Beaverton Committee on Aging: We had a very busy 2023

Beaverton Committee on Aging: We had a very busy 2023

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The Beaverton Committee on Aging (BCOA) had a busy year in 2023. We participated in both Age Cafés and Death Cafés during the year. Our purpose is to discover and examine the issues and concerns of the aging population in the City of Beaverton and offer representation, information, and education regarding these issues.

We interfaced with Aging with Connection, a Tri-County networking event that focused on older adults and housing. We had influence to the City Council through Kevin Teater, our City Council Representative, on safe transportation issues. The BCOA also worked very hard on a brochure, “Aging, The Journey Continues” which gave a lot of community resources, including the Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon (ADRC, 1-855-673-2372, www.adrcoforegon.org), the Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services (503-846-3060, www.washingtoncountyor.gov/davs), the Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Line (1-833-736-4676) and the Oregon Senior Loneliness Line (503-200-1633).

The BCOA has a representative, Margaret Robinson, from the Elsie Stuhr Center, and we got updates on how the center is slowly reopening after the pandemic closures. “The Elsie Stuhr Center offers recreational programs for patrons 55 years and better.” They also had free flu shots, and a holiday bazaar in December. See their THPRD webpage at www.thprd.org/facilities/recreation/elsie-stuhr-center.

One BCOA emphasis was on “safe transportation,” as mentioned above. We had input into the safety audit being done for Barrows Road through our City Council Representative, Kevin Teater. Other transportation issues, such as safe walking for pedestrians, bicycling, and accessing the transportation system, have also been brought up.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, for several years BCOA met only online. We have progressed to in-person meetings once per quarter in 2023, and in 2024 will do in-person meetings every other month The next in-person meeting will be at 3 p.m. on March 12th. These meetings are also online, and our February 13th meeting will be online too. These meetings are open to anyone wanting to participate and can be viewed at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/BCOA.

This year of 2024 we hope to expand the Age and Death Café discussions, and as part of Beaverton City Library increase the visibility of the BCOA. There will also be other programs we will advance.

 

Learn more about the BCOA at www.beavertonlibrary.org/BCOA.