Elders in Action has been working for over 20 years to help educate and evaluate businesses, organizations, and public agencies in practices (service, design, accessibility) that take into account the needs and voices of older adults.


The Age-friendly movement came to life through the work of the World Health Organization. It is now a strong network of cities and regions throughout the world – with Portland being the first city in the U.S. to join this network.

Since 2013, city and county officials from around the Portland area have worked together with organizations like Elders in Action  to address the needs of our communities – with a population rapidly aging and changing the conversation about the needs of a truly thriving community. Through our partnerships (notably that of the Age Friendly Portland Advisory Council – a partnership with PSU’s Intitute on Aging, the AARP, Multnomah County, and many others), we have expanded our work year by year.

Our current and upcoming projects include:

The Age-friendly movement includes older adults in the ways in which we plan our cities, run our businesses, and connect with our neighbors. Elders in Action and its partners have worked together to shape policy, harness the support of elected officials, and empower the growing number of older adults that live in the Portland metro area.

With your continued involvement, we can banish the myths of aging to ensure vibrant older adults can make even greater contributions to our communities – in both the economic and social spheres.


Contact Shanna Pittman-Frank at shanna@eldersinaction.org or 503.595.7590 for more information, or click here to Volunteer!