Age-Friendly Initiative

For a period of one year beginning Fall 2017, a planning team will meet monthly to review 8-primary livability domains:

  • Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social Participation
  • Respect and Social Inclusion
  • Civic Participation and Employment
  • Communication and Information
  • Community Support and Health Services

The community will be invited and encouraged to attend focus groups and forums, participate in surveys, and complete assessment tools.  This page will keep community members aware of upcoming opportunities, progress, results, and next steps.

You can take part in an Online communication survey to share your thoughts about communication.

Online communication survey

You can take part in an Online social participation survey to share your thoughts about social participation.

Online social participation survey

You can take part in an Online transportation survey to share your thoughts about transportation.

Online transportation survey


On March 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., you can learn how accessible and affordable housing can contribute to making Salem a livable community for seniors and people of all ages. Presenters for this Forum will include Bandana Shrestha, Community Engagement Director for AARP Oregon; Breezy Aguirre, Community Resource Program Coordinator for ARCHES, Cassandra Hutchinson, Lead ADRC Specialist at Northwest Senior and Disability Services; and Bryan Colbourne, Planner in the City of Salem Community Development Department. A community conversation to share experiences and ideas will follow the panel discussion.​


​Wednesday, February 21, 2-4 pm Center 50+

Join us for a panel discussion, as the Age Friendly Assessment Team tackles the third liveability domain “Communication and Information”  Representatives from ARDC, 211 and Marion County Emergency Management will be present to offer insight on the tools and techniques they currently use to disseminate information to the community and what special attention they give to communicating to older adults, ADA print material requirements, and the current and future usage of Technology.


Wednesday, January 17, 2-5 pm Center 50+

​Join us for a panel discussion, community resource fair and spaghetti dinner! We come together with Travel Salem, Elsinore Theater, Salem/Keizer Public Schools, Salem Family YMCA, Salem Public Library among others. Special focus for this meeting will be the impact of isolation in our Salem Community.


Wednesday, November 8, 2-4 pm Center 50+​

There will be a panel discussion with S/K Cherriots, City of Salem, and Bike & Pedestrian Groups.  The public is invited to come learn about things that are currently in place to encourage less reliance on automobiles, as well as what  key initiatives are being lead to improve community connectivity.  The particular focus for these discussions surrounds concerns and needs of older adults. However, all community members and partners are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts in regards to the needs of Salem.


​Meeting for individuals who are interested in serving on the year-long Age Friendly Salem Assessment and Planning Team.  The meeting will be held at Center 50+ 2615 Portland Rd NE from 2-4 pm. 

Mar. 21
Housing Forum2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.Center 50+
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301
1/19/2018Communication and Information190 KB
1/11/2018Social Participation605 KB
10/18/2017Transportation201 KB

​Mayor, Chuck Bennett, has made a commitment to actively work toward making our city a great place for people of all ages. Center 50+ has accepted the challenge of developing an action plan to establish Salem as an Age-Friendly Community. The World Health Organization conceived this idea in June, 2005. WHO realized that communities need to prepare for the rapid aging of our population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. By doing so, these communities are better equipped to become great places, and even lifelong homes, for people of all ages.

Contact Us

Marilyn DailyDirectorCenter 50+
Monday 7:30 a.m–9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
2615 Portland RD NE
Salem OR 97301