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June 16 Updates

Happy Tuesday, Village members and volunteers! Here is your biweekly dose of news, ideas, events, and humor.

Do you have ideas, funny videos, or pointers to share? Please send them to so we can share with the group!

Village Without Walls Begins Limited Member Services

Members may request medical-related transportation for dates on or after June 22, 2020 by phone (503-207-8729) or email (

In-home service requests are still not available due to physical distancing requirements. Volunteers are available for pickup and delivery of groceries and prescriptions.

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Lois Henderson, member of the Washington County Medical Reserve Corp and Village volunteer, will share and demonstrate practical advice to prepare for emergencies in two Zoom sessions:

  1. Personal Safety and Making a Plan
    Thursday, June 18, 3:00 PM
  2. Putting Together a Go Kit and Stay Kit
    Thursday, June 25, 3:00 PM

You will have an opportunity to ask questions.

To join, click
Meeting ID: 816 8448 5417
For audio only, dial 253-215-8782

Lois’ background: In 1979, she was hired as an emergency fire and police dispatcher, which led to a job in a hospital emergency department. That led to college and earning an Registered Nurse degree. As her career as a pediatric nurse was getting underway, so was the new idea of telephone advice nursing. She combined the two and then in 2000 added volunteer work with the Red Cross.

She was deployed by the Red Cross to New York City for three weeks in 2001 for the 9/11 emergency. There she experienced a different kind of nursing, more about mental health and compassion for emotional pain rather than physical pain.

After 9/11, President Bush started a national program with the surgeon general and U.S. Public Health that gave states authority to form lists of professional medically licensed volunteers who could be called upon for disasters in their local areas. Oregon maintains their list in the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR). Within that list each county has their own group called Medical Reserve Corps. Lois has been a member of Washington County Medical Reserve Corps since 2007.

Free Food Boxes Available in Downtown Hillsboro

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at St. Matthew Church in downtown Hillsboro, each vehicle will receive one box of food from the church parking lot at 475 SE 3rd Avenue. To ensure a smooth and safe food box pickup for everyone, please follow these onsite traffic instructions:

  • If you are driving west on SE Walnut Street, turn right (north) on SE 2nd Avenue
  • Use the entrance for St. Matthew on SE 2nd Avenue
  • Please do NOT park on SE 3rd Avenue
  • Be mindful of one-way traffic flow on surrounding streets

Please note that 2nd, 3rd and 4th Avenues are one-way streets (so best to drive onto Walnut to see where the line ends). No sign-up is necessary.

What is contact tracing, and why does it matter?

Contact tracing is one of the key tools for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracers call people who may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to provide guidance and support.

In Oregon, local public health authorities use contact tracing to prevent the spread of many types of diseases, like measles. Share this video to help get the word out about the importance of answering a contact tracing call. Working together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19.

You can learn more on Oregon’s COVID-19 Contact Collaborative page.

Contribute to Alzheimer's Research Without Leaving Home

man and daughter smiling

If you are at least 50 years of age and interested in Alzheimer's research, the Alzheimer Prevention Trials (APT) Webstudy is a great way to help out while staying home.

The study aims to accelerate enrollment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) clinical trials by identifying and tracking individuals who may be at higher risk for developing AD dementia. Participants take online memory assessments every three months, which take about 20 minutes to complete. If any changes in your memory and thinking performance are detected over time, you may be invited to a clinic for further evaluation. You may then be matched to an Alzheimer's prevention trial if you are eligible.

You can learn more and sign up at

Thank you to Village member Elaine Nelson for the suggestion!

Creating Order Out of Chaos
man working on jigsaw puzzle

Why do people turn to jigsaw puzzles? Entertainment? Excitement? Quality time with loved ones?

There's a lot to love about these scattered pictures, especially now. But when we look back at their history, all the pieces fall into place. Read this article to learn why jigsaw puzzles are making a comeback.

Health and Fitness Videos For Older Adults

YMCA exercise videos for older adults

As the average life expectancy lengthens, there are more years for us to look forward to. Engaging with good health, exercise, and fitness earlier in life is important—but you're never "too old" to start exercising and pursuing a healthier lifestyle that can help prevent, manage, and treat diseases and ailments.

These free videos from the YMCA can help you get started.

Something to Make You Smile: Beethoven Flash Mob

Back in 2012, hundreds of unsuspecting pedestrians in a public square were treated to this surprise performance of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from his Symphony No. 9.

Video of the Week: Quarantine Life, Episode 4 - Going For a Walk

We've all been there—just out for a walk, then forced into the quarantine sidewalk dance with a stranger.

Are you or someone you know experiencing isolation or loneliness?

Isolation and loneliness can be dangerous for seniors anytime, but right now the stakes are higher than ever. The Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Line (1-833-736-4676; se habla español) and the Oregon Senior Loneliness Line (503-200-1633) are available at any time for older adults experiencing loneliness and isolation. 

That's it for now. Stay home, stay healthy!

And don't forget: send your favorite videos, classes, articles, and practical tips to us at

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Village Without Walls
1333 NE Orenco Station Pkwy., #572
Hillsboro 97124

Village Without Walls is a member of the Villages NW nonprofit Hub & Spoke Network.

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