Life Happens

Life Happens

WHEN THE UNEXPECTED OCCURS TO YOU OR AN OLDER LOVED ONE Bob BaileyInformation and Referral Specialist As an Information and Referral specialist for the Council on Aging of Central Oregon, I interact with dozens of people each week. In fact, most of my new relationships begin when an older adult–or someone who cares for one–undergoes…

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This Woman’s Work

This Woman’s Work

The Rewards—and Risks—of Caregiving for Mom Anni Hmalar With Mother’s Day approaching, I cannot help but think about the woman who brought me into this world and parented me. And I cannot help but recognize how with age and illness our roles have reversed. My expanded relationship with her, as a primary caregiver, has brought…

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Suicide and Older Adults: Protecting Those At Risk

Suicide and Older Adults: Protecting Those At Risk

Oregon has one of the highest suicide rates in the U.S., ranking 14th in the nation. While youth suicide prevention efforts have gained momentum in Central Oregon in recent years, such as through the Hope and Help Education Series, the older adult population is struggling. White men over the age of 85 have the second…

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How to Keep Moving This Winter

How to Keep Moving This Winter

Freezing temperatures don’t have to bring our bodies to a standstill. Staying active during the winter can be difficult, but there are plenty of creative ways to keep moving while staying warm and dry inside.

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