July, 2016
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In this issue...

~  1st Sunday Village Gathering - Kick off your 4th celebrations with Village friends
~  Survey: Your Preferences for Monthly Village Gatherings
~  July & August Village at Home talks
~  Seeking Volunteer North Star Treasurer
~  Village Planning Team Meeting - July 14
~  June Facebook Favorite - Octogenarian Couple Finishes Final Marathon Holding
~  Prepare Your Home for Caregiving

Sunday, July 3rd
5:30 - 7:30 pm
1700 N. Killingsworth (corner of N. Concord)

Start your 4th celebrations early
with your Village friends!

Let's hear from you
Future North Star V Monthly Social Gatherings
North Star strives to have our monthly Gatherings at different places within our Village service area.  Do you have a favorite or outstanding pub where we can come together for a few hours? 

Here's your chance to tell us about that local pub & eatery that would be perfect for one of our monthly Village Gatherings.  PLUS we would like to know  which day of the week works best for you to meet up with other North Star folks.

So let's hear from you.  Just go to the survey below and share your preferences:


Here's what makes for an good "outstanding pub": 
  1. Relatively quiet (no loud music). 
  2. Moveable tables so we can gather together. 
  3. Good food and drink at "reasonable" prices. 
  4. Friendly service.
  5. Accessible by public transport (bus or Max-line) a plus.
Thanks for filling in the survey!

July 16,
Aug. 6 & Aug. 20

2:00 - 4:00 pm

RSVP for location
or call 503.978.0540

A Village is not a place. 
It's a plan for living independently in the home you love with a little help from your neighbors!

RSVP now to learn about services, memberships and volunteer opportunities.

- North Star Village - Helping older adults thrive at home with peace of mind.
July Village Planning Team Meeting

Thursday, July 14
7:00 - 9:00
Charles Jordan Community Center
N. Foss & N. Houghton

We have a place for YOU at the Planning Team table.  If you have attended a Village at Home talk and want to help our Village get ready to open its "virtual doors", we welcome you to join our team of dedicated worker bees.
Questions?  Contact Patt,
at 503-978-0540 or

Read Planning Team minutes at

North Star Volunteer Opportunity
North Star V Seeking Treasurer
Have a head for numbers and attention to detail?  North Star needs you!

We are looking for a person to take over Treasurer responsibilities for approximately 8-10 hours each month.  This vital volunteer position works with Villages NW to record and process donations and other income, reconcile monthly banking statements and prepare reimbursement requests.

If this sounds like you or you would like to discuss the position, please contact Patt Opdyke at 503-978-0540 or

North Star's Most Viewed Facebook Page - June, 2016

Octogenarian Couple Finishes
Final Marathon Holding Hands

80-year-olds from Ireland each won their age group while celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary.

By Kit Fox for Runner's World
Kay and Joe O’Regan have finished dozens of races around the world: from Boston to Athens to Berlin to the northern tip of Norway in the midnight sun.
But they’ve only finished two marathons while holding hands. At the 1986 London Marathon they laced fingers as a race photographer took their photo under the finish clock. They were both 50 years old, and it was their first marathon.
At the 2016 Cork City Marathon in southern Ireland on June 6, again Joe grabbed Kay’s hand. This time it was more than a half-mile from the finish line, and he held it the rest of the race. At 80 years old, Kay completed her 113th marathon while Joe finished his 29th. They promised each other it would be their last, a final 26.2 jaunt to celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary.

Caring Village is an online community for family caregivers and older adults who are in need of support.  For our Village folks who find themselves contemplating how to prepare for moving a loved one into their homes, this series of articles may help with first steps.
Prepare Your Home for Caregiving
You may hear from others that getting your house ready for your mom, dad or another loved one to move in can be tiring, costly, and quite a bit of work. Well, it’s true that it’s hard work - but it is manageable. All you have to do is focus on the details and do the prep work upfront. Here are some articles to help get you started.

Three Tips for Preparing Your House for Elderly Loved Ones to Move In - Get your house ready for an elderly loved one to move in by making sure the house is safe and accommodates those with limited mobility.   READ MORE

How to Implement ADA Requirements in Your Home - Applying ADA requirements to your home ensures that persons with disabilities will have equal access to - and convenience in - all different types of spaces.  READ MORE

Aging in Place: Costs for Remodeling Your House - Here are some of the general costs associated with common home remodeling to accommodate an older adult so you can plan accordingly.   READ MORE

Read Caring Village's easy-to-use Home Preparedness checklistDOWNLOAD HERE
Have your visited and liked our Facebook page?  It features the latest Village happenings, news, research, interesting videos, and the occasional spot of humor to keep the day's challenges in perspective.

North Star Village Neighborhoods
Peninsula North
Hayden Island, Kenton, Arbor Lodge, Overlook,
University Park, Portsmouth, St. Johns, Cathedral Park
Inner North/Northeast
Piedmont, King, Humboldt, Boise, Eliot, Sabin,
Vernon, Woodlawn, Bridgton, East Columbia
Outer Northwest
Forest Park, Linnton, Sauvie Island

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