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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

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Milton-Freewater, a town of more than 7,000, is known for its agricultural industry and outdoor recreation opportunities. (City of Milton-Freewater)

MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. -- Three Oregon projects have been chosen to receive grants from AARP's Community Challenge program. The grants go to proposals that make communities more livable for people of all ages, and that can be turned around quickly. One of those projects will bring folks together i

Mercy Flights' mobile paramedics can offer up to 30 days of transitional support after someone is discharged from the hospital. (Jason Quigley)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- First responders are reaching beyond emergencies to support people in southern Oregon. Mercy Flights is the emergency transportation provider in Jackson County. Meg Wills, population health portfolio manager with the coordinated-care organization Jackson Care Connect, said her org

Some Oregonians have used OregonSaves as an emergency fund during the pandemic. (Minerva Studio/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A novel program to help Oregonians save for retirement is celebrating three years of operation. OregonSaves is an alternative savings program for workers whose employers don't offer retirement plans. Part of the secret to its success is that employees must opt out of the program, w

Family caregivers spend nearly 24 hours a week on average providing care, according to AARP. (Khunatorn/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new report finds five generations of Americans are family caregivers in 2020. The study, from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, finds the country has added 9.5 million caregivers since 2015, or 53 million in total. They span age groups from the Silent Generation t

Emergency financial assistance is available for Oregon veterans and their families. (John Hughel/Oregon Military Dept. Public Affairs)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- With Memorial Day approaching, the country's veterans are at the forefront in many people's minds. and resources are available to Oregon veterans during the COVID-19 crisis. Carmel Perez Snyder, director of advocacy and outreach for AARP Oregon, said the Oregon Department of Veter

With residents feeling especially isolated, AARP is calling on long-term care facilities to make sure they stay connected with family members. (Daniel/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- AARP Oregon wants families with loved ones in nursing homes to consider asking more questions when working with facilities. Residents of long-term care facilities are one group known to be at higher risk from the new coronavirus. As of mid-April, more than half of COVID-19 deaths

Older folks are being told to stay at home if possible in order to avoid the novel coronavirus. (luciano/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the threat from the novel coronavirus increases, health officials are underscoring safety measures for older Americans. To keep crowds to a minimum, AARP Oregon has canceled all of its in-person events for the time being. State director Ruby Haughton-Pitts also advised people

Women face more challenges to saving money for retirement than men do. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - As they age, women often face greater financial risks than men. That's why AARP Oregon is holding workshops for women across the state on how to reach their financial goals. The workshops explore the key components to retirement security, including Social Security, personal savi

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