Calendar of Events for Older American Month: Get Engaged – Express Yourself – Explore New Things – Age Out Loud!

Get Engaged – Express Yourself – Explore New Things

Throughout the month, Elders in Action and our partners will be conducting activities and sharing information in celebration of Older Americans Month.  Check this blog to discover how Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties are helping older adults to Age Out Loud.

  • May 2- Age, Work, Retirement, Meaning with Dr. Ruth Finklestein at 7:30-9:00am at Market Center Building – 1400 SW 4th Ave. – Mt. Rainier Rm #501
  • May 5 – Cinco de Mayo event at Gresham (8th Street)
  • May 6 – Effective Healthcare Advocacy: Tools to Skillfully Navigate Healthcare Systems by local writer Marcy Houle co-author of The Gift of Caring at Valley Catholic Elementary from 1:00-3:00pm.  RSVP to 503-746-5082
  •  May 7 – Hollywood Senior Center is co-hosting Elliott Cherry’s One Man Show – A Finished Heart–Conversations between a Dying Man and His Husband
  • May 13 – IRCO Asian Family Center’s gala, “Bridging Communities”! 6:00 PM Crowne Plaza Hotel | 1441 NE 2nd Ave
  • May 17 – O4AD Lobby Day – 8am-2pm – Oregon State Capitol
  •  May 18 – Multnomah County Older American’s Month Resolution
  • May 20 – pancake breakfast at Urban League Multicultural Center
  •  May 20 RAWR! 87th Birthday Party for Friendly House Sat 7 PM · Friendly House · Portland, OR
  •  May 23 – Comedy Hour – at Urban League Multicultural Center
  • May 24 – Power of One – Impact NW Volunteer lunch – (Sentinel Hotel 12 to 1) contact Luiz Burns or 503-294-7457
  • May 24 – Age-Friendly: Good for Business  5:30-8:00pm  Lagunitas Community Room
    237 Northeast Broadway Street  #Suite 300 Portland, OR 97232  For more details and to sign up  clikc here
  • May 26 – Fashion Show at Urban League Multicultural Center
  • May 27 – Senior Day at Hillsboro Farmers Market  232 NE Lincoln Ave., Suite K
    Hillsboro, OR 97124  8:00am-1:30pm
  • May 30 – Aging Out Loud    In celebration of Older Americans Month at the Beaverton Library an afternoon of storytelling hosted by Master Storyteller Paul Iarrobino and featuring three older adults sharing their accounts of resilience and aging.  May 30, 2017 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.Beaverton City Library Meeting Room A 12375 SW 5th St. Beaverton, OR 97005.  Free admission and refreshments! Canned food donations accepted. RSVP by calling 503-846-3056.

Dr. Bill Thomas ChangingAging Tour – Portland May 1st

You are invited to join Dr. Bill Thomas for the 2017 ChangingAging Tour in the Pacific Northwest May 1 in Portland. Reserve your tickets now online or call 607-414-2243.
The Tour features two distinct “non-fiction theater” events: the paradigm shifting Disrupt Dementia and Dr. Thomas’ signature show, Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game, both featuring original music, storytelling, poetry and groundbreaking insights on aging and care.
These performances will explore the difference between truth and illusion when it comes to aging. Dr. Thomas’ work provides so many illuminating insights on what our own aging and elders — even those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease — can teach us about the art of aging.
Tickets and details for Dr. Bill Thomas’ ChangingAging Tour:


Lobby Day at the Oregon Capitol

We had a great turn out for the Campaign for Seniors and People with Disabilities Lobby Day on February 27.  Advocates from Hollywood Senior Center, Impact NW, Neighborhood House, ADVS Advisory Committees, AARP-Oregon, Urban League, IRCO, Elders in ActionSEIU and others packed the capital to advocate for funding for services for older adults. There will be many more opportunities to go to Salem this legislative session – watch our website for upcoming events!

Portland Arts Tax does good things but you might be exempt

Did you know that every Portland elementary school now has an arts teacher, thanks to the arts tax?  Portland Arts Tax revenue restores arts & music to schools and brings the arts to life citywide.
Every Portland resident age 18 and older is expected to pay the tax of $35.  But there are exemptions for individuals who are on restricted incomes.  Elders in Action is working with the City of Portland Revenue Division to identify those people and help them apply for their exemption.

These residents may be exempt for the Arts Tax:

  1. You are at least 70 years old or permanently disabled  AND
  2. Your household income is below the federal poverty guidelineOR 
  3. Your only income is social security.

Still uncertain if you qualify?

Then call Elders in Action

at 503-235-5474 or email by

clicking here.  One of our staff or volunteers will help you determine your status.  Do not ignore this tax because penalties can be significant!