Join the experts on elder fraud prevention in Hillsboro on June 24

Have you ever received a letter, email or phone call and thought  “that’s unusual”?
If you have, then you have taken the first step toward protecting yourself from financial fraud.
Elders in Action in partnership with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection and the City of  Hillsboro are hosting a fraud prevention panel called Power to  Protect 
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
1:30 – 3:00 pm

750 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 

Come join our panel of experts:
 * Ellen Klem – Oregon Dept of Justice 
* Detective Pat Brady – City of Hillsboro Police Dept. 
* Marcia Langer – Washington County Sheriff Office 
* Giberto Pena – EiA’s Personal Advocates 
*  Barbara Bernstein EiA Exec. Director 

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!


Oregon is counting on your voice! 
The Oregon State Legislature is in its final days of the 2015 session and now is the time take action for housing! Your State Legislators and the Co-Chairs of our Ways and Means Committee (Senator Devlin andRepresentative Buckley) need to hear from you that housing is Oregon’s priority.
Please take 10 minutes out of your day and make 4 phone calls or send 4 emails. Tell Oregon leaders why housing matters to you and ask them to invest in housing for Oregonians with the Governor’s $100 million and robust funding for our emergency housing funds: EHA and SHAP.

First Congregational 
United Church of Christ 
1126 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Sunday, July 5, 2015
3PM – 6PM



  • Free Performance
  • Q&A with Storytellers
  • Light Refreshments
  • Live Music

Are you eligible for a permanent exemption from the Arts Tax?


Date: February 19, 2015
Contact: Thomas W. Lannom  Revenue Division Director (503) 823-5154

Reminder: $35 Arts Tax Payment is Due April 15
The City of Portland Revenue Division is now accepting payments for the Arts Education and Access Income Tax (“Arts Tax”) approved by Portland voters in 2012. The annual tax is due on April 15 and is $35 for most Portland residents. Last week the Revenue Division began sending 142,000 Arts Tax reminder e-mails to Portlanders as the first step in a planned series of notifications.
Portlanders can file and pay the $35 Arts Tax online at by selecting “File/Pay My 2014 Arts Tax.” It takes most people three to four minutes to complete the payment process and receive an e-mail receipt.
“It is our hope that many Portlanders will choose to file and pay online,” noted Revenue Division Director Thomas Lannom. “Paying online is fast, easy, green, and keeps administration costs low so more money flows to schools and arts organizations,” he added.

There are four other ways to file and pay the Arts Tax:
1) Taxpayers can file online and choose to pay by mailing in a check with a voucher they can print out from the website.
2) New this year, the Arts Tax form is available in leading tax preparation software products like H&R Block and TurboTax (starting March 5).
3) Taxpayers can pick up a paper tax return by visiting our office at 111 SW Columbia Street or their local library or neighborhood office beginning in March.
4) Taxpayers that have not filed by March 2 will receive a paper tax return in the mail. Filing online before March 2 removes the taxpayer from the list to receive a paper form which reduces program administration costs.

Also new this year:
1) A Permanent Senior Filing Exemption Program. Qualifying taxpayers 70 years
old or older with only non-taxable income (for example, Social Security, Federal Employee Retirement, Oregon Public Employee Retirement, U.S. Treasury interest) OR income below the 2014 federal poverty-level can request a permanent senior filing exemption. For more information call the Arts Tax helpline at 503-865-4ART (4278). A downloadable copy of the exemption form for seniors is available at

2) The Arts Tax form is now available in 10 languages at  Available languages include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Laotian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

The Arts Tax funds about 70 art and music teachers in Portland area schools as well as local arts organizations through a partnership with the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). Schools and RACC have received a combined $15.5 million to date.

Tax disbursement details are available at For a list of arts organizations receiving funding, visit the RACC website at

Join Elders in Action at the American Diabetes Expo on November 22

Portland EXPO 2014

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Begin your journey to health at the American Diabetes Association EXPO. Find out your risk for developing diabetes, stroke and heart attack with our free health screenings. Learn how to eat healthy, be active and change the future of diabetes in Oregon at the largest gathering dedicated to health.

The EXPO is FREE and includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, over 70 product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management, behavior change and prevention. Learn tips to stay healthy from head to toe.

Visit the American Diabetes Association EXPO Portland and Join the Millions® in the fight to Stop Diabetes®. Learn how to live healthy, be active and change the future of diabetes for you and your family.

Have a question about EXPO? Contact Jessica Gould at 503-736-2770 ext. 7294 or

Step Out at EXPO

This year our annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event is moving to the Oregon Convention Center the morning of EXPO. Join us and walk to support the American Diabetes Association.

Register today at

– See more at:

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.

Seniors, people with disabilities at risk in high heat

July 9, 2014

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Multnomah County is urging friends and neighbors to pay close attention to elders and people with disabilities as temperatures are expected to stay high this week.

Seniors and those with disabilities should:

  • Drink more water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
  • Buddy up! Check on a friend and have them do the same for you.
  • Schedule tasks to avoid midday heat.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • If you have to use a fan, don’t set it up to blow directly on you. Instead, use it to create cross ventilation in your home.
  • Spray or sponge yourself with cool water.
  • Try not to use your stove and oven.

Questions? Call Multnomah County Aging & Disability Services at 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683 or online at