May, 2016
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In this Issue...
  • Give in Honor or Memory of a Special Adult in Your Life
  • May Village at Home Talks - Tell a Friend
  • North Star V Planning Team Meeting
  • Save the Date: June Gathering & North Star Benefit at Chapel Pub
  • Focus Groups Planned; Share Your Thoughts and Opinions
  • Free Tax Assistance May through October
  • Video:  What is Old?  (Hint: showing up the youngsters!)
  • Celebrate!  May is Older Americans Month
  • North Star Facebook Favorite: A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About
  • North Portland Senior Center Activities for May

This Mother's Day, Give in Honor or Memory of a Special Adult in Your Life

This Mother’s Day, consider making a donation to the Spoke Village(s) of your choice in honor or memory of a special older adult in your life, and Support the "Best New Non-Profit in Portland"! Your generosity will help bring Villages to mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers throughout the Portland metro-area, enabling them to remain in the homes they love. 

Watch Villages NW supporter Holly Pruett’s video. She knows the importance of Villages, not just for her parents, but for herself and other adult children trying to juggle the challenges of aging parents, growing children, and busy careers.

Give today!
Simply click on the link below

May 7  or May 21
2:00 - 4:00 pm

RSVP for location
or call 503.978.0540

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

Tell a friend!
May Planning Team Meeting

Thursday, May 12
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,
Planning Team Chair, at 503-978-0540
McMenamin's Chapel Pub
430 N. Killingsworth
(between N. Commercial & N. Jessup)

Benefit for North Star Village
Monday, June 6           5 pm 'til close
Friends and Family Night - All ages welcome
 50% of night's proceeds to North Star Village!
We're pleased to announce that our June North Star Gathering will be held at the McMenamin's Chapel Pub AND that we will be the beneficiary of 50% of that evening's proceeds! 

Come out with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers for an evening of good food, drinks, desserts and conversation with your North Star neighbors!  Let's show McMenamin's that supporters of aging-at-home don't just stay at home! 

Focus Groups Planned
Share Your Thoughts and Opinions 

Villages NW is the parent of North Star Village and six other Villages in the greater Portland metro area.  The recipient of the Portland Monthly 2015 Best New NonProfit Light a Fire Award, Villages NW is our very own local nonprofit dedicated to helping older adults live in their homes with autonomy, for as long as possible, through community and peer support.

Your thoughts and opinions are important to us!  Villages NW is
seeking people to participate in two 1.5 hour focus groups.  You will be given a very brief introduction to Villages NW (It’s not a sales pitch, just a chance to tell you who we are). Then you will bd asked to fill out a brief written survey. Finally, we’ll ask your thoughts and opinions on the language and images we may use to attract people like you to our cause.
If you are age 50 to 70
Date: Saturday, May 14th
Time: 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
Place: Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate, Portland

PLEASE RSVP to Gwen: 503-475-8529 or
If you are age 70+
Date: Thursday, May 19th
Time: 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
Place: Juanita Pohl Center, 8513 SW Tualatin Rd, Tualatin

PLEASE RSVP to Gwen: 503-475-8529 or
Refreshments will be provided!
For more information on Villages NW, visit

Free Tax Assistance May through October

CASH Oregon, in partnership with AARP Tax-Aide, will offer free federal and Oregon state tax preparation to low/moderate-income Oregonians at Lloyd Center in the off-season.  In addition to 2016 tax returns, CASH can prepare and amend taxes for   2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

For information on what information to bring to your appointment and to determine if you qualify for free tax assistance, visit the CASH website by clicking here.  If you have questions, call CASH at 503-243-7765 or by email at 
The 2016 Older Americans Month theme is Blaze a Trail. Visit the OAM microsite for materials and ideas to help you celebrate.

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday.  About a third of older Americans lived in poverty, and there were few programs to meet their needs.

Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing.  A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the national council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as "Senior Citizens Month," the prelude to "older Americans Month."

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities.

Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.  On Wednesday, the Portland City Council will pass a proclamation in honor of Older Americans Month.

North Star's Facebook Most Viewed - April, 2016

A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About

The risk increases with age, but there are ways to prevent it

By Linda Melone, CSCS  Health & Wellness Blogger,
You’re sitting down to enjoy a nice steak at your favorite restaurant, maybe sipping a little wine. Suddenly a piece of meat gets stuck in your throat. It’s not enough to block your breathing, so you’re not quite choking —but you also can’t get it down. You excuse yourself and go to the restroom, hoping you can dislodge the food by either coughing it up, inducing vomiting or drinking water.
Called “steakhouse syndrome,” this common scenario can lead to death if you take matters into your own hands this way, says Dr. Robert Glatter, emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital, N.Y., and assistant professor at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.    READ MORE
North Portland Senior Center Activities for May
Tai Chi – Moving for Better Balance:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am at Bridge Meadows, 8502 N. Wayland Ave.  Call 503-288-8303 for more information
Free Computer Advice: Thursday, May 19.  45 minute appointments.  Call 503-288-8303 to schedule your session.
Friday Movie:  May 13th, 1:00 pm at Bridge Meadows, 8502 N. Wayland Ave.
 The Big Short (four denizens in the world of high finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse.  They take on the big banks)
Book Club: May 23rd 1:30 – 3:00 pm  (last Tuesday of every month) at Bridge Meadows, 8502 N. Wayland Ave.  Call 971-285-6939 or 503-288-8303 to register.

Medicare Help:  May 13th and May 27th mornings by appointment only at North Portland Senior Office, Charles Jordan Community Center, N. Foss and N. Houghton.  Free help with Medicare and other health insurance provided by trained volunteers through the Senior Health Insurance Benefitis Assistance (SHIBA) program.
  Call Michell at 503-288-8303 to schedule an appointment.
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.

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