About 10,000 baby boomers every day are turning the age of 65 in the United States, and this will continue for the next 19 years. Is Portland prepared for this?

Few cities are prepared for the “silver tsunami” of retiring baby boomers by planning for their service, neighborhood, and housing needs. Some cities are planning to add programs and neighborhood features around transportation, recreation, housing, health, jobs, and volunteer opportunities. But, many cities have made very little progress on preparing for the increase in their ageing population.

Portland has committed to think long term about how to plan and design neighborhoods, services and programs for its current older adults and for baby boomers as they age. Recognizing that the ageing of our society will pose unique challenges and opportunities to the City of Portland, Mayor Sam Adams officially requested membership into the World Health Organization’s Global Network of age-friendly cities. A requirement for membership is for the City to assess its age-friendliness.

The City will soon embark on a 30-year plan that helps the city prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth. It provides for City decision-making on land use, transportation, and utilities. This plan presents a unique opportunity for the City to make improvements with city services and investments that can create livable communities for its boomers and older adults.

Together, a group of Portland State University (PSU) graduate urban planning students, PSU’s Institute on Aging (IOA), and the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) are assessing how age-friendly Portland is and what unique assets, opportunities and challenges the City faces with becoming more age-friendly.

PSU’s urban planning graduate students will lead two workshops to gather public input on how the City can plan for a better future for its boomers and older adults. Boomers and older adults are invited to participate in creating a Vision towards an Age-friendly Portland.

Come share your ideas on how to create livable communities for boomers and older adults. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Workshop events:

April 11, 2-4 p.m.
East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Ave

April 12, 6-8 p.m.
Watershed at Hillsdale
6388 SW Capitol Hwy.

Contact: agefriendlypdx@gmail.com

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