Seniors

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Happier, Healthier and Younger in Retirement

By Fred Sievert   We all understand and appreciate the need for sound financial planning during the years preceding retirement. Who among us hasn’t gone online to calculate our retirement “nest-egg” needs and then panicked because accumulating that much wealth seemed inconceivable; especially if we started the process at age 55 or later? But there…

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Wise Aging comes to Portland

In June, Jewish Family & Child Service will launch the Wise Aging program, based on the book Wise Aging, Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit. “Wise Aging is unlike any other program or self-help book,” says JFCS Senior Outreach Clinician David Molko, who completed the training program and led a pilot group in Portland. “This…

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Learn “How to Not Tip Over”

PHOTOS: Alexander Technique teacher Eve Bernfeld works with students. Photo by Andrea Leoncavallo   Seniors can explore their balance this month in a workshop that is both informative and playful – aspects reflected in the class title, “How to Not Tip Over.” “Humans are amazing balancing bipeds, but as we get older the balancing act…

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At 97, Rabbi Stampfer keeps building community

ABOVE: Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, right, and Rodney Page, former executive director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, are planning a new interfaith effort to combat hatred, poverty and other injustices. Photo by Deborah Moon BELOW: Rabbi Joshua Stampfer at Congregation Neveh Shalom c. 1960. Courtesy of Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education: OJM09392 Shortly…

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A surreal year

PHOTO: As a Community Warehouse volunteer, Jack helps clients get the cooking equipment and dishes they need to make the kind of food they want to prepare in their own apartments. “I’m so lucky,” says Jack Heims, 69. An odd statement from a man diagnosed with a rare cancer with a five-year survival rate of…

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Aiding Aging Parents

Photo courtesy Getty Images   4 tips to help overcome new challenges It’s not easy getting old, as the saying goes, and it can be even harder to watch your parents age. Helping parents transition into the later years of their lives can be a delicate matter, but there are ways to help them ease…

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BBYO alumni plan 50ish-year reunion

PHOTO: BBYO 50th Reunion planners, the Magnificent Seven: From left (back) Jack Heims, Kalman Packouz, Rob Gold, Dan Aiken; (middle) Stu Soren, Phil Tobin; and (front) Dave Ail.   A group of former BBYO participants are planning a 50th year reunion for alumni from the Evergreen Region, which includes chapters in Oregon and Washington. BBYOers…

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Nathan Cogan weaves philanthropic web

PHOTO: Nathan Cogan stands beside the Endowment Book of Life created by Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. In his entry in the book, Nathan says: “I don’t see it as giving back, but rather giving forward.” Photo by Deborah Moon Nathan Cogan’s lifelong commitment to tithing and volunteering gained new focus following the untimely death of…

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