Where do you turn when an older adult needs help with a wide range of legal issues? There are several legal services that focus on assisting the more vulnerable elderly population. Priorities include assuring that seniors obtain the financial and medical assistance essential to their well being and stopping financial, physical or psychological abuse of elders. Other services provide extensive community education programs through which elders and workers serving the elderly are educated about elders’ rights and protections under the law.
Kristy Wood, Executive Director of Guardian Partners. Guardian Partners’ mission is to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults, people experiencing disabilities, and children by monitoring guardianships and educating court-appointed guardians and money managers.
Elders in Action’s volunteers are heroes who accomplish remarkable feats every day having real impact on the lives of older adults. We want to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for their time and commitment.
You make our community stronger and a better place to live.
The Staff of Elders in Action: Barbara, Briana, Connie, Glenna, Jenny, JoAnn, Lisa, Lisha, Lois, and Mark
Tickets Are Now Available!
Silver – Your Night to Shine
A Benefit for Elders in Action
Two World Trade Center
25 SW Salmon St. Portland OR
Honored Guest Governor Barbara Roberts
Master of Ceremony Jason Sauls, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Auction items include: Wine Country Ramble, Coastal Weekend Getaway, Portland Dining & Culture Packages and many more.
April 19, 2016
9:00am to 11:00am
SE Multicultural Center
4610 SE Belmont, Portland OR
Join us for this opportunity to share your every day reality with policymakers and the public.
Goal of The People’s Forum:
To educate the public and policymakers about the realities of an aging population, the gaps in services, shrinking resources and challenges that exist for seniors and adults with Disabilities.
Lack of transportation and in-home services
Lack of affordable Housing
If you need translation services for this forum please call 503-721-6753 and leave a message specifying your language need.
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.
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 (www.geropunkproject.org); serving as a conversation facilitator for Oregon Humanities (www.oregonhumanities.org); 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
The Elders in Action Commission is a group of committed, passionate volunteers who advise and advocate on issues of concerns to older adults. If you care about elder issues give us a call at 503-235-5474 to learn more. The Elders in Action Commission have identified the following bill as their top priorities for advocacy during the 2016 legislative session.
The Gatekeeper Program is a crucial community abuse prevention program that trains front line customer service workers who have contact with vulnerable individuals to recognize changes in those people that may indicate abuse, neglect, or a need for service referral. The value provided by this preventive, cost-effective program far exceeds its minimal cost.
By the Numbers:
Since the Gatekeeper statewide initiative began in 2014:
Over 800 businesses and organizations have hosted trainings.
Over 8,600 individuals have participated in Gatekeeper trainings.
Over 2,100 Gatekeeper calls have been received by Aging and Disability Resource Centers across the state.
Over 400 of those calls were referred to Adult Protective Services for suspected abuse or neglect.
Organizations and individuals trained as Gatekeepers are critical in lowering the incidences of abuse and neglect for seniors and people with disabilities.
2) Housing funding and policy enhancement bills
A variety of bills will be considered that will support tenants’ rights, expand local governments’ ability to incentivize affordable housing and increase funding for affordable housing development in the state. Major bills include a bill sponsored by Senator Dembrow that would lift the state ban on Inclusionary Zoning and Representative Keny-Geyer’s Housing Relief Act which would, among other things, increase the notice period for no-cause evictions and rent increases, and prohibit rent increases during first year of tenancy. Also in the mix are budget requests of $27.5 million for preserving existing affordable housing and developing additional units.
3) General Assistance
This would fund general assistance for the state’s lowest income residents. Financial support would be provided to those waiting for pending Social Security Income and Social Security Disability Income. This has not been funded since 2005.
4) Basic Health Plan
This bill would provide a healthcare insurance framework, based on the Oregon Health Plan model, to individuals between 138% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. It would provide reasonable premiums and co-pays for this lower income population.
5) Raise the Minimum Wage
This legislation would set dates by which specific minimum wages would be required in various parts of the state. Lower minimums would be likely in the more rural parts of the state. At $9.25, Oregon’s minimum wage is the nation’s second-highest, behind only Washington’s $9.47. Any action by the Legislature would probably make Oregon’s the highest, possibly by a significant margin.
Elder Abuse Prosecutor Funding
Elders in Action also supports Attorney General, Ellen Rosembaum’s request for funding for an Elders Abuse Prosecutor. Reports of elder abuse have risen significantly over the past several years and the capacity to prosecute these cases has been low. These funds would support a resource at the state level that would provide technical, legal and educational support to Legal staff throughout the state. This bill is a major priority for Elders in Action so you can expect a call to action sometime during the 2016 session.
LOCATION: 15300 SW 116th Avenue
King City, OR 97224 – 2693
Friends of Trees and Clean Water Services are continuing their efforts to enhance wetland vegetation in King City Park, which is adjacent to the Tualatin River.
To register call Mark at 503-595-7533 or click here to email.
Only 10 spots remain, call today!
If this project doesn’t work for you? Don’t give up!
For the ninth year in a row, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and Hands On Greater Portland are teaming up on MLK Day to make it easy for you to take action across Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark Counties and make a difference through volunteer service. Click here to find many other projects in your neighborhood.