The Institute on Aging at Portland State University gathers some of the top researchers and instructors in the field to provide much-needed education and insight into our aging population. Aging affects all of us throughout the lifespan: our grandparents, our parents, and ultimately ourselves. As the global population grows older, we must learn to adapt new methods of livability for our communities, our families, and ourselves.
On October 16, 2013, Portland's City Council approved the Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland. City Commissioner Nick Fish sponsored the resolution to approve the Plan, and IOA's Director, Margaret Neal, along with Deborah Stein, Principal Planner with the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Leslie Foren, Executive Director of Elders in Action, testified on behalf of the Age-Friendly Portland Advisory Council, which developed the plan, coordinated by the IOA. The Action Plan is the culmination of a planning process that began with the IOA's baseline research on Portland's age-friendliness that was conducted as a part of the World Health Organization's Global Age-Friendly Cities project in 2007-07. Portland was the only U.S. city to participate among the 33 cities in 22 countries (developed and emerging economies) in that project, and Portland became one of the pioneering nine cities originally accepted as members of the WHO's Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities.