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March 31, 2014

◊ The Art of Healthy Living for Boomers

Filed under: General — Mark @ 7:02 pm

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March 26, 2014

☆ Action, Passion & Talent = Civic Engagement

Filed under: The Commission — Mark @ 7:39 pm

 

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March 25, 2014

◊ What Will Your Business Look Like in 10 Years?

Filed under: General — Mark @ 5:42 pm

Age Friendly Newsletter

March, 2014

The Age Friendly Business Network helps businesses  better serve the older customer.     

What will your business look like
in 10 years? 

It is hard to predict, but we do have an idea of what our population will look like. Everyday 10,000 people in our country turn 65. The US census predicts that by 2030 25% of our population will be over 60. Is your business ready for this change?

 Many businesses are preparing for this shift in a big way. If you have walked into a Rite-Aid lately you will notice a number of Age-Friendly improvements. Brighter lighting, clearer signage and smaller shopping carts. There are even magnifiers hanging from some shelves. If you have driven a newer Ford vehicle you will see a brighter dashboard with a clearer font.  Office buildings are putting directional signs perpendicular to the walls.

So why are businesses making these investment? For a couple reasons: First, it makes good business sense. Our community is aging and we are about to see more people who are over 65 than we have ever seen. These individuals are a major force as consumers of goods and services. Second, focusing on age-friendly practices supports great customer service for people of all ages.

There are a couple simple steps that every business can take to be age-friendly. Have your website reviewed by an Elders in Action Age Friendly evaluator.   Are you missing out on customers because your website is not clearly structured? Provide communication training to all customer support teams – communicating with someone with even mild hearing impairment can be challenging, by understanding how to improve communication time can be saved, satisfaction will be improved and outcomes will benefits customers and staff. Look around your business and assess how many people you see each day are over 60. If you are doing well by this group that number will continue to get larger.  For the next 18 years we will be seeing over 10,000 people a day turning 65. Being Age Friendly is about being prepared for the future.

Each of these practices helps keep our aging population engaged in the community. Your business, organization or office is an important point of contact for people in our community.When you embrace Age-Friendly practices you are creating a place that is welcoming to people of all ages and ability.  

Silver – A Night to Remember

We are very excited to announce our Fundraising Event May 30th 5:00 to 7:30 at the World Trade Center. We hope you will join us to share an evening of inspiring stories and celebrate an Age-Friendly future in which everyone has a contribution to make. The demand for our program continues to grow. Help us meet that need and support older adults in our community.

How can you help us make this event a success?

  • Donate an auction item- we are looking for tickets to local events, Willamette Valley Wines and gift certificates to area restaurants. Let us know if you can help us procure any of these items.
  • Become a sponsor - we have event sponsorship opportunities starting at $1000- Spread the word – the more the merrier(can we link a flier).
  • Join us for the evening - tickets will be $100. If you would like more information on tickets, donations, sponsorship or spreading the word contact Joan Corella  by email or call (503) 235-5474.

Special Thanks to Calaroga Terrace
Thanks go to Calaroga Terrace for sponsoring our upcoming Personal Advocate Continuing Education meeting on April 9th. If your Age Friendly business is interested in sponsoring a meeting please contact Joan Corella.

 
Age Friendly Business Directory
Please visit our online directory to see all of our Age Friendly Certified businesses. If you would like to become certified contact  Joan Corella.

March 6, 2014

☆ SILVER! A Night to Remember

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☆ You are invited to our Annual Open House

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Please Join Elders in Action for our Annual Open House 

 Thursday, March 20, 2014

2:00pm-4:00pm

 

1411 SW Morrison St., Suite 290

Portland, OR 97205

(503) 235-5474

Come Celebrate!
  • Elders in Action’s on-going commitment in helping older adults to keep connected, stay engaged and be empowered.
  • Learn about our unique and powerful programs
  • Meet our inspiring volunteers, dedicated staff and incredible partners

Elders in Action, a powerful voice of older adults, is an non-profit working to create a vibrant community for all ages throughout the greater Portland area.

RSVP not required
March 4, 2014

☆ Save the Date! Candidates Forum on Saturday, April 26

Filed under: The Commission — Mark @ 12:10 am

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Save the Date !

 The Elders in Action Commission invites you to participate in a Candidates Forum, co-hosted by the Hollywood Senior Center, located at 1820 NE 40th Ave in Portland, on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. Multnomah County, City of Portland and Metro candidates and measures will be featured. Specific program details will be forwarded within a month or so.

We hope you will join us to share your ideas with older adult constituents.

To RSVP or for more information, contact:
JoAnn Herrigel
EiA Civic Involvement Coordinator
503-595-7530
herrigelj@eldersinaction.org

March 3, 2014

◊ Bonamici & Hinojosa Introduce New Bill to Improve the Older Americans Act

Filed under: The Commission — Mark @ 9:06 pm

Bonamici & Hinojosa Introduce New Bill to Improve the Older Americans Act

Washington, D.C. — Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) today introduced legislation to better protect the country’s seniors. The bill reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) – which expired in 2011 – and includes new provisions that offer additional support to seniors.  

“This bill will ensure that older Americans are able to live their lives with the dignity they deserve,” Rep. Bonamici said. “It strengthens the program’s provisions and improves the services that seniors receive. Our country’s seniors are living longer, and this bill will help them stay in their homes and live fulfilling, rewarding lives.”

The OAA has funded nutritional and social services for seniors for nearly 50 years. The new bill, which extends funding through 2018, includes stronger protections against elder abuse, expanded legal services, improvements to the nutritional program, outreach to low-income and minority populations, improvements to home caregiver programs, and new provisions for LGBT seniors.

“I am very proud to join Congresswoman Bonamici in introducing the Older Americans Act Reauthorization (OAA) because it offers broader and more detailed assistance programs for one of our most vulnerable groups in America, our senior citizens,” Rep. Hinojosa said. “The OAA is designed to help prevent elder abuse by establishing a database that can identify and track people who have committed elder abuse crimes and it will serve to keep them out of facilities where seniors are being cared for. This will also require all OAA nutrition programs to provide nutrition screening, education, assessment, and counseling to ensure our seniors are receiving proper nutrition.  I know that in my district, and in other parts of the United States, it is very important to make certain that we provide outreach services by trained professionals who will understand the local culture and speak the local languages, especially to low-income minorities and our seniors who live in rural areas.”

Ranking Democratic member on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman George Miller (D-CA) is an original cosponsor of the bill. He praised the legislation and its protections for low-income and LGBT seniors.

“The Older Americans Act reauthorization that Representatives Hinojosa and Bonamici introduced today recognizes our responsibility to provide seniors with a high quality of life and maintain the services they need to age with dignity,” Rep. Miller said. “Committee Democrats are committed to protecting and strengthening programs that serve our nation’s older adults, which includes focusing on issues surrounding both LGBT elders and cultural and linguistic competence. By addressing those timely issues, we can ensure that this reauthorization helps align the funding provided with the shifting demographic needs of America’s aging population.”

Rep. Hinojosa is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, which has jurisdiction over this legislation. Rep. Bonamici is also a member of the subcommittee. 

February 20, 2014

◊ Announcing the Age Friendly Portland Website

Filed under: General — Mark @ 8:12 pm

BUILDING AN AGE-FRIENDLY PORTLAND

The Age-Friendly Portland Advisory Council has launched a new website resource,AgeFriendlyPortland.org, to highlight the work and activities of the recently adopted  Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland. This action was adopted by the City of Portland in October 2013.
It is with the unanimous support of the Portland City Council, along with the commitment from our partner organizations throughout the city, that we aspire to be a community friendly to people of all ages and abilities,

This website serves as the one-stop shop to highlight community partner’s work, upcoming events, current articles and other great resources.

In & Around Portland

Around the country and the world, Age-Friendly communities are emerging. There are 145 cities and communities across 22 countries that have committed to becoming more age-friendly. Every community has their own unique challenges and through the participation of community members they are able to set priorities and develop plans to move into the future.   To learn more about how places are becoming Age-Friendly explore the Age-Friendly World.

Get Connected

Age-Friendly works when people of all ages are involved. Join a committee, volunteer for a program or come to an event. To find out how you can be part of the change click here or call 503-235-5474

How Age-Friendly are Portland’s Housing Options?

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:00pm
Location: Central Library - US Bank Room 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland
As Baby Boomers reach retirement age they are going to fundamentally reshape that chapter of their lives. They are more active, healthier and have different values than their parents. Portland is ground zero for many of these changes as we become an Age-Friendly City.  When it comes to housing, Portland offers a variety of new options. Come hear from three of our partners:
  • Villages NW provides support for adults who want to stay in their own homes
  • Bridge Meadows is an intergenerational model that emphasizes providing support for foster and adopted children
  • PDX Commons, a cohousing project which focuses on creating a community of proactive adults and then creating an appropriate building for that community
You will learn about the issues around older adult housing and find out if any of these alternatives are for you or your loved ones. This event is free to attend, but let us know you’re coming. Click here to RSVP.
City Club of Portland Member-Led Forum

  

We Need YOUR help to Fix
Portland Streets

Part of building an age-friendly community means addressing our infrastructure.  In this spirit, Elders in Action and the Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to join Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick, transportation staff and your neighbors at one of three upcoming town halls to discuss current unfunded transportation needs.

  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sunnyside Environmental School, 3421 SE Salmon St.
  •  Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 at Immigrant & Refuge Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St.
  •  Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway

The meetings will start with an opportunity to give input about desired transportation improvements in your area, followed by a presentation on transportation needs and possible solutions. If you have any additional questions please feel free to email Mark Lear  or call  (503) 823-7604.

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◊ Elders in Action Goes To Salem

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Elders in Action Goes To Salem

  On February 5, the Elders in Action’s Commission attended a Lobby Day in Salem.  Elders in Action joined their partners in the Campaign for Oregon Seniors and People with Disabilities (COSPwD). The goal for our diverse alliance of organizations is to advocate for the issues important to older adults and people with disabilities, and that’s best done face to face withour legislators in Salem.
The Commission is following bills,  and advocating for those that affect the lives of Oregon older adults, communicating with State Senators and Representatives about their positions, and urging approval of $26 million in spending priorities for key programs during the 35 day legislative session.
EiA Commissioners are also encouraging legislators to support a variety of specifics bills during the short session which include:

✔ SB 1553  would establish a pilot public guardianship program in the Office of Long Term Care Ombudsman

 

HB 4108  sets up a used durable medical equipment pilot to be operated by community-based organizations;

✔ HB 4109 would commission a study of costs and impacts of a basic health program in Oregon.
If you are interested in tackling important issues to create a positive change for older adults and communities in Multnomah County give us a call at 503-235-5474, or click herefor more information.

What should Multnomah County spend your tax $ on?  
Take this short survey  to tell our County Commissioners.  

 For more than a decade Multnomah Countyhas had to make reductions to the general fund it uses to pay for services. This year, some limited funding is available to minimally expand some services or improve critical infrastructure. Your input will convey to the Board of County Commissioners which services to prioritize as they allocate our tax dollars.  Please take a moment to complete the survey and remember how important  Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services is to helping older adults to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

How Age-Friendly are Portland’s Housing Options?
Date:  February 26, 2014
Time:  5:30 to 7:00pm
Location:  Central Library- US Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland

As Baby Boomers reach retirement age they are going to fundamentally reshape that chapter of their lives. They are more active, healthier and have different values than their parents. Portland is ground zero for many of these changes as it seeks ways to become an “Age-Friendly City.” When it comes to housing, Portland is a hotbed of new options. Come hear from three of our partners:

  • Villages NW  provides support for seniors who want to stay in their family homes
  • Bridge Meadows which is an intergenerational model that emphasizes providing support for foster and adopted children
  • PDX Commons, a cohousing project which focuses on creating a community of proactive adults and then building an appropriate building for that community.

You will learn about the issues around senior housing and find out if any of these alternatives are for you or your loved ones. This event is free to attend, but let us know you’re coming.  Click here to RSVP.

City Club of Portland Member-Led Forum  

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February 5, 2014

◊ Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft

Filed under: Personal Advocate — Mark @ 4:51 pm

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Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Last updated: 1/31/2014

AVOIDING IDENTITY THEFT

  1. Do not disclose your full nine-digit Social Security number unless absolutely necessary, and never use it as an identifier or password. Question those who ask for it.
  2. Avoid paper billing by requesting secure electronic statements instead. If you require hard copies, you can print and store them safely without risking mail theft.
  3. Lock your mailbox.
  4. Shred documents containing personal information (name, account numbers, social security number, birth date) before throwing them away.
  5. Configure your computer and/or smartphone to require a password for use, and set another password for sensitive files. Use unique passwords that include a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Do not use your birth date, a close relative’s birth date, or a combination of letters and numbers on Splashdata’s annual list of the most stolen passwords.
  6. Avoid using the same password for different accounts, and change your passwords once or twice per year.
  7. Install and update antivirus, anti-malware, and security programs on all computers, tablets, and smartphones.
  8. Don’t disclose information commonly used to verify your identity on social networking sites, such as date of birth, city of birth, mother’s maiden name, name of high school, etc. If you do, don’t use that information to verify your identity.
  9. Avoid making purchases, paying bills, or sending sensitive information over unsecured WiFi networks (at airports, coffee shops, or hotels).
  10. Disable Bluetooth connections on devices when not in use.
  11. Watch out for “phishing” scams. Phishing is when identity thieves request personal information by pretending to be a legitimate entity, such as a bank or the IRS. Ignore unsolicited requests for personal information by email or over the phone, and only contact entities by means you know to be authentic. Do not contact an entity by clicking a link sent as part of an email requesting personal information, because phishers often link to authentic-looking, fake webpages. You can also call the phone number on the back of a card previously issued to you, or call the phone number on an old statement from that issuer.
  12. Fight “skimmers.” Do not give your debit card to a server or anyone who could have a hand-held skimming device out of sight. When using an ATM, look for suspicious cameras and holes, and touch to confirm that extra parts have not been installed. Always cover your hand while hand typing a PIN, and avoid using ATMs in secluded locations.
  13. When accessing financial information on your smartphone, only use apps authorized by your bank or published by reputable app makers. Apps that show thousands of downloads are probably safe.
  14. Check your monthly statements for unauthorized charges.
  15. Sign up to receive email and/or text notifications of account activity and changes to account information.
  16. Get your free annual credit report. Every 12 months, you are entitled to receive one free credit report from each of the three main credit reporting agencies. Instead of requesting three at the same time, request one credit report from one of the agencies every four months. Verify that the information is correct, and an account has not been opened without your knowledge. Free credit reports are available online at AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228.

DETECTING IDENTITY THEFT

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DETECT IDENTITY THEFT

Step 1: Notify your financial institutions.

If you discover that your wallet, checkbook, credit card or other sensitive information has been lost or stolen, immediately notify the issuing bank, credit card issuer, or relevant institution to close all existing accounts.

Step 2: Get an Identify Theft Affidavit.

If you suspect identity theft, report it to the Federal Trade Commission using the online complaint form or by calling 1-877-ID-THEFT. When making the report, you will be given an option to receive an Identity Theft Affidavit. This document, together with the police report, will be critical to minimizing the damage.

Step 3: File a police report.

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, file a report with your local police department. When you make the report, bring a copy of the Identity Theft Affidavit. The police report will be important for insurance purposes. Keep copies of the police report and Identity Theft Affidavit.

Step 4: Contact the three major credit reporting companies and place a fraud alert and security freeze on your accounts.

An important next step is to place a fraud alert and a security freeze on your credit report. Placing a fraud alert tells businesses checking your credit rating that there may be fraud involved in the account. The fraud alert must be renewed after 90 days, and it entitles you to receive one free credit report from each of the main agencies. The security freeze stops anyone from seeing your credit report without your permission. Alerts and freezes can be placed by contacting the toll-free fraud number of any of the three consumer reporting companies noted below. Initiating a credit freeze does not impact your credit score.

  • TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
  • Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
  • Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013

Step 5: If your social security number was stolen, contact the Social Security Administration.

File a report and access resources at www.idtheft.gov. You can also call 1-800-772-1213.

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