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Aging population, Older people -- Services for, Older people -- Oregon -- Portland


The goal of this Action Plan is to enhance Portland, Oregon’s age friendliness. As defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), an "age friendly" city:

  • has structures and services that are accessible and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities
  • emphasizes enablement rather than disablement, and
  • is friendly for people of all ages and abilities

The action steps that comprise this plan are intended to move Portland toward future development and activities that foster not only physical environments but also social and service environments that meet these criteria, making Portland a community for all ages.


Copyright © 2013 by Portland State University

The Age-Friendly Portland Advisory Council includes: Scott Robinson, Metro; Jay Bloom, Bloom Anew; George Hocker, Commissioner Nick Fish’s office; Amy Dailey, Corporation for National and Community Service; Doug Adams, Intel Encore Fellow, PSU Institute on Aging; Deborah Stein, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Bandana Shrestha, AARP Oregon; Margaret Neal, PSU Institute on Aging; Pamela Huff, Terwilliger Plaza; Leslie Foren, Elders in Action; Alan DeLaTorre, PSU Institute on Aging; Lauretta Slaughter, Urban League; Jerry Cohen, David Hanson, Mary Hanlon, John Mullin, Julie Wilcke.

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