In a Jun. 3, 2019 proclamation, Oregon Governor Kate Brown recognized the City of Salem for taking action to be a better place to live for residents of all ages. Known as the Age-Friendly Initiative, the world-wide program helps communities prepare for a rapidly aging population and give increased attention to the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults.
City of Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett said, "I am proud to be a part of a community that recognizes and values older adults and makes a conscious and deliberate effort to help everyone live and thrive where they choose."
Through Center 50+, Salem's premier non-membership community center providing programs and serves to adults age 50 and older, the City of Salem looked at eight categories to evaluate livability in Salem. The categories included housing, transportation, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, community support and health services, outdoor spaces and buildings. Beginning in 2018, the City interviewed community experts, held community forums, and conducted online surveys and personal interviews. The final assessment is available on the Age-Friendly project page.
On Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, the Salem Age Friendly Assessment Team will present their report at a celebratory luncheon from 1-3 p.m. The community is invited to attend and RSVPs are requested. To reserve your space please call 503-588-6303.
The next phase of this project will require the formation of an action team that will respond to the assessment's findings. Those interested in being a part of the action plan team should contact Marilyn Daily-Blair at Center 50+, 503-588-6303.
Center 50+ is located at 2615 Portland Road NE, serves more than 850 people a day and host more than 150 programs and activities each term.