Meet our Team: Marianne McClure

Meet Marianne McClure, our volunteer manager. She manages the fantastic volunteers who give their time to support much-needed services for seniors in our community. Without volunteers, we couldn’t begin to meet the needs of our senior neighbors. Marianne is passionate that our aging population, especially those living alone, deserve a support system that helps them manage…

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Meet our Team: Marianne McClure

In conversation with our Volunteer of the Month, Sally Heise!

Meet our March volunteer of the month for the Council on Aging (CoA), Sally is our SHIBA Medicare Counselor extraordinaire! Recently, we sat down with Sally to find out why she chose to volunteer for the CoA. Why did you decide to volunteer for the Council on Aging (CoA)? Before I retired, I read about…

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In conversation with our Volunteer of the Month, Sally Heise!

Join us in celebrating 50 years of Meals on Wheels and senior nutrition

This year, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program, which partially funds public-private organizations like Meals on Wheels. The government relies on agencies across the country to make these programs work. The Council of Aging of Central Oregon (CoA) and our local partners have managed the Meals on…

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Join us in celebrating 50 years of Meals on Wheels and senior nutrition

Caring Connections Makes Inclusion a Reality for Central Oregon Seniors

An excerpt from an interview of Caring Connection participants by Geoff Norcross, host of Think Out Loud on OPB. This episode aired Friday, June 25th.  Norcross: Emily, can you talk first about the problem? Emily Freeman, Council on Aging Outreach Manager: A poll released last month by the University of Michigan revealed that twice as many…

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Caring Connections Makes Inclusion a Reality for Central Oregon Seniors

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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Making Housing Age-Friendly for Older Adults

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

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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COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available to Ages 75+

Food or Medical Care? Our Seniors Shouldn’t Have to Choose.

After a lifetime of hard work, often for reasons beyond their control, many older adults in Central Oregon are forced to choose between healthcare and hunger.  Many are struggling with food insecurity for various reasons, including limited finances and resources, the cost of healthy foods, competing priorities such as medication, functional limitations, and stress. Some…

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Food or Medical Care? Our Seniors Shouldn’t Have to Choose.

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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