Next week on September 23, Dr. Bill Thomas returns to the of city Portland, Ore., to help kick off a year-long Age-Friendly Portland community-initiative aptly titled after his book “What Are Old People For: Building a Community for All Ages.”
Portland was the first city in the U.S. to join the World Health Organizations Age Friendly World initiative. Dr. Bill Thomas last visited Portland in April as part of his 25-city Second Wind Tour and not by coincidence Portland had the largest and most energetic crowd of the tour.
“What Are Old People For” is a year-long community engagement project that comes out of the Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland which was adopted by the city last fall. It is designed to stimulate an intergenerational dialogue and raise public awareness of the interconnectedness of the generations and the social and economic value of older adults as catalysts for transforming Portland into a community for all ages.
The project launches on Tuesday, September 23rd at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Avenue, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. If you’re in the Pacific Northwest (like me!) click here to register and join us: http://tinyurl.com/people9-23-14
If not, I have great news — the world is invited to join us free via livestream video by registering here.
One of the event’s chief organizers, Jay Bloom of Bloom Anew, writes:
The project is designed to challenge and empower community groups, organizations, employers and individuals to deepen their understanding and learning about this question, to foster engagement within and across generations, and then to become an ongoing “Learning Community” to share stories, best practices, and other possible outcomes of the process.
To learn more about Age-Friendly Portland and the global Age-Friendly movement, visit www.agefriendlyportland.org.