Bill says: “You don’t feel like you’re put out in the wilderness.”
Our city is stronger when seniors can age in place and continue contributing to the community they helped shape. Originally from Connecticut, Bill Gentile, 64, has called Uptown Tower home for eight years. He can easily hop on the bus or Max for trips to the Veteran Affairs Medical Center and other appointments. “You want intergenerational contact. You feel like you’re part of the community,” said Bill, who is a retired investigator with the National Labor Relations Board and is active with many organizations, including Elders in Action and the Public Involvement Advisory Committee. With Uptown Tower’s location in Northwest Portland, Bill enjoys walks to Washington Park and Powell’s Books. He said if he were not at Uptown Tower, he’d likely be isolated from services and friends.
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Photo by Cathleen Arnerich
Bill Gentile, Uptown Tower Dan Ding, Lexington Apartments Debriana Broadwater, Upshur House
Dolores Sheppard, Chaucer Court Don Carter, Hawthorne East Doris Driver, Roselyn Apartments
Gabriella Steele, Walnut Park Jamie Montoya, The Admiral Lorena Magee, Bronaugh Apartments
Robert Gutierrez, 1200 Buildling Sara Brown, Park Tower