How Our Social Security System Unfolded: It’s Quite a Story

How Our Social Security System Unfolded: It’s Quite a Story

It all started with the Great Depression in the 1930s, which left more than half of the people in the U.S. unable to provide for themselves. The depression brought about the crumbling of the stock market and the disappearance of retirement savings for many senior American citizens. As a result, Social Security was implemented as…

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National Senior Citizens Day, August 21st

National Senior Citizens Day, August 21st

It was 1988, when, through Proclamation 5847, Ronald Reagan deemed August 21st the day America would celebrate seniors. Over 30 years later, as older people live longer, healthier, and more productive, the cause for celebration is more appropriate than ever. Reagan intended National Senior Citizens Day to be a time to give back to older…

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Senior Isolation and Loneliness. An Epidemic of Pandemic Proportions

Senior Isolation and Loneliness. An Epidemic of Pandemic Proportions

As we age, the inevitable happens. Friends and relatives pass away. Social circles become smaller. Married couples lose a spouse. Physical limitations limit activities when an aging adult can no longer drive, has mobility issues, hearing difficulties, or trouble following a conversation. Anyone of these scenarios can leave an older adult feeling very lonely and…

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Bob Bailey, Information  & Resources Specialist, Is Your Answer Man

Bob Bailey, Information & Resources Specialist, Is Your Answer Man

Over the course of our life time, our circumstances are likely to change. Information, answers to questions, and access to resources aren’t always easy to obtain. That’s where Bob Bailey comes in. As our Information and Resource Specialist, he’s always happy to help answer inquiries from an aging adult, their caregivers, or concerned children. Bob…

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Building Our Future

Building Our Future

Our Senior Services Center is planned to be the home to a new generation of inclusive, age-friendly services that can meet the needs of a rapidly changing and aging Central Oregon.  As the provider of services for older adults in Central Oregon for 45 years, we are thrilled to be working to create a new…

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10 Ways To Stay Entertained And Busy During COVID-19

10 Ways To Stay Entertained And Busy During COVID-19

With self-isolation as the new normal, you may be missing your usual outings with family, bridge games, religious services, book clubs, or casual social visits and other ways you like to be entertained.   That makes staying entertained while staying safe at home is now more important than ever. Here we’ve shared dozens of suggestions adapted…

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Inclusiveness for an Aging Population

Inclusiveness for an Aging Population

(Image Courtesy of Larrygrams) Americans are living longer than ever before. Thanks to advances in healthcare technologies we have increased the life expectancy by an average of roughly 30 years since 1900. Considering a person in Oregon lives until they are approximately 79.5 and the average age of retirement is 66, this leaves 13.5 golden…

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Age Friendly Communities: Transportation

Age Friendly Communities: Transportation

Welcome to our second issue on Age-friendly cities. Last time we discussed Outdoor Spaces and Buildings and now we are digging into Transportation. Even if you have lots of inviting parks near you, it doesn’t matter if you can’t get there on time. As we age, accomplishing daily tasks like driving and parking may become…

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Commitment to Equality and Diversity

The Council on Aging of Central Oregon is committed to valuing and helping people—all people—as they age. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we’re doing everything possible to ensure that older adults have the provisions and services they need to remain safely in their homes. We are also acutely aware of another, ongoing and longstanding issue: racism…

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Age-Friendly Communities: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

Age-Friendly Communities: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

In 2007 the World Health Organization released its report Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide, in which it details specific criteria for Outdoor Spaces and buildings. Both of these are vital as our environment has a direct effect on our well-being, both mental and physical. A stroll in the park or a comfortable bench may not…

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