Age-Friendly Business Event: May 24th

Portland is known as a great place to be an older adult. We have great transit, progressive city planning, and are well-known for being community-minded.

Join research experts and business leaders to discuss how current demographic shifts mean big things for our local economy – and your business!


Claudia Knotek of New Seasons and

Alan DeLaTorre of Portland State University’s Institute on Aging

will discuss why being “age-friendly” is good business.

Complimentary beer and snacks provided.

Hour-long presentation begins at 6pm.

RSVP HERE  or to

Join Us for our Fall “Pop Up” Event for Beer, Pizza and Fun!


Lagunitas Brewing Company has done a wonderful thing by opening up a Community Room for local Non-Profits to use so Elders in Action is going to have a get- together!

Join Elders in Action’s staff, volunteers, friends, and partners for a Fall Pop-Up event with Brews, Pizza, Raffle Prizes and special Guest Speakers.

Learn about Elders in Action’s wonderful programs and meet our extraordinary volunteers who help us fulfill our mission of assuring a vibrant community through the active involvement of older adults.

Drop in any time between 5:30-8:30 but last call and raffle prizes will be around 8pm. Beer and wine are offered with $5 donation which include raffle ticket and pizza.

Lagunitas Community Room is at 287 NE Broadway Suite 300, Portland OR 97232.. Public Transit: On streetcar Loop A, Bus #4-Division/Fessenden to St Johns, Bus 17-Holgate/Broadway to NE Saratoga & 27th , Close to MAX Red, Blue & Green.

RSVP on Face Book by clicking here or call Elders in Action at 503-235-5474.
Elders in Action is supporting the Yes on Affordable Homes campaign.



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Continue telling Fred Meyer where to give $2.7 million to organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington by relinking your Rewards Card to Elders in Action’s Community Rewards.

Here’s how to re-enroll:

Silver – Your Night to Shine on April 22, 2016

You Are Invited to 

A Benefit for Elders in Action’s Personal Advocate Program
Join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, music
and a live auction.  We are delighted to have
Governor Barbara Roberts as our honored guest and
Jason Sauls from Oregon Public Broadcasting as the MC.
Two World Trade Center – Sky Bridge Terrace
25 SW Salmon Street, Portland, Oregon 97204
Individual tickets $100
Click here to purchase tickets online or
or by calling (503) 235-5474
If you would like to make a donation to
Elders in Action’s Personal Advocate Program click here.
Auction packages include:
Book Reading with Governor Barbara Roberts
Host a gathering of up to twelve friends to listen to Former Governor Barbara Roberts read from her memoir, Up the Capital Steps.
One week in the South of France
Sunshine, beaches, good wine, and pastries – this is your week in the fishing village of Sanary-sur-Mer in Provence, France.
Wine Country Ramble
Savor an array of exquisite wines and enjoy Oregon’s amazing wine country. This package includes two nights’ lodging for two in McMinnville, transportation for up to 10 with Best Oregon Tours and tastings at six wineries.
Sellwood/Westmorland Walk About
Sample all that Westmoreland and Sellwood, two fantastic Portland neighborhoods, have to offer. Overnight stay at a local AirBnB home along with plenty of shopping, dining, pampering and other great experiences.
Thank you to our sponsors:

Welcome To Our New Team Members – Lisha and Jenny

Welcome to Our New Team Members!
Elders in Action is thrilled to announce two wonderful additions to our team!
Lisha Shrestha, our new Civic Involvement Coordinator, will be coordinating our Commission, and will be starting her position on March 1st.  Jenny Sasser Ph. D.  is joining our team as the Age Friendly Program Coordinator on April 1st. Below are short introductions.


Lisha is a native of Nepal with extensive education and experience in conflict resolution and community engagement with Portland’s immigrant and refugee communities. She holds a Masters in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and a Masters in Human and Natural Resource Studies from Kathmandu University. She has extensively researched and authored chapters on conflict, peace and dialogue, land conflict, migration, food and human security. She is a trained facilitator on intergroup dialogue, a certified mediator and has developed culturally specific training manual.  Her research based article on “Inclusive Land Policy and Human Security in Post Conflict Situation” was supported by Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research: NCCR North-South. She is also the recipient of PSU President’s Diversity Award, 2015.

Lisha’s professional background includes case management and facilitation at Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and commission coordination for the New Portlander Program in Office of Neighborhood Involvement, City of Portland. While at IRCO, she elevated women and elders’ project into entrepreneurial development and into a self-help program for newly arrived folks struggling with self-worth and social isolation. One of her most satisfying moment was when she organized first refugee run mini-farmer’s market at IRCO in 2014.

In her free time, she likes to hike, cook new dishes together with her husband Surya Joshi.


Jennifer (Jenny) Sasser, Ph.D. is an educational gerontologist, transdisciplinary scholar, and community activist.

Jenny has been working in the field of gerontology for more than half her life, beginning as a nursing assistant and senior citizen advocate before focusing on scholarly inquiry and education.  As an undergraduate she attended Willamette University, in Salem, Oregon, graduating Cum Laude in Psychology and Music; her interdisciplinary graduate studies at University of Oregon and Oregon State University focused on the Human Sciences, with specialization areas in adult development and aging, women’s studies, and critical social theory and alternative research methodologies. Jenny’s dissertation became part of a book published by Routledge in 1996 and co-authored with Dr. Janet Lee–Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary US Society.

For the past twenty years she has focused her inquiry in the areas of creativity in later life; aging and embodiment; transdisciplinary curriculum design; critical Gerontological theory; transformational adult learning practices; and cross-generational collaborative inquiry. Jenny served as Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Founding Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University from 1999 to 2015.  She joined the Marylhurst faculty as an adjunct member of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program in 1997 and during the subsequent 19 years was involved in designing many on-campus and web-based courses and programs for adult learners.

Jenny is co-author, with Dr. Harry R. Moody, of Aging: Concepts and Controversies (9th edition) and of the forthcoming book from Routledge, U.K., Gerontology: The basics. Her other ongoing commitments include convening the Gero-Punk Project (; serving as a conversation facilitator for Oregon Humanities (; and offering consulting, workshops and presentations throughout North America.  An award-winning educator, Jenny’s recent citations include the 2012 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Distinguished Teacher award and a Willamette University Distinguished Alumni award in 2014.

Jenny lives in Portland, Oregon with her dog Happy and near her partner Simeon Dreyfuss. Her daughter Isobel is a Sophomore at Bard College in New York state.


Ask Legislators to restore funding to fight elder abuse
Reinstate Gatekeeper funding.

With a rise in community based abuse of the elderly in Oregon, our vulnerable friends and neighbors need help to stay safe and independent in their homes and communities. Advocates are seeking reinstatement of funding for the Gatekeeper program to help lower the rate of abuse and neglect for seniors.

Take a moment today to talk to Legislators – Help protect seniors in our communities. Reinstate funding for the Gatekeeper program.

If you care about this program, you can let your Legislators know:
  1.  The Gatekeeper program is a research based, proven program to lower abuse and neglect.  O4AD is recommending the reinstatement of funding for a program that was up and running during 2013-15 and is working to remain in a very limited capacity now.
  2.  We are in an age of increasing elder abuse.  A senior who is abused is 3 times more likely to be admitted to  hospital care and 4 times more likely to be admitted to care in a nursing facility. The cost to healthcare systems, to long-term care systems and, to communities is tremendous. Educating our community about how to help makes financial sense.

  3.  The Gatekeeper program is a cost effective, community based, abuse prevention program that maximizes community resources.  This is a small investment to increase our communities overall response to abuse.

Download our one pager on the Gatekeeper program HERE.

And download our one pager that talks about the cost of abuse and the importance of elder abuse prevention HERE.

Take a moment to contact members of Ways & Means to ask for their support.
Co-Chair for Ways & Means members are:
Senator Richard Devlin, Co Chair, Ways & Means Full Committee
Representative Peter Buckley, Co Chair, Ways & Means Full Committee
O4AD,  Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities ,is committed to promoting the independence, dignity, choice, quality and safety of Oregon’s seniors and people with disabilities.

Have you ever received a letter, an email or a phone call and thought “hmmm…that’s unusual”?
If you have, then you have taken the first step towards protecting yourself from financial fraud.  Join Elders in Action in partnership with the Oregon Department of Justice and Clackamas County for a fraud prevention panel called “You Have the Power to Protect yourself and your friends”.
This event will be held:                
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 
 1:30 pm -3:00 pm
Milwaukie Public Safety Building
3200 SE Harrison, Milwaukie, OR   97222 
Come join our panel of experts:
  • Ellen Klem, Oregon Department of Justice
  • Tami Black, Clackamas Adult Protective Service
  • Officer Kevin Krebs, Milwaukie Police 
  • Bob Magee, Elders in Action Personal Advocate
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 pursue the perpetrators. You have the Power to Protect yourself and your loved ones. Come join us and learn from the experts.  For more information call Elders in Action at 503-235-5474 or email .
Sponsored by: 

Did you know you may not have to pay the Portland Arts Tax?
You can file for an exemption if:
  • Your only taxable income was less than $11,770 in 2015.
  • You are over 70 years old and meet income guidelines.
  • You are permanently disabled and meet income guidelines. (New exemption)
Need help deciding what form to fill out or assistance completing the form?  Contact Elders in Action at 503-235-5474 or email here.

Tickets Are Now Available

Tickets for Silver- Your Night To Shine Are Now Available with Directions and Parking Info

Save the Date rev 1

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 5:00-7:30 p.m.
The World Trade Center, Portland

Tickets: $100 and can purchased by clicking here.

Directions and parking information for the event:

Located under Two World Trade Center off of Taylor Street
Please note: rates are not guaranteed and are subject to change

Monday – Friday $5.00 per hour
$16.00 max daily

$3.00 flat rate between the hours of 4:30pm-midnight

$4.00 flat rate Friday night between the hours of 4:30pm-8:00pm

Friday – Saturday nights
$5.00 flat after 8:00pm

Saturday – Sunday
$4.00 flat 6:00am-8:00pm

Contact Info:
Operated by: Parking Management Center
56 SW Taylor St
Portland, OR 97204

121 SW Salmon
Two World Trade Center
Portland Oregon, 97204

Your financial support does make a difference!

Greetings from Steven R. Clark, Elders in Actions Board President:stevenclark

All of us need help in our lives at one time or another. As we age, we may lose our support structure that allows us to remain independent – family may live in another state, we may out live our friends, and we live on a fixed income. Your financial support of Elders in Action ensures there is always someone to turn to for help, as Ginny did.

Ginny, who is 81 years old, called Elders in Action recently to ask for help sorting out her medical bills. She had set up a payment plan with her provider, but was uncertain about what it was for. When Elders in Action Personal Advocate, Mary S., arrived at Ginny’s home to assist her, she discovered there were issues of more pressing concern.

Ginny’s checking account was overdrawn. She had some confusion about how her bills were paid –some were auto withdrawal from her bank, some by credit card, others by check, making it all hard to track. Ginny was chronically late paying her bills and was spending her limited income on subscriptions and donations she couldn’t afford.

With Mary’s assistance and encouragement, Ginny was able to qualify for a payment assistance program for her medical bills and resolve her late payments and overdraft fees. Together, they were able to find $2,400 in yearly savings by reviewing Ginny’s budget and cancelling unaffordable donations and subscriptions. This savings will allow Ginny to retain her independence and feel secure in her housing.

Our volunteers like to call a situation like Ginny’s “peeling the onion”. Through careful listening and attention, Personal Advocates may find and assist with a deeper problem than initially presented to help the older adult back onto the road of well-being and security.

Each of the last three years we have seen a yearly increase of 20% in requests for support from our personal advocate program –approximately 500 more seniors are calling us each year. Last year your support enabled us to add a part-time position. That was a start but we want to do more. Your support will help us to move closer to our goal of making this position full time.

In addition, your support will allow us to develop strategies to serve older adults from diverse communities more effectively and will ensure we can continue our advocacy for an age friendly community. It is my privilege to lead an organization that exists to advocate for and help older adults. We all need help at various points in our lives and because of you; older adults like Ginny, will always have Elders in Action to reach out to.

Today I ask that you please give generously. Please join me and the Board members of Elders in Action, with a donation to help us meet our goal of raising $15,000 during our year-end campaign.  Your financial support does make a difference!


P.S. I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to Save the Date! The date of our Annual Gala is April 22, 2016. Join us to hear in person about the impact your donation makes in the lives of older adults. I hope to see you there!