2 – 4 – 6 – 8 ……

Who Do We Appreciate?


Advocates working


Event Committee members planning


Activists demonstrating


Volunteers building

We appreciate Elders in Action’s Incredible Volunteers

We are thankful for this amazing group of men and women who are committed to making a difference in the lives of older adults throughout the greater Portland metro area.
Last year our:
  • Personal Advocate staff and volunteers assisted over 3000 people.
  • Elders in Action Commissioners supported seven bills through the legislative session.
  • Community Engagement volunteers educated over 6780 at 134 community events.
  • Age-Friendly program engaged businesses and the community on how to involve and serve our aging population.

Thank you to our active and vibrant volunteer advocates committed to helping older adults: 

          • Keep connected 
          • Stay engaged
          • Be empowered
Join our group of dynamic volunteers! 
Learn more about becoming an Elders in Action volunteer by calling 503.235.5474 or by visiting ourwebsite.

Matricular ahora para 2015 Envejeciendo Bien Conferencia

Envejeciendo Bien Conferencia

(Aging Well Conference) 2015

Sábado 3 de octubre de 2015     8 a. m. – 12:30 p. m.

Edificio de Ciencias Colaborativas de la Vida (Collaborative Life Sciences Building) OHSU, 2730 SW Moody Avenue, al pie del cruce Tilikum

Registro gratuito: http://bit.ly/AgeWell2015

(877) 926-8300   Se ofrecerá desayuno

TEMAS A TRATAR • Trabajo voluntario para mejorar la salud del cerebro • Cómo recortar cosas y permanecer en casa • Mantenerse activo, sin importar qué • Encontrar recursos para usted o para un ser querido • Cocinar para el bienestar y dentro del presupuesto.


Spanish 2015 Aging Well Conference Poster

Matricular ahora para Envejeciendo Bien Conferencia en el 3 de octubre.


Register now for the ‘What Are Old People For’ Event on October 16

You are invited to

What Are Old People For?

    Building A Community For All Ages

Join us to learn about the progress of the Age-Friendly Portland & Multnomah County initiatives, how to become engaged in the community-based effort, and to hear Dr. Janet Taylor’s keynote presentation on the value of older adults as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Keynote presentation will be delivered by Janet Taylor, MD.
Janet is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to the CBS  “The Early Show”, NBC “The Today Show”, CNN, MSNBC and ABC.com’s webcast, “Mom’s Get Real”.  She also has a  column in Family Circle magazine is titled, “Ask Dr. Jane”.
October 16th
Warner Pacific  College
2219 SE 68th Ave.
Portland, OR 97215
Main Campus
(68th & SE Division)

Sponsored by:
AARP Oregon, Portland State University Institute on Aging  & Multnomah County 

What Are Old People For? Building A Community For All Ages

You are invited to

What Are Old People For?



Building A Community For All Ages

Join us to learn about the progress of the Age Friendly Portland Initiative and how you can be part of this fantastic community engagement effort.

Keynote will be delivered by Janet Taylor, MD.
Janet is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to the CBS  “The Early Show”, NBC “The Today Show”, CNN, MSNBC and ABC.com’s webcast, “Mom’s Get Real”.  She also has a  column in Family Circle magazine is titled, “Ask Dr. Janet”
Dr. Janet will be discussing a global perspective on the value of older adults as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Come and listen to local advocates, representatives and community members about our next steps in the Age Friendly Portland movement.
Registration will begin in September, 2015.


 Friday, October 16th   9:30-11:30am


Warner Pacific  College

McGuire Auditorium

2219 SE 68th Ave. Portland, OR 97215


Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program


You can help Elders in Action donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give.

Here’s how the program works:

  • You can search for Elders in Action by our name or by our non-profit number  Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Elders in Action earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

For more information, please visit  www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards







Summer may be ending but the Action has not

Catch the Orange Line with 
Elders in Action
Date: September  12
Time:  9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
PLACE: Lincoln Station
229 SW Lincoln St., Portland, OR
It’s a historic day with a party to match!
On September 12, 2015, we’re coming together as communities, neighbors, families and riders to celebrate the opening of the MAX Orange Line. There’ll be fun events and activities happening along the new line, and rides on MAX, TriMet buses, Portland Streetcar and the Aerial Tram will be free all day.  Come to Elders in Action’s booth at Lincoln Station where you’ll see:
9:10 a.m.   First train arrives Lincoln Station
11:00 a.m. Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet
1:30 p.m. The SlimJims: party to five decades of American Roots Music
3:30 p.m. Portland Pride Marching Band
4:00 p.m. The American Music Project Pacific Jazz Crest Orchestra: award winning 18-piece student jazz band under the direction of Thara Memory

Housing Advocacy with 

East County Action Plan
DATE:  Saturday, August 29, 2015
TIME: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: David Douglas High School, 1001 SE 135th Ave.
Every day we get calls from older adults who are losing their housing to rising rents, gentrification and people moving to Portland to enjoy it’s quality of life. Some of these trends are positive while others are having profound negative impacts on our local older adults and other minority communities. Join advocates this Saturday to learn about how we can work to ensure our community grows in a positive way without displacing our current residents and communities.
Free Lunch and Childcare provided
For questions, email Lore Wintergreen or call 503.823.4035 .  For a copy of the agenda click here.
Sponsored by:  East Portland Neighborhood Office

2015 Aging Well Conference
DATE: October 3, 2015
TIME: 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
PLACE: OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building 2730 S.W. Moody
Refreshments provided

Topics include:

  • Brain Health and Volunteering
  • Housing and Aging in Place
  • Active Living and Movement
  • Finding Resources For Yourself or a Loved One
  • Nutrition and Cooking on a Budget
Registration will open in September. For questions, email oraarp@aarp.org
Sponsored by: AARP-OR, Multnomah County, Portland State, OHSU, Natonal Hardford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, and Elders in Action.

Building a community for all ages!
DATE:  October 16, 2015
TIME: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Avenue ∙ Portland
Join us to learn about the progress of the Age-Friendly Portland initiative and how you can be a part of this  community engagement effort!
The event will feature Dr. Janet Taylor. Dr. Janet is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City. She is a frequent contributor to the CBS ” The Early Show,” NBC “The Today Show”, CNN, MSNBC and ABC.com’s regular webcast’, “Mom’s Get Real”, Her column in Family Circle magazine is titled, “Ask Dr. Janet”  She will be discussing a national perspective on the value of older adults as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. Registration will begins in September.  For questions, email info@eldersinaction.org
Sponsored by:  AARP-OR, Elders in Action, and PSU Institute on Aging.

EiA Commission – How’d we do in Salem this year?


The Legislative Session ended in June and the Elders in Action Commission was pleased with the results. While not all the bills the Commission advocated for passed, many did very well:


CARE Act (HB 3378)    Proponent:   AARP

The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act will provide a patient admitted to the hospital an opportunity to name a family caregiver who is recorded in the medical record; alert the family caregiver prior to the patient being discharged; and provide the family caregivers a live demonstration on how to perform post-discharge care.

Senior Property Tax Deferral   

Proponents:  Multnomah County

Modifies the eligibility requirements to better reflect the goals of the program.

Earned Sick Leave  (HB 454)       
Proponent: Family Forward Oregon, Multnomah County

Requires employers to let employees earn sick days to recover from illness and take care of sick kids without losing critical income or their jobs.
Ban the Box  (HB 3025)  

 Proponents: Urban League of Portland, Oregon Action and AFL-CIO
Would eliminate job and housing discrimination against people with arrest and conviction histories by “banning the box”, or prohibiting the placement of box on job and housing applications that requires applicants to mark “yes” if they have ever been arrested or convicted.

 End Profiling   (HB-2002)

Proponent:  Center for Intercultural Organizing

Prohibits law enforcement agencies and officers from profiling based on specified personal characteristics or circumstances of individuals, except when tied to a specific suspect description or credible information related to criminal incidents or activity.

Inclusionary Zoning  (HB 2564)   
Proponent:  Coalition by OPAL

This bill would have repealed the existing ban on inclusionary zoning in Oregon. Inclusionary zoning or inclusionary housing, as it is also known, is a land use practice that requires affordable housing units to be built along with market rate housing, typically in new developments.

Raise Minimum Wage 
(HB 2009/SB 610) 
Proponents:   15 NOW Oregon
Would raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $15.00/hour for most workers by January 2016. Businesses with less than 10 employees would be eligible for a two year phase-in process where the minimum wage would rise to $12.50 per hour in 2016 and to $15 per hour in 2017.
Other Good News…. The Legislature approved $60 million for housing programs, $40 million; will go to support housing for low income families and $20 million will create housing for people with mental illness. Another $2.5 million in lottery backed funds was approved to preserve affordable housing.