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Pharmaceutical prices are too high, says U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the Oregon Democrat has been visiting drug stores around the state touting a bipartisan plan to tackle costs.

Speakers:

  • Jerry Cohen, AARP’s first State Director since 1996
  • Christine Lundberg, Springfield’s 37th mayor

Moderator: Brenda Wilson, Executive Director, Lane Council of Governments

Coordinator: Sandra Ericson

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Senator Ron Wyden met Saturday with Eugene AARP volunteers helping elderly people file their taxes, which are due today (Monday). Reports many times tax season means an increase in scams.

Democratic Senator Wyden called for a crackdown on tax scams in March. During a hearing with the Senate Finance Committee, he said the growth of sophisticated technology is costing taxpayers billions of dollars every tax season. Wyden wants the Committee to adopt some of Oregon's standards for tax preparers.

Job Market Not Easy To Enter For Older Workers

Sep 27, 2015
AARP Oregon

Finding a job in today's market if you are over 55 isn't easy. Changing demographics and a surge of college-educated millennials competing for jobs mean older workers need to be on their game to be considered.

According to a report released by the AARP, workers age 50 and older value stability at work more, and are 40% less likely than younger workers to change jobs even if an opportunity comes up. Joyce DeMonnin is a Spokeswoman with AARP Oregon. She says employers' discriminating against hiring older workers is a real problem.

Chris Kirzeder/Alzheimer's Association.

Funding for caregiver training and networking has been preserved in the recently concluded Oregon legislative session.

Oregon Examining Bill To Get Workers To Save More

Mar 7, 2015
droregon.org

Oregon lawmakers are considering legislation which would require workers who don't currently have a savings plan set up, to set aside money for retirement. House Bill 29-60 and Senate Bill-615 would create a Retirement Savings Board and a payroll deduction plan for workers in the State. Joyce DeMonnin says people are more likely to save money if it's deducted from their paychecks.

Photo courtesy of AARP.

A recent Oregon survey indicates the elderly want to be able to live independently and at home as long as possible. This points to a need to have more support and training for family caregivers.

Janet Martinez of Portland is a caregiver for her 92-year-old mother and her 10-year-old daughter.

Martinez: "There’s this whole emotional toll that I don’t think gets talked about. You know, we know caregiver burnout, we know caregiver stress, caregiver death – but what about all those gaps in-between, that we need to start discussing and filling?"