed. Running from the Palouse near Spokane to the fertile Willamette Valley, the model Mount Hood Railroad serves an area rich in timber and agricultural products.
Master music teacher Raphael Spiro died nearly 20 years ago, but his legend continues to inspire his former students. “He was one of our greatest influences,” says Sharon Eng, who plays viola. “He was the master teacher in Oregon. All professional musicians still alive today were his students for viola and violin.”
In the past 35 years, Northwest Boomer and Senior News has seen some changes. Personnel come and go. Sometimes locations change. Even the business name changes. Such has been the case for Northwest Boomer and Senior News. Now, we’re about to undergo one of our biggest changes ever.
On Oct. 1, 2017, Leslie Lee heard the news of a shooting in Las Vegas that killed 59 people and wounded hundreds more. “I ignored it,” she says. “I felt I couldn’t take one more piece of bad news.” When she went to the gym, everyone around her was talking about what had happened. Lee was appalled at her own indifferent reaction.
Marion County veterans now have a local resource that also serves as an intermediary between veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
When Carl Arden Hinds envisioned opening a music school, he thought about what would have appealed to him as a 16-year-old musician: A place where students not only could hone their playing and writing skills, but also rehearse together, learn how to record tunes and perform live with a group.
Two Salem senior centers are taking steps to help the homeless and less-fortunate in their communities. “We still have two or three individuals who look for homeless coming for lunch at our Marion-Polk Food Share lunches,” says Donna Avina, president of South Salem Senior Center. “For quite a while after the homeless camp on Commercial near us was broken up, we had a number, mostly men. Most of these people are gone now, because we heard they broke up the two camps these groups had set up.
Read a good book lately? Even techies like to read a good book once in a while, and libraries, book stores, book publishers, even online sites such as Goodreads.com, meetup.com and Facebook, provide outlets to discuss the written word.
The Contreras family owns a small bakery but bakes traditional Mexican goodies with a big heart. “We love what we do,” says Maria Contreras, who runs Pilos Mexican Bakery in Corvallis with her parents, Celestino Contreras Padilla and Marcelina Lopez de Contreras, and brother Alberto Contreras.
When your whole world is just a bed and a few personal items, a bouquet of lovely flowers can make your day. Heidi Berkman discovered that fact when caring for her stepmother’s mother in her final days. She remembers how the mood indoors often matched the gloomy January weather outside. There was no sun to fill her stepmother’s condominium, and little to perk up her disposition.
Like most teens in the mid-1960s, Robert Santelli found himself glued to the television as Ed Sullivan introduced the Beatles. And, like so many, it was a life-changing experience. On that day — Feb. 9, 1964 — 12-year-old Santelli made an emphatic decision – he would be a musician.
Every Saturday since 1970, rain or shine, vendors have set up booths to sell their wares in downtown Eugene. Little did Lotte Streisinger, founder of The Saturday Market, know that 48 years later her idea would have such staying power. It’s now the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the United States.
Reduce at home, at work and on the go. Since waste reduction is the highest priority in the solid waste hierarchy, Marion County Environmental Services reminds the community that it’s much better – and less expensive – to not generate waste in the first place than to have to recycle or dispose of it afterward.
Kyle Isaacs and Lori Killen Aus are part of a growing breed of mobile dental care providers who actually pack up their dental tools and come to their patients — from the home to the hospital and even to senior care facilities.
In 1912, aviation pioneer Silas Christofferson settled into his Curtiss-type Pusher airplane and, in an audacious move, took off from the roof of downtown Portland’s Multnomah Hotel, cruising across the Columbia River to the Vancouver Barracks.
Retirement for Chrissie Forbes meant the end of teaching, but it opened the door to a colorful new beginning as an artist. This avid artist explores color on canvas and creativity with found objects, especially her “robot art.”
Are you prepared for any emergency that could threaten your health and safety? Are you ready to help others in your neighborhood in case of a disaster?
“Slow down” are two words Alice Carter does not keep in her verbal dictionary. “I like being very active,” says the 88-year-old, who finished two years of Peace Corps service last year. “The Peace Corps is a good way for seniors to serve in a meaningful way, making connections of a good kind with another country and its citizens.”
What form of exercise equals walking five miles in a single evening, but packed with more fun, health and social benefits?
Do you remember newsreels before movies, Blackjack chewing gum, roller skate keys, Butch wax, party lines, and cereal with prizes in the box? Did your mom buy her groceries at a particular grocery store just to get that free dinner plate? Did the groceries come with an added bonus – S&H Green Stamps?
Financial donations from women have made possible an early scientific discovery that could have an impact on Alzheimer’s research. It brings new hope to the fight against this and related diseases wreaking havoc on those with memory loss. Dementia has emerged as one of the great medical challenges of our time.
For some older adults, the connectivity of personal computers, smartphones and Facebook changed their lives for the better. According to AARP, 76 percent of adults over age 50 own a desktop, laptop or tablet. Those aged 65 and younger, and those with higher incomes, are more likely to have access to the internet at home, as well as have a device and consistently use it.
Greenhill Humane Society runs two shelters — the smaller 1st Avenue Shelter, and the larger one, commonly known as Greenhill, on Green Hill Road in west Eugene. Greenhill staff does a great job of keeping the facility clean and inviting to the public, and as comfortable for the animals as possible. But the facility was built in the 1950s with very little updating over the years.
Andrea and Curtis Ryun sold their boat and bought a recreational vehicle, so they could have a fun vacation without worrying about where to stay or what to eat.
Sheila Hamilton is an Emmy Award-winning radio personality who hosts shows on KINK-FM and KXL. She was recently voted Oregon’s best radio personality. But there’s a lot more to Hamilton than what you hear on the radio. She should be voted “most able to cope with life’s sudden crises.”
Many people consider pets to be part of the family. For a terminally-ill person who needs hospice care, that pet remains a great concern and a critical need.
Dave Lemberg doesn’t remember how old he was when he first saw a commercial for TV Magic Cards, but he certainly recollects how it made him feel. He was so excited that the cards went straight on his Christmas wish list, and the eventual gift launched a lifelong interest in magic tricks. Lemberg grew up in southwest Washington and eventually became a teacher. Early in his career, he attended a convention where a presenter used magic tricks to teach science.
For many people, the start of a new year is a time to leave some habits behind and face the upcoming year with fresh motivation and a set of new commitments. For those living with a chronic disease or chronic pain, it can be hard to escape the daily challenges. The good news is, regardless of the type of illness, you can build skills and confidence for managing your health, staying active and enjoying your life.
Celebrating your birthday never goes out of style. “I don’t think there’s ever an age to stop celebrating,” says Dawn Keeney, owner of Unforgettable Service and Events. “Every birthday that you’re alive is a reason to celebrate.”
Oregon’s labor market is doing great. “Jobs are being added at a very good rate,” says Nick Beleiciks, a state employment economist with the Oregon Employment Department. “In fact, Oregon has been adding jobs faster than the nation since 2013. The unemployment rate this year is the lowest it’s been in 40 years, which is as far back as comparative figures exist. These are signs that Oregon’s economy is doing well.”
According to “60 Minutes” journalist Leslie Stahl, the crowning achievement of her life wasn’t her four decades of reporting, covering news from the White House or interviewing heads of state. It was becoming a grandmother.
Think knitting is just something your grandma used to do? Not so, says Jackie Howard Kraybill, owner of Northwest Wools in Portland. She believes a resurgence in knitting may be due to the unsettling times in which we live.
The office of the Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman needs more volunteers to advocate for residents living in retirement facilities, adult foster care homes, and more.
It’s a Sunday morning at Unleashed Community Church in Eugene. Members of the congregation start arriving and find their seats.
It turns out, Silver Falls State Park is a great place to birdwatch. “American Dippers at the waterfalls, a sheer abundance of Wilson’s Warbler and Pacific Wren and Red-breasted Sapsuckers just about everywhere,” says Steve Shunk, owner and lead guide of Paradise Birding. “You can catch the morning songs of the Varied Thrush and Swainson’s Thrush, and just being in the temperate rainforest habitat is invigorating.”
Like a torchbearer, the Clark County Historical Society and Museum has been at the forefront of keeping the southwest Washington county’s past alive for decades.
Do you know that honeybees travel about 55,000 miles and gather nectar from approximately two million blossoms just to make one pound of honey? Honeybees have been around for some 30 million years, and are one of the most important pollinators in Oregon agriculture, increasing crop yields and producing better produce, according to reports from beekeepers.
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