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


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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

New Forum for Sharing Your Ideas, Personal Stories and Accomplishments

Barbara Bernstein Interim Executive Director

Barbara Bernstein
Interim Executive Director

Greetings!  Elders in Action is about sharing experience and creating a vibrant community for all ages through the active engagement of older adults.

We’re introducing some new features on our blog in order to recognize the accomplishments of older adults in our community and provide an outlet for you to publish your thoughts and feelings on aging. We’ll also be including informational articles on matters relating to aging and advocacy.

Our new blog forums will include: 

  • Profiles of older adults who have made a difference and continue to be actively involved in our community
  • Personal essays, short stories, poetry, etc. (500 words or less) that speak to the personal, community and societal issues facing older adults.
  • Articles related to advocacy for older adults and other aging issues to help inform everyone in our community

We’ve also added an experienced editor, freelance writer Barbara Schuetze, to help us write and edit the blog. Our goal is to keep the content relevant to older adults and their advocates in the community.

Please email or mail us your questions, personal writing to consider for inclusion, as well as suggestions for exceptional older adults in the community to potentially recognize.

Write to us at:

Elders in Action, 1411 SW Morrison St., Suite 290, Portland, OR 97205.  Or you can email us at

Feedback is the best way for us to give you the type of information you want. We encourage you to email us or call Mark at 503-235-5474.

Also, you can help spread the word about the services that Elders in Action offers and introduce others to our new, enhanced blog. We hope you’ll take a minute to email the following URLs to friends and colleagues:  (Elders in Action Blog)  (Elders in Action Home Page)

Stay in touch and let us know what you think.

Thank you!

Barbara Bernstein

Get Out and Be Active!

Spring is in the air.  

It is time to get out and be active!  Elders in Action has two great volunteer opportunities to break you out of the winter doldrums.  Check these out:

Age-Friendly Business Volunteer Forum:

 As we move deeper into the community spreading the word about Age-Friendly practices to our local businesses there are new ways for you to use your experiences to benefit our community. We would love to get you involved in a way that fits your interest.

To find out more, join us:

Wednesday, March 18  

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Elders in Action 
1411 SW Morrison, Suite 290
Portland, OR 97205
We will provide updates on the program, share our recent experiences and provide some next steps about how you can be part of making your community more age-friendly. We recommend that both new and experienced Age-Friendly volunteers attend this meeting. Fabulous refreshments will be served. To join us please contact Mark at 503-235-5474 or by email.


  April 2 – May 5, 2015

The affordable housing situation in the Portland area has reached a crisis point. Low income seniors, along with families and individuals are losing their homes to foreclosures, rent increases or gentrification.

Join Elders in Action and local affordable housing advocates to explore the mechanics, funding and substance of affordable housing issues. The sessions will include insights from housing advocates, a trip to Salem for a Lobby Day and an Historic Portland Discrimination Tour.  If you’re passionate about affordable housing in the Portland area and want to get involved in advocacy, this training is for you! To register, or for more information, please contact JoAnn Herrigel at 503-595-7530 or by email.

Are you eligible for a permanent exemption from the Arts Tax?


Date: February 19, 2015
Contact: Thomas W. Lannom  Revenue Division Director (503) 823-5154

Reminder: $35 Arts Tax Payment is Due April 15
The City of Portland Revenue Division is now accepting payments for the Arts Education and Access Income Tax (“Arts Tax”) approved by Portland voters in 2012. The annual tax is due on April 15 and is $35 for most Portland residents. Last week the Revenue Division began sending 142,000 Arts Tax reminder e-mails to Portlanders as the first step in a planned series of notifications.
Portlanders can file and pay the $35 Arts Tax online at by selecting “File/Pay My 2014 Arts Tax.” It takes most people three to four minutes to complete the payment process and receive an e-mail receipt.
“It is our hope that many Portlanders will choose to file and pay online,” noted Revenue Division Director Thomas Lannom. “Paying online is fast, easy, green, and keeps administration costs low so more money flows to schools and arts organizations,” he added.

There are four other ways to file and pay the Arts Tax:
1) Taxpayers can file online and choose to pay by mailing in a check with a voucher they can print out from the website.
2) New this year, the Arts Tax form is available in leading tax preparation software products like H&R Block and TurboTax (starting March 5).
3) Taxpayers can pick up a paper tax return by visiting our office at 111 SW Columbia Street or their local library or neighborhood office beginning in March.
4) Taxpayers that have not filed by March 2 will receive a paper tax return in the mail. Filing online before March 2 removes the taxpayer from the list to receive a paper form which reduces program administration costs.

Also new this year:
1) A Permanent Senior Filing Exemption Program. Qualifying taxpayers 70 years
old or older with only non-taxable income (for example, Social Security, Federal Employee Retirement, Oregon Public Employee Retirement, U.S. Treasury interest) OR income below the 2014 federal poverty-level can request a permanent senior filing exemption. For more information call the Arts Tax helpline at 503-865-4ART (4278). A downloadable copy of the exemption form for seniors is available at

2) The Arts Tax form is now available in 10 languages at  Available languages include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Laotian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

The Arts Tax funds about 70 art and music teachers in Portland area schools as well as local arts organizations through a partnership with the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). Schools and RACC have received a combined $15.5 million to date.

Tax disbursement details are available at For a list of arts organizations receiving funding, visit the RACC website at

Have You Ever Gotten Something and Thought “That’s Unusual”?

Have you ever received a letter, an email or a phone call and thought  “that’s unusual”?
If you have, then you have taken the first step towards protecting yourself from financial fraud. And here is how you can learn more:
Tuesday, February 24th
2:00 – 3:30 pm
(in the US Bank room)
801 SW 10th Ave Portland, OR
 Come join our panel of experts from the:
+ Department of Justice,

+ Multnomah County Fraud Specialist Team 

+ Elders in Action 

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.

Power to Protect is    sponsored by Umpqua Bank. 

TriMet Proposal to Increase Honor Citizen Fares

TriMet is proposing to increase Honored Citizen fares by $0.25 for single tickets and $2 for monthly passes beginning September 1, 2015. This is the first increase for Honored Citizens since 2010, despite increases to fares for other riders.
TriMet is inviting interested community stakeholders to a public forum on March 5, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 pm at the TriMet Transit Mobility Center, 515 NW Davis Street in downtown Portland. Your participation will help shape TriMet’s strategy to make this fare increase as painless as possible for Honored Citizen riders.   Please RSVP to Nina Jones or 503-962-2337 if you would like to attend this discussion.
 For those interested in testifying on this proposed increase, TriMet Board meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 9 am. The hearings on the proposed Honored Citizen increase will be held on April 22 and May 27. For meeting locations and details on giving testimony click here.