How to help our senior neighbors….just yell CHOCOLATE!!!!

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Dec 272012

RSVP set for the 22nd Chocolate Classics

RSVP presents the 22nd Annual Chocolate Classics, the main annual fund-raiser for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Lincoln County. The event is set for Saturday, January, 26, 2013 starting at 7:00 p.m., at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon.

Chefs from the Pacific Northwest will be entering their favorite sweet or savory chocolate recipes and will be judged in several categories. Dave Dahl, of Dave’s Killer Bread, will be leading the esteemed judging panel. Sandra Roumagoux, Mayor of Newport, will be emcee for the night!

For $30 per person or $50 per couple, in advance, attendees get to sample all the chocolate they can eat along milk and coffee plus a no host bar provided by Fin’s Coffee. There will also be a silent auction and live entertainment. Attendees have a chance to participate in a Best Dressed or Celebrity Look-Alike Contest.

Several silent auction items will be up for bid, including gift baskets from Dave’s Killer Bread and stays in hotels throughout the country. “I’m so impressed by the generosity of local business owners,” said Tamara Rosser, RSVP Director. She added, “I know I’ll have to bid on a few items myself!”

RSVP helps those age 55 and over “Re-Invent their Retirement” through service to their community and neighbors. RSVP’s focus is seniors helping seniors. All proceeds from the event will go towards RSVP’s Friendly Visitor Program. The program helps homebound seniors stay connected to their community while remaining living independently in their own home. Friendly Visitors provide a meaningful social connection by socializing, playing board games, listening to music, or going shopping with their Friendly Visitor client. The program’s oldest client remains living independently in her own home at the age of 99!

Tickets are available at the door or may be pre-purchased at Oceanview Senior Living, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport Bay Candle Company, SPCH Gift Shop, TLC Federal Credit Union, and Washington Federal (Waldport Branch). Tickets are also available online at:

For more information, call 541-574-2684.

A driving instruction re-fresher coming up in Lincoln City and Newport

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Feb 172012

The AARP refresher class for all licensed Oregon drivers will be held in Lincoln City on March 15-16 (Thursday-Friday) from
1 PM to 4 PM both days at the Lincoln City Community Center on NE Oar. Pl. The new 6 hour course is now recognized by the State Department of Motor Vehicles as eligible for the insurance discount.

A class will also be held in NEWPORT at the Newport Senior Center on March 12-13 (Monday-Tuesday) from 1:30 to 4:30 PM both days.

Seniors age 55 and older receive a multi-year discount on their auto insurance after completing this six hour course. There are no tests.

The instructor will cover many topics, including the new driver and pedestrian laws; changes in vision and hearing as driver’s age and tips for handling these changes; reaction times; driving in inclement weather; collisions and how to avoid them; video presentations; and many more subjects helping those attending to become better drivers.

Class size is limited, so reservations should be made. Reservations for the Lincoln City class, call 541-994-2131. For Newport class reservations, call 541-265-9617. There is a charge for the class (to cover supplies) of $14. If you are an AARP member, the cost is $12. The check should be made out to AARP.

Seniors! Keeping your golden years golden is no accident!

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Feb 062012

AARP Courtesy photo

Senior Citizens! Now that you’ve earned your golden years, why not enjoy them to the fullest? That means getting around town, around the state or around the country with confidence and safety! So why not take a safe driving refresher course from a certified AARP safe driving instructor? They’re holding a class Tuesday, February 7th, at Oregon Coast Community College from 1-4pm in room #61.

And there could be money in it for you!! Seniors age 55 and older may receive a multi-year discount on their auto insurance after completing the course. There are NO tests. The instructor will cover such things as new driver and pedestrian laws, changes in vision and hearing as we age and tips for handling those changes. They’ll cover reaction times, driving in bad weather, how to avoid collisions and other topics, all aimed at making you become an even better driver.

Class size is limited so make your reservation as soon as you can by calling 541-574-2684. The course runs $14 to cover supplies. If you’re an AARP member, take two bucks off.

For more information call Don Ashley at 541-563-3074.

Is it time for Social Security yet?

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Oct 202011

A FREE Workshop by the Social Security Administration for all ages is being presented at the Newport Senior Activity Center, Thursday, November 10th, from 11:00 AM-12:00 noon.
Presenter, Alan Edwards, is a Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration. Having worked more than 17 years as a bilingual Claims Representative and Information Officer, Alan has extensive experience with Social Security’s many programs and conducts educational seminars and trainings throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington.

Please call the Newport Senior Activity Center at 541-265-9617 for registration or additional information.


Senior and Disability Services workers find new homes for nearly all patients of the closing Lincoln City Rehab Center. 19 moved, 4 to go.

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Aug 172011

Cascades West Council of Governments Senior and Disability Services reported Wednesday that they are nearing 100% placement of the residents who can no longer live in the Lincoln City Rehabilitation Center because it’s parent corporation, Pinnacle Healthcare is closing it down. Pinnacle blamed shrinking support from Medicare and Medicaid for their problems. The facility had also been recently given poor marks by state inspectors for their level of care, but had managed to improve those levels during subsequent inspections.

Senior and Disability Services Director Scott Bond told the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners that they have been able to place 19 of 23 Medicaid clients in other facilities. Bond said 9 clients will live in other facilities in Lincoln County (Newport), 7 will be moved to facilities outside the county, and 3 will be moving out of state to live with their extended families. Where the final four will be living is not clearly established at this time, but Bond says he is confident they will be placed in appropriate facilities soon.

Bond added that once the clients are finally moved in, their care and comfort will be monitored by his office to ensure that their transition is as smooth as possible and that their new home will meet their needs.

Bond said shrinking federal budgets poses a problem but also an opportunity for those who find caring for the elderly and disabled enjoyable and meaningful work. Bond said large, older homes make ideal care centers for fragile elderly and the disabled. He said no one gets rich running such care homes but it IS a living and a satisfying one for the right people. He said if anyone might consider establishing a care-giving home in the community and would like more information about it, they should call his office at 541-336-2289.

Betty Krause: Tax filing angel to Newport area seniors. Come say Thank You!

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Jun 032011

Betty Krause (L), Bill Ensign (R)

In 1972 as part of her work on her Master of Business Education Degree from Oregon State University, Betty Krause was required to participate in a voluntary public service project. She chose to help in a new effort to help people prepare their income tax returns. And now, 40 years later she is still at it! Her project later part of what is now known as the AARP Tax-Aide program and Betty is recognized as one of only 3 people in the United States who have served in this capacity for 40 years.

When she and her husband retired to Newport in 1995, Betty joined the local AARP Tax-Aide group and continued her work. In those days tax returns were prepared using pencil and paper ( and eraser). Then, 1997 AARP began using desktop computers with tax preparation software. Currently, Betty uses a laptop with a sophisticated software program installed.

In recognition of her many years of service, Betty was given a 40 year pin and Plaque which was presented by Bill Ensign, State Coordinator of the AARP Tax-Aide program. A reception for Betty is scheduled at the Newport Senior Activity Center for June 6th at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Room. Anyone interested in congratulating Betty is encouraged to attend.

Status update on Lincoln County Senior Services

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May 262011

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Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall this week gave an update on the status of senior services in Lincoln County. In the face of budgets cuts caused by the recession and cutbacks in state support, those services are being affected. View video, which is produced and provided by Lincoln County Public Information Officer Casey Miller.

“Some Seniors Will Likely Fall Through the Cracks”

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May 042011

State budget cuts that cause local budget cuts are affecting the reach and quality of services to Lincoln County’s low income elderly. In taking note of “Older Americans Month” across the country, while older Americans add much to the rich history and culture to the nation, services to the elderly are taking quite a hit as revealed in national and local media. Including here.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners got a report from Mary Kay Fitzmorris with the Cascades West Council of Governments that senior and disabled services have suffered substantial reductions to their budgets that are being felt up and down the community, and have frozen service levels, forcing those left in place to provide the same or more with less. Senior Home Companion, Meals on Wheels, Foster Care for Seniors, the number of elderly that case workers must take on…all will likely cause some eligible seniors to either be overlooked or substantially underserved. Fitzmorris said to meet the need for home delivered hot meals, many Meals on Wheels drivers are no longer asking for re-imbursement for gas money. It’s coming out of their own pockets.

All Aboard the Newport Brain Train!!

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Oct 032010

The Newport Senior Center is having a Free health fair. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 26th from 10-2pm at the center. The health fair is called All Aboard the Brain Train. We want to welcome you aboard the express to a healthier, faster, more powerful engine.

Upon entering the Brain Train participants will be issued a train ticket and map guiding them to different stations. The Station manager will guide them to their stops. Once all the stations have been visited they will turn their tickets into grand central station for a chance to win assorted gifts. There will be plenty of health food to keep you going from station to station.

Free Blood Pressure and bone density and hearing testing will be available.

In September this event received the 2010 Outstanding Program Award from the Oregon Recreation and Park Association SOAR section.

For more information,call the Newport Senior Center at 541-574-5459.

Lincoln County volunteers give County Commission a check for $1.8 milliion (kind of).

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Sep 222010

“In Kind” Volunteer Value

At their annual co-meeting with the Siletz City Council Wednesday evening, Lincoln County Commissioners Terry Thompson and Chair Bill Hall received a check from several senior citizen volunteer coordinators. On the check was written over $1.8 million, representing the value of senior citizen volunteer hours given to the county Foster Grandparent Program, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and the Senior Companion Program. Nearly 90,000 volunteer hours were given by “foster grandparents” who provided loving guidance and parenting to many young people, donated time to a number of county activities through RSVP and many additional hours to ensure that our more elderly seniors got enough personal assistance around their residences and around town for them to be able to stay in their own homes rather than having to move into expensive assisted care or nursing homes. Continue reading »