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.
Get Ready for the 2015 State Legislative Session!
Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel
Monday, December 15, 2014
6:00 to 8: 00 p.m.
Portland Building, 2nd floor, Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland
This “Advocacy 101” event will provide community members with tips on how to be an effective advocate for your community or neighborhood during this upcoming 2015 state legislative session and 114th Congress. A panel of elected officials, congressional staff, and professional advocates will share their advice and answer questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state and federal levels.
- Sen. Michael Dembrow (HD 23)
- Rep. Jennifer Williamson (HD 36)
- Grace Neal, Field Director for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
- Felisa Hagins, SEIU Local 49
Information you will gain from the panel:
- How to work effectively with legislators and their staff
- Strategies for mobilizing your base of membership or coalitions to maximize advocacy impact
- Lobbying do’s and don’ts
For more information or to address accessibility needs:
The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please notify us by Tuesday, December 9 if you need assistance.
PHONE: (503) 823-3093
TTY: (503) 823-6868
Oregon Relay Service at (800) 735-2900
The event is located on the downtown transit mall next to Yellow and Green MAX lines. www.trimet.org
Questions about specific legislative items? How to reach the Mayor and City Commissioners
If you have questions about specific legislative issues please contact City Council offices using this link, which has contact information for City Council offices (see photos of Mayor and Commissioners on right side of page): http://www.portlandoregon.gov
City of Portland, Office of Mayor Hales, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Government Relations
From the west hills to the eastern border of the City of Portland we have gaps in our sidewalk system, dangerous crosswalks along major arterials and inaccessible transit stations making travel difficult and dangerous for a large portion of our population. Older adults and people with disabilities using canes, walkers or mobility devices require safe sidewalks, ADA access ramps and well-timed and maintained crosswalks to access the services provided by retail, medical and entertainment establishments in the City.
In the tri-county area, between 2010 and 2030, Metro projects a growth of 106% in the number of those aged 65 and older compared to an increase of 34.6% in the region’s population overall. Both the City and Multnomah County have adopted the Age Friendly Action Plan focusing on future development and activities that foster physical, social, and service environments that make Portland and the County attractive and accessible to all ages and abilities. An important recommendation of this plan is to “dedicate appropriate funding to create an accessible and integrated transportation system that meets the needs of a rapidly aging population”.
Since May of 2014, two city work groups and an advisory committee, formed by the Mayor and Commissioner Novick, have worked with Portland Bureau of Transportation staff and City Council to revise the proposed Transportation User Fee. Some workgroup members have strongly advocated for the majority of funds generated by such a fee or tax to be used from “curb to curb” for maintenance of pavement. Only 25% of the funds, they suggest, should be allocated to safety improvements. It is important to note that while this allocation scheme benefits automobiles it does not address the needs of pedestrians and alternately-abled individuals in the City.
All parties involved in the revision of the proposed Transportation Fee agree that any new transportation funding should allocate revenue to both maintenance and safety improvements to our city’s transportation system. City Council will ultimately decide how best to proportion the dedication of these funds. It is our hope that the final distribution scheme weighs equally the needs of those travelling by foot or using mobility devices with those travelling by car. We strongly encourage Council to establish a 50-50 funding distribution between maintenance and safety projects as part of any new transportation funding scheme.
Elders in Action
Portland EXPO 2014
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 email@example.com.
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 www.diabetes.org/portlandstepout.
- See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/diabetes-expos/portland/#sthash.Is1J5xu1.dpuf
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 / email@example.com.