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Community Expo offers tips for an age-friendly community

Clackamas County is celebrating Older Americans Month in May by dedicating a day dedicated to healthy, productive dialogue emphasizing the creation and maintenance of a safe and healthy age-friendly community. The 2014 engAGE in Community Expo will be held Tuesday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Gregory Forum at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. The fourth annual expo is free, but registration is strongly encouraged.

The engAGE in Community Expo is part of the ongoing engAGE in Community initiative. EngAGE in Community is a community-based effort to establish Clackamas County as an age-friendly place for people of all ages. The expo is an opportunity for providers, caregivers, seniors, and people with disabilities to learn and share information about healthy, active aging in Clackamas County, as well as offer ways to help make the County a more age-friendly place.

“The engAGE in Community Expo is an effort to make our County a better place to live, work, and play for people of all ages,” said Brenda Durbin, director of Clackamas County Social Services. “It’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about all the available resources out there in the community.”

At the expo, participants can share resources, information, and upcoming events in the community, visit vendor booths providing information on services and resources, and hear from speakers from all over Clackamas County on how to making the County an age-friendly community. Speaker session topics include:
 • Creating age-friendly businesses.
 • Being an age-conscious consumer.
 • Consumer fraud and scam awareness.
 • Healthy Eating, Active Living.
 • Age-friendly housing options.
 • Transportation issues for youth and seniors.
 • Fall Prevention.

The 2014 engAGE in Community Expo is sponsored by Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services, the Oregon State University Extension Service, AARP Oregon, and Clackamas Community College.
If you are interested in attending the expo, please register online at http://www.clackamas.us/socialservices/engage.html or call 1-877-926-8300. For questions or special accommodations, please contact Margaret McNamara at (503) 650-5737 or mmcnamara@co.clackamas.or.us.

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