Re-enroll Your Fred Meyer’s Rewards Card To Help Elders in Action

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RE-ENROLL YOUR REWARDS CARD TO ELDERS IN ACTION
AND CONTINUE EARNING DONATIONS BY SHOPPING!

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:

  • Relink your card to our Community Rewards program through an email sent to all customers on June 8 OR by logging on to your account at  www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
  • Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card you continue to help us
    earn a donation!
  • Remember, you still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates.
  • For more information about Fred Meyer Community Rewards Customer
    Re-enrollment, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards

Legal Service for the Older Adults and Emergency Prepareness

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.

Elders in Action in partnership with the Multnomah Bar Foundation will explore some of these services in the next topic of our Elder Safety Net Series called:
Legal Services for the Elderly
Friday, May 6, 2016
10:00 am -12:00 pm

Guardian Partners Office, 

10814 NE Halsey, Portland, OR 97220
(109th & NE Halsey St)

Our local panel of experts are:
  • 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.
  • Kristen McCall, Attorney, Pickett Dummigan LLP.  Pickett Dummigan LLP, Portland personal injury law firm, that bring more than 100 years of combined experience to people in the Pacific Northwest.
Parking available on site. Public transportation on Line 77-Broadway/Halsey. Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP email here or call 503-235-5474.

Get Prepared for both Long and Short Term Emergencies


Everyone has heard about the threat of a major earthquake on the Cascadian fault but you should also be aware of the hazards of heat emergencies that will be coming as our summers get hotter.
Elders in Action in cooperation of Multnomah County Emergency Preparedness andPortland Fire & Rescue will be doing a training on emergency preparations for both situations on Wednesday, May 11 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Ride Connection (9955 NE Glisan St., Portland OR).
  • Jennifer Masotja from Multnomah County Emergency Preparedness will discuss,“Preparing for Cascadia”
  • Kim Kosmas from Portland Fire & Rescue will focus on “Dealing with Heat Emergencies in Portland’s Rapidly Changing Summers”. 

To sign up please RSVP to Elders in Action at 503-234-5474 or email by clicking here.Space is limited and refreshment will be served.

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities

Celebrate National Volunteer Week 
April 10-16, 2016 
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

Individual

 tickets $100
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
        • Isolation
        • Food insecurity
        • Elder abuse
        • Financial insecurities
If you need translation services for this forum please call 503-721-6753 and leave a message specifying your language need.
 

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 

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.

Jenny

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.

Welcome!

ACTION ALERT!  
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 info@eldersinaction.org .
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