Celebrating Older Adults and An Age-Friendly City
May 9, 2018
Today, Council proclaimed May to be Older Americans Month in Portland.
This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” focuses on the importance of civic involvement, volunteerism, and being active in the community. It recognizes the many contributions of older adults and reaffirms Portland’s commitment to a city that is welcoming and inclusive to people of all ages and abilities.
Council also presented a surprise proclamation today, recognizing the outstanding work of Dr. Margaret Neal from Portland State University. Dr. Neal led the effort to recognize Portland as a World Health Organization Age-Friendly City, and has spent over 30 years working on issues relating to older adults.
Special thanks to Jerry Cohen from AARP Oregon and Dr. Alan De La Torre from Portland State University for joining us today, and to Multnomah County, Age-Friendly Portland, Portland State University, SAGE, AARP Oregon, and Elders in Action for their ongoing partnership.
Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Elders in Action. In 2011, Portland was recognized as an Age-Friendly City by the World Health Organization – one of nine inaugural cities, and the only from the United States. And in 2013, City Council adopted the Age-Friendly Action Plan, a guide to help create a more livable community that has been a model for other communities nationwide.