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AARP holds Age Friendly listening tour in Bend on Tuesday - 06/11/18


 AARP Oregon is holding a listening tour across Oregon  with a stop in Bend this week to hear what people love about their communities and what would make them more age-friendly.

What: Bend Age-Friendly Oregon Community Conversation
When: Tuesday, June 12th, 2018, 2:00 to 4:00 (check in and refreshments at 1:30)
Where: Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Road, Bend, 97702

Bandana Shrestha, director of community engagement for AARP Oregon, said,
"We want to hear from people about what kind of needs they have, how they get around where they live, what kind of housing they might need, what kind of transportation systems and services would be helpful," she explains.

AARP is sharing best practices with communities within Oregon and around the nation with some key resources available for free at

According to Elaine Friesen-Strang, the volunteer state president for AARP Oregon, “Cities should be planning now for a larger percentage of older adults.” Demographers expect that adults over 60 will comprise more than 20 percent of the population by 2030.

A Livable Community features:

  • Housing choices that are suitable for people of all ages and life stages
  • Reduced automobile dependence and supports socially vibrant public spaces
  • Integrates land uses so people can live closer to amenities, jobs and community services
  • Has transportation options

After Bend, AARP will wrap up its tour of Oregon cities with a stop in Salem. Shrestha says AARP will report back to the communities what it discovers on the tour, and inform Oregon's leaders as well.

"We hope to share it with policymakers, decision makers, and community leaders across the state so that we can get a greater commitment from our leaders about the kind of policies and practices that would help communities to become more age-friendly and livable for people 50-plus," she says.

AARP will share its findings with the Governor's Commission on Senior Services and local community leaders.



AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members nationwide and 510,000 members in Oregon, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit or find us on Facebook.

Dr. Geneva Craig at the Oregon Historical Society
Dr. Geneva Craig at the Oregon Historical Society
Survivor of Bloody Sunday to Speak at Oregon Historical Society Tuesday (Photo) - 05/21/18

Clackamas, Ore. -- Geneva Craig, PhD, had just crossed the bridge in Selma, Ala., when police charged the largely African American crowd of civil rights marchers. They swung whips and billy clubs, some wrapped in barbed wire. Marchers were prepared for a strong police reaction - but they were standing up for their civil rights.

“I expected to die that day.”

Craig was among 600 marchers on March 7, 1965, a day called “Bloody Sunday” because so many people were beaten.

She was a teen then and active in the civil rights movement. Now a member of AARP Oregon’s Executive Council, Craig will share her experiences at a talk at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland. Museum admission will be free for AARP members that day, encouraging them to see the society’s exhibit on Oregon’s civil rights movement.

The free day for AARP members is a way to learn about a part of Oregon’s past that’s not well known outside African American circles.

“It’s important to document and share these stories because they’re a vital part of the American experience,” said AARP Oregon spokeswoman Joyce DeMonnin.

Dr. Craig is now a nurse manager with Asante Health Care  in Medford Oregon. She’s a gifted and inspirational speaker. 


*The photo was taken early this month