Nobody knows in advance which of us seniors will end up being homebound. It could be those we least expect. The needs of our shut-ins often get marginalized. That may be because our lawmakers seek votes with the “well” elderly in senior centers but have virtually no personal contact with the homebound seniors.April 6, 2018 midnight read more..
Think of some of your best memories. How does it make you feel to remember them? How does it feel when you get to share them? Everyone has a story – probably many more than just one. Yet, a person can go through life and never really feel understood or listened to, even among their family and closest friends.February 3, 2018 4:29 p.m. read more..
Chronologically, John H. Williamson is 76 years old. But not only does he not act like it, he doesn’t feel it. Williamson, better known as Old Man Dancing, even has his moniker stitched colorfully on his cap.December 1, 2017 6:25 p.m. read more..
“Get off your lazy behind and do it.” That’s Eugene Boyce’s advice for anyone not actively managing their diabetes. Boyce, 70, used to be among their ranks. A former truck driver, Boyce knew for years that his blood sugars were high but didn’t want to think about taking insulin.November 4, 2017 7:49 p.m. read more..
When John Horne greeted his bride at the altar to exchange wedding vows 59 years ago, neither he nor his beloved Joan knew with any certainty whether theirs would be a “happily ever after” romance.September 15, 2017 2:50 p.m. read more..
When a 92-year-old patient of mine came to my office to discuss end-of-life wishes, he already had an idea to ensure that his plans would be respected. He said he would have “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed on his chest in large letters so when paramedics came to revive him, they would see the message and stop their efforts.September 5, 2017 3 p.m. read more..
We all know we’re getting older, don’t we? After all, it’s hard not to wake up in the morning and realize you’re a day older. The physical changes become more obvious, and there are mental changes as well — it can be depressing. Eugene’s Emily Rice, 62, and Nancy Sawtelle, 60, have been helping women navigate these changes through a series of “conscious aging” workshops, which focus on the mental and spiritual aspects of the aging process.August 25, 2017 10:36 a.m. read more..
Archer Captioning fills a special niche in providing services for individuals who are deaf or hard-of -hearing.July 20, 2017 8:36 p.m. read more..
This spring, teaching artists from Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program (ETP) embarked on an entirely new type of project.July 11, 2017 5:58 p.m. read more..
Meals on Wheels People will deliver more than 1,000 hot turkey dinners to homebound seniors on Thanksgiving Day. The organization will also host community Thanksgiving Dinners at several locations in the Portland metro area.November 4, 2016 10:43 a.m. read more..