CLACKAMAS, Ore. - Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed Monday, June 3 as Age Friendly Oregon Day, saying, "I support initiatives and opportunities for communities to engage in the National Network of Age Friendly Cities."
"This proclamation is very significant step in the growing movement to make communities more livable, for people of all ages," said AARP Oregon State Director Ruby Haughton-Pitts. "We want to thank Gov. Brown for her leadership on this important issue."
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities serves as a catalyst to educate, encourage, promote and recognize improvements that make communities supportive for residents of all ages and abilities.
Currently, six cities and one county in Oregon are designated "Age Friendly". Talent, Multnomah County, Sisters, Portland, Springfield, Salem and Newberg are working with AARP to create policies to enhance the lives of their residents.
According to AARP's most recent Age-Friendly report, Oregon is one of the fastest aging states in the West, and Oregonians want their communities to be places where people of all abilities can live, work and play, said Haughton-Pitts.
"This proclamation demonstrates Oregon's commitment to building livable communities that enrich the lives of people of all ages," said Haughton-Pitts.
Age Friendly policy focuses on eight Age-Friendly areas: Transportation, Housing, Public Spaces, Respect and Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, Social Participation, Community and Health Services, and Communication and Information.
AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/or Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AARPOregon