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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.

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