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N SEPTEMBER, our youngest daughter’s world completely changed — the last of her three older siblings left to college and she is now the only child left at home. She knew the day was coming, and she even felt a little bit excited. Finally, she’d have her own bedroom, among other things. But the change has been a little harder than she imagined. She’s felt a little lonely, a little lost. And why wouldn’t she? She’s never known a day in her life without them there. Thanks to modern technology, she communicates with them on an almost daily basis, and it helps to fill that void. But it’s not the same. Here at Northwest50Plus, we’ve experienced our own changes, and although they’ve been hard, we definitely feel it’s for the better. Not only did we change our format from a newspaper to a magazine, but we changed our name as well. That has taken some getting used to — for us and for you. To stay fresh and relevant, we jumped out of our comfort zone, upgraded our look and feel, and we’re happy with it. To be a successful print publication in today’s digital environment is a challenge. The competition for your time, money and effort is fierce. Fortunately, we’re up for the challenge. Every month is a new start, an opportunity to bring you closer to the goods, services and people in this great part of our state. But we can do better, and we need your help. Would you take a few minutes to complete the survey right next to my comments? Your input and feedback is so valuable. If you’d prefer, visit our website and take the survey there. Let’s keep a good thing going. ☸ MICHELLE TE General Manager/Editor


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NORTHWEST LIVING  |  PRESERVING MEMORIES Michel de Montaigne, a key figure in the French Renaissance and believed to be the father of the essay, composed many letters to Étienne de la Boétie, with whom he formed a close and lasting friendship. The death of Boétie left a painful void in Montaigne’s life. It is said Montaigne began writing to Boétie to help him cope with the loss of a friend. He wanted to be known as he really was. Those letters were saved and later published.

Reasons why

Writing a memoir By M AG G I W H I T E

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YOUR LIFE HAS MEANING

VERY ONE OF US HAS A STORY. EVEN MORE, our stories need to be recorded and shared. Do you remember the scene in “The Bridge of Madison County” when the children of Meryl Streep’s character discover a chronicle of her life after she had died? In her memoirs, they learned their mother had a brief interlude with a traveling photographer (played by Clint Eastwood) and they were quick to condemn her. She likely knew her journal would be read, so why do you think she spoke her truth? Perhaps it was to share the reality of her life and the sacrifice she made to keep the family together by staying married to a man who needed her? Do memories of the past whisper to you? Does your narrative inspire a memoir? Our lives don’t have to be as dramatic as the story told in “Bridges of Madison County” to be of value to our legacy. Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel once said, “Without memory there is no life.”

There are many reasons for us to reminisce. Susan Kirschner is retired as a senior lecturer in the humanities department at Lewis and Clark College, where she taught creative nonfiction, including memoirs. She says we record memoirs for a variety of reasons, including to help us overcome and heal events of the past. It gives us perspective when we look back. “Memories can be unreliable,” she says. “Some people check and re-check their recall and talk to people involved, others look up documents that may trigger memories.” Kirschner says it’s helpful to understand how memories work. Implicit memory works in the subconscious, taking in texture, sound, touch of clothes and smells. Explicit memory is in the conscious — it records what you do and feel. “The brain is enormously efficient taking in all stimuli and places that we can retrieve,” Kirschner says. “All we need is a stimulus that triggers a memory, such as the smell of a roast in the oven, things closest to the center in the brain. All senses control memory and if you want you can recover them.” Write a memoir to chronicle the amazing life you’ve led, she says. Write to keep family history alive, to feel heard or to explain certain conflicts from your perspective. It could give your own life more meaning because you share facts of your life that aren’t discussed in the present, for whatever reason.

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Perhaps you suffer from misunderstandings or regrets and you want to explore your intentions at the time, and you want your memoir to be discovered when you are gone. Writing a memoir gives you an opportunity to imagine your life from another’s point of view. You may wish to control your own narrative and be the primary source of that story, Kirschner says.

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How do you get started? “Start writing,” she says. “As you write you could remember more and more. Ask a sibling or other family member their memories and in time a narrative will unfold. He or she could have a totally different perspective.” Perhaps a friend could describe a room, or what was going on at a particular time. “Writing has the power to be intimate but distant,” Kirschner says. “When you know who you are, you are not lonely.” Keep notes, tickets to events and places you’ve been. Keep a journal about thoughts and feelings that have meaning in your life. “There is no one way to write a memoir or to stimulate memory,” Kirschner says, so if you join a memoir-writing group, don’t be discouraged if someone criticizes you. Their purpose might just be to encourage your efforts. Pick one happening in your life and start writing. Make a list of your early memories. They can help you put your life in order and make sense of it to children and other family members. Intuitively pick one memory and write the story behind the memory. Keep a list of memories recalled as you write. A memoir can give you a sense of purpose when your once active work life is finished. Written memories are immortal. Begin to answer questions about your ancestry, home and family life, education, relationships, children, vocations and words of wisdom. For more help, visit a personal historian like trenacleland.com. ☸

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NORTHWEST LIVING  |  PRESERVING MEMORIES

story listen to my By M I C H E L L E T E

GLORIA NUSSBAUM BELIEVES AUDIO IS THE BEST WAY TO REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONE

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T’S NOT HARD TO REALIZE when speaking with Gloria Nussbaum that she once had a career in radio. She absolutely loves to talk — and she’s good at it. But when it comes to her professional work these days, Nussbaum is much quieter. She prefers to let her clients do the talking. It’s because Nussbaum works as a personal historian who uses audio recordings to help her clients preserve their memories and give families a real sense of their loved one. “Personal history is the stories we have,” she says. “It’s the leaves and flowers that fill out the branches of your family tree.” While many personal historians involve themselves in quite a bit of research about an individual, all of Nussbaum’s research is done when she sits down, asks questions and records stories from her client. “We don’t know if what they’re saying is true or not,” she says, “but it doesn’t matter. It’s to the best of their recollection. I trust they aren’t lying on purpose.” In her younger days, Nussbaum knew little of personal historians but had always loved radios and tape recorders. After reading an article about an audio historian, she knew her next 6  NORTHWEST 50 PLUS  METRO | DECEMBER 2019

step — she would do the same. She helped co-found a local chapter of the Association of Personal Historians, attended conferences every year and “just loved it so much.” For many years, she relied on her tape recorder, but now uses digital technology for her recordings. She’s stuck with audio because she feels she gets a truer sense of her client. “Almost nobody does what I do,” Nussbaum says. “I became known as ‘the audio person,’ because it was my passion to just get the stories and the voice. Each person has a voice as unique as a fingerprint. “And it doesn’t matter if you don’t like the sound of your voice,” she says. “This is the voice that your loved ones know and love, you’re right there in the room with them. With audio, you get their laughter, the way they speak, turn a phrase, even the way

they breathe.” It also helps those who don’t feel comfortable with writing, or don’t know where to start. “Writing can be challenging for many, many people,” Nussbaum says. “They worry that it’s not perfect, and they get bent out of shape. I tell them, ‘Let’s start with an interview. You’re talking to someone else, and my role is to receive the stories.’” Anyone can pick up a microphone and start talking, start telling their stories, but it’s helpful to have someone on the receiving end. “I’m helping to keep track,” she says, “and to make sense of the stories. There’s something about the human contact, I can’t stress it enough. I’m at a point where I get to do what I love and help people and that’s what I’ve been doing all these years. I’m still happy.” Nussbaum says there are many

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resources online, in libraries and bookstores that can help you get started with recording your personal histories. “One challenge many people find is that they don’t know where to start,” she says. “Unless you’re a writer, it can be challenging. But just do something. Get out a couple of pages. Something is always better than nothing — always.” She recommends listening to StoryCorps on NPR, an outlet for premium storytelling that keeps the focus on the individuals and their stories. There are new episodes each Friday. Nussbaum also suggests visiting personalhistoriansnw. com for a list of historians in your area. “There are local people who will help you out, answer any questions,” she says. “They’re such neat people. We care about stories and we care about each other. We’re a cool little group.” She says it’s important to view the storytelling process as enjoyable. “I tell (my clients), ‘You’re going to have fun.’ It doesn’t

mean there won’t be hard parts because, of course, there were challenges in life. But how did you overcome them? This is your one chance to have someone sit and listen. Brag your heart out, that’s what this is about. It’s fun to talk about yourself because you know yourself best.” Nussbaum says you don’t have to wait until you’re older to start recording stories. She records her grandchildren, including one who was adopted from an orphanage in China and can tell stories from that time. “I want it to be as authentic and pure as it can possibly be,” she says. ☸

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Legally Blind to See A patient came to see Dr. Cusic; she wanted to keep her drivers license and was prescribed bioptic telescopic glasses to read signs and see traffic lights farther away. Dr. Cusic also prescribed microscope glasses for reading newspapers and menus in restaurants. As the patient puts it, “my regular glasses didn’t help too much- it was like looking through a fog. These new telescopic glasses not only allow me to read signs from a farther distance, but makes driving much easier. I’ve also used them to watch television so I don’t have to sit so close. I don’t know why I waited three years to do this; I should have come sooner.” “Bioptic telescopes can cost over $2,000,” says Dr. Cusic, “especially if we build them with an automatic sunglass.” “The major benefit of the bioptic telescope is seeing faces better and possibly regaining driving privileges as they are legal for passing the driving test for Oregon and Washington”.

A scene as it is viewed by a person without age-related macular degeneration

A scene as it might be viewed by a person with age-related macular degeneration

For many patients with macular degeneration and other vision-related conditions, the loss of central visual detail also signals the end to one of the last bastions of independence - driving. A Wilmington optometrist, Dr. Ross Cusic is using miniaturized telescopes which are mounted in glasses to help people who have lost vision from macular degeneration and other eye conditions. “Some of my patients consider me the last stop for people who have vision loss” said Dr. Cusic, one of only a few doctors in the world who specializes in fitting bioptic telescopes to help those who have lost vision due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other debilitating eye diseases. Imagine a pair of glasses that can improve your vision enough to change your life. If you’re a low vision patient, you’ve probably not only imagined them, but have been searching for them. Bioptic telescopes may be the breakthrough in optical technology that will give you the independence you’ve been looking for. Patients with vision in the 20/200 range can many times be improved to 20/50. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in people over 50. Despite this, most adults are not familiar with the condition. As many as 25% of those over the age of 50 have some degree of macular

degeneration. The macula is only one small part of the retina, however it is the most sensitive and gives us sharp central vision. When it degenerates, macular degeneration leaves a blind spot right in the center of vision making it difficult or impossible to recognize faces, read a book, or pass the driver’s vision test. Nine out of 10 people who have macular degeneration have the dry form. New research suggests vitamins can help. The British medical journal BMC Ophthalmology recently reported that 56% of patients treated To learn more about bioptic with a high-dose combination of telescopes or to schedule a consultation vitamins experienced improved with Dr. Cusic, give us a call at vision after six months. TOZAL 1-877-823-2020. Comprehensive Eye Health Formula is You can also visit our website at: now available by prescription from eye www.SeattleLowVision.com doctors. For more information and a FREE While age is the most significant telephone consultation, call us today: risk factor for developing the disease, heredity, smoking, cardiovascular Offices located in Vancouver, WA disease, and high blood pressure have & Kirkland, WA also been identified as risk factors. Macular degeneration accounts for Ross Cusic, O.D. 90% of new legal blindness in the US. While there is currently no cure, Low Vision Optometrist promising research is being done on IALVS Member many fronts. “My job is to figure out everything and anything possible to keep a person functioning” says Dr. Cusic. Even if it’s driving.

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WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO MOVE, REFERRAL AGENTS CAN BE YOUR BEST FRIEND

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“Most people don’t plan ahead because they don’t want to deal with death. They wait until a crisis and have no time to look at the many options and resources.”

Solutions, a senior referral agency, and knows first-hand what is needed to assist in the process of moving from your home to residential care. Referral agents provide a multitude of services, she says, including giving tours of residential care homes and communities, and offering other referrals and resources related to the transition. They are insured and must provide disclosure statements. Agents do not endorse or recommend any specific community and do not charge clients for their services. Instead, they are paid by the home or community when a family makes the choice that best fits the needs of their loved ones. Fischer tells of concerned families who independently toured 20 places to find something that fit their needs, “and we could have found them help by visiting one to three.”

ITH SO MANY RETIRELIZ FISCHER ment housing options, CERTIFIED SENIOR ADVISOR knowing where to begin can be a challenge, especially when searching for adult care homes. the public a source for complaints and There are many resources to help you report abuse. find what you need. Most of these are “We lobbied from grass roots to state trustworthy, some are not. legislature for oversight to protect The Oregon Senior Referral Agency vulnerable seniors because some communities do not do their jobs,” says Liz Association provides information, Fischer, a certified senior advisor and education and resources for consumers, OSRAA president and founding memsenior referral agencies, and companies ber. Learn more at osraa.com. serving the senior population that do not provide referral services. Referral services Consumers may access the site to find Fischer owns Right Fit Senior Living accredited referral agencies. Agencies can become members of OSRAA to gain access to more education through networking, workshops and conferences. Additionally, the website offers insight into current laws regarding adult care, opportunities to post vacancies in adult home care, assisted living, residential Overwhelmed by the all the Overwhelmed by all care and memory care. options?by Overwhelmed Overwhelmed byall allthe the options? OSRAA members work diligently Retirement Living, options? options? Retirement Living, Assisted Living, Assisted Living,Care, to establish industry standards that Retirement Living, Memory Retirement Living, Memory Care, Adult Care Homes, Assisted Living, Assisted Living, protect vulnerable older adults. They Adult Care Homes, In Home Care Services… Memory Care, Memory Care, In Home Care AdultServices… Care Homes, have helped pass regulations for longAdult Care Homes, In Home CareHelp Services… We Can In Home Care Services… term care referral agents and ethical We Can Help Our consultants will help you understand standards. We Help the options andCan arrange for tours of 503-567-7268 — RightFitSenior.com We Can Our consultants will help you Help understand communities – at no charge to you! For example, they pushed for legisthe options and arrange of Our consultants will for helptours you understand 503-567-7268 — RightFitSenior.com Our consultants will help you understand the options and arrange tours of charge toforyou! – at no 503-567-7268 — RightFitSenior.com lation requiring all referral agencies to communities the options and arrange for tours of 503-567-7268 — RightFitSenior.com communities – at no charge to you! at no charge to you! communities – register with the Department of Human Services to oversee complaints, give METRO | DECEMBER 2019  NORTHWEST 50 PLUS  11


They also help you locate organizers who assist with downsizing and packing the home before the move; affordable lawyers to create estate plans, advance directives and other necessary documents; and leading you to an accredited claims agent who helps veterans and their families pay for long-term care. Agents can refer clients to nursing and care managers who are advocates for the aging, and can even go with a person to doctor and hospital appointments to ensure they receive the care they need. “We take a lot of stress away by helping families through trying times because we know where to get help for them,” Fischer says. Visit ltcr.oregon.gov/agents to determine whether the agent you are working with is accredited. Agents help find solutions for people in financial need and have a lot of experience in dealing with stressful situations. Fischer shares the example of a man in his 80s who was left with no place to live because he and his wife sold their home to pay for her care. “Most people don’t plan ahead because they don’t want to deal with death,” Fischer says. “They wait until a crisis and have no time to look at the many options and resources. They don’t know what to ask, what to look for in choosing a community. It is hard to think when the situation hits you in the face without warning.” Unfortunate decisions Liz Fischer

are often made because the loved one is being released from rehab or a hospital, she says, and must be immediately housed to receive the necessary care. “The process of making a decision in a time of need can be emotionally and physically draining when they run out of money where they are and need to find a new place, move all their belongings and furnish a new place,” Fischer says. To qualify for Medicaid, a person’s assets must be $2,000 or less and the person must have a physical need such as incontinence, mobility, feeding and cognition. If you qualify for Medicaid, agents can explain benefits you might not be aware of. Agents also can help locate Medicaid-accredited communities, but Fischer notes there is a two- to four-year waiting list for many of these locations. Referral agents also have access to a database that informs them of complaints regarding abuse, mismanagement and more. “Our code of ethics requires that we visit all facilities and are aware of state surveys,” Fischer says. “On tour we ask the questions most families do not know to ask and point out things that are important.”

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Because of new rules and regulations, adult foster care, also known as adult home care, has become a much more popular and viable care option for older adults. “They provide a homelike environment and the same caregivers are there the entire time whereas in other communities they are there by shifts, day and night,” Fischer says.

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Some of the largest retirement apartments in the area. Pet-friendly, non-smoking community. Two sets of onsite managers, indoor spa, mineral/saline pool, senior water aerobic classes, scheduled transportation, weekly shopping trips & excursions. Beautiful walking paths & raised bed gardens, Comcast TV & much more. No Buy-In 121 apartments, Large Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with storage rooms 24-hour staffing. Optional meals, two lovely courtyards, full kitchens in each apartment. Conveniently located next to Fred Meyer. Scheduled transportation and weekly housekeeping included. Please call for a tour and complimentary lunch. Embrace the beauty of retirement. No Buy-In, 180 Units Studio: 530 sf, 1 BR/1 BA: 750 sf, 2 BR/2 BA: 960 sf There’s “No Place Like Home.” That’s why Creekside Village is where you’ll want to hang your hat. Beautiful grounds w/paths, Serve 3 fantastic home cooked meals a day by our seasoned chef. Just blocks from the Elsie Sturh Senior Center, Beaverton Library, & Beaverton Farmers Market. No Buy-In, 120 Apts., 568 sf, 1BR/1 BA + Lg storage closet, 801 sf, 2 BR/1 BA + Lg storage closet, 808 sf, 2 BR/2 BA + XL closet & pantry. Our non-profit organization offers very affordable housing. Amenities include meal program, housekeeping, laundry service, beauty shop, fitness center, art room, library, and a secured courtyard, 24-hr. security, secured entrance, emergency pull cords in each apartment. There are planned activities & weekly shopping trips at no cost. Stop by for a tour and lunch any time! No Buy-In, Subsidized Studios & One Bedroom Apts. 166 Units, private pay rates starting at $820.


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Pecan is a beautiful small 10-year-old red tabby that was found as a stray along the roadside in early October. She had already lost two teeth and two more were extracted. After being transferred back and enjoying 10 days of wet cat food she returned to OHS as a part of our Second Chance Program. She’s had a history of hissing and growling at other cats, so it is recommended that she be the only cat with her new family. Pecan might do best in a home where she is the only pet or in a home with a dog in the family that is mellow and has had a good experience living with a cat. To help her adjust to a new home, let Pecan decide when she is ready to receive attention; in particular, with children who are not old enough to restrain their excitement about a new pet. We’ve found she is a real fan of catnip and will roll around in it. Pecan had been described as being a “sweet old lady.” To adopt Pecan, visit the Oregon Humane Society, 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland or call 503-285-7722. ☸

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Our 6-acre parklike campus is in a quiet neighborhood near medical services, shopping, & banks. Single-level courtyard apartments with beautiful walking paths. Calendar of activities, outings, faith based services, health/ wellness programs, & wonderful sense of community. Entrée choices galore, fresh salad bar & dedicated serve staff. Small pets welcome. 24-hr staff & daily well-being checks. Call for personal tour and complimentary lunch.

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Classifieds UNITS FOR RENT HUD SUBSIDIZED UNITS for people over 62 and/or persons with disabilities is currently accepting applications for our one bedroom waiting list. We are committed to providing equal housing opportunities. All utilities paid. Briarwood Manor, 643 Manbrin, Keizer, OR 97303, 541928-2545.

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