From: Aaron Abrams, Community Relations Specialist, Clackamas County, Department of Health, Housing and Human Services, 503-655-8752 Date: 04-25-12

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Clackamas County plans events for Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the older adults in our community. Clackamas County is joining in the national celebration of Older Americans during Older Americans Month.

The theme for Older Americans Month 2012 - Never Too Old to Play! - puts a spotlight on the important role older adults play in sharing their experience, wisdom, and understanding, and passing on that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways. This year's celebrations will recognize the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations and other activities.

The county will be hosting two events to highlight this month.

 Join us on Tuesday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, for an evening that celebrates life, living and longevity. Get a hands-on look at resources and opportunities for seniors and their families. The event is free. Register online at or by calling toll free 1-877-926-8300.

Let's PLAY! Positive Living and Active Aging for the Young at Heart (PLAY)

 engAGE in Community Expo: Age friendly communities - how you can make it happen.

Join the day filled with opportunities to share and learn together how you can help your community become more age-friendly. The expo will feature many exciting speakers, resources, community discussions, and networking opportunities for members of Clackamas County dedicated to making their community an age-friendly place to live, work and play for all ages. The expo, which is free, will take place on Thursday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Providence Willamette Falls Community Center located at 519 15th St., Oregon City, OR 97045.

 For an event schedule or to register online at For inquiries or to register by phone, call toll-free 1-877-926-8300.

 Topics include:

  • Transportation, housing, and accessible outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Opportunities for social, cultural, and civic engagement
  • Services that support greater independence

Call/email engAGE community coordinator Margaret McNamara if special accommodations are required to enjoy the engAGE in Community Expo at 503-650-5737 or email

 "America is aging, and Clackamas County is no different," said Brenda Durbin, director of Clackamas County Social Services. "Events like Let's PLAY and the engAGE Expo give us a chance to work directly with our older population to make sure that Clackamas County is an age friendly place."

As large numbers of baby-boomers reach retirement age, many communities have increased their efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for older adults-many of whom remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Current trends show that people beyond age 60 account for an ever-growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations and online social networking as well as arts and recreational groups.

Lifelong participation in social, creative and physical activities has proven health benefits, including retaining mobility, muscle mass and cognitive abilities. But older adults are not the only ones who benefit from their engagement in community life. Studies show their interactions with family, friends and neighbors across generations enrich the lives of everyone involved. Young people who have significant relationships with a grandparent or elder report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals and life choices and gave them a sense of identity and roots.

While Clackamas County provides services, support and resources to older Americans year around, Older Americans Month is a great opportunity to show special appreciation for some of the most beloved citizens.

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The Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services department promotes and assists individuals, families and communities to be healthy, safe and thrive. H3S provides a broad spectrum of services for low-income and vulnerable residents and addresses public health issues for the entire county.


For more information contact Margaret McNamara at 503-650-5737 or at