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'Making communities work for everyone' focus of Age-Friendly Oregon Summit

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Monday, October 9, 2023   

Supporters of efforts to make Oregon cities more livable and accessible for people of all ages are meeting this week.

The Age-Friendly Oregon Summit takes place tomorrow and Wednesday in Monmouth, a town near Salem that is home to Western Oregon University.

Monmouth Mayor Cecelia Koontz said the university provides a place where people of all ages can gather.

"Offering that kind of access in a really small community," said Koontz, "I think is a big part of helping keep people active and culturally aware of things."

The theme for this year's summit is "toward our shared future."

The summit will be held tomorrow and community activities will take place on Wednesday, hosted by Monmouth and the nearby town of Independence.

Accommodating people of all ages is a pressing issue in Oregon, where the average person in 2022 was 40.3 years - the oldest in the West. Stacy Larsen is the communications director for AARP Oregon.

"Oregon is one of the fastest-aging states in the West," said Larsen, "and so the question for cities of all sizes is - how can we advance goals and policies that support aging well, and help people of all ages thrive and participate in their communities?"

Larsen said there is a growing network of cities and towns with age friendly designations. She said the announcement of three Oregon communities joining this network will be made at the summit.



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