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by Arlene Williams March 14th was a super day! Some of my friends joined Best Oregon Tours to visit the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum. I had seen the carousel before, but this trip included docents/guides that briefed us on the history and took us downstairs to see the figures being carved and painted. The…

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some fun facts about the holiday from our newsletter editor Donna Avina! Did you know…? Blue was the original color associated with St. Patrick, not green. St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day to plant peas. Cabbage seeds should also be planted today, while you wear your nightclothes;…

Everyone’s brain changes with age. Mental function changes along with it. Mental decline is common, as we all know, and is one of the most feared consequences of aging. However, cognitive impairment is not inevitable. Here are some ways you can help maintain brain function. Brainy activities stimulate brain connections. Activities like reading, taking a…

by Donna Avina Investment in technology for older Americans has almost tripled since 2017. Every company who makes wheelchairs wants to reinvent the wheel — or the wheelchair, with tech, including WHILL, which has a new Autonomous Drive System (ADS), which makes it self-driving. It was originally designed to be rented to travelers who want…

As you may know, today is Groundhog Day. But what is the history of this strange holiday? Find out in this story reprinted from our February newsletter! by Donna Avina February 2 is Candlemas Day. For centuries farmers in France, England, and Germany studied the habits of animals such as bears and badgers, to help…

by Arlene Williams Recently I took a bus tour with Oregon West to Tacoma and Victoria B.C. In Victoria a guide was hired to give our busload a tour of the city. She was very animated as she told about the eccentricities of Victoria. There are several precinct-type divisions of the city. Each has its…

One member writes about her recent experience Have you ever said to yourself: “I’m not as smart as I thought I was.” You may have seen in the media in the last few days a story about an Oregon couple who lost $123,000 from the sale of their house when their title company was hacked….

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