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Nonprofit says other cities can learn from Milwaukie's commitment to affordable housing in helping to make more of the state friendly to senior citizens

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

AARP will hold an event at 9 a.m. Friday, April 13, at Clackamas Community College, 7738 S.E. Harmony Road, unincorporated Milwaukie.

AARP officials say that other cities can learn from Milwaukie's commitment to affordable housing in helping to make more of the state friendly to senior citizens. Medford modeled its approach after Milwaukie in order to address its housing crisis.

"We're 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," said Bandana Shrestha, director of community engagement for AARP Oregon.

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.

"Some people call it a Silver Tsunami, but we like the term Silver Reservoir (coined by Jeanette Leardi) better. Older adults bring with them financial assets, a lifetime of experience and wisdom and a desire to engage in the community in a meaningful way. We see older adults as assets," Friesen-Strang said.

The event is free, but preregistration is required. To sign up, go to aarp.cvent.com/MilwaukieAgeFriendly2018.

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