Elders in Action Commission
A Voice of Older Adults for 45 Years
The Beatles may not have lasted, Get Smart went off the air and Peggy Fleming is no longer wowing us on the ice – but the Elders in Action Commission is still going strong!
The Elders in Action Commission
(formerly Portland/ Multnomah Commission on Aging) has been a powerful force for local seniors & people with disabilities since the late 60′s.
The Commission advocates for a range of issues to ensure seniors and persons with disabilities have options for accessible and affordable services enabling them to live quality lives.
In 2013, the Commission created their Core Values to guide them as they actively advocate at the local, state and federal levels. These values are:
Affordable, accessible, and age-friendly housing options that allow people to safely age in place.
Accessible and safe transportation options offering choice and independence.
Preserving and protecting the Social Security System and protecting personal assets in order to avoid being victimized by fraud and deception.
“Medicare-for-all,” in the form of a comprehensive, equitable, publicly funded, high quality, universal health care system, including long term care.
Access to safe and nutritious food that is available in sufficient quantity and quality to satisfy the dietary needs of individuals and is physically accessible to all income levels, providing options for a healthy life at any age.
Equity and Justice
We believe that all seniors and people with disabilities, regardless of socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, race, language, national origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, should have access to appropriate social services and human rights protections.
Seniors and people with disabilities should participate in civic life that includes voting, advocacy and social activities to develop strong, age-friendly communities.
We believe in adequate and stable funding for services and programs for seniors and people with disabilities that protect fundamental human rights and provide for basic human needs.
The Commission is a 31 member citizen volunteer advisory group that has openings for advocates living in Multnomah County. If you are interested in tackling important issues to create a positive change for seniors and the community as a whole in Multnomah County give us a call at 503-235-5474, or fill out our Volunteer Interest form