The Red Cross Now Offering Free Virtual Home Fire Safety Education

The Red Cross Now Offering Free Virtual Home Fire Safety Education

The number one disaster threat to homes and families isn’t a dreaded Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. It’s not torrential rains and massive flooding.  It’s not even a colossal freeway pileup. Instead, it’s a tiny spark – that leads to a flame – that leads to a fire – a home fire.  One that destroys possessions, displaces people,…

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Making Housing Age-Friendly for Older Adults

Making Housing Age-Friendly for Older Adults

A choice of dwellings and the ability to retain independent living are priorities as we age. Affordable housing ranks high on the list. A case study from the U.K. indicated that 76% of the homes were owner-occupied, reaffirming that most retirees would rather live in their own homes than move to a retirement community. This…

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The Value of One, The Power of Many. Thank you, Council on Aging Volunteers!

The Value of One, The Power of Many. Thank you, Council on Aging Volunteers!

The National Volunteer Week theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals.  It’s an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, build stronger communities, and be a force that transforms the…

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Quarantine Diaries: Spotlight on Jean Stevens

Quarantine Diaries: Spotlight on Jean Stevens

Volunteer and Advisory Council chair, Miss Jean Stevens, has put down roots in Bend for the past 14 years. As a very private, solitary person, the COVID-19 stay-at-home order adjustment for Jean wasn’t as hard as it has been for others. “People who are creative and curious are going to handle [isolation] a lot easier…

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New Program: Caring Connections

New Program: Caring Connections

Seniors are at the highest risk of developing more serious illness from COVID-19 and are being asked to be the most vigilant about social distancing. But, with our new Caring Connections program, loneliness doesn’t have to be a side effect of COVID-19. Caring Connections matches volunteers with tri-county seniors who would appreciate a weekly phone…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available to Ages 75+

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available to Ages 75+

We have great news! Starting today, Central Oregon residents who are 75 and older are eligible to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. You can schedule your appointment now, online or by phone.  There is no out-of-pocket cost to attend this clinic. The vaccine is available by appointment only. …

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