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Donate to Oregon’s World War II Memorial Foundation

For more than 12 years, the United States has been engaged in the longest sustained war effort in our nation’s history.

Memories of this war are alive and well, particularly as Oregon prepares for a major deployment to Afghanistan in 2014. However, in just a few short years, the memories of another war fought by this country’s Greatest Generation will permanently disappear. There are roughly a million keepers of that war left, but the United States Veterans’ Affairs Administration estimates that 600 soldiers from World War II, now in their 80s and 90s, die every day.

Oregon is one of only a handful of states in the nation with no World War II memorial. Advocates from the Oregon World War II Memorial Foundation are working diligently to fully fund a $1.2 million dollar remembrance to be housed on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol.

Last year, as the project broke ground, the Legislature debated about how to get this funded. Legislators proposed a tax credit to incentivize citizens to donate.

The bill didn’t pass, but that hasn’t stopped Oregonians from around the state from giving generously. As of this week, the Memorial Foundation has just $78,000 left to fund — close enough to the finish line, yet far enough away that our World War II veterans might not live long enough to see the completion of the project.

The holidays are upon us, and in just a few short days shoppers will be combing the mall and clicking links online, searching for perfect gifts. This year, consider making a lasting gift on behalf of a soldier or veteran in your life to Oregon’s World War II Memorial Foundation.

Let’s get this project finished and never forget the sacrifice of those who’ve come before us.

Rep. Julie Parrish

Oregon House District 37

West Linn/Stafford/Tualatin

Things to observe during your holiday visit

The holiday season is a special time of year. Families get together to create happy memories. Frequently, these hopes are disappointed and concerns are raised when families experience noticeable changes in their senior family members.

These times can be especially challenging for the aging family member. Statistically it has been shown that the recognition of mild impairment by the family is often overlooked or disregarded for up to five years.

For that purpose I have noted a few guidelines that might be helpful for all family members.

Note memory lapses — forgetting important names or events — loss of ability to follow and track in conversations, and repeating things said without remembering that the question or story has already been asked or told.

Spouses “covering for each other”— one spouse compensating for the diminished capacity of the other — finishing sentences, answering questions asked of the other.

Medications not being taken correctly and on time. The importance of taking medications as prescribed cannot be emphasized enough; 68 percent of hospital admissions for the elderly are the result of medication mismanagement.

Withdrawing from social interaction, in particular large family gatherings as these are felt to be overwhelming or overstimulating for the seniors with some dementia.

If you observe such changes in elder relatives during your holiday family functions and are concerned for the well-being of your parents or senior loved ones, do not discount these changes or wait until your relatives come to serious harm. We find that too often others don’t wish to interfere or raise concerns. It is a kindness to be involved.

It is our hope that these tips might be useful for you in the support and care of your loved one.

Erin Christ

West Linn

NW Senior Resources, Inc.



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