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News Briefs: February 2013

Join other adults in a VIEWS Conversation on Aging

The Portland-area nonprofit organization VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-Being of Seniors) offers the following free Conversations on Aging during February. Older adults are invited to participate, talk about some of their concerns, and receive resources and ideas.

  • Learning from Grief and Loss — Wednesday, Feb. 13, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego. Grief is normal, but it can be more difficult as you age, and the losses seem to come all the time. Learn how losses can affect your sense of self as well as your health. Learn various ways of coping with loss and grief. Call the community center at 503-635-3758 to register.

  • Bridging Life Transitions — Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1:30-3 p.m. at Friendly House, 1737 N.W. 26th Ave., Portland Everyone’s life includes transitions. As older adults, we want to manage these transitions effectively while remaining as independent as possible. Explore ways to cope using a lifetime of strengths and learned skills. Call VIEWS at 503-261-6175 to register.

  • Learning from Grief and Loss — Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2-3:30 p.m. at Silvercrest, 1865 N.E. Davis St., Portland. See above for program description. Call Silvercrest at 503-236-3208 to register.

    Boomers reveals true stories of ‘Being a Stupid Kid’

    Remember that crazy stuff you did that you never told your parents about? Well, the secrets of several dozen baby boomers are now out there for everyone to read in a new collection of real-life stories titled “Not Your Mother’s Book ... On Being a Stupid Kid.”

    That’s the lead title in a new anthology series for adults created by Dahlynn and Ken McKowen and Laurel McHargue. “Not Your Mother’s Book” includes original stories contributed by 59 authors from all over the United States and Canada, including two Oregon residents. The story subjects range from deep dark secrets to wild nights out, some of them with language and situations akin to a PG-13 or TV-14 rating.

    James Butler of Portland wrote two stories: “Farm Kids, Barns and Ropes” (the summary is described as “Hay loft, rope, little sister. What else could go wrong?”) and “Farm Olympics” (“The need for speed is redefined when it comes to the Olympic farm sport of ‘cow skiing’”).

    And from Joseph Bandolas of Eugene there’s “Snake Boy,” a tale of snakes, little boys and a terrified family cornered with no way to escape.

    For more information about the book, visit www.PublishingSyndicate.com.

    Volunteers build garden beds for low-income older adults

    Elders in Action, in partnership with Housing Authority of Clackamas County and Hands on Greater Portland, took part in the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 18 by building much-needed new garden beds at Hillside Manor, a 100-unit nine-story housing unit within Milwaukie’s Hillside Park that is exclusively for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

    The event’s goal was to provide increased opportunities for healthy living for older adults and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy by joining others from across the county participating in MLK’s national day of service.

    Elders in Action’s volunteers and employees from Tokyo Electron America Inc., a major manufacturer of semiconductor production equipment based in Hillsboro, built five above-ground beds as well as five in-ground beds. There is a long wait list of residents who would like to garden but can’t because they don’t have enough space.

    Elders in Action is a nonprofit organization working to assure a vibrant community through the active involvement in communities in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. For more information, visit www.eldersinaction.org.

    Oregon City seniors group named one of nation’s top nonprofits

    The Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County in Oregon City has received the prestigious “2012 Top-Rated Award” from Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

    The award was based on the large number of positive reviews that the council received from its volunteers, donors and clients. People wrote about their personal experience with the nonprofit group. The reviews are posted at greatnonprofits.org.

    For example, one person wrote in part: “There is not another program in Oregon that even comes close to advocating for and assisting seniors. Without this program, many seniors and senior’s families would be left to fend for themselves.”

    Founded in 1972, the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County provides services, not available anywhere else, for home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated individuals. Its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

    The council charges a small fee for its services to those who can afford it. Many of its clients are low income and receive services at no cost from the Council, which relies heavily on donations and grants to fund its work.

    More information about the council is posted at seniorcouncilofclackamasco.org.