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"A home."  That short phrase, uttered by senior citizens, is not a pleasant concept. 

The majority of senior citizens would rather live their later years in their own houses, not "a home." 

The national Senior Companion program pairs seniors who need some assistance at home--their own homes--with other seniors who are prepared to help. 

And the Lane County Senior Companion program is seeking volunteers. 

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Meredith Maran had a pretty sweet life as a free-lance writer. 

Then, in a rather short window of time, she lost her best friend, her marriage and her life savings. 

So, at age 60, she started over: new city, new job, new friends, new lovers. 

She shows off her new life in the memoir The New Old Me

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No one really relishes making plans for their care when they are old and infirm. 

And that's just the problem: not enough people plan for the possibility that they will need assistance late in life. 

Sharon Johnson makes the case for planning, both in her newspaper column "Healthy Aging" and in her work as executive director of Age-Friendly Innovators

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Maybe your phone rings in the evening, and you don't recognize the number in caller ID. 

So you pick up, only to hear some robo-call voice warning you that there could be a problem with your health or your safety or your money. 

If you're over the age of 50, that could be why you get such calls. 

A profusion of scams targets seniors, and Indra Nicholas from Home Instead Senior Care in the Rogue Valley has heard of most of them. 

Nursing Homes Due To Close On North Coast

Oct 14, 2016
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It's hard enough to consider life in a nursing home; the prospect of other people having to take care of us is not comforting. 

And the prospect of leaving home is that much worse when it potentially includes leaving the community entirely. 

But that may loom for Humboldt County seniors, as three nursing homes make plans to close in the near future. 

Linda Stansberry has been covering the issue in the North Coast Journal

Keeping Life Fresh For Lower-Income Seniors

Oct 3, 2016
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All the experts on aging say we should be engaged in interesting activities when our working days are done, to help prolong life. 

Which sounds swell, unless income is an obstacle to getting into activities. 

The non-profit EngAGE, "The Art of Active Aging,"  offers activities to low- and moderate-income seniors in Southern California, and just recently in Portland. 

Getting Old In New Ways

Mar 30, 2016
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We get plenty of books about seniors and living life well in our later years.  But getting one from an architect is something different. 

Matthias Hollwich's training and age combined to start him thinking about the structures designed for seniors--like nursing homes--and think he could do better. 

So he laid out his ideas in the book New Aging, ideas that range far beyond architecture and construction. 

What It Means To Get "OLD?!"

Mar 9, 2016
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"I hope I die before I get old," The Who sang in their early years.  We're happy to report that both singer and songwriter are still with us, and in their seventies. 

But their former declaration is evidence of society's profoundly complicated feelings about aging. 

The feelings are explored further in the documentary film OLD?!, which brings together the musings on aging of dozens of people of widely varying ages. 

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Isolation is a major concern for older people. 

Having friends move away or die can often leave seniors with few people to talk to on a regular basis. 

And there's evidence that isolation leads to depression. 

The evidence is collected and amplified by a new survey that shows depressive symptoms increase as face-to-face contacts with other people decrease. 

Oregon Health & Science University's Dr. Alan Teo, an assistant professor of psychiatry, is the lead author of the study. 

Livability And Mobility In An Aging America

Sep 21, 2015
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The graying of America means changes in some of society's infrastructure. 

Because more people will choose to age-in-place in their own homes, AND they will need transportation to get around town. 

So it should come as no surprise that AARP maintains a focus on transportation and livability. 

Jana Lynott is a senior advisor in AARP's Public Policy Institute. 

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When you've got concerns about the treatment of a child, you call the state child welfare agency.

When you've got concerns about an older adult in long-term care in Oregon, you call the office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman

The office--one of many across the country--investigates everything from physical abuse to bad food in long-term care facilities, and volunteers power the program. 

Nursing Home "Shutout" In Humboldt County

Jul 20, 2015
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Moving an older family member into a nursing home is hard enough.

In Humboldt County, it's nearly impossible at the moment for families receiving MediCal, the state's version of Medicaid. 

And the North Coast Journal says it's not because there's not enough space... it's because the company that owns the majority of the skilled nursing facilities wants more money per patient from the state. 

"Ashland At Home" Studied By National Group

Feb 23, 2015
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The phrase "it takes a village" refers to the raising of children. 

But "villages" is also the term used for an approach to caring for the oldest members of society. 

Ashland At Home uses the village concept to help seniors stay in their homes later in life. 

And the program is now the focus of a national study on the effectiveness of villages. 

Connecting To Services For Seniors/Disabilities

Feb 19, 2015
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The aging of the population probably means more people using Oregon's ADRC in the coming years. 

ADRC, the Aging and Disability Resource Connection, provides a gateway to many services available to seniors and people with disabilities. 

A person or caregiver just beginning to deal with new issues related to aging or a disability can easily be overwhelmed with the situation... and the many choices for remedying it. 

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
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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
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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
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"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. 

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