Are You Interested in Helping the Most Vulnerable?

When a person is unable to manage his or her physical needs and health care then a guardian is appointed by the court. Elders in Action is an active partner with  Multnomah County Public Guardian Program and SAVO (Special Advocates for Vulnerable Oregonians).  These programs use volunteers in different capacities that are outlined below. We are assisting both of these important programs by actively recruiting volunteers.  Please consider giving some of your time and energy to help this most vulnerable population.

Multnomah County Public Guardian Program

Some individuals have medical or cognitive problems that interfere with their ability to act in their own best interest and to provide for their own basic needs.

The Multnomah County Public Guardian Program serves as a safety net for high-risk county residents that require services that can be provided only by a guardianship or conservatorship.

Elders in Action supports the program by recruitingPublic Guardian Personal Advocate Volunteers. Volunteers support the Deputy Public Guardians by:

  • On-site client visits for service coordination and monitoring
  • Accompany clients to routine medical appointments, attend other client meetings
  • Helping clients to shop
  • Provide support, assist with quality of life enhancements

This volunteer opportunity offers a flexible schedule working in a combination of home, community and at the Multnomah County Lincoln Building downtown.  Some of the benefits of this program are:

  • Opportunity to develop advocacy skills and experience working with vulnerable individuals
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of resources and services in Multnomah County
  • Volunteer in a professional setting and work in team environment
  • Mileage reimbursement for travel
If this sounds like a project you would like to invest your time and energy in then email Mark Noonan or call 503-595-7533 for more information. Training is coming up in October, so it is great timing.

Special Advocate for Vulnerable Oregonians 

SAVO (Special Advocates for Vulnerable Oregonians ) has been launched as a first-ever, full-scale Multnomah County volunteerguardianship monitoring and assistance program.  Elders in Action has been a supporter of the program since its inception.

SAVO’S Misson is to Assist the Court in Protecting Vulnerable Oregonians

The mission will be to assist the court in protecting vulnerable Oregonians by usingtrained and supervised volunteers to monitor the guardianship proceedings toreduce the potential for abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

SAVO Volunteer Monitors will provide an independent source of information to the court. Volunteer Monitors undergo training in effective guardianship monitoring from experienced trainers in the field of gerontology, elder law and disability services. Training topics include the nature of guardianship cases and recognizing abuse, neglect and exploitation. Once assigned a case, volunteer monitors will flag potential problems through review of reports and personal visits with protected persons. Concerns will then be forwarded to the Probate Court for follow-up action.

SAVO is looking for volunteers who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of adults who are vulnerable to neglect, abuse and exploitation. If you are interested in helping this Elders in Action partner, click here to fill out the form and you’ll be contact by one of their staff members.

Help Make Portland Accessible For All – ADA Title II Transition Plan

Link Button to Transition Plan Draft
In an effort to make all City of Portland facilities and programs accessible to all, the City has embarked on a comprehensive Transition Plan process. The Plan identifies barriers which impede access to City facilities that are open to the public.
City facilities were surveyed based on compliance with the current 2010 ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) standards and include: identifying barriers, categorizing barriers (understanding which barrier removal will have the greatest access to a facility), and scheduling the removal of these barriers.
The City’s ADA Title II Transition Plan team surveyed 342 unique facilities, identified roughly 25,000 individual barriers, and has scheduled their removal over time.
A key element of this project is to engage the public and encourage public comment on the draft Transition Plan. There are several ways to get more information and provide comments:
  • View the materials on line and provide comment here.
  • Attend an informational open house and provide comment:
    • Tuesday, August 19th 4:00-6:30 p.m.
      Co-hosted with Independent Living Resources
      ILR Office
      1839 NE Couch Street
      Portland, OR 97232
      (503) 232-7411
    • Tuesday, August 26th 12:30-2:30 p.m.
      Co-hosted with the Portland Commission on Disability
      The Portland Building
      1120 SW 5th Ave
      Room C, Second Floor
      Portland, OR 97204
      (503) 823-4072
    • Thursday, September 4th 4:00-6:00 p.m.
      Co-hosted with Elders in Action
      East Portland Community Center
      740 SE 106th Ave. Multi-Purpose Room 3
      Portland, OR 97216
      (503) 823-3450
  • View the materials at one of the following locations:
    • Office of Equity and Human Rights
      421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500 Portland, OR 97204
      (503) 823-2559
    • Midland Library
      805 SE 122nd Ave. Portland, OR 97233
      (503) 988-5392
    • St. Johns Library
      7510 N Charleston Ave. Portland, OR 97203
      (503) 988-5397

For more information, please contact David Galat: • (503) 823-4072.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact (503) 823-4072, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.


Creating an Age-Friendly Portland One Neighborhood at a Time

In late July,  the Lloyd District took a giant step in becoming  Age-Friendly. With an amazing collaboration between GoLloydecoLloyd District and the Lloyd District Community Association along with the generosity of Pacifica Calaroga Terrace as our host, Elders in Action trained a group of 18 volunteers to provide feedback to businesses about how they engage the older adult customer.

One week after the training they reconvened to try out their new knowledge by visiting thirteen local businesses  that requested information and feedback about ways to enhance their engagement with older adults. Each team, led by an experienced Elders in Action Age-Friendly volunteer, gave everyone the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of being an Age-Friendly business and community.Every business received an Age-Friendly tip sheet and by the end of the day we saw our first business take action on the recommendations. (For a complete list of the participating businesses click here.)

AFLD 8We congratulate each of the businesses for their participation and thank our partners and volunteers for participating in this important project.  Portland will see the number of people over 60 increase by more than 50% by 2025. This will impact all aspects of a neighborhood including the businesses. By becoming an Age-Friendly Business you are helping create a place in which we can all actively participate regardless of age.

If you would like to become an Age-Friendly Business Evaluator, or have your business district evaluated then email  Mark Noonan or call  503-235-5474 for more information.

SAGE hosts Nicholas Kristof as 2014 Visiting SAGE

July 24, 2014 – Portland, OR.  Senior Advocates for Generational Equity (SAGE) will host New York Times Columnist, Nicholas Kristof, in Portland on October 5, 2014 as its Visiting SAGE speaker. Mr. Kristof will speak about his new book, co-authored by Sheryl WuDunn, A Path Appears, an examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the many ways we can support them. SAGE connects people to new pathways to civic leadership and service to strengthen our communities and to improve opportunity for coming generations.

SAGE 1    Mr. Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author, a celebrated columnist with The    New York Times, and an Oregonian. The husband-and-wife team’s newest book –A Path Appears – will be released on September 23, and signed copies will be available at the event.

“Kristof is a natural choice to bring to Oregon,”said SAGE President Ward Greene. “He inspires people around the globe to live a legacy of service and advocacy for future generations. SAGE is providing concrete opportunities for older adults to give and serve, right here in Oregon.”

The 2014 Visiting SAGE event is co-sponsored by Literary Arts, and the reception is sponsored by beneficial state bank. Promotional sponsors include Coalition for a Livable Future, Elders in Action, and World Affairs Council of Oregon. Venue sponsor is First Congregational United Church of Christ.


Event details:The Visiting SAGE event will be held at First Congregational United Church of Christ on October 5 at 4:00pm (doors open at 3:30pm). Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am on July 24. General admission tickets are $20. Special admission tickets are $40. Tickets available

Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since 2001, writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. He won the Pulitzer Prize two times, in 1990 and 2006, and in 2012, he was a Pulitzer finalist in Commentary. He grew up on a sheep and cherry farm near Yamhill, Oregon, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. Mr. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries, plus all 50 states. For more information about Mr. Kristof, visit:

A Path Appears is written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, husband and wife team. The authors assay the art and science of giving and identify successful local and global initiatives, and powerful stories to illustrate how real people have changed the world. They have coauthored three previous books: Half the SkyThunder from the East, and China Wakes. For more information about A Path Appears, visit:

SAGE is a nonprofit organization that inspires people over fifty to give forward with their time, talent, and passion to enable younger and future generations to thrive.For more information, visit


Let’s Take A Moment To Celebrate

We are looking forward to so much in the coming year, and in anticipation of 2014-2015 fiscal year, we would like to take a moment to celebrate some of our accomplishments of the last year. Thank you to all our volunteers who make this all possible!
The Elders in Action Commission  continues to educate and advocate for the issues we care about most with our elected officials. The Commission is also branching out to create opportunities for the public to become more civically engaged by creating new programs like Action, Passion, Talent = Civic Engagement, a five-week education and civic engagement program.
Community Engagement Age Friendly volunteers reached over 5500 individuals in the tri-county area by participating in 165 partner and community events, fairs, expos, speaking and educational events.
Personal Advocate volunteers and staff provided personalized one-to-one advocacy and assistance to 2,639 older adults in our community which represents a 15% growth rate.
All the above work is only possible through the dedication of our 154 Elders in Action volunteers and board of directors who donated 12,175 75 hours of labor this year, valued at $259,936.
Thank you to our donors, volunteers and community partners who all work to support Elders in Action with their time, talent, donations and love.

Together we are sharing experience and staying engaged! 

Meet Up and Learn about the local Village concept!

Is there a village in your future?

 Join us July 17th, to find out!
A Village is a group of like-minded people in a geographic area who come together to help each other age affordably in their own homes. It is a coordinated network of volunteer and service providers supporting access to needed services. Learn more about this neighborhood movement that benefits the whole community while supporting older adults age in place by joining us at our Meet Up.
What is a Meet Up? Meet Up is online social networking tool that helps groups of people with shared interests plan events and facilitates group meetings. It is a great way to stay connected.
If you are interested in learning more about the Village Movement, join Elders in Action next Thursday, July 17th for a free presentation with Eastside Village PDX, 6:30pm, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., in the Community Meeting Room. This discussion will be hosted by Chana Andler, Founder and Director of Villages NW.
RSVP at our Meet Up site.
 You will have to register, butit is quick and easy, and when you do, we will keep you posted about similar upcoming opportunities. Meet and learn interesting things with other curious and engaged humans.
Join our Meet Up by clicking here.

Help us make the Lloyd Business District Age-Friendly

Elders in Action has partnered with the Lloyd business district to offer theLloyd Age- Friendly campaign.

Join us on Thursday July 24th, for a free training session from 10am to 1pm at Calaroga Terrace.  You will learn about what makes great service for customers of all ages.
But you are not done yet! On Thursday, July 31st, our teams we will visit 1-3 businesses in the Lloyd district to share your new knowledge by conducting in-store evaluations.  All volunteers will be accompanied by one of Elders in Action certified business evaluators.


Sign Up Today!  Email Alison or call for more information at 503.804.4551.



Seniors, people with disabilities at risk in high heat

July 9, 2014

Hot weather can be really hard on seniors and people with disabilities. As we get older, bodies have a tough time managing heat. Medications, limited mobility and isolation can also make people suffer.

Multnomah County is urging friends and neighbors to pay close attention to elders and people with disabilities as temperatures are expected to stay high this week.

Seniors and those with disabilities should:

  • Drink more water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
  • Buddy up! Check on a friend and have them do the same for you.
  • Schedule tasks to avoid midday heat.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • If you have to use a fan, don’t set it up to blow directly on you. Instead, use it to create cross ventilation in your home.
  • Spray or sponge yourself with cool water.
  • Try not to use your stove and oven.

Questions? Call Multnomah County Aging & Disability Services at 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683 or online at