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How Can Sisters Create a More "Age-Friendly" Community?

  • Sisters Community Church 1300 Old McKenzie Highway Sisters, OR, 97759 United States (map)

Join C4C and the Senior Alliance on Nov. 3 to Explore What Becoming More 'Age-Friendly' Could Mean to Sisters

   To see the full-size flyer, simply click on this image.

To see the full-size flyer, simply click on this image.

(NOTE: Unable to attend this event? No worries. CLICK HERE to access the presentation materials.)

According to census figures, about 40 percent of Sisters households have people in them who are age 60 or older. So, it's not surprising that when local octogenarian Joan Power expressed her concern recently about the lack of coordinated services for seniors in Sisters, her words resonated. Power suggested a meeting to identify existing and needed resources for older residents. From that initial work the Senior Alliance of Sisters has emerged.

Citizens4Community has been working in collaboration with the nascent Senior Alliance and will serve as co-host for the upcoming town hall event: Creating Age-Friendly Communities, set for 2-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Sisters Community Church, 1300 W. McKenzie Hwy.

Free to the public, this exciting event will cover a wide range of topics, including aging and demographic trends, the challenges and opportunities created by those trends, key characteristics that define“Age-Friendly Communities,” and specific economic, social and health benefits of consciously developing these types of communities. For instance, age-friendly communities are more likely to benefit from increased tourism—a major driver of the Sisters economy.  

Internationally recognized speaker Dr. Margaret B. Neal will lead this Central Oregon Health Council-sponsored town hall. Dr. Neal is Director of the Institute on Aging and a Professor of Urban Studies at Portland State University. For more details about Dr. Neal, see the flyer below.

The concept of creating more vibrant communities by better serving and engaging seniors is gaining popularity across the United States, Neal says. For good reason: the older adult (65+) population is growing in size and proportion. In 2014, Neal says, individuals aged 65+ made up about 15% of the U.S. population. By 2030 that percentage is expected to rise to 21%.

C4C hopes you will save the date and join us on Nov. 3 to take part in this interesting and informative exploration of how Sisters might begin to move toward becoming a more age-friendly community.

Special thanks go to Sisters Community Church for hosting the event and to the Central Oregon Health Council for helping to cover costs of the gathering.