Join the experts on elder fraud prevention in Hillsboro on June 24

Have you ever received a letter, email or phone call and thought  “that’s unusual”?
If you have, then you have taken the first step toward protecting yourself from financial fraud.
Elders in Action in partnership with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection and the City of  Hillsboro are hosting a fraud prevention panel called Power to  Protect 
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
1:30 – 3:00 pm

750 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 

Come join our panel of experts:
 * Ellen Klem – Oregon Dept of Justice 
* Detective Pat Brady – City of Hillsboro Police Dept. 
* Marcia Langer – Washington County Sheriff Office 
* Giberto Pena – EiA’s Personal Advocates 
*  Barbara Bernstein EiA Exec. Director 

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 go after the perpetrators. You have the Power to Protect yourself and your loved ones.

Come join us and learn from the experts!


Oregon is counting on your voice! 
The Oregon State Legislature is in its final days of the 2015 session and now is the time take action for housing! Your State Legislators and the Co-Chairs of our Ways and Means Committee (Senator Devlin andRepresentative Buckley) need to hear from you that housing is Oregon’s priority.
Please take 10 minutes out of your day and make 4 phone calls or send 4 emails. Tell Oregon leaders why housing matters to you and ask them to invest in housing for Oregonians with the Governor’s $100 million and robust funding for our emergency housing funds: EHA and SHAP.

First Congregational 
United Church of Christ 
1126 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Sunday, July 5, 2015
3PM – 6PM



  • Free Performance
  • Q&A with Storytellers
  • Light Refreshments
  • Live Music

Position Announcement Deputy Director

Position Announcement  Deputy Director

Supervisor: Executive Director

Directly Supervises: Program Staff

Employment Status:  Regular, Full-time, and Exempt


Elders in Action is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the quality of life for older adults never depends on their age. Founded in 1968 as the Portland Multnomah Commission on Aging and incorporated in 1997 as a private nonprofit, our mission is to ensure a vibrant community through the active involvement of older adults. We are a small staff of seven and are powered by the experience and talent of over 150 volunteers.

Located in Portland, OR, we serve the aging population 60+ throughout the tri-county area by offering personal support, educational programs, advocacy and volunteer engagement. Our vision is to create a community that promotes opportunities for all older adults to be active and engaged and to contribute in meaningful ways to the health and vitality of our community.

As Elders in Action approaches its 50th Anniversary, we are embarking on an organizational review of our vision, mission and goals with the intention ensuring that Elders in Action maintains its relevance to a growing and increasingly diverse older adult population in the Portland Metro area. The ideal candidate will be interested and be a leader in this effort to ensure Elders in Action is inclusive and representative of the diversity of our community elders.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will have both internal and external responsibilities ranging from staff management, program development and implementation, assisting with developing agency-funding strategies, to management and administration. The Deputy Director will work with the Executive Director to facilitate the agency’s work plan development, strategic goals and grant management activities.


  • Facilitates goal setting and agency program development
  • Assists Executive Director with overall management of activities including assisting with agency funding approaches
  • Manages the agencies programs and the program staff
  • Maintains relationships with community partners, funders, businesses and the public
  • Supervises the implementation and evaluation of grant funded programs
  • Identify best practices and improve/enhance internal systems with a focus on needs and budget realities
  • Develop and implement education and training opportunities with staff, partners and community groups
  • Actively assist with agency volunteer management
  • Serves as the acting director in the absence of the Executive Director


  • 5+ years experience in a leadership position preferably in a non-profit organization
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Business, Management, Human Services, related field or equivalent experience
  • Experience and skill in working with a board of directors, advisory groups and volunteers
  • Knowledge of current trends, issues and challenges facing older adults
  • Must be willing to work in a small office environment and be willing to work collaboratively with team members
  • Excellent management, supervision and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships within the Portland community
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Experience with working with older adults and a commitment to Elders in Action mission
  • Ability to work with efficiency, flexibility and professionalism

Salary Range: $48,000-$52,000

To Apply:

Qualified and interested candidates should submit the following items listed below (PDF format preferred) to Barbara Bernstein, Executive Director at with the subject line “Deputy Director Position” by 5pm on Monday, June 8th, 2015.

  • One-page cover letter which includes your interest and qualifications for this position
  • Resume
  • Three professional references

Elders in Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Elders in Action’s New Executive Director – Barbara Bernstein

Barbara Bernstein Executive Director

Barbara Bernstein
Executive Director

I am excited to have accepted the position of Executive Director of Elders in Action offered to me by the Board of Directors last Thursday. I will officially begin my position May 18th. I feel privileged to have been offered this position for many reasons, among them:

  • I will continue to work with a small team of dedicated professionals who care deeply about older adults and are thinking creatively about how to serve this growing population.
  • Elders in Action has a Board that describes itself as a working Board -and it is! From fundraising to elevating the discussion of equity to the top of the priority list, our Board is dedicated to moving this organization forward.
  • I work with amazing volunteers (135) who last year contributed 12,175 hours of service providing for the needs and interests of older adults through four key programs: the Civic Involvement & the Elders in Action Commission, Personal Advocacy, Age Friendly Business Program and Community Engagement & Education. Our staff provides the framework for these programs but our volunteers are doing the work!
  • I can engage community partners and with them, puzzle through the challenge of ensuring our programs are inclusive and welcoming to a more diverse population.

I am ready to build on the 45 years of experience Elders in Action has in advocacy on behalf of older adults in our community. Since its inception Elders in Action has had a solid financial foundation through contracts with the City of Portland and Multnomah County. Our growth has been slow but steady but this trajectory is no longer adequate. The Board is committed to expanding our network of supporters and as we approach our 50th birthday (in three years), I look forward to all we can do together -volunteers, staff and Board!


This is it, the night of nights!

This is it, the night of nights

Bugs Bunny Theme - This Is It

“Overture, curtains, lights

This is it, you’ll hit the heights
And oh what heights we’ll hit
On with the show this is it”

Don’t miss out  on Elders in Action‘s annual gala, Silver A Night to Remember at the  Tiffany Center,  1410 Southwest Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97205, May 8th, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased here.
Individual tickets $100
(a portion of the ticket is tax deductible)
Check out some of the incredible packages that will be available at the Live Auction.

A Wine Country Ramble

  • Start with a picnic basket on while wine tasting and then spend the night at McMenamins Hotel.
  • The next day you’ll enjoy a wine tasting and picnic provided by Stoller Family Estate.

Vacation by the Mediterranean Sea in France

  • Apartment in Sanary-sur-Mer, in a off the beaten path location – where the French vacation!
  • Three one hour French lessons
  • One hour trip-planning to France with former headmaster of the French School


A Portland Cultural and Culinary Extravaganza

Enjoy your city’s cultural and culinary delights with…

  • Tickets from Portland Center Stage, Oregon Symphony, Profile Theater and many others.
  • Gift Certificates to Bar Avignon, Portland Spirit, Mother’s Bistro and many others.
We hope you join us on Friday, May 8, “that’s all folks”.
All Proceeds Benefit Elders in Action’s Programs and Services

Only two weeks until Silver-A Night to Remember.


Only two weeks until Silver-A Night to Remember. We hope you will join us at Elders in Action‘s annual fundraiser at the Tiffany Center, 
1410 Southwest Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97205, on
May 8th, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets then you can click here.
(a portion of the ticket is tax deductible)
Need a little extra impetus to push that button?
Check out some of the wonderful packages that will be available at the Live Auction.

One week in the South of France 

  • Apartment in Sanary-sur-Mer, in an off the beaten path location – where the French vacation!
  • Three one hour French lessons
  • One hour trip-planning to France with former headmaster of the French School

3 Days at Cannon Beach

Three nights at Hutchins House, a house on the National Historic Register.
~ A Cottage on Dream Street ~
One house back from ocean front at Cannon Beach


Holiday Party for 14

A fully hosted party for 14 friends and family members during the holiday season in December with wine, beer, spirits and catering.
Join in with your friends to purchase a night of elegant culinary delight!

Hesitate no longer! Get your tickets today to begin enjoying many memorable days and nights with Elders in Action.

All Proceeds Benefit Elders in Action’s Programs and Services

You are cordially invited to Silver ~ A Night to Remember

We hope you will join us to celebrate
Elders in Action and to help us create a future
in which every age is the best one!
Enjoy an Auction, Great Food, Music and Friends!
Fundraising Event, May 8th, 2015
Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison St., Portland
Looking back with pride and forward with confidence. 
It will be a night to remember!
For more information about sponsorships,

or learn more about Elders in Action please call 503-235-5474 or email..

Sponsored by:

Join us to advocate for Oregon’s home and community-­-based services and the overall long-­-term care system at the Capitol in Salem!
When: Thursday, April 23rd – 8:00am -2:30 pm
Where: Oregon Capitol Building, 900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR . To participate, please register online or call toll free (877) 926-­-8300

Help make Multnomah County more age friendly!
Even if you missed the live Age Friendly Multnomah County forums*, you can still watch the presentations from the forums and help guide county policy and service delivery by taking the Age Friendly Forums survey. Your input is valuable as it will be presented directly to the county department management, as well as to the county commissioners during current and future Board of County Commissioners meetings.
*The live forums in Gresham and Portland featured presenters from the Departments of Health and Human Services who described the current status of county age friendly services and their hopes for the future.

Tickets for Silver A Night to Remember 2015

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We hope you will join us to celebrate Elders in Action and to help us create a future in which every age is the best one! Enjoy an Auction, Great Food, Music and Friends!

A Benefit for Elders in Action
May 8th, 2015 ✫ 5:00 – 7:30 PM
Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison St, Portland

Looking back with pride and forward confidence. It will be a night to remember!

Tickets: $100

Click here to purchase 

For more information about sponsorships, to reserve your ticket or learn more about Elders in Action, please call 503-235-5474 or email at

For parking information click here

PARKING    This link has the parking lots close to the Tiffany Center. Two of the closest are both across from the Hotel DeLuxe, one directly across the street from the hotel and the other a parking garage, just across the street to the South.


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Role Models Matter

Message from Elders in Action Blog Editor, Barbara Schuetze

I was fortunate to have grown up with a mother who was vibrant, loving and engaged with her family, friends and community. Couldn’t have asked for a better role model.

My mother, Miriam Friedlander, lived life to its fullest until the last week of her life in 2010, when she passed away at the age of 86. She overcame many obstacles, experienced much joy and had many interests and passions including social action, politics, education, the arts, cooking, writing poetry, volunteering and travel.

My interest in being fully engaged in life and in the community — and my affinity for writing was inspired by my mother. And so was my positive attitude about aging. When I decided to devote more time to volunteering, I searched for an organization in the community that would be a good match. Elders in Action was a natural. After meeting with staff, I realized that one way I could contribute was by collaborating with the Elders in Action team to help write and edit their blog.

To keep the content in our blog interesting and relevant, we’ve added new forums, including personal essays, poetry, etc. (500 words or less) by older adults. We look forward to receiving personal writing from you that speaks to personal, community and societal issues facing older adults.

Please send us feedback so we can provide you with the type of information you want. We encourage you to email us at or call Mark Noonan at 503-235-5474. Our mailing address is: Elders in Action, 1411 SW Morrison St., Suite 290, Portland, OR 97205

To launch our new “personal writing” feature, we’re including a poem written by my mother that expresses her positive attitude on aging.


Barbara Schuetze

Miriam and Barbara circa 1984

Miriam and Barbara circa 1984

Vintage People Unite

I’m a woman who has lived 60 years. My hair is gray, almost white.

I have liver spots and some wrinkles and I don’t care. I’m not buying that Madison Avenue “garbage”.

I’ve been working from within. Aging is not a disease — it is a natural process. I have found that I am unique, authentic and rare, as we all are.

I am not an old, elderly, senior citizen, over-the-hill, retired, aged, menopausal, decrepit, crotchety, senile, sundowner person — as some people like to refer to “vintage people.”

Just think, I have lived through being born breach, two older sisters, two marriages, the death of both parents, birthing three children, one hurricane, an earthquake, the depression, two operations, one heart attack, some awful teachers, driving on freeways, thousands of miles of air travel, the flu, some enemies and as Yul Brenner would say, “Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.”

I have been going through my tape. You know, the one in my brain, that plays back all I’ve ever learned, and I’m making erasures of negative attitudes toward “vintage people.”

I realize that people will pay $150 for a vintage bottle of wine to be guzzled in one hour. Travel miles to find antiques, vintage clothing, rare vintage books. Go to the corners of the earth for cheese that has ripened, perhaps even molded, and sigh with ecstasy upon eating it.

Going through important attitudinal changes is important. I’m going through my third stage of life and am grateful that nature has afforded me this time. Nature has been good and plentiful to me. I’m reaping my harvest. I have helped nurture the seeds by fertilizing them with love and watering them with tears of sadness and joy.

I’m grateful for my harvest of loving family and friends.

I invite you, vintage and prospective vintage people, to join me.

Listen to you internal tapes. Become aware!

© Miriam Friedlander 1984