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World Health Organization, Portland State University to Unveil Global Age-Friendly City Results
Author: Angela D. Abel, Office of University Communications, 503-725-8794
Posted: October 1, 2007

Portland only U.S. city to participate 

Who: Mayor Tom Potter, Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey and other city and county officials, Portland State University researchers, senior and aging advocates, ‘livability’ experts, and World Health Organization leaders (via online stream)

What: Launch of the World Health Organization’s landmark “Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide,” developed from new research of 33 cities in 22 countries worldwide. University and city and county officials will share the detailed findings from Portland’s portion of the study, which was the only city in the U.S. to participate. This document is designed to guide advocacy, community development and policy changes that can help make urban centers friendlier for people of all ages and abilities, and shape how they better serve an aging population.

When: 1:15 –3:15 p.m. Monday, October 1, 2007

Where:
City Hall – Council Chambers (1221 SW Fourth Ave.)

Background: Over the next 30 years, the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area is expected to experience dramatic growth – more than double – in the proportion of the population aged 65 and older.

Our cities and regions are vital to the engagement and support of older adults through access to quality built environments, services, and social and cultural opportunities that enhance healthy and active aging.

Hear what Portland learned and found, what it has to offer and where it can improve in eight key categories: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings; Transportation; Housing; Respect and Social Inclusion; Social Participation; Communication and Information; Civic Participation and Employment; and Community Support and Health Services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (#07-099)

Source: Margaret Neal (503-725-5145)
PSU Institute on Aging