Cultivate Community, Independence, and Health in Central Oregon

At the Council on Aging, our Meals on Wheels and Community Dining programs are at the heart of our mission to support all Central Oregonians to age well wherever and however they choose. Through our meal delivery programs, community dining, and nutrition education initiatives, we’re making a tangible difference in the lives of aging adults. But with the fiscal…

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Cultivate Community, Independence, and Health in Central Oregon

10 Healthy Habits for Your Brain

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer’s Association has a list of 10 Healthy Habits for Your Brain that can help keep your brain strong into your senior years. This blog reviews scholarly research about each of the 10 tips and suggests resources in Central Oregon to help you follow these guidelines. …

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10 Healthy Habits for Your Brain

Online Safety for Older Adults

Reblogged from engAGED, the National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP and engAGED have created a series of fact sheets about online safety for older adults to provide tips and best practices to safely and securely engage online. The three fact sheets focus on browsing the internet confidently,…

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Online Safety for Older Adults

Get Involved This Medicare Fraud Prevention Week: June 3-9

Reblogged from the Administration for Community LivingBy Rebecca Kinney, Director, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling Each year, Medicare loses an estimated $60 billion due to fraud, errors, and abuse. Fraud happens every day — from charges for supplies that were never received to coercion to share financial information and Medicare numbers. Fraud can happen…

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Get Involved This Medicare Fraud Prevention Week: June 3-9

Eating Healthy on a Budget

By Tracey Connell Living on a fixed income can make meal planning and grocery shopping challenging, and eating healthy on a budget can be incredibly difficult when you must be mindful of your expenses. This article will explore budget-friendly tips and valuable insights to help older adults make informed choices about their diet, optimize their…

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Free Gym Membership and Classes through SilverSneakers

By Tracey Connell Exercise has many benefits, even for those with arthritis, injury recovery, or chronic pain. Physical activity helps increase flexibility, tone muscles, improve mobility and balance, relieve insomnia, and build stronger bones. Staying physically active can also lift your mood and make daily activities easier. With SilverSneakers, eligible individuals can enjoy a plethora…

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Free Gym Membership and Classes through SilverSneakers

Vets with Senior Discounts in Central Oregon

Central Oregonians love their pets and want to give them the best care, which is why vets with senior discounts are a huge blessing for the older adult population in the tri-county. Having a pet helps ease isolation and loneliness, especially for older adults who are homebound. 58% of Meals on Wheels clients live alone,…

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Vets with Senior Discounts in Central Oregon

Exercising with Limited Mobility

By Tracey Connell Regular exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. However, exercising with limited mobility due to an injury, disability, or underlying medical condition can make staying physically active daunting. People with long-term injuries or mobility issues tend to live less active lifestyles, and because of this, it can be even more…

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Exercising with Limited Mobility

Native Plant Gardening in Central Oregon

Central Oregon’s landscape is a magnificent mosaic of high desert plains, towering mountains, and winding rivers. Amidst this rugged beauty live native plant species perfectly adapted to the region’s climate and soil conditions. If gardening in Central Oregon is one of your hobbies, you may want to recreate the region’s natural beauty in your own…

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Native Plant Gardening in Central Oregon

Our Impact in 2023

Central Oregon is no stranger to growth.  Since the Council on Aging of Central Oregon’s founding almost 50 years ago, Central Oregon has experienced a 428% population increase and undergone significant demographic shifts. This rapid growth has created a dynamic and evolving community, but also poses challenges and opportunities for our organization to address the…

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Our Impact in 2023

Alternatives to Walking Your Dog when You’re Disabled

Our furry friends bring joy to our households, but they are also a big responsibility. In general, adult dogs need to be walked for 20-30 minutes each day depending on their age, breed, and health. But that’s not always possible for some pet owners, especially those who face mobility challenges.  As a dog owner with…

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Alternatives to Walking Your Dog when You’re Disabled