Caring Connections is a Lifeline

The Council on Aging serves as the place seniors in Central Oregon can turn to for the support and services they need to stay fed, safe, and connected. A retired physician, Alan Hillis, was one of the first volunteers to join the Caring Connections program. Alan is matched with Ed, a senior who signed up…

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Caring Connections is a Lifeline

Making Communities Socially Inclusive for Older Adults

The World Health Organization’s report on age-friendly cities says, “Social participation and social support is connected to good health and well-being throughout life.” Since humans are social creatures, inclusion, or a sense of community, is key to living a long and fulfilling life. Most of us enjoy spending time with friends, family, and colleagues.  Beyond…

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Making Communities Socially Inclusive for Older Adults

In Conversation With PacificSource, Our May Volunteers Of The Month!

This month’s volunteer(s) of the month award goes out to all of the dedicated volunteers from PacificSource. PacificSource employees have been volunteering for Meals on Wheels for about 20 years now! We sat down with them to have a quick chat about their work. Q: Why do employees continue to volunteer for the Council on…

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In Conversation With PacificSource, Our May Volunteers Of The Month!

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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The Red Cross Now Offering Free Virtual Home Fire Safety Education

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!

Don’t Wait: Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment ends March 31, 2021

Did you know that if you’re unhappy with your Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare Part C), you have options? Each year, there’s a Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period from January 1 – March 31. During this time, if you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan and want to change your health plan, you can do one of these: Switch to a…

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Don’t Wait: Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment ends March 31, 2021

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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Quarantine Diaries: Spotlight on Jean Stevens