The Community for Positive Aging fosters intergenerational connections through educational and recreational programming, support services, and care.
Based in Portland, Oregon, this nonprofit serves adults aged 55 and older, providing them with safe, accessible spaces and opportunities to thrive — all while raising public awareness and combating the stigma of aging.
With a deep respect for elders and the aging process, The Community for Positive Aging strives to create a world where older adults are seen, included, celebrated, and connected in the community.
Key to the organization’s efforts is the notion of “positive aging.” This concept clarifies aging not just as an eventuality, but an asset.
"[Research] shows that people get happier as they age," reports the organization, challenging the common misconception that older adults always favor their younger years. "As we grow in age, we gain skills, experience, and wisdom [and] have more to contribute to society."
Harnessing the value of seniors, The Community for Positive Aging lays the groundwork for rewarding intergenerational relationships. The two-way dynamic provides older generations connection, joy, and dignity, while encouraging younger generations to learn from the former’s important contributions and wisdom — empowering both groups to age happily and healthily. Volunteers are vital to the organization’s mission of building rich, intergenerational relationships.
In addition to providing the organization’s clients with tech support, transportation, and other means of social connection, volunteers also donate to and work at the Asian Food Pantry, which delivers culturally specific foods to 185 households each month. Initially conceived in 2020 during the influx of Anti-Asian violence, the Asian Food Pantry has continued to be a resource for seniors to reduce social isolation, improve nutrition, and remain safe.
Since its conception, the pantry has also grown to become a vehicle for advancing equity, promoting inclusivity, and deepening community impact.
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