Partner Spotlight: Community for Positive Aging

April 4, 2023

Ken Davis, senior program manager of case management, and Rylie Thayer, community health coordinator, attending the community health fair at Parkrose High School on February 2.

The Community for Positive Aging (CPA) is a caring and engaged organization that encourages intergenerational relationships, recognizes the wisdom and experience of community elders, and demonstrates awareness and respect for the aging process.

Formerly called the Hollywood Senior Center, the CPA was started in Portland’s Hollywood district in 1973. In 2021, they changed their name and expanded to include the Giving Tree, an organization that provided arts and other programming to low-income housing units. The CPA is funded through a combination of state and local government grants, private grants and individual donations.

In addition to offering events, the CPA also provides enhanced resident services to eight low-income housing buildings throughout Portland, as well as tax assistance, a foot care clinic, technology ambassadors to help with computer literacy, transportation fare assistance, caregiver support, and weekly food pantries.   

The CPA’s educational and recreational programs include tai chi, arthritis exercise classes, walking groups, conversations on aging discussion groups, a new storytelling class, a ukulele group (join them every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.!), and free movies at the Hollywood Theater every month. One thing that makes them unique is that their classes and events are peer-led, taught by participants of the Community for Positive Aging. View their events calendar at communityfpa.org/events-calendar/

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