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Boomer writer's first published novel proof that practice makes perfect

Boomer writer's first published novel proof that practice makes perfect

It took 18 years of persistent writing, with loads of rejections from publishers along the way....

Freedom Summer, 50 years later

Freedom Summer, 50 years later

In 1964, a civil rights and voting campaign drew young volunteers to Mississippi; the experience...

Fitness classes for seniors - and their chronic conditions

Fitness classes for seniors - and their chronic conditions

Exercise should be fun, whatever your age, instructor says It took more than two decades of...

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August 07, 2014

On a plane to Louisville, a chance encounter withfresh-faced…

by Candy Puterbaugh
Life Lines: Candy Puterbaugh Your seatmate can make or break a plane flight. That was reinforced recently when I flew to Louisville, Ky. The Portland-Chicago part was the breaker when a big man…
August 05, 2014

Women and Social Security

by Alan Edwards
Social Security News: Alan Edwards Women’s Equality Day is Aug. 26, and this is the perfect time to remind you how much Social Security values and appreciates women. Even though men and women…
August 04, 2014

'Because I said so!' (and you thought you'd never say this to…

by Joe Bushue
The Bright Side: Joe Bushue It happens before you know it. Even though you said you would never do it, you start repeating the phrases that you were told when you’re a child, and swore you would…
August 02, 2014

The anatomy of a FICO score

by Judith McGee
True Wealth: Judith McGee If you’ve ever purchased a home, bought or leased an automobile, rented an apartment or applied for a job, you can be assured that someone has checked into your FICO…
August 01, 2014

Views Conversations: August 2014

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The nonprofit senior counseling organization VIEWS will host the following Conversations on Aging during August. Older adults are invited to join these free conversations with their peers to…
by: BARBARA SHERMAN - BLAZING A NEW TRAIL - Velda Metelmann tries on her cap and gown for the first time in anticipation of her graduation ceremony at Marylhurst University.
August 01, 2014

The graduate:Velda Metelmann at 91 earns a master's degree

by Barbara Sherman
Velda Metelmann just earned her master's degree at age 91 in only three years, which was a speed record considering she took 67 years to finish her sophomore year in college: Velda entered…
August 01, 2014

News briefs: August 2014

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Volunteer to become a VIEWS senior peer counselor VIEWS is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides free senior peer counseling to older adults in the Portland area. These volunteers…
August 01, 2014

Computer classes: August 2014

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LO Computer Learning Center The Computer Learning Center at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., offers the following classes in August, open to all ages. Call 503-635-3758 or…
August 01, 2014

Start exploring Medicare before you turn 65

by Jason Alderman
Practical Money Matters: Jason Alderman Each day, approximately 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 — and thereby become eligible for Medicare. But becoming eligible for and actually enrolling in…
July 31, 2014

August Calendar

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Calendar items for September are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 15. Email listings to editor@boomnw.com. 1 Beaverton First Friday, "Cruisin' Broadway" — Friday, Aug. 1, registration begins at 4 p.m., car…

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Jul 31, 2014

IRCO events: August 2014

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The nonprofit IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization) Senior Services offers the following support groups and other events at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.…
Jul 08, 2014

Join a VIEWS Conversation on Aging in July

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The nonprofit senior counseling organization VIEWS will host the following Conversations on Aging during July. Older adults are invited to join these free conversations with their peers to talk…
by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LINDA STARR - Laura O. Foster leads occasional walking tours of the Portland area. The author of five guidebooks for urban explorers lists stairways as among her favorite sites.
Jul 08, 2014

Laura O. Foster leads the way in Portland-area walks

by Janie L. Nafsinger
Laura O. Foster does not get in a hurry when she takes a walk. She strolls at a leisurely pace, soaking up the sights and sounds around her, pausing to admire a front-yard garden or ponder an…
by: PHOTO: JIM CLARK/PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Ruth Fisher loves her job as a caregiver for Home Instead Senior Care's Multnomah/Clackamas County franchise. Caregiver training sessions are held regularly at the franchise office in Northeast Portland; Susie Simon (in background) is the training doll used.
Jul 08, 2014

Caregiving a labor of love for more than just family

by Janie L. Nafsinger
Paid caregivers such as Ruth Fisher fill a growing need as demand explodes with our aging population If you’re hiring caregivers, ask yourself: “Would I trust them with my mom?” That’s the…
by: PHOTO: MERRY MACKINNON - Attorney and SAGE Founder Ward Greene and SAGE Executive Director Steve Higgs seek to improve life for future generations by engaging the volunteer efforts of older adults.
Jul 08, 2014

Seniors: Here's a chance to make life better for future…

by Merry MacKinnon
Senior Advocates for Generational Equity needs your talent and expertise A managing partner at Portland commercial law firm Greene & Markley P.C., bankruptcy attorney Ward Greene is not a…
Jul 08, 2014

Will your money last for your lifetime?

by Judith McGee
True Wealth: Judith McGee A wise man once said, “Do not regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.” While that may be sage advice, aging is a fact of life, one which we will regret…
by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Joan Albertson and fellow volunteer Marc Willis use a GPD Gator to travel the Springwater Corridor Trail.
Jul 08, 2014

Volunteer works to bridge the gap in understanding

by Anne Endicott
For Gresham's Joan Albertson, it's all about trust and confidence in her city's law enforcement It’s always refreshing to stumble across someone who doesn’t subscribe to convention. Joan…
Jul 08, 2014

July 2014 calendar

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Calendar items for July are due by 5 p.m. July 15. Email listings to editor@boomnw.com. 1 Brooklyn Rail Yard exhibit — New exhibit continues through the end of 2014, Oregon Rail Heritage Center,…
Jul 08, 2014

Savvy money-saving tips for seniors

by Jason Alderman
Money Matters: Jason Alderman We all love a good bargain, no matter what our age. But if you’re a senior citizen on a fixed income, finding discounted goods and services can mean the difference…
Photo Credit: PHOTO: ANNIE LINDEKUGEL/ANNIES SWEET PEA PHOTOGRAPHY - Mary Valentine (left) and Debra Millegan (right) attended Cirque du Hope, the May 9 benefit for Parkinsons Resources of Oregon.
Jul 08, 2014

News briefs: July 2014

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Parkinson’s of Oregon benefit raises more than $230,000 Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon’s fifth annual dinner and auction, “Cirque du Hope,” raised more than $230,000 for the organization. The…