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City Council celebrates Portland’s legacy of age-friendly activism


Photo Caption: The Age-Friendly Portland Advisory Council, including members of Elders in Action, AARP and the PSU Institute on Aging, reported on accomplishments to date, and previewed upcoming activities that help advance Portland as a city for older adults to thrive as they age.

November 12, 2014. Today Mayor Hales, along with his colleagues on the City Council, signed the Best Cities for Successful Aging Mayor’s Pledge and celebrated the one-year milestone for Portland’s Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland. The pledge asserts that for Portland to be a city in which older adults thrive, we need employment opportunities, cultural enrichment, affordable housing and great public transportation.

This collaboration between public, private and not-for-profit partners builds on a long legacy of advancing Portland as an age-friendly city. Portland was the first US city to join the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities, and was also one of the original cities participating in the AARP national network.

“We’re proud that Portland is among the first American cities to join the Best Cities for Successful Aging collaboration,” said Mayor Hales. “Being an age-friendly city is in our DNA: Portland has been a walkable city for well over a century; we’ve embraced public transit with buses, light rail trains and street cars; and we have countless urban parks to explore. The beauty and amenities of the city should be available for everyone, and that includes older residents.”

City Commissioner Nick Fish, who has been a consistent champion for older adults, stated, “I’m proud to live in a community that’s working hard to support people of all ages. Our Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland will help us better prepare for our aging population and the unique challenges they face. Together, we can ensure our older adults are respected, involved, and receive quality care and services. I was proud to join my Council colleagues this morning in signing the Best Cities for Successful Aging pledge!"