All About Us

Elders in Action is the voice for older adults in the Portland metro area. We advocate for change in the areas of housing, elder abuse and exploitation, isolation and access to services.

For over 45 years, we have helped to build vibrant, connected, and resilient communities for all ages through the active engagement of older adults.  Through our volunteers and organizational programs, we help empower those who need assistance and encourage older adults to use their voices, actions and heart through civic engagement.

Our programs include:

Community Education & Outreach

Conduct information sessions, speaker’s series and more to senior communities and the general public

Age-Friendly Business Certification Program & Network 

Apply an age-friendly lens to the operating practices of businesses, non-profits and public agencies

Civic Engagement & Advocacy 

Educate the public and advocate for laws, policies and practices that benefit older adults

Personal Advocates Program

Provide information, referrals, and case-based peer support

Each program engages and serves older adults by advocating for change on the policy level, the community level and, in the case of the Personal Advocate program, on the personal level.

Local government and non-profit agencies refer to us because of the uniqueness of our programs and the value our volunteers add by providing one-on-one assistance to older adults. Our volunteers fill a critical gap in services by taking the time to listen and problem solve.

In fiscal year 2016-2017, our nearly 100 volunteers donated countless hours of service while assisting 3,000 individuals through our Personal Advocate program and educated over 6,000 tri-county area residents through our community engagement.


While no other agency does exactly what we do, we coordinate our work with a broad range of partner agencies. Local government, non-profit and community agencies refer people to us for assistance because of our superior track record for problem solving, quick response, and follow through.  Elders in Action is a trusted name in the tri-county area.

We mutually refer and have strong alliances with organizations such as:  Northwest Pilot Project, Urban League, Impact Northwest, Friendly House, Neighborhood House, Hollywood Senior Center, Native American Youth and Family Services, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Legal Aid Services, Meals on Wheels, Portland Police/Elder Crimes Unit, Metropolitan Family Services, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, AARP, YWCA, Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran’s Services, and Clackamas County Social Services.