Have You Ever Gotten Something and Thought “That’s Unusual”?

Have you ever received a letter, an email or a phone call and thought  “that’s unusual”?
If you have, then you have taken the first step towards protecting yourself from financial fraud. And here is how you can learn more:
Tuesday, February 24th
2:00 – 3:30 pm
(in the US Bank room)
801 SW 10th Ave Portland, OR
 Come join our panel of experts from the:
+ Department of Justice,

+ Multnomah County Fraud Specialist Team 

+ Elders in Action 

Learn how you can avoid the latest scam, what to do if you see something suspicious and how you can stop future abuse in your community.

Our panel will discuss current trends and what is being done to go after the perpetrators. You have the Power to Protect yourself and your loved ones. Come join us and learn from the experts.

Power to Protect is    sponsored by Umpqua Bank. 

TriMet Proposal to Increase Honor Citizen Fares

TriMet is proposing to increase Honored Citizen fares by $0.25 for single tickets and $2 for monthly passes beginning September 1, 2015. This is the first increase for Honored Citizens since 2010, despite increases to fares for other riders.
TriMet is inviting interested community stakeholders to a public forum on March 5, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 pm at the TriMet Transit Mobility Center, 515 NW Davis Street in downtown Portland. Your participation will help shape TriMet’s strategy to make this fare increase as painless as possible for Honored Citizen riders.   Please RSVP to Nina Jones or 503-962-2337 if you would like to attend this discussion.
 For those interested in testifying on this proposed increase, TriMet Board meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 9 am. The hearings on the proposed Honored Citizen increase will be held on April 22 and May 27. For meeting locations and details on giving testimony click here.

 

Encore Action Team makes long-awaited kiosk a reality at Portland Memory Garden

Elders in Action’s Encore Action Teams Making A Difference

One of Elders in Action’s partners, the Portland Memory Garden, had a critical project to build an information kiosk in their special garden that is designed to meet the special needs of those with memory disorders (such as Alzheimer’s disease) and to provide respite for their caregivers.  EiA contacted one of our corporate volunteer partners, Tokyo Electron Ltd., and before you know the kiosk was in place.  Read about this powerful project below.

Elders in Action’s Encore Action Teams utilize a service learning approach which creates meaningful and rewarding  hands-on service experiences for  volunteers. Our Encore Action Teams provide service activities that are completed in a day or in a series which last a few weeks. Participants achieve a greater knowledge of issues affecting older adults and the projects make a real difference in people’s lives. If interested in becoming involved in a Encore Action team give us a call at 503-235-5474.

Memory Garden Kiosk

Elder Financial Abuse Session on Nov.6 with Attny. General Ellen Rosenblum & City Commissioner Nick Fish

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Elder Financial Abuse

Listening & Learning Session

 

Please join Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for an informative panel discussion on Elder Financial Abuse.

Thursday, November 6th from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR

 This event is for older Oregonians and those who care for them. Join us to learn more about:

  • What is Financial Abuse?
  • How can I protect myself from becoming a victim?
  • Where can I report concerns or find recources for support?


RSVP at 503-235-5474 or by email
info@eldersinaction.org 

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the event to Ellen Klem at (503) 507-1061 / ellen.klem@doj.state.or.us.

Are You Interested in Helping the Most Vulnerable?

When a person is unable to manage his or her physical needs and health care then a guardian is appointed by the court. Elders in Action is an active partner with Multnomah County Public Guardian Program and SAVO (Special Advocates for Vulnerable Oregonians). These programs use volunteers in different capacities that are outlined below. We are assisting both of these important programs by actively recruiting volunteers. Please consider giving some of your time and energy to help this most vulnerable population.

Multnomah County Public Guardian Program

Some individuals have medical or cognitive problems that interfere with their ability to act in their own best interest and to provide for their own basic needs.

The Multnomah County Public Guardian Program serves as a safety net for high-risk county residents that require services that can be provided only by a guardianship or conservatorship.

Elders in Action supports the program by recruitingPublic Guardian Personal Advocate Volunteers. Volunteers support the Deputy Public Guardians by:

  • On-site client visits for service coordination and monitoring
  • Accompany clients to routine medical appointments, attend other client meetings
  • Helping clients to shop
  • Provide support, assist with quality of life enhancements

This volunteer opportunity offers a flexible schedule working in a combination of home, community and at the Multnomah County Lincoln Building downtown. Some of the benefits of this program are:

  • Opportunity to develop advocacy skills and experience working with vulnerable individuals
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of resources and services in Multnomah County
  • Volunteer in a professional setting and work in team environment
  • Mileage reimbursement for travel
If this sounds like a project you would like to invest your time and energy in then email Mark Noonan or call 503-595-7533 for more information. Training is coming up in October, so it is great timing.

Special Advocate for Vulnerable Oregonians


SAVO (Special Advocates for Vulnerable Oregonians ) has been launched

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as a first-ever, full-scale Multnomah County volunteerguardianship monitoring and assistance program. Elders in Action has been a supporter of the program since its inception.

SAVO’S Misson is to Assist the Court in Protecting Vulnerable Oregonians

The mission will be to assist the court in protecting vulnerable Oregonians by usingtrained and supervised volunteers to monitor the guardianship proceedings toreduce the potential for abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

SAVO Volunteer Monitors will provide an independent source of information to the court. Volunteer Monitors undergo training in effective guardianship monitoring from experienced trainers in the field of gerontology, elder law and disability services. Training topics include the nature of guardianship cases and recognizing abuse, neglect and exploitation. Once assigned a case, volunteer monitors will flag potential problems through review of reports and personal visits with protected persons. Concerns will then be forwarded to the Probate Court for follow-up action.


SAVO is looking for volunteers who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of adults who are vulnerable to neglect, abuse and exploitation. If you are interested in helping this Elders in Action partner, click here to fill out the form and you’ll be contact by one of their staff members.