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AARP OR - The Future We Want: Building Communities for All Ages in Oregon

Start Date:5/28/2020

Start Time:10:00 AM PDT

Duration:75 minutes


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans age 65 or older is projected to grow by almost 50 percent from 2016 to 2030. An average American child who is 10 years old today has a 50% chance of living to 100 or beyond. Many Oregon communities are at the front edge of this demographic shift. How can our communities prepare for the future?

Join us on Thursday, May 28th to hear from local and national leaders who are involved in age-friendly efforts. Learn about strategies for making communities more livable for people of all ages, abilities, races and incomes. All attendees are welcome – older adults, local, regional and state policymakers, planners, aging network, service providers, advocates and all those with an interest in building age-friendly communities.

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Margaret Neal

Professor Emerita

Portland State University Institute on Aging

Margaret B. Neal, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Urban Studies at Portland State University. Dr. Neal directed the PSU Institute on Aging from 2003 to 2018 and taught graduate courses in gerontology, survey design and data collection, and global aging. For 13 years she also directed a service-learning program involving students working with older adults in Nicaragua. In 2006, Dr. Neal led Portland’s participation in the WHO’s Global Age-Friendly Cities project, and she has co-coordinated the Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County initiatives since then. Dr. Neal’s research interests include age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities and design for healthy aging, older workers, global aging, program evaluation, and work and family care issues. Dr. Neal is a Fellow of GSA and AGHE. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in urban studies specializing in gerontology and research methods from Portland State University and her bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Indiana University

William Armbruster

Senior Advisor, AARP Livable Communities

AARP Livable Communities

Bill Armbruster manages the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, which is a program within AARP Livable Communities. He has been with AARP since 2000, joining as an associate state director for AARP New York. In that role he served the upstate and western region of the Empire State and was responsible for the development, implementation and assessment for community outreach programming. That body of work included livable and age-friendly communities initiatives, partner development and grassroots volunteer organizing for a 30-county region both near and far from his Rochester home base. Since 2016, Bill has been traveling frequently and far to communities, conferences and meetings nationwide as a speaker and facilitator for the AARP Livable Communities initiative.  In addition to his work at AARP, Bill has extensive experience in corporate wellness programs, occupational rehabilitation and ergonomics, pain treatment and physical therapy

Marilyn Daily-Blair

Executive Director

Center 50+

Marilyn Daily-Blair has been a Senior Center Executive Director for 25 years. For the last 20 years she has served at the Salem Senior Center, now named Center 50+. She graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in Public Policy Administration with a minor in Sociology and special emphasis in Aging and Maturing.   Marilyn was hired in 1999 during a major budget crisis in which the Senior Center was on “closure” list. Under her leadership she organized the Seniors and engaged them in a Strategic Operation Planning process.  That process has led this Center to be a strong viable community resource. Center 50+ is recognized as the first to achieve National Accreditation in the State of Oregon, joining the ranks of fewer than 150 in the Country.  Her most exciting time of her career however, has been the last 10 years where she was a given the opportunity to lead the planning, development, construction, and opening of a new facility, Center 50+ and being appointed the staff  to lead the City of Salem’s efforts to become an Age-Friendly community.

Marcus Mundy

Executive Director

Coalition of Communities of Color

Marcus Mundy joined The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) as Executive Director in June 2018 where he is leading the coalition into its next chapter with a deep understanding of and commitment to communities of color.  With a prolific career in leadership and is passionate about advancing racial justice in Oregon, Marcus bring a strong relationships and roots in Oregon’s diverse communities. Prior to joining CCC, Marcus served as Principal at Mundy Consulting LLC, an Oregon state certified minority small business, President and CEO of the Urban League of Portland, Vice President and Regional Compliance Officer for Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and held a host of other leadership positions.  Marcus attended Howard University in Washington, DC, receiving his Bachelor in Business Administration. He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Oregon’s Executive MBA program. Marcus has served the community through his participation on numerous boards and community advisory positions, including the OHSU Foundation Board, the State Labor Commissioner’s Oregon Council on Civil Rights, the Oregon Community Foundation’s Regional Advisory Initiative, the Coalition for a Livable Future, and EcoDistricts (formerly Portland Sustainability Institute) He is also a Senior Fellow in Oregon’s chapter of the American Leadership Forum, our state’s premier leadership training group for over two decades. His proudest achievement, however, and forever, is as a father to his four children.

Liz James

Livable Communities Volunteer

AARP Oregon

Liz James, a Houston, TX transplant, has enjoyed living in the Rogue Valley close to family and nature for almost four years. She currently serves as volunteer leader with the Southern Oregon AARP Community Action Team, and as a Member of Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG) Senior and Disability Services Senior Advisory Council, Oregon Statewide LGBTQ Aging Coalition, SO Health-E LGBTQ+ Health Workgroup and Rogue Valley Housing & Transit Coalition. She also served as Co-Chair and a presenter for the 2019 Southern Oregon LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness Summit, an educational conference for healthcare professionals, and as a presenter at the 2019 Oregon Rural Health Conference. From 2011-2015, Liz was the CEO of the Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI), a Houston-based nonprofit providing innovative and replicable health care solutions and services for LGBT women and transgender men. Prior to LHI, Liz enjoyed a many year career as a high-tech sector business development executive. Her pronouns are:  She, Her, Hers or They, Them, Theirs.

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